These Drinks Aren’t Stress Fighters—They’re Sweet Killers.

May 3rd, 2015
They may be the most dangerous beverages you can drink. But new research has the mainstream saying these drinks are secret stress relievers—not sweet killers.

Mainstream headlines are now claiming some of the most dangerous drinks you can buy come with a major perk… Fighting stress. It’s a health boost that about 75% of adults could benefit from.

Researchers from the University of California looked at how people drinking these beverages responded to stress. First, they had a small group of women undergo functional MRI screenings. They did this after taking a math exam. The idea was to see how their brains responded to stress. The team also took saliva samples to measure their levels of cortisol—the stress hormone.

Next, about half of the women were told to drink three of these drinks a day. This went on for the next two weeks. At the end of the study, they repeated the screening processes.

The team found women drinking this beverage had greater activity in the left hippocampus. That’s the area of your brain responsible for memory. It’s also sensitive to stress… So more activity there means lower stress levels. They also found these women had lower levels of cortisol after taking their math quiz.

It sounds promising… After all, stress could be the secret cause behind 90% of doctor’s office visits. But these results didn’t come from water or tea… Not even natural fruit juice or coffee. Don’t let the headlines fool you: These drinks could put you in an early grave.

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Friday Five: Why You Should Stop Using Canola Oil

This “heart healthy” oil could actually be harmful to your health. Discover what canola oil producers won’t tell you… And learn how to outsmart them.

Health Watch readers know when it comes to diet, fat isn’t the enemy. Despite what over 50 years of bad science will tell you, eating the right fats can sustain—even improve—your good health. But there are still some you should avoid at all costs. Canola oil is one of them. There are numerous studies—many funded by the U.S. Canola Association—touting the benefits of canola oil.1 But don’t let them fool you…

Here are five reasons to stop using canola oil:

1. It’s rancid before you buy it. Canola oil is a polyunsaturated fat. This type of fat is prone to oxidation.2 In other words—heat, light, or oxygen can cause it to go bad. But that doesn’t matter to Big Food.

They still use a high-heat process to extract the oil from the seed. The result? Much of the product spoils before it ever exits the factory. That means it’s been ready for the garbage for weeks—even months—before you bought it.

The Sweet Solution for Fighting Sinus Infections

Your doctor’s conventional drugs for sinus infections cause too many side effects. Use this natural alternative to get relief fast—and without the dangers.

When it comes to sinus infections, conventional treatments are anything but harmless.

Decongestants can aggravate nasal swelling, cause anxiety, and get in the way of restful sleep.1 Steroidal nasal sprays often cause nasal dryness and nosebleeds. Then there are antibiotics…

The Truth Behind the (Latest) Dr. Oz Controversy

Dr. Oz is under attack again. This time it’s for being a quack. But it turns out the doctors behind the latest accusations are little more than industry henchmen.

I have to admit it…

Dr. Mehmet Oz is America’s favorite celebrity doctor. But I’m not really a fan. Yet even I was outraged by the latest smear campaign against him…