July 15, 2020
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Your Urinary "Fingerprint"
What you eat shows up in your urine and can serve as a molecular picture of your personal health. Read more >

Eat Your Words
Are you losing words? Verbal fluency, the ability to summon words at will, drops as we age, but it's better in people who eat these foods. Read more >

Coming to a Convenience Store Near You
Suppose sodas and other sugary drinks carried warning labels the way alcohol and cigarettes do. Would obesity rates go down? Read more >

Stay on the Sunny Side of COVID-19
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. A deficiency seems to put people at greater risk of contracting Coronavirus. Read more >

Try to Find Comfort Somewhere Else
So-called comfort foods that are high in saturated fat make it harder to pay attention. Something to consider before you indulge. Read more >

Foods to Build Immunity
It's not only about wearing a mask. Nutrition plays a major role in supporting your immune system. Read more >

You Can't Fool Kids
Baby foods that add fruit to vegetables to get kids to accept veggies don't seem to do the trick. Here's how to get kids on board. Read more >

Juice Box Confidential
Parents hoping to pick a healthy drink for their kids are not getting much help from the FDA. Read more >

Get Smart about Food Labels
The nutrition facts labels on the foods are a gold mine of health information. What to look for. Read more >

Eating Right in Difficult Times
The fact that many of us must shelter in place with limited access to the foods we are used to is an opportunity as well as a handicap. Read more >

Meat's Other, Sulfur, Problem
It's not just fats in meat that make it hard on heart health. Certain amino acids add to the risk, too. Read more >

Drive By the Drive-In
Fast food is like a drug for preschoolers. It's a major contributor to the rise in child obesity. Read more >

Pack a Lunch; Eat In
Eating out is a primary driver of weight gain and diabetes. On average, Americans get one of every five calories from restaurant meals. Read more >

Lunches with a Nutritional Punch
Bag lunches are often less nutritious than those bought at school. Here are lunches that make the grade. Read more >

Cooking Shows and Nutrition
Kids are more likely to try healthy foods when they see them prepared on TV. Read more >

Escape From the Food Desert
Online grocery shopping can be more than a convenience. It can be a way to get fresh, foods to people who live far from a supermarket. Read more >

The Foods You Can't Stop Eating
Certain ingredients -- think things like chips and bacon -- spark our appetites. Here's how to break the cycle. Read more >

Neighborhoods that Make You Fat
Where you live has a big effect on your -- and your kids' -- weight. Here are some things you can do to fight back. Read more >

A Sweet Media Connection
Teens screen time and sugar consumption seem to go together. There is one exception, however. Read more >

A Nutty Diet Plan
People who ate nuts regularly were far less likely to become obese over the years. What the nuts help keep them from eating is part of it. Read more >

The Way to Go More Vegetarian
To encourage college kids to eat more vegetables: add another vegetable-based meal to the cafeteria offerings. Read more >

Big Gulp, Shorter Life
Soft drink consumption averages 39 gallons per person in the U.S. Bigger drinkers, even of diet sodas, tend to have shorter lives. Read more >

Low-Fat Is Not a Fad
It's easy to become confused about diet claims, but if you needed proof of the value of a low-fat diet to health, here it is. Read more >

Stop Fridge Food Waste
Those expiration dates on your food? Ignore them. They don't mean what you think they do. Read more >

Unraveling a Diet Mystery
What kind of diet is better for your heart -- low carb or low fat? Neither, it turns out. Something else matters more. Read more >

Red Wine, Chocolate, Berries, Nuts
Flavonoids are compounds that cut the risk of cancer and heart disease. It's easy to add them to your diet. Read more >

Dietitians to the Rescue
Few MDs feel qualified to make dietary recommendations. That's a problem for patients' health. Read more >

Food Phobic
Food neophobia is an extreme form of picky eating and can lead to chronic health problems. Read more >

Put a Little More Fish in Your Life
Red and processed meats are bad for you; fish is good. So why aren't people in the U.S. eating more fish? Read more >

Stay on the Sunny Side
Vitamin D helps keep memory sharp and bones strong. Yet nearly 25% of older adults are deficient in it. Sun and a few foods help. Read more >

Stop Vacation Weight Gain
You don't want to come home from your summer vacation with extra pounds. Here's a proven way to prevent that from happening. Read more >

Processed Foods Fuel Obesity
If you want to gain weight, processed foods are the way to do it. They add about 500 calories a day. Read more >

Guacamole Power
Avocados may be one of the best ways to cut calories, satisfy your appetite and lower cholesterol at the same time. Read more >

Eat As Much As You Want
Primates following this diet ate as much as they wanted -- and they still didn't gain weight. Read more >

A Teachable Moment for Health
The best way to help kids develop healthy eating habits is to start explaining why they matter early on. Read more >

What You're Not Eating Could Kill You
Eating unhealthy food is not as bad for you as missing out on the nutrients in foods you don't eat. Read more >

Choose Foods, Not Supplements
Nutritional supplements have some concerning associations with heart disease, cancer and health in general. Buy good food instead. Read more >

A Traffic Cop for Your Diet
Choosing foods that are healthy and better for the environment is a lot easier when signs point the way. Read more >

Bad News for Egg Lovers
Eggs are the perfect protein, but eating more than three or four eggs a week is risky for your heart. Read more >

Crickets: The Gateway Bug
Eating insects may help prevent colon cancer. They're also a cheap and environmentally-friendly source of protein. Read more >

About that Cheeseburger You're Eating
It's a chance to do right twice: eating less meat and fat not only is good for your health, it also reduces carbon emissions. Read more >

The Carb Chronicles
A massive review of carbohydrate studies finds that one quality distinguishes the good carb from the bad. Read more >

Negotiating the Minefield at the Cash Register
Snacks and candy tempt us as we wait in supermarket checkout lines. What if they weren't there? Read more >

Keep Your Chromosomes Strong
Because it damages chromosomes, a folate deficiency can lead to dementia and mental disorders as well as birth defects. Read more >

The High Fructose Factor
Low income people used to be thin from lack of food. That has changed. Here's why. Read more >

Dinnertime, Debate Time
When teens are at the table, mealtime arguments are not uncommon. But eating together still delivers lasting lessons. Read more >

Fake Fruit
When students pick juice at lunch, healthier food choices and overall nutrition suffer. Read more >

Cut Carbs Before Calories
Go easy on the stuffing: Eating fewer carbohydrates helps the body burn calories, keeps weight off. Read more >

Chains Retreat from Healthier Kids' Meal Options
Fast food chains said they'd improve the nutritional quality of kids' meals, but that hasn't happened. Read more >

The Sugar in Your Yogurt
Yogurt is health food, right? Not necessarily. Many, if not most, yogurts are loaded with sugar. Read more >

Time for Breakfast
There are programs that pay for and provide breakfasts for school children. So why do so few kids take advantage of them? Read more >

A Call for New Dietary Guidelines
The American Heart Association has issued an Advisory changing the emphasis on the sorts of foods we should eat. Read more >

It's Not the Salt
Surprised researchers didn't find blood pressure problems in people around the world who ate high salt diets. Here's why. Read more >

Cultivate Five Habits to Protect Your Kids
Mothers who follow these five healthy habits cut their children's risk of becoming obese by as much as 80 percent. Read more >

A Tip Sheet on Childhood Obesity
Nutritionists weigh in on child obesity, offering tips for what parents can do to help. Read more >

Six Foods to Fight Disease
Presentations at a nutrition meeting highlight foods you want to have as a regular part of your diet. Read more >

Is Your Job Making You Fat?
Don't you just love it when there are donut holes in the break room? Eating at work can add up to 15 pounds a year. Read more >

The Mediterranean Diet, U.S. Edition
People in certain states do a better job of eating the healthy way residents of Mediterranean countries do. For others, it's an opportunity. Read more >

Fast Food and Fertility
Too much fast food and too little fruit both delay conception and raise the odds of infertility. Read more >

Kids in the Kitchen
One good way to give your kids healthy eating habits is to have them help prepare food at home. Read more >

Not All Protein Is Created Equal
Get most of your protein from vegetables and legumes, and your risk of cardiovascular disease goes way down. Read more >

Health on Hand: Snack On
There's nothing wrong with a snack. It's what you grab that matters. Use this list to stock your pantry. Read more >

The Sad Stats on Obesity
Obesity rates are climbing in children and adults, creating a potential public health crisis. Prevention is far easier than losing weight. Read more >

What A Good Diet Can't Do
You have to reduce salt to prevent high blood pressure. But don't start with the salt shaker. Read more >

New Worries about Calcium Supplements
Calcium supplements, with or without vitamin D, appear to up the risk of intestinal polyps associated with colon cancer. Read more >

Sugary Drinks and Infertility
When men and women drink sugar-sweetened beverages, it reduces the chances of getting pregnant by as much as a third. Read more >

Hidden Hunger
A lack of money is only one reason people go hungry. A lack of stores offering fresh foods is another. Read more >

Lung-Repairing Nutrients
There are fruits that can improve lung function in ex-smokers, and they can also help never-smokers. Read more >

Tea Is a Feast for the Eyes
A cup a day can reduce glaucoma risk. Just make sure the tea is hot and caffeinated. Read more >

Sugar and Spice
Cinnamon contains a compound that has the potential to amp up the body's fat-burning system. Read more >

Go with the Grain
Give whole grains in bread, pastas and salads a chance. You'll lose weight and reduce your risk of diabetes and colorectal cancer. Read more >

Fasting's Metabolic Effects
Fasting can reset cells' metabolism, helping the body burn fat and lose weight even without dieting. Read more >

Long-Term Iron Supplements Benefit Low Birth Weight Babies
Babies born weighing under 5 pounds often develop behavioral and cognitive problems as kids. Iron supplements can prevent these issues. Read more >

A Mineral for Your Mind
Too much or too little of this mineral seems to promote dementia and Alzheimers' disease. Read more >

SNAP Falls Short
The nutrition assistance program doesn't begin to cover the cost of a diet that satisfies government guidelines. Is it good enough? Read more >

Energy-Dense Foods and Cancer Risk
Eating foods that pack lots of nutrients in each calorie can cut your risk of cancer. Read more >

A Disastrous Combo Meal
Drinking a sugary beverage with a high protein meal reduces your body's ability to break down fat. And the pounds pile on. Read more >

Small Changes, Big Progress
Want to improve your diet and health? Pick small changes you can stick with, a Harvard study finds. Read more >

Vegetarian Heart Problems
Not all largely vegetarian diets are especially good for you. Some plant-based diets are bad for your heart. Read more >

New Sources of an Overlooked Nutrient
It's good for the heart, seniors' bones and helps the blood. Now we know full-fat dairy is a good way to get it. Read more >

Decadent Vegetables
When veggies sound like an indulgence -- chipotle-roasted corn, sizzling green beans -- they go over a lot better. Read more >

White or Whole Wheat?
Whole grain bread is better, right? Not so fast. The nutritional benefits of bread are actually more individual than anyone thought. Read more >

The True Cost of Wasted Food
Farms and families throw out lots of food. Discarded nutrients could help feed millions of Americans. Read more >

Too Much Sun Protection?
Staying out of the sun and sunblock cut your risk of skin cancer, but they can also contribute to vitamin D deficiency and celiac disease. Read more >

Salt Makes You Hungry, Not Thirsty
A set of new findings has completely changed our understanding of what too much salt does to your body. Read more >

Vending Machines Programmed for Healthier Food Choices
If you have to wait for a your chips to drop, but can get a healthier snack more quickly, or cheaply, you might choose differently. Read more >

Why You Need to Eat at Home More
Home-cooked meals used to be prized; now they are seen as inconvenient. But the health benefits of eating at home are undeniable. Read more >

Don't Give Up on Kids' Nutrition
Even though most parents know what their kids should eat, they often don't push the issue, preferring the path of least resistance. Read more >

The Case for A Health Tax
If taxes could buy you some disability-free years as you age, would you be willing to pay them? Read more >

Powered By Protein
Protein builds muscle and muscle keeps seniors on their feet. But which is better — vegetable protein or that from meat or fish? Read more >

Dinner In A Box?
Yes, lots of us are short on time. But if prepared foods are your only meal plan, it's time to make a change. Read more >

Breastfeeding? You Need to Supplement Vitamin D
Breast milk is spectacularly good for infants, but it doesn't offer enough vitamin D...unless mothers take one of these steps. Read more >

The Nutritional Mother Lode
Magnesium can cut your chances of a heart attack or stroke, as well as making other healthy contributions. Here's how to get it. Read more >

Health By The Handful
Want to lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, or death by up to 25 percent? Grab some nuts. But not too many. Read more >

Whole Milk to the Rescue
Low-fat milk appears to be making kids fat, yes, fat. Read more >

Stealth Salt
Most kids eat far more salt than they should, a CDC study says. And they have the blood pressure to prove it. Read more >

Put An Egg in It
Simply adding eggs to salads greatly increases your absorption of two key nutrients. Read more >

A Big Fat Summer Vacation
Free access to high calorie foods and hours in front of screens mean that vacation makes many kids fat. It's better at school. Read more >

Focus on Food, Not “Nutrients”
Rather than telling people to eat less fat, the guidelines suggest foods to eat. Read more >

Why You Need to Take Supplements Seriously
Liver damage from herbal and other supplements has doubled in the past decade. Read more >

The Outrage Diet
Appealing to teens' budding sense of social justice can undermine the allure of junk food. Read more >

The Power of Planting A Garden
Working a garden at home or at school has a profound — and profoundly beneficial — effect on eating habits. Read more >

Personalized Nutrition Advice Makes A Difference
When nutrition advice is tailored to an individual's needs, it has a much bigger impact on diet and health. Read more >

You Need to Eat More Plants
Meats are killers. Here's a game plan to help you begin to move to a more plant-based diet. Read more >

Big Waistlines, Shrunken Brains
Being overweight can age your brain 10 years. Read more >

Fight Inflammation; Eat Nuts
Chronic inflammation is a killer. Nuts can help. Just don't eat too many. Read more >

Superheroes Dressed As Vegetables Rescue Kids' Diets
More evidence that if you market veggies like snack foods, kids will come. Read more >

What If Veggies Were Marketed Like Other Foods?
When healthy foods are marketed more like processed foods, shoppers buy more of them. Read more >

Reconsidering Vitamin D
Studies showing that this vitamin improves health may be flawed, but does that mean they're wrong? Read more >

Junk Food Celebrities
Pop stars who promote soda and other unhealthy foods don't mean to add to the burden of teen obesity, but they do. Read more >

Help Your Cells Shed Fat
We only need minute amounts of this mineral, but it appears to play a huge role in our ability to burn fat. Read more >

Gluten-Free Kids: A Bad Idea
A gluten-free diet can be life-saving if you have celiac disease, but it can cause nutritional deficiencies in others. Read more >

Meat and Mortality
A Mayo Clinic study finds that eating meat regularly shortens life spans. Read more >

Bad to the Brain
Fructose damages genes in the brain, leading to a variety of problems. Luckily, one nutrient offsets its effects. Read more >

Time to Be Fruitful
Eating a baseball-sized serving of fresh fruit every day is the quickest way to cut your risk of heart attack and stroke. Read more >

Tweaks Boost A Vegan Diet
Vegans tend to be healthier, but even they need to be on the lookout for a number of nutritional deficiencies. Read more >

Phthalates in Fast Food
It's not just what's in your fast food that's bad for you; it's what your fast food is packaged in Read more >

Vitamin C Is For Cataracts
A diet high in vitamin C-containing fruits and vegetables can cut the risk of cataracts by a third. Read more >

The Ultra-Processed Food Invasion
Ultra-processed foods are just bundles of emulsifiers, salt, added sugars and calories. Read more >

Your Partner Could Be Making You Fat
Your spouse has more of an impact on how you eat than your family history does. Read more >

Put Some Barley in Your Life
Barley reduces blood sugar, the risk of diabetes and heart disease, and it leaves you feeling full. Read more >

Mexico's Successful Sugar Tax
Mexico's tax on sugary beverages has had an impressive impact on consumption and, hopefully, health Read more >

You Are What Your Father Ate — Before You Were Even Conceived
Fathers' sperm help determine a child's weight long before a baby is born. Read more >

Mighty Microminerals
You need to know if you are getting enough trace minerals like copper, selenium, and magnesium. Read more >

What Millennials Do and Don't Know About Health
Millennials have grown up with fitness apps, farm shares, and online health sites. So are they healthier? Not necessarily... Read more >

Facing Food Insecurity
Inadequate access to good quality food has lasting and negative effects on children's development. Read more >

The Soda Tax
Berkeley, CA has decided to tax sugary-drinks in a effort to reduce consumption. Will it work? Read more >

What Discount And Convenience Stores Are Doing To Our Health
There are good deals at wholesale food stores, but what they do to your health is not so good. Read more >

Where, When, and What You Eat
Try this app and you may find yourself staring at a photo of you mindlessly nibbling while pumping gas. Read more >

Fats Rise and Fall And Rise Again
There’s been a lot of flip-flopping on dietary fats in recent years. Here’s where we really are. Read more >

Kids Eat Better At Daycare Than At Home
Amazingly, kids eat a healthier diet at day care than at home. And the extra calories they get at home are a major source of weight gain. Read more >

It's Not About The Calories
Our rising obesity rates have led us to equate food with calories. But we really should be counting nutrients. Read more >

It’s What You Eat, Not How Much You Eat
It's good to watch your weight, but there is something even more important to your health. Read more >

Southern Food: Good, But Not Good For You
Registered dietitian Beth Fontenot knows Southern cooking...and why it's one of the tastiest and unhealthiest cuisines around. Read more >

A Not-So-Secret Weapon Against Cardiovascular Disease
Eating fruits and vegetables raises the vitamin C in your blood and reduces your risk of heart disease. Read more >

There's No Place Like Home
When you eat out, you consume far more fat, calories, and salt than when you eat at home. Fast food isn't even the biggest culprit. Read more >

Nut Case
Eating nuts is even better for you than previously thought. But more is not better, and peanut butter may not count. Read more >

Clues to Obesity from the Brains of Fat Rats
What you eat can affect your gut microbes and interfere with your ability to know you are full. Read more >

The Scales of Weight Loss
It's rarely recommended, but doing this every day could help you lose weight and keep it off. Read more >

Freedom of Choice Meets Health Policy
Behavioral economists have some interesting ideas about the best ways to improve our eating habits. Read more >

Time to Stop Blaming Fat
Four decades of nutrition wisdom may be overturned when the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are released later this year. Read more >

A Hack to Make Your Salad Even Healthier
Adding this ingredient to your salad helps your body take advantage of more of its antioxidants and other nutrients. Read more >

Sugary Drinks and Fatty Livers
Drunk daily, sugary beverages can bring on liver disease. Artificially-sweetened beverages are safer. Read more >

The Power of A List
A grocery list is a tried and true method for saving money and buying healthier food. Read more >

Eat Well and Prosper: Healthy Menus Bring Restaurants More Business
You might think junk food is good business, but when menus get healthier, so does the bottom line. Read more >

Widely Varying Calorie Counts Undo Many A Diet
It's easy to gain weight when the calories in one dish (like pizza) vary so much from slice to slice Read more >

Potassium's Blood Pressure Protection Racket
The culprit in high blood pressure may not be salty foods. It may be a different mineral. Read more >

The CAN Approach Makes Healthy Food Choices Effortless
You can easily eat well. Just make sure nutrition food is convenient, attractive and a normal part of your life. Read more >

Do You Know How Many Calories Are in That Margarita?
We should be giving alcoholic beverages the same scrutiny as sugar-sweetened sodas. Read more >

Getting Enough, But Not Too Much, Vitamin D
Fatty fish — and the sun — help us get the vitamin D we need. But too much D can be toxic. Read more >

Vitamin D in Health and Disease
Nearly half of the population is deficient in Vitamin D. Age, skin color and weight can put you at risk. Read more >

Food TV: Entertainment, or License to Indulge?
Cooking show mavens who try to duplicate TV meals at home gain more weight. Read more >

Health for Peanuts and Peanuts for Health
They're cheap, heart-healthy and provide antioxidants. Health food for the rest of us. Read more >

You Don't Need to Go to Extremes, Go Semi-Veggie
You don't have to go completely meatless to enjoy the major health benefits vegetables bring. Read more >

Fast Food Can Slow Kids' Brains
Fast food can make kids fat. It doesn't do anything good for their brains, either. Read more >

Eating Whole Grains Lowers Mortality Rates
For every ounce of whole grains you eat, you could extend your life by 5%. Seems like a bargain. Read more >

Sugar, Not Salt, Intake Behind Rising Blood Pressure
When it comes to high blood pressure, sugar has an even worse effect than salt. Read more >

The Perils of the Night Shift
Shift work affects your body's ability to process energy, making it more likely you will gain weight. Read more >

Trans Fats: As Bad for the Mind As They Are for the Body
Trans fats will make you stupid. Read more >

Vegetarian Diets Could Reduce Greenhouse Gasses Significantly
Vegetarian, pescetarian, and Mediterranean diets can do a lot to reduce greenhouse gasses. Read more >

Chocolate Sharpens the Mind
Specific nutrients in chocolate stimulate brain areas associated with memory loss. But read before you indulge. Read more >

Restaurants Are Cutting Calories
Restaurant chains have been introducing lower-calorie items. This could help diners keep weight off. Read more >

An Apple A Day May Keep Obesity at Bay
When it comes to keeping the beneficial bacteria in your colon happy, one apple stands above the rest. It may even help keep weight off. Read more >

You Are What You (and Your Full-Figured Friends) Eat
Who you eat with can affect what you eat, especially if your friends are overweight. Read more >

Junk Food Changes the Brain, But Healthy Foods Can Bring It Back
Too much junk food may wire the brain for unhealthy choices. But you can change this. Read more >

Kids Choose Healthier Foods When Parents Spend Time Cooking
Time spent in the kitchen pays off in more than just good nutrition. Kids who eat mostly home-cooked meals choose healthier food when out. Read more >

Organic Foods Show Clear Nutritional Benefits
Not only do organic foods offer far more polyphenols and other antioxidants, they have far fewer pesticide residues. Read more >

Skip the Hotdogs; Help Your Heart
Processed red meats raise the risk of heart trouble — and death — by a lot. Have a fish taco. Read more >

Sugars' Hidden Identities Create Problems for Consumers
When we can't trust the labels on our soft drinks to report sugar content accurately, it spells trouble. Read more >

Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables
Some foods offer more nutrition per calorie than others. A new list contains some obvious choices, but there are some surprises, too. Read more >

White Bread Will Make You Fat
Eating two slices of white bread a day raises the risk of obesity by 40%. Read more >

Researchers Dispute Claims that Supplements Offer Little or No Benefit
Several studies find nutritional supplements provide little or no benefit. But not everyone agrees. Read more >

The Paleo Diet Is No Cure for Obesity, Appetite
The Paleo diet may be popular, but it does not appear to curb appetite or reduce obesity. It's not without benefits, however. Read more >

Climate Change: A Threat to Human Nutrition
Rising CO2 levels can interfere with photosynthesis, robbing some foods of important nutrients. Read more >

Home Food Environment Affects the Quality of Your Diet
Some homes are like Superfund sites -- toxic to healthy eating. A few changes can make eating better a lot easier. Read more >

Too Little Salt is Bad for You
Good news, salt lovers: A huge study has found that reducing sodium intake, even to recommended levels, can be bad for your health. Read more >

The Sweet Mystery of Chocolate Revealed
Bacteria in the gut like chocolate almost as much as we do. That's why it's so good for you. Read more >

It Pays to Offer Healthy Food Options
Having a few healthy options at the concession stand can improve waistlines and still maintain the bottomline. Go team! Read more >

Americans May Be Getting the Nutrition Message
A survey of Americans' eating habits finds they're eating at home more. Waistlines benefit. Read more >

Kids and Caffeine: Less Soda, But New Sources
It's hard to believe any parent who cares about their sanity would give their children caffeine. So why is it that even preschoolers tend to get a daily dose? Read more >

Shift Work's Negative Effect on Diet, Health
Does your job have you working days and sometimes nights? That can be bad news for your diet — and your health. Read more >

Down with The Good and Up with The Bad: Food Costs Fuel Obesity
When fruits and veggies cost less, people weigh less. High-priced soda helps, too Read more >

Caffeine's Memory-Boosting Abilities
Your morning coffee doesn't just wake you up; it can help you remember things more clearly. Read more >

Coupons Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Grocery store coupons are great — if you are shopping for candy, soda and chips. Read more >

Healthy Eating May Be as Easy as Following Traffic Signals
When cafeteria food is labeled green, yellow, or red according to its nutritional value, people make healthier choices. Genius! Read more >

Two Studies Address Kids' Lunchroom Nutrition
Does making kids take servings of nutritious food actually improve their diets? Nope. Bribery works better. Read more >

Vitamin Supplements Offer Few, If Any, Health Benefits
We spend billions on nutritional supplements every year. Three studies say it's money down the drain. Read more >

When It Comes to Milk, Organic Really May Be Better
When it comes to milk at least, organic really does seem to be better. Read more >

Never Underestimate the Power of A Muppet
When the Muppets explain how to eat healthy and exercise, preschoolers listen. They even eat better Read more >

A Handful of Nuts Daily Lowers Heart Disease and Cancer Risk
Eating a handful of nuts regularly can cut the risk of heart attack by almost a third. Cancer, too. Read more >

A Short Course in Eating Better
It takes surprisingly little to help people shop smarter and eat better. Time for a tune up. Read more >

Compound in Vegetables Offers Protection from The Effects of Radiation
Good news for cancer patients -- a substance in veggies protects against the effects of radiation. Read more >

Some Reassurance Regarding Mercury in Fish
Little of the mercury in our blood actually comes from fish. Go for those omega-3s! Read more >

Frustrated Football Fans Find Consolation in Food
Win or lose, NFL teams' records affect their fans' eating patterns...for better and worse. Read more >

Mediterranean Diet Helps Fight Stroke Risk
The Mediterranean diet appears to counteract the influence of genes in a healthy way. Score one for nutrition. > Read more >

Childhood Iron Deficiency's Long-Term Effects
Babies with low iron run the risk of a range difficulties that persist into adulthood. Read more >

Are Refined Carbs the Key to Food Addiction?
Addicted to carbs: Foods like soda and refined flour light up the brain the same way drugs do. Read more >

Help Navigating the World of Dietary Supplements
Consumers now have help navigating the uncharted waters of the enormous supplement market. Read more >

Plants Get A Healthy Boost from Circadian Rhythms
Fruits and vegetables show cyclic changes in healthy phytochemicals even after being harvested. Read more >

A National Map to Reveal What We Really Eat
A national project tracks what we buy and offers some bad news: the calorie counts on labels may be wrong. Read more >

Restaurant Meals Could Be Wrecking Your Diet
The average restaurant meal serves up half the calories you need in a day. Read more >

Game-Changing New Report on Sodium Stirs Controversy
While eating too much salt can be dangerous, taking in too little is perhaps even riskier. The IOM and AHA face off. Read more >

Behind Obesity: Could It Be Insulin, Not Calories?
It's not calories that make us fat, argues Gary Taubes. And that's why we keep gaining weight. Read more >

Organic Food Labels Can be Deceiving
A sneaky study uncovers the organic halo effect when it comes to food. Read more >

Doctors Who Cook Give Better Nutrition Advice
Tom Colicchio won't be operating any time soon, but he and other top chefs can teach doctors and help patients. Read more >

Processed Meat Increases Risk for an Early Death
Processed meats like bacon and sausage have been found to shorten life, especially if eaten frequently. Read more >

Feeding Dairy Cows Flaxseed Makes Milk, Mozzarella, Healthier
Feeding cows flaxseed supplements raised the polyunsaturates in the milk and cheese they produced. Read more >

Vitamin D Content Varies Widely in Supplements
When you take a vitamin, each pill contains the amount listed on the label, right? Think again. Read more >

Whole Grain Stamp Doesn't Tell the Whole Story
The ratio of fiber to carbs is what you want to look for when choosing whole grains. Read more >

Changes in Nutrition Labeling May Improve Consumer Choices
Nutrition labels on foods that seem to be single serving sizes often show the calories and fat for two -- giving us twice load we expect. Read more >

Resource Center: Nutrition

New York's WIC Program Makes a Dent in Childhood Obesity
The NYC WIC program plays a big role in reducing childhood obesity. Read more >

Flavor Comes in Many Colors
Cocoa served in cups of a certain color tastes better. Read more >

How Many Miles to Walk Off a Burger?
When people are faced with how long it will take them to walk off the calories they are eating, they eat less. Read more >

Even Occasional Family Meals Increase Kids’ Fruit and Veggie Intake
Don't leave kids to fend for themselves at mealtime. Eating togther improves nutrition in a big way. Of course, what you serve matters, too. Read more >

Tea's Many Health Benefits
Tea is a plant food. And much like a serving of fruit or vegetables, it provides important health benefits. Read more >

Are Cooking Shows Making Us Fat?
Are cooking shows, with their exotic locales and gorgeous food, contributing to our waistlines? Read more >

A Backwards Approach to Weight Loss
Before you start a diet, it can help to learn how to keep weight off first. Read more >

Free Fruit for Kids = Less Junk Food
Making fruit freely-accessible is a good way to raise kids' fruit consumption, and reduce the amount of unhealthy snacks they eat. Read more >

Tomatoes Lower the Risk of Stroke
Lycopene, found in tomatoes, can help prevent strokes. Read more >

Omega-3's Slow the Aging Process
Telomeres, bits of DNA, grow shorter with age which leads to cell malfunctioning. But diets... Read more >

What You Need to Know About Apples
Autumn is a good time to rediscover apples. Don't take these health dynamos for granted. Read more >

Is Vitamin D The Elusive Cure For The Common Cold?
Vitamin D has not been found to prevent or reduce the severity of colds. Read more >

Nutrition 101 -Part 2
The First Three Steps to a Nutrition Makeover
Small steps work best when you start a nutritional makeover. Read more >

No Nutritional Advantage to Organic Food
A large study has found organic food is not nutritionally superior. But health and environmental effects are another story. Read more >

In Denial About Your Weight?
People often underestimate their weight, which can blind them to the need to lose weight. When you see your doctor, get on the scale. Read more >

Nutrition 101: Finding Reliable Sources of Nutrition Information
What's the difference between a registered dietitian and a nutritionist? It's not a joke; it's important. Read more >

The Health Effects of Caffeine
Coffee, or more generally, caffeine, offers many protective effects; except when it comes to fertility. Read more >

Could Where You Live Be Making You Fat?
Where you live and the roads on which you drive have a big impact on the likelihood you will become obese. Read more >

Can't Lose Weight? Try a Different Color Plate
The color contrast between your plate and your food can prompt you to eat more, or less... Read more >

Right Salad, Wrong Dressing?
Fat-free salad dressings prevent the absorption of nutrients. But certain heart-healthy oils do not. Read more >

Shifting When You Eat Could Shift Your Metabolism
Curbing the hours of the day during which you eat could have a big impact on your weight and health. Read more >

Better than a Diet and Easier, Too
Reducing TV time and increasing one's consumption of fruit and vegetables are two relatively painless ways to improve health. Read more >

In-Store Nutrition Education Improves Grocery Purchases
People make better food choices when stores label foods according to their health benefits... Read more >

Low GI Foods: The Breakfast of Champions
Eating low glycemic index foods can help prevent blood sugar spikes and overeating throughout the day. Read more >

Being Hungry Can Bias Your Senses
When you're hungry, you respond to food-related cues more strongly than when you’re full. Reason not to shop on an empty stomach. Read more >

Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics

Popcorn Deserves More Respect
Air-popped popcorn actually has a great concentration of antioxidant polyphenols than most fruits and vegetables. Read more >

Berries Are Beneficial To The Brain
Berries change the way that neurons in the brain communicate. This may prevent inflammation in the brain that can damage neurons. Read more >

Chocolate Lovers Are Thinner
People who eat chocolate regularly tend to weigh less, though it's not clear why. Read more >

Are Fried Foods Back on the Table?
The kind of oil you fry foods in has a big effect on how unhealthy it is. Read more >

More Insight into How the Mediterranean Diet Benefits Body and Mind
People who follow the Mediterranean diet do better mentally as they age. Now we know why... Read more >

Why We Overeat and What We Can Do About It
Eating should be simple: Eat when you are hungry, then stop. If only food weren't so pleasurable. Read more >

Ending the Low Fat Muffin Myth
A typical low-fat muffin may sound heart-healthy, but its downfall is its size and the sugar, sodium, and calories it contains. Read more >

Gluten-Free Diets: Reality Check
Gluten is bad news for some people. Are you one of them? Read more >

Energy Drinks Responsible for More ER Visits
Energy drink-fueled visits to the ER have risen 1600 percent since 2005. Read more >

Say Cheese! It May Be Good for Your Heart
A study finds cheese consumption didn't raise total cholesterol. The same was not true for butter. Read more >

Phytochemicals: The Protection Packed in Plant Foods
Phytochemicals protect plants, and they appear to do the same for us. And they are easy to find. Read more >

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements: Risks As Well As Benefits
Some studies of supplements actually found they increase the risk of death. But it may depend on how you crunch the numbers. Read more >

Are You Really Reading the Nutrition Facts?
If we read road signs as poorly as we do nutritional labels, ten car pile-ups would be commonplace. Read more >

Antioxidants Explained
Eating a wide variety of plant foods is the best way to fend off the oxidation that "rusts" our cells. Read more >

The Secret Life of Saturated Fat Exposed
Researchers have discovered just why unsaturated fats are so heart healthy. Now to get people... Read more >

The Animal-Free Diet: The Pros and Cons of Vegetarianism and Veganism
Vegan or vegetarian, there are risks and benefits to these food lifestyles. Two experts offer help. Read more >

Controlled Portions Help With Weight Loss
Restricting yourself to a lunch of 200 calories can be a fairly painless way to lose weight. Read more >

College Students Fail at Good Nutrition
Most college students don't even eat one serving of fruits or vegetables a day. Guess how many... Read more >

Banned Weight Loss Supplement Still in Use
The banned weight loss supplement Pai You Guo is showing up masquerading as a "natural" supplement.. Read more >

Study Links Folate to Better Grades
Folate, a B vitamin, and folic acid, its synthetic version, have been linked to better school performance. Read more >

Hidden Veggies Increase Kids' Intake
Including some pureed vegetables in foods your children already love is a good way to help them on the path to healthier eating. Read more >

Restaurant Calorie Counts Misleading to Dieters
Calorie counts in the menus of your favorite chain restaurant often underreport the actual values... Read more >

Too Much Salt, Too Little Potassium Linked to Heart Risk
Eating too much salt and too little potassium is an especially dangerous combination. It doubles your risk of a heart attack. Read more >

Soluble Fiber Trims Belly Fat
Soluble fiber is helpful in reducing the visceral fat that accumulates around the waist and belly. Read more >

It's the Little Things - Like Chips - That Add the Pounds
The weight gained with aging is primarily due to dietary and lifestyle choices - like having an extra handful of chips. Read more >

Broccoli, the Key to a Longer Life?
Eating lots of cruciferous vegetables - like broccoli and cauliflower - appears to be related to a longer life. Read more >

How Eating Light May Make You Heavy
Fat and sugar substitutes may not help you lose weight in the long run because the craving for lots of fat and sweets remains. Read more >

Untreated Celiac Women Go Through Menopause Earlier
Women with undiagnosed celiac disease go through menopause earlier than celiac women who follow a gluten-free diet. Read more >

Apples May Protect Muscles Against Atrophy
Apples contain ursolic acid, which helps preserve muscle tissue and prevent the wasting that comes with age. Read more >

MyPyramid is Out. MyPlate is In
Filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables is a good start on a healthy diet. Read more >

Cutting Out Gluten May Work for Even Asymptomatic Celiac Patients
People with celiac disease showing few or no symptoms may still benefit by going gluten-free. Read more >

Taste, Price Are Bigger Influences in Food Choice than Calories
Taste and price drive food most people's food choices. Many don't even know how many calories... Read more >

More Americans Using Dietary Supplements
Dietary supplements can be helpful, but they cannot make up for an unhealthy diet. Read more >

Craving Fast Food? Skip the Coffee!
Coffee and donuts may be a bad idea. Caffeine interferes with the body's ability to clear sugars from the blood. Read more >

High Fructose Corn Syrup De-Mystified
All sugars are basically the same, but some seem to pose a greater risk of weight gain than others. Read more >

Chocolate: The Good, the Bad, and the... Tasty!
Cocoa contains flavanols that have health benefits, but they may be lost or reduced in the commercial processing of chocolate. Read more >

Food for Thought: What the Ultimate Organ Needs to Stay Healthy
Some foods can help you feel, think and remember better. You may know about blueberries, but curcumin? Read more >

The Tomato: A Multi-Talented Food
Tomatoes are one of the few fruit and vegetables that are even better for you when cooked. Read more >

Potassium-Rich Diet May Reduce Stroke Risk
A diet rich in potassium can reduce the risk of stroke, but some need to be careful. Read more >

Fiber For A Longer Life
A study of 400,000 people over 50 found that those who ate lots of fiber tended to live longer. Read more >

Vegans, What's Missing from Your Diet
Vegans should be aware that their diet may mean they need to boost their B12 and omega-3 consumption. Read more >

Getting That Healthy Glow — With Vegetables
Carotenoids – found in certain foods – can improve skin tone with no cancer risk... Read more >

Proposed Guidelines Will Make School Food Healthier
Updates to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program lower fat and salt and increase greens Read more >

New Recommendations for Vitamin D and Calcium
The daily requirements for calcium and vitamin D have been changed to avoid certain problems, but controversy remains. Read more >

Revamping School Nutrition from Vending Machines Up
Vending machines full of junk food? A new landmark nutrition bill is a game changer. Read more >

Many Kids Skipping Meals and Snacking Instead
When kids skip meals, they snack instead which raises the chance they will take in empty calories... Read more >

Adding Monounsaturated Fats to Diet May Boost Heart Health
Monounsaturated fatty acids in nuts, avocados, seeds and olive oil can help you raise your good — HDL — cholesterol. Read more >

How to Deal with Food Labels
Don't be misled by health claims on food labels. Read the nutrition information on packages to get the full picture. Read more >

Why Aren't People Eating Whole-Grain Foods?
Afraid you won't like whole grains? Popcorn is a whole grain. And there are many ways to eat and prepare them. Experiment. Read more >

Sports Drinks: Soda in Disguise?
Don't let the term, "sports drink" fool you. Often these drinks have nearly as many calories as soda. Reach for water instead. Read more >

Black Rice Rivals Blueberries in Antioxidant Powers
Black rice may rival blueberries in the amount of vitamin E antioxidants it contains. Read more >

Water: The Dieter's Best Friend
Drinking water before meals can increase weight loss by 40%. Read more >

Lose Weight Today, Feel Better Immediately
Weight loss reduces the aches and pains of being overweight. This can be a major motivator for dieters. Read more >

Think It's OK to Gain a Few Pounds? Not for Blood Vessels, Researchers Say
Losing just a few pounds, especially around your middle, may help your blood vessels work better. Read more >

Why Some Public Health Weight Loss Campaigns Fail
Even well-meaning weight loss campaigns may end up turning off the people they are meant to inspire. Read more >

No Evidence That Weight Loss Supplements Work
Many weight-loss supplements appear to be no more effective than a placebo. Read more >

Biggest Losers Do Better
Slower may not always better when it comes to weight loss. Losing a fair amount of weight quickly tends to lead to better results. Read more >

Convenience Stores May Be Hazardous to Your Waistline
Neighborhood convenience stores may be hazardous to your waistline. The high ratio of junk food is behind the problem Read more >

New Weight Loss Drugs Seems Promising, But FDA Still to Rule
Lorcaserin seems to help people slim down with fewer side-effects than past drugs. Will FDA approve? Read more >

Only 10% of Americans Are Eating the Right Amount of Salt, Reports CDC
Most Americans are getting too much salt, and most of it comes from processed foods. Read more >

Fructose May Increase Fat Cells in Kids
If fructose didn't already have a bad enough rap, now it seems to help kids' fat cells proliferate. Read more >

Managing Obesity: A Work In Progress
Two physicians discuss the risks of obesity. Learn to recognize the behavioral triggers behind overeating and overcome them. Read more >

Less Sugar, Lower Blood Pressure
Drink one less serving of sugar-sweetened beverages (such as sweet tea, lemonade or soda) and you can lower your blood pressure. Read more >

To Lower Cholesterol, Researchers Say, Go a Little Nuts
Eating a handful of nuts every day is a good way to reduce your cholesterol and blood fat levels. Read more >

A Simple Way to Eat Less
Keep serving platters off the table during meals and reduce calories by 20%. Read more >

Secrets of the Mediterranean Diet May Lie in the Olive Oil
Olive oil is a big reason why the Mediterranean diet is healthful. The phenols in it suppress genes involved in inflammation. Read more >

If You're Trying to Watch Your Weight: Sleep
One good way to keep from over-eating is to be sure to get enough sleep. Read more >

Dieting Increases Stress Hormone, Makes Weight Loss Harder
Dieting can actually make it harder to shed pounds because it raises levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Read more >

Chocolate Cuts Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke, Lowers Blood Pressure
Eating the equivalent of a square of chocolate every day can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke Read more >

High-Protein Diet May Increase Bad Cholesterol, Study Finds
You may lose weight on a high−protein, low−carb diet, but you are also likely to be raising your "bad" cholesterol. Read more >

Diet and Cholesterol in Middle Age and Beyond
Even older adults, including those taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, can lower their cholesterol further by cutting down on butter and satu Read more >

Heavier Patients Need Longer Needles
People who are obese may not receive the same level of protection from a vaccine because the standard needle used may not reach the muscle. Read more >

Adequate Selenium in Diet May Reduce Esophageal, Stomach Cancers
Selenium is found in meats, grains and nuts. It can be toxic if too much is taken, but adequate amounts seem to reduce cancer risk. Read more >

The Role of Ghrelin in Overeating
Blocking the action of the hunger hormone, ghrelin, just may ease that obsession with nachos. Read more >

Polyphenols and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: Serious Brain Food
A Mediterranean diet, the LMN diet appears to enhance brain health, promoting cell growth and reducing damage. Read more >

Eating Red Meat May Increase Risk of Ulcerative Colitis
Omega-6 fatty acids (found in certain oils and red meat) can promote inflammation while omega-3 fatty acids help reduce it. Read more >

Vitamins C, E May Ward off Age-Related Muscle Loss
A diet high in antioxidants, particularly vitamins E and C, may slow age-related muscle loss. Read more >

High-Carb and High-Protein Diets Both Effective in Maintaining Weight-Loss
carb and high protein diets both seem equally effective at producing weight loss. Read more >

Selenium Supplements May Increase Cholesterol
Supplementing the diet with selenium can raise blood cholesterol as much as 8 percent. Read more >

Probiotics and Fiber, What Your Digestive Tract Would Tell You
If you need to re−establish a healthy digestive tract, probiotics can be helpful, but fiber is perhaps even more important. Read more >

Boosting Fiber May Help Thwart Belly Fat
fat is associated with an increased risk of heart problems and diabetes. Read more >

Researchers Uncover Why Dietary Fiber Supports Immune System Health
Scientists have recently discovered why fiber is so good for the immune system. The answer lies in the by-products of the breakdown of fiber. Read more >

Keep Good Fats in the Diet, Researchers Urge
Fats high in omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids (like safflower oil) can lower blood sugar. Read more >

Whole Grains Good for Men's Heart Health
Eating whole grains can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Read more >

Consuming More Folic Acid May Prevent Colon Cancer in Women
Folate or folic acid is required for the formation of nucleotides, the "building blocks" for DNA and RNA. Read more >

High Sugar Diet Raises Blood Pressure
Uric acid, produced by the breakdown of fructose, can raise blood pressure and the risk metabolic syndrome. Read more >

Fatty Foods Tell the Brain to Keep on Eating
Foods high in saturated fat actually change your brain's chemistry and interfere with its ability to signal that you are full. Read more >

What's your Highest Healthy Weight?
The Maximum Weight Limit, a simplification of the BMI, gives people what they most need -- a weight over which they should not go. The calculation... Read more >

For a Good Dose of Antioxidants, Grab Some Crackers, Popcorn
Snacks like nuts, cereal, crackers or popcorn provide antioxidants to combat free radicals. Read more >

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Linked to Fatty Acids in Red Meats and Margarines
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) appears linked to the consumption of omega 6 fatty acids found in red meat. Read more >

Lettuce Praise the UV Boost
Darker leafy greens like kale and spinach are more nutritious than lettuce. Read more >

Juices, Soda, Sports Drinks and Tooth Erosion
Dental erosion initially gives the enamel a smooth and shiny appearance. But there is only so much enamel coating a tooth. Read more >

Why It's So Hard to Eat a Low-Salt Diet
The best way to begin to reduce the amount of salt in your diet is to reduce your consumption of processed foods. Read more >

Staying Slim is Eco-Friendly
A thinner population would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 440 million tons a year, at a minimum. Read more >

The Adolescent Vegetarian: Health Conscious or Eating Disordered?
People who call themselves vegetarians fall on a continuum from those who avoid all animal products to those who eat fish. Read more >

Foods Rich in Antioxidants May Lose Their Punch over Time
Foods like green tea and olive oil need to be fresh to pack their full load of antioxidants. Read more >

3 Grams Less Saves Lives
Limiting salt by even a half-teaspoon a day could have a significant impact. Read more >

Green Tea and Oral Health
Gum or periodontal disease occurs when the gums begin to separate from the teeth, leaving open spaces or pockets. Read more >

More Evidence That Broccoli Really Is Good for You
Broccoli contains a substance, sulforaphane, that appears to protect airway cells. It may serve as the basis for a new treatment for allergies... Read more >

Metabolic Math: To Prevent Injury, Girls' Calorie Intake Should Offset Output
Low bone mineral density is one of the three components of the syndrome known as the Female Athlete Triad. Read more >

Researchers Use "In Silico" Approach to Find Link between Iron and Brain's Serotonin
SERT, a serotonin transporter protein, is an important drug target in treating anxiety, depression and OCD. Read more >

Can Potassium Counteract High Sodium?
Healthy 19-50 year olds should consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of salt a day, about one teaspoon. Read more >

Exercise: Better For Getting Fit Than For Losing Fat
Exercise is great for your health, but don’t count on it as the key to losing weight. Read more >

Antibiotics in Vegetables
The European Union banned the use of antibiotics as a food additive for livestock in 2006, citing health concerns. Read more >

Strong Bones for Tiny Preemies
Although premature infants' bones grow in length and circumference, the quality of the bones themselves is often poor. Read more >

Diets High in Fruits and Vegetables May Help Prevent Bone Loss
The acidity of a diet high in grains and meats may actually increase the excretion of calcium, weakening bones. Read more >

Mediterranean Diets High in Nuts May Help with Heart Disease
Nuts may help prevent metabolic syndrome. Read more >

Sugar Addiction in Rats
The American Psychiatric Association defines addiction as including three stages: craving, bingeing, and withdrawal. Read more >

Vitamin K Slows the Onset of Diabetes in Elderly Men
A rise in blood insulin is often a sign of increased insulin resistance. Read more >

Fruits and Veggies May Protect Against Flu
Quercetin, a compound found in many fruits and vegetables may help lower susceptibility to the flu. Read more >

Mediterranean Diet Wins Again
A Mediterranean diet is a diet that's rich in grain, fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil and includes a moderate amount of red wine. Read more >

Breastfeeding and Fish Consumption Spur Early Child Development
Mothers who eat fish while pregnant and who later breastfeed their infants see better early physical and mental development. Read more >

Raw Food Diet: Good Deal or Raw Deal?
Eating raw foods avoids many of the pitfalls of a traditional Western diet - like added salt and sugar. But it is not so simple as it seems. Read more >

Salt Still Raises Blood Pressure
It is very simple: increased salt consumption increases your risk of hypertension (high blood pressure). Read more >

Eating Broccoli May Protect the Heart from Damage Due to Diabetes
Add protecting blood vessels in diabetes patients to the long list of broccoli’s health benefits. A compound in broccoli ... Read more >

Cocoa's Memory-Enhancing Potential
Eating more chocolate increases blood flow to the brain, and may improve memory... Read more >

Another Reason to Avoid Beef?
Prions, the proteins that cause mad cow disease, can be transmitted by feces, a new study has found, raising questions about safe disposal.. Read more >

Eating Eggs for Breakfast May Help Dieters Shed Pounds
Eating a low calorie breakfast of eggs is good for your diet. Read more >

Jotting Down What You Eat May Be the Key to Increase Weight Loss
Writing down what you eat every day on a diet just might help you lose up to twice as much weight. Read more >

Beat the Heat, Win the Meet
Staying hydrated, especially in the heat, increases athletic performance. Read more >

A User's Guide to Flavonoids
Eating a mix of flavonoid-rich foods has many potential health benefits. Read more >

Teen Weight Gain: The Big Three
Drinking, too much internet, and too little sleep can cause incresaed weight gain in young women. Read more >

Salmonella Outbreak Continues; Many Clues But Few Answers
Epidemics and food borne outbreaks are gigantic puzzles until they are traced to their source. The ongoing Salmonella poisonings are no exception. Read more >

FDA's Trans Fat Labels: Misunderstood
Many Americans simply cannot understand trans fat content information — one of the most important parts of the Nutrition Facts panel. Read more >

Boron May Reduce Lung Cancer Risk in Women
According to a recent study by researchers at the University of Texas M. Read more >

With Teens, "Diet" May Lead to Obesity
Parents of overweight teens would do well to think twice before suggesting their son or daughter go on a diet, according to a new study. Read more >

"Bulking Up" and Heart Disease
"Bulking up" by athletes playing football and other sports may lead to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, study findings suggest. Read more >

The Anti-Jet Lag Diet
Going somewhere far this summer? Vacation and business travelers can reduce or avoid jet lag with the so-called Anti-Jet-Lag Diet developed at the U. Read more >

100% Natural — Hype?
If you are concerned about your family's health, good taste or the humane treatment of animals, today's American supermarket can be a pretty confusing place. Read more >

"Appetite" Hormone Discovered
The human body produces a hormone called ghrelin, which stimulates appetite by making food seem more desirable. Read more >

Healthy-Size You
If you saw the 2004 film "Super Size Me," then you will probably not be surprised that, according to a recent study, eating too much fast food can seriously damage your liver. Read more >

Making Counting Calories Count
In what may well be the beginning of a nationwide trend, a federal court recently upheld a New York City regulation that requires chain restaurants to publish the calorie content of foods on their menus and menu boards. Read more >

School Lunch to the Rescue
Schools have the power to help fight childhood obesity, according to a Temple University study. Read more >

Normal Weight Obesity
It may sound like an oxymoron, but normal weight obesity is not a contradiction. Read more >

Green Tea Improves Effectiveness of Antibiotics
Drinking green tea helps fight against drug resistant bacteria. Read more >

Should We Take Multivitamins?
Multivitamin use can create an overabundance of folic acid which may put people at risk for cancer. Read more >

Zinc, An Economical and Effective Treatment for a Major Health Problem
Diarrhea kills more than two million people every year. Read more >

No-Cal Weight Gain
Drinking no−calorie sweeteners may actually make it harder for people to control their calorie intake and body weight according to a new study. Read more >

Got Gout?
Gout is on the rise and fructose-sweetened drinks may be the reason, according to a new study. Read more >

Food Fighters: Should Dieters Enlist Carbs or Protein in the War on Appetite?
Many popular diets claim that changing the proportion of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats you eat can bring about weight loss. Read more >

New Research Challenges Idea of Vitamin D Deficiency
Doctors have known for a long time that people who are sick often have very low blood levels of vitamin D. Read more >

Selenium: A Trace Element with Real Potential

Vitamin C, Nutrition and Disease

Sweet Drinks, Stealthy Calories
Before you reach for a soda, juice, energy drink or a creamy designer latte to pick yourself up today, consider this finding from a new study. Read more >

As Fat As It Gets?
For a quarter century, America has been leading the disturbing worldwide trend toward greater and greater obesity. Read more >

Broccoli's Day in the Sun
Attention vegetable-haters from 4 to 40: broccoli helps protect skin cells from the ultraviolet radiation in sunlight. Read more >

Chewing the Fat (Off)
Chewing gum can help reduce hunger, fight those between-meal food cravings and make you feel full — all of which can help you eat less and lose weight, according to a new study presented at the 2007 Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society. Read more >

Fasting: Is It a Good Idea?
Fasting has long been viewed as a way to rid the body of toxins and give the digestive and other systems a rest. Read more >

Vitamin C + Fat Consumption = Trouble
There is considerable evidence that vitamin C helps fight cancer. Read more >

What's the Big Deal About Zinc?
A possible role for zinc as a treatment for the common cold remains to be proved. Read more >

Eat More Fish Oil, Less Vegetable Oil
Most people have heard the news that fish oil is good for you. Read more >

Food Cravings and Weight Control
We all experience food cravings— often for unhealthy foods such as ice cream or junk food. Read more >

Low Cholesterol Associated with Cancer?
Many studies show that lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad" cholesterol) is one of the most important things we can do to prevent heart disease. Read more >

Folic Acid and Vitamin B-12
Everyone agrees that both folate and its synthetic form, folic acid, are good for your brain. Read more >

Can Omega-3 Prevent Blindness?
Eating more of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, which are found in popular fish-oil supplements, may protect against several common types of blindness, according to a new study. Read more >

Keeping It Off
The myth is that Americans are stuck in a hopeless cycle of weight loss and weight gain -- that we diet only to regain the lost weight immediately. Read more >

The "I'm Full" Hormones
You might not know it to look at most Americans, but our bodies do have a mechanism — called a "satiety hormone" — which tells us to stop eating when we're full. Read more >

Can Salt Cause Ulcers?
Doctors used to tell us that stress caused ulcers. Read more >

Digesting Protein — a Hidden Problem
Most of us worry about about our intake of fats or carbohydrates. Read more >

First Evidence of Alcohol-Cancer Link
Studies find that consuming alcohol increases your chance of rapid tumor growth. Read more >

Belly Fat and Disease
As scientists learn more about the role of inflammation in diabetes, heart disease and other disorders, new research suggests that fat in the belly may be an important contributor to that inflammation. Read more >

Zinc Health For Children
Researchers have long known that zinc plays an important role in human health. Read more >

Gastric Bypass & Vitamin B1 Deficiency
Gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgery sometimes lead to a dangerous vitamin deficiency that can cause memory loss, confusion, lack of coordination and other problems, according to a new study. Read more >

Fewer Carbohydrates, More Weight Loss
The Atkins diet has always been controversial, mainly because it flies in the face of medical wisdom by recommending that followers drastically cut down on carbohydrates such as bread, pasta and sugar. Read more >

Hot Brewed Health
It may be addictive, stain your teeth and keep you up at night, but one study after another is showing that coffee has all sorts of positive and protective effects on our health. Read more >

Echinacea: Can it Make You Sick?
When they feel a cold coming on, many people reach for what they believe will be a safe preventative — a tea or capsule containing the herb echinacea. Read more >

Folic Acid Cuts Heart Disease Risk
For years, mounting research has indicated that consumption of folic acid is associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease and stroke. Read more >

Can Diet Can Protect Us Against Cancer?
Researchers do not believe that most forms of cancer are caused directly by what we eat. Read more >

Take Vitamin D to Slow Breast Cancer?
Researchers have long known that vitamin D interferes with the ability of cancer cell to divide. Read more >

Read Any Good Food Labels Lately?
Information, as the saying goes, is power. Read more >

Gastric Bypass Surpassed?
Researchers report that a new operation known as the duodenal switch produces more weight loss in the super-obese than gastric bypass, the standard operation. Read more >

Prenatal Vitamins and Brain Tumors
Women who take multivitamins early in pregnancy may reduce the risk that their child will develop some types of brain tumors. Read more >

Can a Vitamin Fight MS?
Currently, doctors have no cure for multiple sclerosis (MS) and few good treatments. Read more >

Vitamin D Fights Pancreatic Cancer
Consumption of Vitamin D tablets has been found to cut the risk of pancreatic cancer nearly in half, according to a new study. Read more >

Obesity and Your Baby's Diet
Minimally processed, natural food can help protect your baby against obesity later in life, according to the latest research. Read more >

Keep on the Sunny Side
Here is a surprise for those of us who are afraid to sunbathe for fear of skin cancer. Read more >

Can a Curry a Day Keep the Oncologist Away?
It turns out your grandma may have been right. Read more >

Obesity Surgery: Yes or Maybe Not
Sisters Lorena Garcia and Alma Garcia of Los Angeles were prime candidates for an increasingly popular way of treating extreme obesity — gastric bypass surgery. Read more >

Size Does Matter
Using smaller plates, spoons and forks can help you lose weight. Read more >

Drink to Your Health
Watching what you drink can be just as important as watching what you eat. Read more >

Super E
Vitamin E's effect on cancer cells. Read more >

How Sweet It Is: Sweeteners in Health and Disease

Vitamin E Supplementation: Should You or Shouldn't You?
Recently, there has been considerable media attention as to whether or not vitamin E supplementation is safe or helpful. Read more >

Malnutrition in the ICU

Vitamin K: The Last Frontier in Vitamins
Vitamin K has been shown to protect blood vessels and bones. Green leafy vegetables are among the richest sourcesof vitamin K in the diet. Read more >

Fighting the Fad - Low Carbohydrate/High Protein Diets
Very low carbohydrate diets may be effective for some, but their long-term benefit remains questionable. Read more >

It Grows on Trees
Can grapefruit really help you lose weight? Read more >

Soy and Menopausal Health

Iron Deficiency Anemia: Risk, Symptoms and Treatment
Spoon-shaped fingernails may mean you are iron deficient. Read more >

Are Fad Diets Unhealthy?
Fad diets that tell us to cut out whole categories of food may be worse than useless — they may actually be dangerous. Read more >

Gallstones and Complications: Detection and Treatment

Cod Liver Oil - It Really Is Good for You
Decades ago, children dreaded the very words "cod liver oil. Read more >

Malnutrition and the Cancer Patient
Before you begin chemo or radiation therapy, you may benefit fromaggressive nutritional support. Read more >

Can Vitamin C and an Apple a Day Keep Cancer Away?
Advocates have long claimed that vitamin C can help prevent cancer and medical studies have agreed. Read more >

Vitamin A, Retinoids and Carotenoids: What's the Bottom Line?
My colleague, Dr. Read more >

Can Diet Prevent Colorectal Cancer?: A Dialogue
Alcohol increases your risk of colon cancer. Read more >

Losing Propositions: A Discussion of Popular Diets
Drinking sufficient fluids and taking in enough fiber are the keys tosuccessful weight loss. Read more >

Got Dairy?
When Americans try to lose weight, the first thing they do is reduce their fat intake. Read more >

As Easy as (Cherry) Pie?
Cherries — whether fresh, frozen, dried, or canned — are a powerful triple threat in the body's battle against cancer. Read more >

The Graying of Society: Nutrition, Vitamins and Aging
The elderly need to drink at least 8 servings of water or equivalent liquids every day. Read more >

Lactose Intolerant?
What should you do about lactose intolerance? New findings suggest a surprising answer — drink milk. Read more >

Vitamin Supplements — Too Much of a Good Thing?
A young woman who I recently treated, influenced by several reports in the local paper about beta-carotene's cancer and heart disease preventive benefits, began taking a single tablet of supplemental beta-carotene on a daily basis. Read more >

Where's the Fat?
We are constantly reminded to watch our weight. Read more >

How Much Protein Do You Need?
Amino acid supplements are not digested and absorbed into the body as readily as amino acidscoming directly from food sources. Read more >

Folate: New and Exciting Clinical Implications of an Old Vitamin
The B vitamin, folate, has certainly come a long way in the 50 years since it was first identified and synthesized in the 1940s. Read more >

Lowering Your Cholesterol: Diet or Drugs?
Smoking, hypertension and diabetes are the key culprits in hardening of the arteries. Read more >

Exercise, Nutrition and Health

Obesity: State-of-the-Art Update

Diet and Heart Disease
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