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Sushi, Diet Soda Latest Health Targets
NY Sun ^ | July 24, 2007 | BRADLEY HOPE

Posted on 07/23/2007 10:21:22 PM PDT by neverdem

Two foods once thought healthy — sushi and diet soda — pose grave health threats, according to two studies released yesterday.

The city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is launching a campaign against sushi, encouraging women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to have children in the near future to stop eating raw fish and cut down on their intake of even cooked fish with high levels of mercury. The campaign was prompted by a citywide survey that showed that women of childbearing age in New York had three times the level of mercury in their blood stream as did women in the same age group nationwide.

Meanwhile, a study published online in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, by nine researchers affiliated with Harvard, Tufts, Boston University, and the federal government's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute from a center at Boston University found that people who drank one or more soft drinks a day, including diet soda, were 48% more likely to have conditions that lead to heart disease. The thousands of participants of the study had a 31% increased likelihood of becoming obese, a 25% increased risk of high blood sugar, and a higher risk for low levels of "good" cholesterol, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.

The soda industry and the seafood industry lashed out at the studies.

"This study doesn't prove any link between soft drinks and increased risk of heart disease. Its assertions defy the existing body of scientific evidence, as well as common sense," the president of the American Beverage Association, Susan Neely, said of the soda study. "It is scientifically implausible to suggest that diet soft drinks — a beverage that is 99 percent water — cause weight gain or elevated blood pressure."

"It is extremely..."

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KEYWORDS: dietsoda; health; softdrinks; sushi
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Soft Drink Consumption and Risk of Developing Cardiometabolic Risk Factors and the Metabolic Syndrome in Middle-Aged Adults in the Community
1 posted on 07/23/2007 10:21:25 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Soda is one thing, but when they go after sushi, sashimi, and sake, this means war.


2 posted on 07/23/2007 10:25:03 PM PDT by dighton
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To: neverdem

Never understood why some folks would want to eat fish bait.


3 posted on 07/23/2007 10:25:18 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: neverdem

I don’t know about heart disease, but I’ve recently quit diet soda, and lost about 10 pounds. I don’t know why, it’s diet! Perhaps its less sodium, so less water weight, but I feel alot better without it.


4 posted on 07/23/2007 10:25:18 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: taxcontrol

It’s delicious! Not all sushi has fish in it. California Rolls are very good as well, and contain cooked crab.


5 posted on 07/23/2007 10:28:07 PM PDT by SoldierMedic (Rowan Walter, 23 Feb 2007 Ramadi)
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To: neverdem

The thought police are out in force again. It’s all the fault of whatever crappy ‘science’ they can come up with.


6 posted on 07/23/2007 10:28:47 PM PDT by kingu (No, I don't use sarcasm tags - it confuses people.)
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To: neverdem

Some level of government needs more funding and is attempting to get it by alarming the sheeple. Gee whiz.


7 posted on 07/23/2007 10:30:00 PM PDT by JennysCool ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." -Mencken)
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To: JennysCool

CSIPI is behind this, trust me.


8 posted on 07/23/2007 10:31:19 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President 2008)
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To: neverdem

I could live without sushi (but not Susie), but I sure would miss my Vietnamese spring rolls and pho.

I think a bowl of pho is one of the best meals around. Cheap, delicious and pretty healthy.


9 posted on 07/23/2007 10:31:47 PM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now courtesy of Islam.)
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To: americanophile
It might be that you have substituted for something that has sugar in it, therefore causing your metabolic rate to go up.
10 posted on 07/23/2007 10:32:41 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President 2008)
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To: neverdem

If no one ever ate anything, we’d all be safe and live forever...


11 posted on 07/23/2007 10:36:07 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: neverdem
Everything is bad for you.

Aw, hell. I'm just gonna start smoking again.

12 posted on 07/23/2007 10:36:13 PM PDT by SIDENET ("IT'S A COOKBOOK!!!")
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To: neverdem
It doesn’t matter what you eat, drink, think, do or don’t do, no matter what it is, there is someone out with too much time on their hands and a government grant saying you will suffer and die from something. Water is dangerous to a person too. If you drink too much water, you can die. A great rule of thumb, as least for me, is moderation. You can have almost anything and it won’t hurt you if you use it in moderation. I personally don’t give a damn what a scientist says, what a shrink says and especially what a know it all politician has to say. I will do what I want as long as it doesn’t affect anyone around me or my family. In other words, the thought police can just kiss my ass.
13 posted on 07/23/2007 10:38:14 PM PDT by antiunion person (I vote letting the general public have open season on what is under turbans)
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To: SoldierMedic

How about raw pork sushi for kicks?


14 posted on 07/23/2007 10:45:02 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: antiunion person
What they are doing is laying the ground work for future legal cases. You don't have any problem, just the fear of one day having a heart attack or some dreaded disaese. It's emotional terrorism to force people into class action law suites.
15 posted on 07/23/2007 10:45:31 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President 2008)
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To: dennisw

raw eel?


16 posted on 07/23/2007 10:45:50 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney for President 2008)
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To: neverdem

The soda thing is interesting. I believe it shows the market for soda has not only declined, but is now made up of a larger percentage of those who don’t watch what they eat. It isn’t the soda, it’s soda’s consumers.


17 posted on 07/23/2007 10:48:52 PM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: dennisw
How about raw pork sushi for kicks?

Why not a delicious hunk of raw turkey?
18 posted on 07/23/2007 10:50:34 PM PDT by Jaysun (Certified thread hijacker since 7-7-07 (by restornu and blu))
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To: neverdem

“cut down on their intake of even cooked fish with high levels of mercury”

..........


19 posted on 07/23/2007 10:52:21 PM PDT by jwh_Denver (In the Rise and Fall of United States I hope the Fall part is more than one chapter.)
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To: Perdogg

Not all sushi is raw, which may come as a surprise to some, and you can make an entire meal from cooked food. Eel (unagi and anago) is always served cooked,

(from internet)


20 posted on 07/23/2007 10:52:37 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: Jaysun

I once took a bite of raw chicken... revolting. But eaten lots of raw fish and red meat including deer meat


21 posted on 07/23/2007 10:54:28 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: neverdem
haha... blatant example of Japanaphobia

just wait till Mr. Yamamoto with the CAJR (Council For American Japanese Relations) finds out about this hateful bigotry.

22 posted on 07/23/2007 10:56:28 PM PDT by expatguy (Support - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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To: dennisw

Raw pork gives you Trichinosis. While raw fish does have the possibility of carrying Anisakis, it’s much less common here. Besides, sushi has to have fish.


23 posted on 07/23/2007 10:59:10 PM PDT by SoldierMedic (Rowan Walter, 23 Feb 2007 Ramadi)
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To: dennisw
How about raw pork sushi for kicks?

Sure, when they start raising pigs in bathtubs.

24 posted on 07/23/2007 10:59:31 PM PDT by angkor
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To: dennisw
I once took a bite of raw chicken... revolting. But eaten lots of raw fish and red meat including deer meat.

I don't do raw fish. But beef is another matter. We used to eat raw hamburger meat on crackers.
25 posted on 07/23/2007 10:59:49 PM PDT by Jaysun (Certified thread hijacker since 7-7-07 (by restornu and blu))
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To: neverdem
"Well, we're all gonna' die of somethin'..." - J. "teach 'em mastrubation" Elders (Clinton Surgeon General)
26 posted on 07/23/2007 11:04:45 PM PDT by GoldCountryRedneck ("Flying is like Life: Know where you are, where you're going, and how to get there." - 'Ol Dad)
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To: neverdem

I am waiting for the study that shows that food can lead to obesity and that intaking any proteins or carbohydrates is injurious to health. I think starvation can solve a lot of health and social problems and may even aid in the control of excesive population./s


27 posted on 07/23/2007 11:06:21 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: neverdem

The first study discusses mercury, not pathogens, so why single out sushi?

The second says that some unhealthy people drink soda. Not that soda causes ill health.

How stupid do you have to be to become a reporter?


28 posted on 07/23/2007 11:06:23 PM PDT by angkor
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To: SoldierMedic
California Rolls are very good as well, and contain cooked crab.

Snicker, snicker. That's not cooked crab. That's faux-crab made out of fish paste. Look THAT up.

29 posted on 07/23/2007 11:08:04 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("By the simple exercise of our will, we can exert a power for good practically unbounded, etc, etc.")
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To: neverdem

I thought it was commonly known for at least ten years that diet sodas were really bad for you, mostly because of the Aspartame and other fake chemical sweeteners. They taste awful anyway, if you want a soda drink regular and if you’re on a diet drink water or ice tea. The same with the sushi, it’s been known and recommended forever that pregnant women avoid certain fish that may be high in mercury, its not necessarily sushi but certain fish.

I think they recycle these same studies every so often and act like they’ve made some big new discovery.


30 posted on 07/23/2007 11:09:28 PM PDT by Nomad577
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To: VanShuyten

Another reason to justify my vendetta with California


31 posted on 07/23/2007 11:10:03 PM PDT by SoldierMedic (Rowan Walter, 23 Feb 2007 Ramadi)
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To: Jaysun
Why not a delicious hunk of raw turkey?

They actually do serve chicken sashimi in Japan. They sear the outside of a chicken breast, slice it thin and you dip it in ponzu, which is basically soy sauce and lemon juice. I've had it and it was good. I was told by a sushi chef here in the states that the chicken here is not of high enough quality for this to be safe and I tend to believe him. Unlike the Chinese, the Japanese are practically obsessed with quality and this extends to their food.

32 posted on 07/23/2007 11:10:55 PM PDT by elmer fudd (Fukoku kyohei)
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To: neverdem
"It is scientifically implausible to suggest that diet soft drinks — a beverage that is 99 percent water — cause weight gain or elevated blood pressure."

Maybe it's that 2 cups of sugar per 2 Liter jug of regular pop that has something to do with it, and all that artificial sweetener in diet pop.
Then there is the simple observation that people who guzzle a gallon or more of pop every day tend to be obese.

What ever it is, the Marxist "regulate everything you do" police will set you straight. Like guns, grocery stores should provide the names of people who buy more than 10 large jugs of pop a week and put them on a list- for public safety..../s

33 posted on 07/23/2007 11:28:29 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: SoldierMedic
"Not all sushi has fish in it"

Sushi IS raw fish.

34 posted on 07/23/2007 11:30:20 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: dennisw
"How about raw pork sushi for kicks?"

There are places that serve that, and raw chicken, beef, venison, just about any raw meat you can think of.

35 posted on 07/23/2007 11:33:12 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Nathan Zachary

Sushi means snack.


36 posted on 07/23/2007 11:36:34 PM PDT by SoldierMedic (Rowan Walter, 23 Feb 2007 Ramadi)
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To: angkor
"Sure, when they start raising pigs in bathtubs.

They pretty much do. You've never seen a super barn I take it. The pigs live in a pen that is basically a rubber coated grate, little strw, and are showers 3-4 times a day. they are cleaner than most people, never see sunshine, nor is there a fly in the entire place. Even the workers have to walk through a shower and put on a clean one piece work coverall before entering entering the barn.

37 posted on 07/23/2007 11:40:48 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: dennisw

You can get a variety of worms from raw fish, including tapeworms and other parasites. They are supposed to examine the fish on a lightbox as they prepare sushi. I sure wouldn’t eat raw fish, or raw anything. You just never know, and all it takes is one little hunk of bad meat to get sick enough to die, or have an ichy anus, or worse, a hungry 20 foot tape worm. (it will keep you thin though)


38 posted on 07/23/2007 11:49:15 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: neverdem
Most pregnant women I have known vomit around sushi!
I think that morning sickness is a defense mechanism for the fetus.
However, nanny Bloomberg should doo somehting useful like lowering taxes, REDUCING REGULATIONS, and ensuring that all students graduate with diplomas worht the paper they are recycled on!
39 posted on 07/23/2007 11:54:20 PM PDT by rmlew (Build a wall, attrit the illegals, end the anchor babies, Americanize Immigrants)
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To: SoldierMedic
su·shi (sū'shē)- Cold cooked rice dressed with vinegar that is shaped into bite-sized pieces and topped with raw or cooked fish,(usually raw) or formed into a roll with fish, egg, or vegetables and wrapped in seaweed.
40 posted on 07/23/2007 11:55:06 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: elmer fudd

I would only eat it at a restaurant that serves puffer fish and has had no casualties!


41 posted on 07/23/2007 11:55:52 PM PDT by rmlew (Build a wall, attrit the illegals, end the anchor babies, Americanize Immigrants)
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42 posted on 07/23/2007 11:58:28 PM PDT by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: dennisw

Actually, I remember reading that Russians eat sliced raw pork fat as well as other finger food (sliced cucumber etc) as an appetizer with chilled vodka from the book “Inside The Aquarium” by Viktor Suvorov.


43 posted on 07/23/2007 11:58:44 PM PDT by Howard Jarvis Admirer (i)
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To: SoldierMedic
http://www.answers.com/sushi&r=67

sushi-

Japanese; thinly sliced raw fish.

In Japanese cuisine, sushi (寿司, sushi?) is a food made of vinegared rice combined with seafood. Most, but not all, fish used in sushi is un-cooked, but other ingredients may be cooked, blanched, sauteed, or marinated.

44 posted on 07/23/2007 11:59:21 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: neverdem
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45 posted on 07/24/2007 12:00:19 AM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Nathan Zachary
The original term Japanese: 寿司 sushi (-zushi in some compounds such as makizushi), written in kanji, means snack and refers to the rice, but not fish or other toppings.[1]
46 posted on 07/24/2007 12:00:42 AM PDT by SoldierMedic (Rowan Walter, 23 Feb 2007 Ramadi)
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To: americanophile

I believe there’s a theory (or actual studies) that suggest that fake sweeteners can cause the body to respond with insuline as if it were real sugar.

There’s also this: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/06/040630081825.htm


47 posted on 07/24/2007 12:07:51 AM PDT by DB
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To: Nathan Zachary
http://gojapan.about.com/cs/sushilinks1/a/sushi1.htm

Sushi indicates foods that use rice seasoned with sweet rice-wine vinegar. Of course, raw fish is the most popular ingredient in sushi, but the main element of sushi is Japanese sticky rice. There are many kinds of sushi, which don't include raw fish. Cooked fish, shellfish, and various other ingredients can be combined in sushi.
48 posted on 07/24/2007 12:09:32 AM PDT by SoldierMedic (Rowan Walter, 23 Feb 2007 Ramadi)
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To: neverdem
I asked a gastroenterologist I used to see what he thought of sushi. He answered: "Let me put it this way: I wouldn't eat it."

At one time I used to eat sushi pretty often. Now I only do this infrequently. I really think this is unrelated but I haven't had to see the gastroenterologist for years.

49 posted on 07/24/2007 12:19:44 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: Nathan Zachary

There are many varieties of sushi that do not contain fish. Tamago, is egg sushi. Basashi is horse sushi. Kappamaki is cucumber roll sushi and there are many, many others.


50 posted on 07/24/2007 12:22:11 AM PDT by elmer fudd (Fukoku kyohei)
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