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5 Servings of Fruit, Veggies Don't Cut It

Study: 7 servings is optimal in terms of dropping death risk

(Newser) - Even if you're a proud consumer of five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, you're not getting enough, an extensive British study suggests. And steer clear of the canned stuff. University College London researchers reviewed the diets of 65,000 people; they found that those who ate more... More »

Welcome Back, Butter, We Missed You

Our misguided fat-is-evil thinking is finally going away: Mark Bittman

(Newser) - Go ahead, spread butter on your toast without guilt. And don't be so obsessed about removing every last bit of fat from that pork chop. At long last, the nation's misguided notion that all fat is evil is losing its credibility, writes Mark Bittman in the New York ... More »

What Makes Dark Chocolate Healthy?

The bacteria inside us love it: researchers

(Newser) - You've probably heard about the highly convenient health benefits of dark chocolate . As io9 points out, the stuff is good for your heart, your brain, and even your teeth. But just why is it so healthy? Researchers are explaining that the healthy bacteria in our digestive systems love dark... More »

Big Changes Coming to Food Labels

FDA proposing calories per package and adjusted serving size

(Newser) - You may no longer have to squint at nutrition labels to see the calories you're consuming. For the first time in more than 20 years, the FDA is proposing big changes to packaged food and drink labels, requiring calories and more realistic portion sizes to be in large, bold... More »

GMO-Free Cheerios Have Fewer Vitamins

Same with Grape Nuts, says Food Navigator

(Newser) - The makers of Cheerios and Grape Nuts hope to win over health-conscious consumers by ditching genetically modified ingredients in their cereals. The problem is that Food Navigator read the fine print on the new boxes and found that each has fewer vitamins. With Cheerios, for instance, the cereal went from... More »

Will Ancient Grain Teff Be the Next Super Food?

Ethiopian staple seems to have the potential

(Newser) - Get ready to hear a lot about an ancient grain from Ethiopia called teff, reports the Guardian , which suggests it's poised to take the place once held by quinoa as king of the "super grains." Teff seeds are nutrition bombs, high in calcium, iron, protein, and amino... More »

2 Ways Diet Soda May Not Be Helping

People tend to eat more, and diet mixers may make you drunker: studies

(Newser) - It's not that researchers think switching from sugary sodas to diet versions is a bad thing, it's just that those who do make the switch should bear in mind a few things:
  • They may eat more: A Johns Hopkins study finds that heavy people who drink diet soda
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Butter Up: Consumption in US Highest in 40 Years

People have been shifting away from processed margarine: LA Times

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times takes note of a healthier-eating stat that may not sound like one at first blush: Americans are eating more butter now than at any time over the last 40 years. As in, 5.6 pounds a year per person, up from the low over that span... More »

C'mon, McDonald's: Get Serious About Nutrition

Mark Bittman says the company must lead, but it won't

(Newser) - McDonald's recently unveiled a new venture it says will result in more veggies and fruit and less soda for customers. It's a joke, writes Mark Bittman in the New York Times , and he sums it up thusly: "In seven years most McDonald’s customers a) won’t... More »

Chicken Nuggets Are Only Half 'Chicken'

Researchers find that meat makes up 40% to 50% of nugget

(Newser) - If you were still under the illusion that chicken nuggets served up by the fast-food industry were actual nuggets of chicken meat, Mississippi researchers have some tragic news: At best, you're only half right. They examined two nuggets from two unnamed national chains and found that one had only... More »

Order Veggies With Your Big Mac—in 3 to 7 Years

McDonald's to offer salad, fruit, veggies as sides, by 2020

(Newser) - Burger King now serves lower-calories fries ; McDonald's is hoping you'll want something a little greener with your burger. The fast-food powerhouse yesterday announced it will let its customers sub a side salad, fruit, or veggies for fries in its value meals—in three to seven years. The menu... More »

When It Comes to Health, Not All Fruit Created Equal

Blueberries fare best in diabetes study, but fruit juices may make things worse

(Newser) - If you're worried about diabetes, you might want to stock up on blueberries and ditch the fruit juice. That's the upshot of a new study in the British Medical Journal that tracked the eating habits of 180,000 subjects over nearly 30 years. The simplified findings: Those who... More »

Taco Bell Ditching Kids' Meals

It's a national fast-food first

(Newser) - Taco Bell is making a run from the kids' meals side of the fast-food business, and by next year will be the first national chain to ditch the food-and-toy offerings. The impact on sales will be "insignificant," says CEO Greg Creed, and USA Today puts the figure at... More »

This Girl, 9, Scolded McDonald's CEO

'Don't you want kids to be healthy so they can live a long and healthy life?'

(Newser) - Nine-year-old Hannah Robertson knows it's important to eat her fruits and veggies (more so than most; this is her mom ), but she thought Don Thompson ought to know, too. Thompson just so happens to be the CEO of McDonald's, and Robertson addressed him at the fast-food giant'... More »

Just Smelling Olive Oil Makes You Feel Full

New research suggests strange reason olive oil is good for you

(Newser) - Olive oil is good for you. That's not a terribly controversial statement—it's a staple, after all, of the well-regarded Mediterranean diet . The big question has always been why, and while conventional wisdom has held that it's because it contains antioxidants and oleic acid, a new study... More »

Food Stamps Shouldn't Pay for Junk Food

Congress needs to change the rules: Charles Lane

(Newser) - The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, you'll notice, has the word "nutrition" in the title. So why is it that SNAP debit cards, aka food stamps, can be used to purchase such decidedly non-nutritious items as Cheetos and Fanta orange soda? The Agriculture Department itself states, on its website,... More »

Our Real Eating Disorder: Fear of Delicious Fat

Ron Rosenbaum says the 'witch hunt' is just plain wrong

(Newser) - Crack down on industrial, fatty junk food, the deep-fried stuff that leads to obesity, and Ron Rosenbaum is with you. But keep your hands off his roast goose, his clotted cream, and his split-shank bone marrow, thank you very much. The "hysterical crusade against fat has become a veritable... More »

Sorry, USDA Employees: No More Deep-Fried Lunch

Cafeterias will adhere more closely to USDA's dietary guidelines

(Newser) - For years, the USDA has been giving Americans dietary guidelines—and now USDA workers will have to start living by those guidelines, at least during lunchtime. The cafeterias at the Agriculture Department's DC headquarters have gotten a makeover, and the most headline-worthy change is that the deep fryers have... More »

No More Sodas for Food Stamps

Government is subsidizing obesity: Mark Bittman

(Newser) - It's time to stop letting people buy soda and other sugary garbage with food stamps, writes Mark Bittman in the New York Times . At the same time, the government can encourage healthier food choices by increasing the value of the stamps when used to buy fruits and veggies. The... More »

Our Too-Fat Nation Needs a 'Dietary Seat Belt'

Mark Bittman: It's a disgrace we don't regulate food, and nonfood, better

(Newser) - America needs the equivalent of a seat belt law when it comes to nutrition, writes Mark Bittman in the New York Times . By that he means the government must try to prevent people from eating and drinking so much lousy food through soda taxes, bans on trans fats, public-relations campaigns,... More »

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