Whole30, Paleo, and Dukan Are the Worst Diets, According to US News & World Report
For U.S. News & World Report’s annual diet ranking, experts ranked 38 of the most popular diets based on how easy they are to follow; their ability to produce short-term and long-term weight loss; their nutritional completeness; their safety; and their potential for preventing and managing diabetes and heart disease. The No. 1 overall diet was DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), which focuses on lowering blood pressure by decreasing salt intake and increasing fiber consumption. The Mediterranean diet — whole grains, vegetables, and plenty of healthy fats like olive oil — came in second. At the very bottom of the list was the viral Whole30 diet, known for its 30-day “challenge” to strictly eliminate all sugar, alcohol, and grains. The paleo diet — which has been one of the most popular nutrition lifestyles over the past several years — ranked 36 out of 38.
Smarter Debuts ‘FridgeCam,’ a New Gadget That Will Save Consumers Money and Food
This year at the Consumer Technology Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Smarter debuted its “FridgeCam,” a wireless refrigerator camera that tracks and notifies consumers through the Smarter app of foods that are about to expire, according to the company website. Other features include the ability to track the contents of your fridge and add them to shopping lists when they’re running low, and provide recipes that include items nearing their expiration date. “We created the FridgeCam to not only save people money, time, and energy, but also tackle food waste head-on in the process,” Christian Lane, creator of Smarter, said in a statement. The FridgeCam is currently available online for pre-order for around $125, and will officially launch in spring 2017.
Oprah Publishes Her First Cookbook, Highlights Weight Watchers Journey
Oprah’s first cookbook — which details her food journey and 42-pound weight loss — was released Tuesday and is titled Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life. The title may be a mouthful, but the book has a lot of bite. According to USA Today, although Winfrey is a Weight Watchers spokesperson and each recipe comes with point values for the popular weight loss program, the book is more about her lifelong relationship with food than a straightforward dieting cookbook. "Now that I’ve finally internalized the rules of clean eating (food that's minimally processed), I let myself break those rules!” Winfrey says in the book. “I don’t do it often, and I never do it mindlessly; the goal is to make my indulgences intentional. I aim for deliberate. I plan for decadence."
Coca-Cola Sued for ‘False and Misleading Marketing’ of Sugary Drinks
The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a health advocacy watchdog organization, has sued Coca-Cola for purposefully misleading the public about the health risks associated with sugary beverages, Business Insider reported. CSPI’s lawsuit stipulated that Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association have long downplayed sugar’s role in the skyrocketing levels of obesity. Scientists have recently reversed society’s longtime aversion to high-fat foods, claiming that fat in moderate quantities is good for you and that sugar is really to blame for many of society’s health issues. The lawsuit demanded that Coca-Cola and the ABA disclose information about potential health risks of highly sweetened beverages, fund a public health campaign, and end advertising directed at children, as well as any marketing campaigns that contain misleading health claims.
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Australian Wine Company Targets ‘Dark and Mysterious’ Millennials With Its New Red Blend
This week, brooding millennials will be able to embrace a wine made just for them with the launch of Australia’s Hopes End Red Blend, a wine inspired by the adversity of a family moving across the world. The wine is from one of the oldest winemaking families in Australia, the Angoves, who got into the wine-making business after leaving London in hopes of new beginnings, only to settle in “dismal” Port Misery, South Australia, in the nineteenth century, according to a press release. The sleek, grayscale aesthetic of Hopes End was created to attract 25- to 35-year-old wine-drinkers “who are intrigued by brands with dark, mysterious, and authentic stories,” much like the story of the Angove family. The Hopes End Red Blend will be available in the U.S. and Australia for a suggested retail price of $11.99.