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    Is sodium a dietary red herring for the effects of processed foods?

    You may have read or heard about a research paper that came out a few weeks ago in JAMA. The study followed 3,681 Europeans and looked for relationships between sodium excretion (the gold standard means of determining sodium intake), and cardiovascular disease and death. The study’s findings were in contrast with what most would have expected. Though higher sodium excretion did, in fact, correlate with higher blood pressures, surprisingly, it also correlated with decreased mortality. So what’s going on here? Well here are two obvious possibilities: 1. We’ve been barking up the wrong tree sodium wise, and sodium’s not something the general public should be worrying too much about (unless…

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    Study finds depressed people eat more chocolate

    Well, we know that there are health benefits associated with dark chocolate (all those antioxidants), but now new research links greater chocolate intake with higher depression scores. In a new study out of the University of California is a study that looked at 931 men and women not on antidepressant medication and looked at their diet and depression scores. They found that for those who screened positive for possible depression consumed an average of 8.4 servings of chocolate per month, compared with 5.4 servings per month for those who were not positive. For those who had even higher scores of depression, their chocolate consumption was even greater: 11.8 servings per…

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