Artificially Sweetened Soft Drinks and Risk of Stroke and Dementia

This month a fascinating article, “Sugar- and Artificially Sweetened Beverages and the Risks of Incident Stroke and Dementia” was published in an American Heart Association journal called Stroke.┬áResearchers used data from the Framingham Heart Study to see if consumption of┬ásugar sweetened or artificially sweetened beverages were associated with stroke or dementia. Researchers chose to pursue…

New Nutrition Facts Label

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that nutrition facts labels will be updated by July 26th of 2018* to include the following changes: The new design will emphasize calories per serving, and the number of servings in a food product For some food products that contain more than one serving, a second column of…

Banana Crisis

Have you heard about the global banana crisis? The crisis is caused by a fungal disease that causes yellowing and wilting of the banana leaves. The disease is known as the “Panama disease” or “Fusarium wilt.” This fungus has already caused a favorite cultivar of banana called Gros Michel to go extinct. Now, the Cavendish…