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Women Prefer the Smell of Men Who Eat Healthier

'Odor is an important component of attractiveness,' and carbs aren't helping

(Newser) - Guys have sort of a weird new reason to opt for the salad over the nachos: In a new study in the journal Evolution & Human Behavior , researchers found that women prefer the smell of sweat given off by men who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables to... More »

Mediterranean Diet Has a Downside

The rich, well-educated benefit the most, study says

(Newser) - Despite its many purported advantages , the Mediterranean diet might not be all it's cracked up to be. According to a new study in the International Journal of Epidemiology , its effects depend largely on socioeconomic status. Researchers surveyed 19,000 people ages 35 and over in Italy, giving each a... More »

Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Weight Gain

Though one expert warns there's not enough info to place all blame on artificial sweeteners

(Newser) - If you think you're avoiding artificial sweeteners because you don't put them in your coffee or tea, think again. These additives are found in everything from yogurt and baked goods to sauces and diet colas, per the CBC , with "a lot of people ... consuming them in foods... More »

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 »

Lena Dunham Trolls Magazine With Diet-Tip List

Marching one's butt off makes her list

(Newser) - Lena Dunham is finding out that a lot of weight can come with losing a few pounds. The actress/Girls creator is well known for her body-positive approach to living , but caught some flak after she started an exercise program to help with chronic pain related to her endometriosis and slimmed... More »

Too Much Bacon, Not Enough Nuts Linked to Deaths

We're not eating enough of the 'good' foods, study says

(Newser) - Gorging on bacon, skimping on nuts? These are among food habits that new research links with deaths from heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. Overeating or not eating enough of the 10 foods and nutrients contributes to nearly half of US deaths from these causes, the study suggests. "Good" foods... More »

Boy's Broken Bones Mystified Doctors

Then they discovered he had celiac disease

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy in Portugal broke his arm three times in two years, and doctors were mystified, Live Science reports. The breaks were caused by "minor to moderate pressure," unlike, say, sports injuries, and the boy didn't seem to have any underlying medical conditions that would lead... More »

Trump Says Goodbye to KFC, Mickey D's: Report

President supposedly sticking to steaks and veggies instead of usual fast food

(Newser) - President Trump has become somewhat infamous for his fast-food penchant (who can forget his Cinco de Mayo taco bowl ?) and overall nonchalance toward self-care. Axios , which talked to aides who stumped with Trump during the campaign, says the now-70-year-old seemed to consider fast food a staple and ate "... More »

There's More Good News About Eating Mediterranean

The diet (perhaps not the fish) prevents brain shrinkage: study

(Newser) - A healthy diet isn't just good for your waistline, but also your brain, say scientists in a study in Neurology —the latest to tout the benefits of the Mediterranean diet . About 400 healthy Scottish volunteers kept a food diary at age 70, then underwent MRI scans of their... More »

Study Questions Sugar Limits, but There's a Big Catch

Guess who funded it?

(Newser) - A new study about sugar is good news for companies that make sugar-laden products. The problem is that the study itself was funded by those very same companies. As Time reports, the research newly published in the Annals of Internal Medicine looks specifically at guidelines, including those in the US,... More »

New Weight-Loss Aid: Sweet Potato Wastewater?

Mice lost weight after consuming it in new study

(Newser) - Tired of Thanksgiving weight gain? Next year you might want to pass on the sweet potato pie and drink a tall glass of sweet potato wastewater instead. That's what a new study in the Heliyon journal hints at with what Modern Farmer says "might be the weirdest weight-loss... 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 »

Chin Up: This Is the Lightest You'll Weigh This Entire Year

Once you gain those holiday pounds, it'll take about five months to lose them

(Newser) - The good news is you're probably lighter now than you were at any other point so far this year. The bad news is you're about to pack on the pounds again, and it'll take months to lose them. So report researchers out of Cornell and Finland in... More »

Mickey Dee's Yanks 'Brand Ambassador' Out of Schools

John Cisna was the guy who lost almost 60 pounds eating nothing but McDonald's

(Newser) - The man who said he once lost lots of pounds eating only McDonald's was such a viral sensation that the fast-food giant actually recruited him to evangelize about nutrition at schools across America. But those days appear to be over, with John Cisna yanked after criticism from parents, teachers,... More »

Meta Study Suggests Probiotics Are the Latest Snake Oil

Researchers say bigger, better studies are needed

(Newser) - Probiotics are all the rage—the so-called "good bacteria" teeming naturally in foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut or worked into drinks and pills comprise a growing industry that Fortune reports posted more than $1 billion in annual sales in the US last year. It's expected to grow... More »

Babies Fed Rice Cereal Have Far Higher Arsenic Levels

Move over rice, other grains may become more popular cereal

(Newser) - Feeding infants rice cereals as first foods is taking a new hit from researchers and organizations alike, and now a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics adds to the growing chorus that rice be scaled back or put off altogether. This is because, as researchers report, infants who are fed... More »

High-Fat Diet May Keep You Drowsy During the Day

Study also sees link to lousy sleep at night

(Newser) - If fat is satisfying, there is a price to be paid—and not just in one's weight. Australian researchers are reporting in the journal Nutrients that a diet high in fat appears to increase daytime sleepiness, as well as poorer sleep quality at night. After electronically monitoring 1,800... More »

Potato-Only Dieter Drops 70 Pounds

'I feel amazing,' says Andrew Taylor

(Newser) - Andrew Taylor has spent the last 100 days consuming nothing but potatoes —plus a beer now and then—and he's really happy about it. Quite a bit lighter, too. A quarter of the way into his challenge to eat a potato-only diet for one year, the 36-year-old Melbourne... More »

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