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Meta Study Suggests Probiotics Are the Latest Snake Oil

Researchers say bigger, better studies are needed

(Newser) - Probiotics are all the rage—the so-called "good bacteria" teeming naturally in foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut or worked into drinks and pills comprise a growing industry that Fortune reports posted more than $1 billion in annual sales in the US last year. It's expected to grow... More »

Vinegar for Weight Loss? It's Not a 'Magic Bullet'

Take this diet fad with a healthy dose of skepticism

(Newser) - Drinking vinegar for weight loss? The fad may be appearing all over social media, but it's "as gross as it sounds," and sipping vinegar is not the weight-loss miracle it's purported to be, reports Glamour after talking to dietitians. While drinking vinegar may aid in weight... More »

Don't Believe Nutrition Studies

Unless it's true that atheists are more likely to trim their steak fat?

(Newser) - Next time you read a study about why you should eat a certain food to stay healthy, keep in mind this entertaining study showing why that first study is probably bogus. "You Can't Trust What You Read About Nutrition" is the headline of the post from the stats... More »

Most Ridiculous Celebrity Diets of 2012

Dietetic association comes up with 5 worst of the year

(Newser) - To get skinny, skip breakfast and sit in a cold bath until 10am each morning. Sounds ... crazy, right? Well, it is, according to the British Dietetic Association, which comes up with its five worst celebrity diets of 2012. The New York Daily News runs them down:
  • Dukan Diet: This diet,
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New Diet Advice: Bring on the Carbs

Well, the good carbs, at least

(Newser) - Eggs are bad for you; eggs are good for you. Drink lots of milk; avoid dairy. Who can keep up with diet recommendations these days? Case in point: Carbohydrates, which became quite unpopular thanks to the Atkins diet, are making a comeback. New weight loss plans focus on enjoying what... More »

10 Craziest Celeb Diets

Could you survive on strawberries, lettuce, and edamame?

(Newser) - Snooki of the Jersey Shore is going on a cookie diet—which sounds downright yummy compared to some of the other crazy diets she and her fellow celebrities have tried. (In high school, Snooks would “suck on ice cubes for hours” instead of eating, a friend says.) The... More »

Shut Up, Dieters: It's Not Working, and You're Boring

(Newser) - Enough about your diet already, Chloe Angyal writes on SpliceToday. It’s boring. “There is something about dieting that renders people unable to talk about anything but their diet, even to complete strangers who actually didn't ask and frankly don't care,” Angyal continues, and she knows what it... More »

Doctors Wary of Anti-Gluten Crusade

Wheat-free diet mostly hype, except for those with celiac disease

(Newser) - Gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, is shaping up to be America’s latest diet villain. For about 3 million Americans diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder called celiac disease, avoiding gluten is essential. But that alone doesn’t account for the $2 billion a year Americans... More »

Palin Slims Down on Trail

Drops to size 4 with Lean1 shakes since joining campaign

(Newser) - This may explain the new clothing bill. Since joining the GOP ticket, Sarah Palin has gone down a size in clothing, to a 4, the Daily News reports. Alaska's all-American governor has been guzzling Lean1 shakes on the campaign trail. That's the drink most notably pimped by former NFL Pro-Bowler... More »

Fad Banana Diet Finds Mass A Peel in Japan

Regimen claims to fuel weight loss with just banana, water for breakfast

(Newser) - A penchant for fad dieting is making Japanese consumers ripe for a new weight-loss scheme starring bananas, Time reports. Since a popular actress lost 26 pounds on the Morning Banana Diet, the fruit has been hard to come by. “There are no bananas on the shelves,” complained one... More »

A Fad Won't Fix Your Fat Butt

Diet expert weighs in on six red flags that should send you jogging for the hills

(Newser) - Losing weight isn't a race, and getting to the finish line isn't as important as staying there. "Today" show nutritionist Joy Bauer recommends giving a wide berth to these six fads:
  1. Diets that promote or promise drastic weight loss.
  2. Diets that rely on supplements or lotions.
  3. Diets that radically
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