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IINsider’s Digest: NYC Soda Ban Passes 9-to-1, Alzheimer’s Called “Type 3 Diabetes”, and more…

September 14, 2012

The New York City soda ban is official, banning the sale of sugar-sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces from restaurants, fast-food joints, delis, movie theaters, sports stadiums and even food carts. (Huffington Post)

Only 1 out of 6 Americans who lose weight are able to keep it off during the following year. A recent study suggests that in helping to keep weight off, it is neither low carb nor low fat that wins out as the best strategy - rather, the most promising was a low glycemic diet. (NPR)

New evidence suggests that Alzheimer’s is primarily a metabolic disease, caused by an impaired response to insulin that has some scientists calling the disease "type 3 diabetes." (The Guardian)

The Stanford University study that disproved the nutritional advantages of organic foodstuffs may have been widely criticized, but it did reveal some important pro-organic evidence. Organic proteins were lower in strains of drug-resistant bacteria -  "superbugs" which cause a major threat to public health. (LA Times)

While nutrition experts rave about the health benefits of seafood, environmentalists are concerned about dramatic spikes in over-fishing. Chefs in Houston, Texas are finding a solution by celebrating lesser-known bycatch (species such as scorpion fish or stingray), a sustainable use for the otherwise called "trash fish." (Bon Appetit)

On another fishy note: for those concerned about heart disease, fish oil supplements may not provide the advantages initially promised. That said, oily fish rich in omega 3s still appear to deliver significant benefits. (TIME Healthland)

Recent analysis suggests that acupuncture provides more relief from certain kinds of chronic pain than standard medical care, and should thus be considered a valid treatment option. (MedPage Today)

McDonald's announced it will be adding prominent calorie counts to its menu boards and maybe even introduce a grilled McNugget. (NPR)

Medical researchers are rallying for doctors to change their dietary habits, in hopes that demanding more of hospital cafeterias will have a positive ripple effect throughout the medical care system. (LA Times)

Anti-obesity campaigns may be more stigmatizing than motivating, according to the research team from Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. (LA Times)

What's for dinner? Change - according to The Feast, a social hub for global innovation. On October 5th, they invite you to join others movers and shakers around the world by hosting a "dinner party for good".

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