The Answers to the 13 Most Contentious Health Debates

By | May 27, 2019

Admit it, you’ve definitely looked up whether red wine is healthy, or if the eggs you love so much are doing more harm than good. We’ve got the answers right here.

Is red wine good for you?

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For heart disease prevention, we don’t write prescriptions for people to start drinking red wine,” says Nieca Goldberg, MD, Medical Director of the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at NYU Langone Medical Center. Red wine does contain resveratrol, an antioxidant which can help protect the body against damage, but drinking––especially in excess––can cause numerous health issues like raising your risk for cancer, and heart disease, liver trouble, and dementia reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Try these tips from cardiologists instead if you want to protect your heart.

Are eggs healthy for you?

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A few years back, heart experts put eggs on the “bad list” thanks to their cholesterol content. Then researchers realized that cholesterol in food doesn’t have much effect on cholesterol levels in your blood. Recently, a study again raised concerns about eggs and heart issues, but dietitians say there’s no need to eliminate eggs––but don’t go overboard. “We do not need to fear having eggs in our diet,” says Emily Tills RDN, CDN. “Eggs are considered one of the purest forms of protein. They contain all of the essential amino acids that cannot be made by our bodies and must be taken in through food. The yolk and the white both contain different vitamins, minerals, and amounts of protein and fat. The yolk has a lot of the fat soluble vitamins, like vitamin D, whereas the white is higher in protein.” The American Heart Association suggests one egg a day as part of a healthy diet.

Is a gluten-free diet healthier for you?

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Going gluten-free is popular but—unless you have diagnosed celiac disease or gluten sensitivity—you won’t benefit from hopping on this trend says Daniela Novotny, RD, a biomedical sciences instruction, dietitian and wellness consultant at Missouri State University. Gluten is a protein found in some carbohydrates, and some people have a bad reaction to it. For anyone else who tries to avoid gluten, they’ll end up eliminating some carbohydrate foods from their diet, says Novotny. “If you cut back on carbohydrates, you do tend to see more weight loss,” Novotny says. But she recommends watching your carbs generally—not focusing on gluten. “That’s not going to be the make-or-break. Food really is a sum of all of its ingredients.” If you do have a sensitivity, watch out for these surprising foods that contain gluten.

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