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Is the Paleo Diet Worth It?

Is the Paleo Diet Worth it?
The Paleo diet is a diet that is supposed to mirror what cavemen used to eat: red meat, fish, fruits and vegetables. People who follow the Paleo diet claim that eating like our ancestors from 10,000 years ago can help cure obesity, acne and low libido. But a new book out by Marlene Zuk Ph.D., claims that Paleo might not be the best way to go.

According to Zuk, we actually don't know what cave people were eating.  She asks why we'd choose a diet that was suited for someone with an 18-year life span. Zuk claims that Paleo followers believe that we were better off before modern agriculture; however, she says that advances in human evolution have been mostly positive. Bottom line? Going Paleo can be a great motivator to remove unhealthy, highly-processed foods from your diet, but it is not be the only way to eat healthy.

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4 New "Healthy" Fast Food Menu Items That Aren't So Great
In an attempt to satisfy Americans' growing demand for healthier foods, three major fast food chains have launched four new dishes with names that might make them sound healthy. But the effort seems to have stopped at the name.

Burger King launched a turkey burger which contains 530 calories — more calories than a Whopper Jr. Wendy's has done nearly the same thing. They're offering the Wendy's Flatbread Grilled Chicken Sandwich, a healthy sandwich that is actually more calories than their original chicken sandwich.

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Taco Bell Promises a Healthier Menu by 2020
Good news for Taco Bell lovers. The fast food chain has announced that it will be providing healthier menu items by 2020. Their goal is to make 20 percent of the chain's combo meals fall within one-third of the federal government's daily limits for calories, fat, saturated fat and sodium for a 2,000-calorie diet. Taco Bell's nutritionist says they've already reduced sodium in many of their meals.

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How Much Vitamin D is Too Much?
New research about Vitamin D levels revealed that potentially more than the daily dose could be the key to better health. Higher doses of Vitamin D have been linked to decreases in cancer, depression and autoimmune disorders like Type I diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

But before you run out and start taking more than the recommended 600 IU of Vitamin D a day, consider that the study was small and that researchers say there are still many more studies to come.

Are you getting enough Vitamin D? Find out here.

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