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Anti-Alzheimer's Weapon: Walnuts?

Antioxidants in the food could be a big help against disease

(Newser) - As the threat of Alzheimer's disease grows, a simple snack may offer some protection. Researchers in New York say via Eureka Alert that walnuts can help improve learning, memory, and motor skills and reduce anxiety—at least in mice. The scientists, led by Dr. Abha Chauhan, fed mice different... More »

Why Are Plane Passengers So Into Tomato Juice?

The taste is different in a low-pressure environment

(Newser) - Tomato juice: It's not something many people crave on land, but in the sky, it's hugely popular. Germany's Lufthansa airline, for instance, has said it serves some 53,000 gallons of tomato juice per year—not so far off from its 59,000 gallons of beer in... More »

To Eat This 8K-Calorie Breakfast, Sign a Waiver

Chef of British cafe says 'the Hibernator' weighs 7 pounds

(Newser) - Think you're a big eater? One breakfast cooked up at the Bear Grills cafe in Congleton, England, is so daunting that only 20 people have tried it—and no one has successfully cleaned their plate. The chef tells the Daily Mail it's called "the Hibernator" because "... More »

Pits Prove It: We've Been Eating Peaches for Millennia

They were domesticated some 7.5K years ago in China: study

(Newser) - When you savor a juicy peach, you're joining a tradition that goes back some 7,500 years. That long ago, Chinese farmers started domesticating the sweet fruit, researchers find. Peaches eaten all over the planet have roots—no pun intended—near Shanghai, in the lower Yangtze River Valley, according... More »

This Exists: 66-Pound Hot Dog Sundae

FYI's Epic Meal Time guys' creation has 66 ingredients

(Newser) - Well, this sounds ... yummy? The guys of Epic Meal Time have created a 66-pound Hot Dog Sundae. They plan to air their consumption of the feast on their FYI show Epic Meal Empire this fall, reports Thrilist . A partial list of the sundae's 66 ingredients: Bacon chili, pad Thai,... More »

You Can Make Yourself Favor Healthy Food

We're not born loving junk, says expert

(Newser) - It's tough to eat right when that bad-for-you food tastes so much better than the good stuff. But what if you actually liked healthy food more than junk? Such a reversal may be possible, a study suggests, via Time . "We don’t start out in life loving French... More »

New Delicacy in Vietnam: Free-Range ... Rats

Cambodia is exporting quite a few of them

(Newser) - A popular new delicacy in Vietnam's isn't what you'd expect, or want to imagine: It's rats. But don't worry, eaters aren't munching on scabies-infected urban vermin, but rather the free-range, rural rats of Cambodia's rice fields, which eat a largely organic diet, rat-catchers... More »

Cavemen First Ate Snails 30K Years Ago

They even roasted them at site in modern-day Spain

(Newser) - The delicacy of escargot is by no means a modern one: It seems cavemen were munching on snails between 26,000 and 31,000 years ago. That's the age of an Iberian Peninsula site found by archaeologists and described in a new paper, Haaretz reports. Remains of Iberus alonensis... More »

Think France Has Great Food? Think Again

Mark Bittman says nation's famous cooking has gone downhill

(Newser) - Quick, name a country renowned for its cuisine. If France comes to mind, Mark Bittman has a revelation for you: That might have been true decades ago, but "today, when I write about Parisian restaurants I have to eat in three to recommend one, and that’s with expert... More »

112-Year-Old Ham Still Edible: Museum

But it might not taste so good

(Newser) - Sure, according to the BBC , "it looks like a piece of old leather"—but if you ask at Smithfield, Virginia's Isle of Wight County Museum , you'll learn that a century-old ham is still, apparently, edible. It just celebrated its 112th birthday, and it's the oldest... More »

Next Big Superfood: Kelp?

Advocates like how it helps the body and the planet

(Newser) - Everyone's always on the hunt for the next superfood, and both Grist and Scientific American have articles making the case for ... seaweed. Or more specifically, kelp. One big reason: It's not only good for the body, it's good for the planet. Kelp is packed with vitamins, calcium,... More »

How Food Affects Your Stress Level

Sugars and white pastas don't help, but fish does

(Newser) - What did you eat last time you got stressed? Odds are it was packed with sugar or refined carbs, and apparently that's not good. "There can be a bit of a vicious cycle," Harvard professor David Ludwig tells NPR . People often remedy stress with comfort foods, he... More »

How Pilot Appeases Stuck Fliers: With Pizza

Pilot Gerhard Bradner buys 50 Dominos pizzas, with his own money

(Newser) - Airplane delays have been known to lead to bad situations . Enter pilot Gerhard Bradner, who bought all of his stranded passengers Dominos pizza on Monday night, forking over his own money for 50 pies. As KUSA-TV reports, Frontier Flight 719, which was headed to Denver from Reagan International Airport in... More »

3 Foods That the Experts Won't Touch

And other food-safety tips to keep your July 4th rolling

(Newser) - Nothing can put a damper on your July 4th barbecue like rain—except maybe food safety experts, some of whom give USA Today pointers on how to avoid celebrations that end with you running for the bathroom. Doug Powell of the aptly-named barfblog.com starts with a few foods he... More »

Fast Food's New Trend: 'Stealth Health'

Companies don't always tell us when our food gets healthier

(Newser) - In the minds of customers, healthy food often means less-tasty food. At the same time, however, many clamor for healthier options. All this puts restaurants and food makers in a bind—and the solution, the Wall Street Journal reports, is "stealth health." This refers to companies secretly improving... More »

Cereal Problem: Kids Are Getting Too Many Vitamins

Too much vitamin A, zinc, niacin can cause problems

(Newser) - We're told to get our vitamins—but there's a line when enough is enough, and when kids eat fortified breakfast cereal, they may be crossing that line, USA Today reports. "Millions of children are ingesting potentially unhealthy amounts" of three nutrients: vitamin A, zinc, and niacin, per... More »

Ominous First: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Food

In a single squid in a Chinese market in Saskatoon

(Newser) - We're growing accustomed to hearing about antibiotic-resistant bacteria in our hospitals; now the CDC says it's entering our markets. In a report out yesterday, the agency revealed that Canadian researchers have, as part of a pilot study, discovered such bacteria in a single raw squid found in a... More »

Is Imported Nutella Really Different?

A little, in terms of taste and texture, a Post reporter finds; maybe make your own?

(Newser) - If you ever visit gourmet grocers or Italian markets, you've probably seen it: Imported Nutella, straight from Italy, sold in a glass jar at multiple times the price of the Canadian-made stuff found in most US supermarkets. And perhaps you've wondered: Is it really any different? Many devotees... More »

Stat Team's New Goal: Find Best Burrito in US

Nate Silver and crew are on the case

(Newser) - Thanks to his work in sports and politics, Nate Silver has become something of a rock-star statistician. Now, he's applying his number-crunching skills to a new project: food. Specifically, burritos. Members of his team at fivethirtyeight.com are working to determine the best burrito in the United States, and... More »

'Comfort Food' May Be a Myth

Study suggests it's time, not food, that improves our mood

(Newser) - Feel better after that bowl of ice cream? It might not be the food itself that's responsible; instead, it could just be the passage of time that's lifting your mood, researchers say. They had study participants name their favorite comfort foods; the participants were also asked to identify... More »

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