Category Archives: American Heart Association

The American Heart Association has a PR problem

The results of the latest Heart Scan Blog poll are in. The poll was prompted by yet another observation that the American Heart Association diet is a destructive diet that, in this case, made a monkey fat. Because I am … Continue reading

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American Heart Association diet makes a monkey out of you

Heart Scan Blog reader, Roger, brought this New York Times article to my attention. In an effort to develop a better experimental model for obesity than mice, scientists have turned to monkeys and other primates. The emerging observations are eerily … Continue reading

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Is Cocoa Puffs no longer heart healthy?

Until recently, Cocoa Puffs enjoyed the endorsement of the American Heart Association (AHA) as a heart-healthy food. For a price, the AHA will allow food manufacturers to affix a heart “check mark” signifying endorsement by the AHA as conforming to … Continue reading

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Beating the Heart Association diet is child’s play

In response to the Heart Scan Blog post, Post-Traumatic Grain Disorder, Anne commented: While on the American Heart Association diet my lipids peaked in 2003. I even tried the Ornish diet for a short time, but found it impossible. Total … Continue reading

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Fanatic Cook on the American Heart Association

The Fanatic Cook has posted a stinging criticism of the American Heart Association (AHA): American Heart Association My Fat Translator Beyond the nonsensical nutritional recommendations (e.g., substitute small French fries for large French fries), she lists the major financial contributors … Continue reading

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Dr. Nieca Goldberg and heart healthy

In January, 2007, $11.6 billion (2006 net sales) cereal manufacturing giant General Mills rolled out three million boxes of Wheat Chex and Multi-Bran Chex, each boasting a picture of cardiologist, Dr. Nieca Goldberg’s face on the box. Dr. Goldberg has … Continue reading

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Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs

Take a look at the list of ingredients in Cocoa Puffs: corn, sugar, corn syrup–all high glycemic index foods. In other words, Cocoa Puffs is the physiologic equivalent of pure table sugar. Sure, it comes packaged with this wacky bird … Continue reading

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More on the American Heart Association

I’m very troubled by the American Heart Association’s (AHA) willingness to lend its logo and stamp of approval to a multitude of garbage foods like Cocoa Puffs and Berry Kix cereals. So I contacted the AHA and spoke to the … Continue reading

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American Heart Association stamp of approval

The American Heart Association (AHA) has a program called the Heart-Check Mark, an “approval” process that permits a food manufacturer to affix the AHA logo and stamp of approval on various food products. A company simply makes application to the … Continue reading

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Tattered Red Dress

“Are you taking your health to heart? Perhaps you understand the importance of eating a diet low in cholesterol or getting 30 minutes of exercise a day. But do you know your own risk of developing cardiovascular disease? It’s time … Continue reading

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