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Our Next Super Food? Bacon-Flavored Seaweed

Oregon researchers patent new strain of algae called dulse

(Newser) - Researchers at Oregon State University have received a patent for a new strain of seaweed they developed, and there's only one thing you need to know about it: “When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed," chief researcher Chris Langdon says... More »

5 Low-Fat Foods to Stop Eating Now

Sometimes it's better to stick with the real thing

(Newser) - If it's low-fat, it's good for you, right? Not necessarily: Often, companies remove fat only to increase sugar, salt, and additives in an effort to make "diet" food taste better, and a recent study found that 10% of such foods actually have the same number of calories... More »

Michelle Obama Stars in 'Funny or Die' Video

'Snackpocalypse' is fake horror movie trailer about junk food

(Newser) - No, “Snackpocalypse” is not a real movie—though it sure looks like one. The mock trailer features Chloe Grace Moretz in a world where junk food has turned people into zombies, Politico reports. It's the latest in Michelle Obama's campaign to get US schools to offer fruits... More »

The Ticket to Healthy Snacks: Animal Feed?

The ingredient smells bad, but packs a nutritious punch

(Newser) - Milk, sugar, flour, eggs ... and pulverized corn kernels typically fed to farm animals. If that doesn't whet your appetite, then consider the health benefits of that final ingredient, known as "dried distillers' grain," or DDG. The substance is left over in the process of turning corn into... More »

Healthy Eaters Go 'Kosher' Despite Evidence

Orthodox Jewish food label gaining in popularity

(Newser) - Love seeing that "kosher" food label when you go shopping? You're not alone: More than 25% of all new foods released since 2007 claim to be kosher, a 10-fold increase over kosher products released in 2002, NPR reports. The market has expanded from orthodox Jews to, well, everyone... More »

'Karmic Debt' Sparks Ex-Coke Exec's Health Push

Todd Putman blasts company's aggressive marketing

(Newser) - Working to ruthlessly promote Coca-Cola has left a former exec convinced he has a "large karmic debt to pay"—so the ad man has reformed. Todd Putman, one of Coke's leading marketers between 1997 and 2000, is now fighting on behalf of health food companies. He told... More »

5 'Healthy' Foods to Avoid

Low-fat peanut butter and energy bars make the list

(Newser) - Some foods have an underserved reputation as being healthy snacks, writes Katherine Tallmadge at the Washington Post . She runs down five common ones, including:
  • Energy bars: These are actually "calorie bombs," she writes. Sugar is usually the first or second ingredient. Going for a hike? Try nuts and
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Starbucks Sells Juice, Preps New Health Chain

Coffee mega-chain acquires Cali juice maker

(Newser) - Coffee might be healthy —but juice definitely is. And Starbucks wants you to have your vitamins. Having bought a California fruit and veggie juice maker for $30 million, the coffee mega-chain is adding "super-premium juice" to the menu. It also plans to launch a health and wellness chain... More »

13 'Health Foods' That Are Pretty Bad for You

Rice milk, raisin bran have sugary secrets

(Newser) - It seems likely almost every food is marketed with at least some concessions made to the health-conscious. Many of them are lying, the Huffington Post reports, and here are the worst offenders:
  1. Terra Chips: Nutritionally, you might as well be eating Lay's Potato Chips—they both have 150 calories and
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US Falls Back in Love With Soda

Americans ditch healthy drinks for cheap sweets

(Newser) - Recession-strapped Americans threw away their healthy (and expensive) drinks and reached for good old Coke and Pepsi, Time magazine reports. Soda sales jumped 2.5% in 2009—the first bump in 5 years—while milk, yogurt, fruit, and vegetable drinks all fell. "People stopped drinking the more expensive stuff... More »

8 'Health' Foods That Aren't So Healthy

Vitamin Water packs a lot more than just vitamins

(Newser) - Sure, an apple is a nutrient-filled snack, but so is a chocolate-chip peanut butter energy bar, right? Cracked blows the whistle on eight tasty "health" foods that actually aren't so good for our heath:
  1. Vitamin Water: As if the fact that it's owned by Coca-Cola isn't enough of a
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Eating Right: Some Unusual Suspects

Celery, seaweed could work wonders for your diet

(Newser) - The usual admonitions we hear at this time of year about eating right are probably going in one ear and out the other, so perhaps these unusual health-food suspects from Men’s Health will catch your attention as you prepare that New Year’s resolution.
  • Celery: Its phytochemicals are thought
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'Functional Foods' Worry Health Experts

'Nutritious' junk food grabs growing US market share

(Newser) - Once dubbed junk, certain snacks are enjoying a second life as so-called “functional foods”—candy bars or sugary cereals spruced up with added nutrients, the AP reports. Despite warnings by health experts, functional foods now account for $27 billion in sales, or 5% of the US food market,... More »

As Probiotics Expand, Confusion Sets In

Many questions linger about 'friendly' bacteria

(Newser) - Probiotics are branching out of the dairy aisle and into all types of food—from pizza to cereal—as marketers try to sell the health benefits. Seems like good news. The so-called friendly bacteria is supposed to help with digestion and boost the immune system, among other things. The problem... More »

Doctors Wary of Anti-Gluten Crusade

Wheat-free diet mostly hype, except for those with celiac disease

(Newser) - Gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, is shaping up to be America’s latest diet villain. For about 3 million Americans diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder called celiac disease, avoiding gluten is essential. But that alone doesn’t account for the $2 billion a year Americans... More »

Healthiest US City Gets Moving

Burlington, Vt., tops list due to active citizens; Huntington, W.Va., is unhealthiest

(Newser) - Burlington, Vt., is America's healthiest city, with 92% of residents reporting that they're in good or great health. A number of factors account for the gap between Burlington and Huntington, W.Va., which brought up the rear in the CDC's healthy-city rankings, the AP reports. Burlington's residents are younger on... More »

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