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Happy Meals Get Healthier

McDonald's will add fruit, remove some of the fries

(Newser) - Are Happy Meals soon to become Healthy Meals? Well, at least healthier: McDonald's, under pressure from nutrition advocates, will add a serving of fruit or vegetables to all of the children's meals, the LA Times reports. But the French fries will still be included, albeit in a smaller... More »

Pesticide Patrol: The Dozen Worst Fruits and Veggies

Soft, thin skin more susceptible to chemicals

(Newser) - Fruits and vegetables with soft skin are more likely to absorb pesticides than others, a new food safety investigation finds. Dubbing them America's "dirty dozen," the Environmental Working Group says they contain as many as 47 to 67 pesticides per serving even after being washed with a USDA-approved... More »

For Healthier School Lunches, Move Salad Bar

A shift of 4 feet leads to huge results at one school

(Newser) - If educators want kids to eat more veggies at school, they might start with one deceptively easy solution: moving the salad bar. One middle school in New York did so to a more prominent spot and saw a huge increase—as in 250% to 300%—in the consumption of salad... More »

Extra Veg Won't Stop Cancer

At most, fruits and vegetables cause 2% reduction in disease

(Newser) - Eating your fruits and veggies has many health benefits, but a dramatic reduction in the likelihood of cancer isn't one of them, a new study finds. The results dispute claims made by nutrition authorities that increased vegetable intake could slash cancer rates by 50%. In fact, Mount Sinai researchers found... More »

Our Forgotten Fruit: Embrace the Paw Paw

George Washington loved them, and you can, too

(Newser) - Pity the poor paw paw. It's got a long history in America—George Washington even called the fruit his favorite dessert—but it gets no love today. That's a shame, writes Ari Weinzweig . It's fallen out of favor because the trees are a pain to grow and... More »

Blueberry Smoothies Boost Brain Power

'Super food' can increase powers of concentration, ward off dementia

(Newser) - A blueberry smoothie in the morning is good for your brain in the afternoon—and in the long run, according to new research. Scientists at a British university found that one blueberry smoothie increased powers of concentration by as much as 20% in a single day. Consumption of blueberries can... More »

Disease Threatens Florida Oranges

Scientists search for solutions to citrus greening disease

(Newser) - Florida’s orange growers face a powerful adversary in a disease know by its shorthand of HLB that causes citrus trees to “green”—produce only sour, misshapen fruit, Scientific American reports. With every county in the state affected, the citrus industry has dedicated $10 million this year alone... More »

Marketers Ditch Fast Food for Produce Aisle

(Newser) - Wary of being associated with fast food, Disney and others are leaving Happy Meals behind and targeting young buyers—well, their parents—by branding everything from eggs to apples, the Big Money reports. Disney properties like Mickey Mouse, Miley Cyrus, and Zac Efron appear on packaging as well as the... More »

Western Diet Hits Heart Health Globally

Meat, fat, salt increase heart risk 35%

(Newser) - If you eat meat, fried foods, and salty snacks, you're at a significantly higher risk of heart attack regardless of where you live, according to a new Canadian study. The Western diet increases heart attack risk by 35%, while a diet rich in vegetables and fiber cuts that risk by... More »

Sure, I'm Vegetarian. Just Not on Thanksgiving

Eat-less-meat movement gaining stride with moderation approach

(Newser) - Sticking to a plant-based diet without denying yourself grandma's pot roast has a name—flexitarian. And whether it's to live longer, save a buck, or because there are better meatless offerings at restaurants, a growing number of Americans are becoming part-time vegetarians, Newsweek reports. "It's not that meat is... More »

Record Food Price Hikes Loom

Biggest increases for 20 years forecast

(Newser) - Americans should get ready for pain at the supermarket checkout, reports Reuters—and squash any hopes of food prices getting better next year. A revised USDA forecast predicts a 5% to 6% leap in food prices this year—the biggest increase in 20 years—and USDA officials fear 2009 could... More »

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