In the News from Harvard school of public health: Toxic dental floss. Weight loss and carbs.

I will make it short and sweet, as I always try to do with my quick health/wellness news recaps.

People who use certain types of dental floss may absorb toxic chemicals that have been linked with heart disease and cancer, according to a new study.

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/dental-floss-harmful-chemicals/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Update_01.18.2019

This is the floss we use in our family. I buy a big pack and have it on autoship from Amazon. Saves money and time.

Ingredients, as you can see from the screenshot below (from Tom’s of Maine website) are very simple and nothing toxic. I love the floss, it is pretty sturdy and is not too thin, it actually feels like I get a nice cleaning action and not just gliding through.


  • Cut carbs, increase fat. Two articles linked below address weight loss and metabolism.

In a January 4, 2019 interview on the radio show “Science Friday,” Ludwig, professor in the Department of Nutrition, discussed a recent study he co-authored that found that, among nearly 200 overweight patients, those who cut carbs from their diets and replaced them with fat increased their metabolism and were able to burn more calories daily when compared with people who ate a high-carb, low-fat diet.

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/carbs-calories-weight-loss/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Update_01.18.2019

“Fat makes food tasty and it slows down digestion, and doesn’t raise insulin, so in my view, fat should be encouraged, not feared, in a weight-loss plan,” Ludwig said.

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/carbs-calories-weight-loss/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Update_01.18.2019

“The standard approach to weight control considers all calories alike,” Ludwig said. “Just eat less and move more—we’ve heard it a thousand times. Our research suggests that a focus on food quality rather than calories may [promote weight loss] more slowly, but it’ll keep you there over the long term.”

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/carbs-calories-weight-loss/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Update_01.18.2019

And one last nugget of wisdom from Harvard:

Overweight adults who cut carbohydrates from their diets and replaced them with fat increased their metabolism and were able to burn more calories daily when compared with people who ate a high-carb, low-fat diet, according to a new study co-led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/cutting-carbs-to-maintain-healthy-weight/

To your health,

Elena

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