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Want to Live Longer? Put the Fries Down

It's the frying and the salt that's the problem

(Newser) - Potatoes are a relatively healthy vegetable, packed with enough fiber, vitamins, and micronutrients to "counterbalance the detrimental effects of their high glycemic index," researchers note in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition . Unfortunately, it is what we do to them before we eat them that drains all the... More »

Even One Drink a Day Can Up Breast Cancer Risk

Regular physical activity, on the other hand, may have the opposite effect

(Newser) - Just one alcoholic drink per day—even a teeny one—may not bode well for women on the breast cancer front, reports the Washington Post . That's the conclusion of a large-scale review by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research fund that took a closer... More »

10 US Cities With the Worst Diets

The Midwest and South might need a nutritional reboot

(Newser) - We know residents of Naples, Fla., boast the best diet —but which cities could use major improvements in the intake category? A report by Gallup and digital health firm Sharecare looked at 189 metro areas across the US and shook out the ones that could use a consultation with... More »

One State Dominates in Healthy Eating

California claims 4 of top 10 metro areas with healthiest diets

(Newser) - All the hype about California healthy living appears to be well founded—at least when it comes to mealtime. A new report by Gallup and Sharecare, a digital health firm, looked at eating habits in 189 metropolitan areas across the US with one simple question: "Did you eat healthy... More »

Mushroom Coffee Is Now a Thing

Touted for its health benefits, some of which check out

(Newser) - If a company in Finland gets its way, we're all going to be sipping fungus-based coffee as part of our morning routines. That's right, Finnish-based Four Sigmatic is selling hot cocoa mixes, instant coffee blends, and elixirs infused with dried fungus—all in the name of health, reports... More »

Fruits, Veggies May Help Slow ALS

Antioxidant nutrients and carotenoids are key

(Newser) - "It appears that nutrition plays a role both in triggering the disease and why it progresses." So says the lead researcher of a study out of Columbia University that per a press release is "among the first" to look at the interplay between diet and ALS near... More »

Campbell's Soup Wants Your Next Meal to Include Blood Test

It's investing in a meal delivery startup that uses customers' genetic data

(Newser) - Campbell's Soup wants you to draw some blood before planning your next meal. Quartz reports the soup giant has become the sole investor—to the tune of $32 million—in meal delivery startup Habit. When Habit launches next year, it will send customers a blood-testing kit to use at... More »

Vegan Baby Hospitalized, Taken From Parents

At 14 months, he weighed as much as a typical 3-month-old

(Newser) - Veganism is on the rise in Italy, and while it's been shown to be the best diet for weight loss , a few babies who are also on a strict no-animal-products diet appear to be paying a price. A 14-month-old was rushed to a Milan hospital this month by his... More »

Serving Sizes on Snacks Will Soon Be More Realistic

Thanks to makeover for food nutrition labels that's about to be implemented

(Newser) - Nutrition facts labels on food packages are getting a long-awaited makeover, with calories listed in bigger, bolder type and a new line for added sugars, the AP reports. And serving sizes will be updated to make them more realistic (a small bag of chips won't count as two or... More »

We Eat Way Too Many 'Ultra-Processed' Foods

They account for 3 in 5 of our calories, study says

(Newser) - Lots of people talk a good game about eating more natural foods, but a new study suggests that the convenience of "ultra-processed" meals is just too hard to resist. Researchers found that nearly three in five of our calories come from this category, reports the Los Angeles Times . That... More »

Instagram Photos Show the Trouble With Food Deserts

Distance to grocery stores correlates with nutritional value of meals

(Newser) - It turns out all those Sunday brunch photos on Instagram aren't just pictures, they're data. Or, at least they were for Georgia Tech researchers looking for a better way to get at the reality of living in a so-called food desert, where access to grocery stores and healthy,... More »

Farmers Struggling to Find Enough Kale Seeds

An example of why: Chick-fil-A just replaced its cole slaw with the green

(Newser) - If you needed any more evidence that kale has gone mainstream, check out the menu at Chick-fil-A as of Monday. The cole slaw is gone, replaced by, yes, that ubiquitous leafy green, reports 11Alive . More specifically, the slaw has been replaced by a "Superfood Side" of kale and broccolini.... More »

Don't Believe Nutrition Studies

Unless it's true that atheists are more likely to trim their steak fat?

(Newser) - Next time you read a study about why you should eat a certain food to stay healthy, keep in mind this entertaining study showing why that first study is probably bogus. "You Can't Trust What You Read About Nutrition" is the headline of the post from the stats... More »

The Army Wants You ... to Eat MREs for 3 Weeks

Uncle Sam is looking for volunteers, paying $200

(Newser) - Uncle Sam wants YOU, but this time it's the US Army Institute of Environmental Medicine looking to improve its Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs)—not to tweak the taste, but rather to improve its impact on gut health. And they're willing to pay the 60 or so participants... More »

Healthy Foods Aren't Necessarily Healthy for Everyone

Researchers say it could change the way we think about dieting

(Newser) - Like many people, one middle-age woman in an Israeli study just couldn't seem to find a diet that worked. The problem: The seemingly healthy tomatoes she was eating multiple times per week were actually causing her blood sugar levels to spike. The New Zealand Herald reports the researchers from... More »

Study Reveals Way to Get Kids to Eat Veggies

What they're paired with makes a big difference

(Newser) - Researchers from Texas A&M may have found an easier way to get kids to eat their vegetables than trying to convince them Spider-Man actually got his powers from green beans: Just pair veggies with other foods they don't like that much. The Washington Post reports nine out of... More »

This Now Exists: Fat-Infused Water

In southern California, bottled water mixed with coconut oil goes for $3.95

(Newser) - Remember that guy who started the Bulletproof Coffee fad , where people add butter and oil to their cups of joe in the hopes of losing weight? Well he's at it again, this time with what the Silicon Valley techie calls "a disruptive technology for beverages," reports the... More »

This Common Advice About Breakfast May Be Bogus

Science doesn't support the idea that skipping it leads to weight gain, writes blogger

(Newser) - It is by now a well-worn piece of nutritional advice: Skip breakfast and you'll end up gaining weight in the long run. In fact, you'll even find that nugget in the official US Dietary Guidelines. The only problem is that science doesn't support the assertion, writes Peter... More »

Yogurt May Not Be Great for You After All

Study in Spain finds no health benefits

(Newser) - Those who eat lots of yogurt because they think it's a health food might have to reassess things: A study out of Spain suggests that yogurt provides virtually no health benefits, reports Medical News Today . Researchers followed more than 4,000 people for an average of three and a... More »

Coke, a Healthy Drink? Experts Working With Coke Say Yes

Dieticians promote drink in online blitz last month

(Newser) - Coca-Cola may be fun to drink, but is it healthy? Despite warnings linking sugary drinks to illness , several nutrition and fitness experts suggested last month that it's OK to down a mini-can of Coke or other soda. These experts also work with and may be paid by Coca-Cola, the... More »

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