In the News: Americans Drinking More Bottled Water Than Soda, Salt and Sugary Drinks May Cause Heart Disease, Soy No Longer Considered Harmful to Women

Americans now drink more bottled water than soda. Bottled-water consumption in the U.S. has now reached an astounding 39.3 gallons per capita according to last year’s data. The idea that people would purchase more bottled water than soda was simply unthinkable even 10 years prior, especially given that the packaged version is readily available for free from the tap. Nonetheless, bottled water sales have been steadily growing ever since Perrier entered the market in the ’70s. In recent years, bottled water sales have also been bolstered thanks to the increased knowledge of sugary soda drinking dangers. It’s great to see that water has eclipsed less healthy beverages and we’re excited to see how this trend will develop in the coming years. Ready to say goodbye to your favorite soft drink? try Dr. Oz’s 4-week soda detox. (MARKETWATCH)

A salt with a deadly weapon. Salt and sugary drinks may be the cause of heart-disease deaths. A study published this week in JAMA suggests that 10 foods may be contributing to half of all heart-disease related deaths. In the study, researchers looked at the diets of thousands of patients who died from a heart attack, stroke, or type-2 diabetes. They found that diets high in sodium, sugar sweetened beverages, and processed meats increase mortality risk the most. Furthermore, diets that are low in nuts and seeds, fish, fruits and veggies can also increase the risk. The authors go on to say that public health policies targeting proper dietary habits may provide patients with the most improvement to their health. Check out Dr. Oz’s plan to find out how to break up with salt. (TODAY)

It’s soy K to eat tofu! New research clears up some confusion about the complicated relationship between soy and breast cancer. The health advice on eating soy is fraught with confusion. Some studies support the idea that estrogen-mimicking molecules in soy like isoflavone could slow the development of breast cancers by decreasing estrogen production. But other studies believe that the isoflavone molecules may interfere with the efficacy of estrogenic medications for breast cancer like tamoxifen. To help clear the air, a new study evaluated the diets of thousands of women diagnosed with breast cancer. They found that diets high in soy may be protective for women with hormone insensitive breast cancer. As for women with hormone sensitive types, soy neither increased nor decreased their risk of mortality. While the authors acknowledge that we’re far from a definite answer about soy, we’re certainly on our way to one. Check out recipes for one of Dr Oz’s, favorite types of soy: tofu! (TIME)