Opinion | Why Your New Year’s Diet Is Doomed

Unfortunately, ultra-processed foods aren’t as readily condemned as tobacco. While we know that nicotine is addictive and that cigarettes deliver a range of carcinogens, there are many ways (yet no single way) that the standard American diet increases the risk of other causes of premature death. The interactions among calorie intake, exercise, fat accumulation, insulin resistance and genetic background, along with other environmental factors that cause diet-related diseases (such as stress and generational poverty), are variable and complicated.

What is indisputable is that a better diet leads to better health. And most people know that a “good” diet is one that cuts back on ultra-processed foods and substitutes relatively unprocessed plant foods. (You can tinker at the margins, but it’s pretty much that simple.) On this, all responsible global experts agree.

But knowledge and sound advice aren’t enough: When most choices are destructive, it’s hard to choose wisely. And between

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Eating junk food ‘will cancel out positive effects of a healthy diet’

Eating junk food will cancel out all the positive effects of a healthy diet, a new study has suggested.



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Researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago said that those who indulge in regular cheat days are more at risk of having long-term health issues and cognitive decline, even if they adhere to the Mediterranean diet most of the time.

That particular diet is considered to be the healthiest by experts, as it includes plenty of fruit, grains, vegetables, olive oil, oily fish, and potatoes.

The team observed more than 5,000 adults over the age of 65 between 1993 and 2012, and asked them to fill in a cognitive assessment questionnaire, as well as completing a checklist of the different types of foods they had consumed, every three years.

Researchers looked at how closely each of the participants adhered to a Mediterranean diet, and also

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Study finds it only takes a bit of junk food to spoil a healthy diet

Healthy diets come with a variety of potential benefits, including everything from less brain fog to a lower risk of developing certain diseases and chronic conditions. If you generally eat healthily but occasionally indulge in some junk food, you may be sabotaging the benefits you’d otherwise get from your healthy diet, according to a new study from Rush University Medical Center.

The study focused specifically on the Mediterranean diet, which has been the subject of many studies linking it with positive impacts on health. The researchers used data on 5,001 ‘older adults’ who participated in the Chicago Health and Aging Project.

The project aimed to evaluate the participants’ cognitive health by testing them every three years using a cognitive assessment questionnaire. The participants also provided details about which foods they consumed from a list of 144 options.

By analyzing this data, the researchers behind this new study found that participants

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Capitol Rioter Moved to Virginia Jail for Organic Diet

Illustration for article titled QAnon Shaman Moved to Virginia Jail So He Can Be Provided With Organic Foods

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Maaaaan, to be white and a terrorist.

Jacob Chansley, the QAnon Moron…I mean, Shaman, was moved to a Virginia jail Thursday after a federal judge ordered corrections officials to provide him with organic food. I know some of you are confused as to why legal officials in America—who would likely tell Muslim terrorists who stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to overthrow the government that they’re lucky they’re not being waterboarded for breakfast—would provide such accommodations to an alleged insurrectionist. All I can say is that America is still America.

The Associated Press reports that Chansley was transferred to the Alexandria Detention Center after his attorney complained that he had gone nine days without eating and had lost 20 pounds since being transferred from Arizona to Washington, D.C. Albert Watkins, Chansley’s attorney, argued that his client considers organic food to be

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