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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 »

These Are the Best Fruits, Veggies for Weight Loss

Cauliflower, berries, apples are good choices: study

(Newser) - It might be time to up your produce intake: A new study in PLOS Medicine finds certain fruits and veggies can help lower a person's weight. The US dietary guidelines note people should eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to help "achieve and maintain a healthy weight,... More »

Best Diet for Weight Loss: Veganism

A review of diets finds that those who go vegan lose the most weight fastest

(Newser) - If you want to lose weight and you want to lose it fast, a review of 12 weight loss studies concludes that your road to success is a vegan one. Reporting in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Ru-Yi Huang of E-Da Hospital in Taiwan finds in her review of... More »

Could Pesticides Be Killing Our Sperm?

Fruits, veggies with higher pesticide residue resulted in fewer sperm: researchers

(Newser) - Occupational and environmental exposure to pesticides has already been linked to lower semen quality, according to a new study in the Human Reproduction journal. But scientists from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health were curious to conduct what they're calling the first study to examine how sperm... More »

No. 1 Source of Salmonella Cases: Not Meat

In fact, seeded veggies are the worst culprit, feds find

(Newser) - Salmonella might be an illness you think about when you're tempted to eat cookie dough ; it's probably not something that worries you when picking out zucchini. But in fact, seeded vegetables were the top source of salmonella illnesses in a federal food study that focused on the years... More »

A Few Myths About Washing Produce

No, you don't need produce wash

(Newser) - Obsessed with using produce wash, or cavalier about biting into unwashed organic fruits and veggies? Modern Farmer dispels a few myths about cleaning produce:
  • "Produce wash is a must": Yes, produce wash claims to destroy more bacteria, but the Center for Food Safety reports that tap water is as
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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 »

Veggies More Dangerous Than Beef

At least when it comes to carrying diseases

(Newser) - An apple a day keeps the doctor away—unless, of course, it's carrying a disease. Turns out that vegetables and fruits are actually worse than beef and pork when it comes to making people sick, reports Bloomberg , based on a CDC paper from last year. Experts looked at illnesses... More »

5 Servings of Fruit, Veggies Don't Cut It

Study: 7 servings is optimal in terms of dropping death risk

(Newser) - Even if you're a proud consumer of five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, you're not getting enough, an extensive British study suggests. And steer clear of the canned stuff. University College London researchers reviewed the diets of 65,000 people; they found that those who ate more... More »

Order Veggies With Your Big Mac—in 3 to 7 Years

McDonald's to offer salad, fruit, veggies as sides, by 2020

(Newser) - Burger King now serves lower-calories fries ; McDonald's is hoping you'll want something a little greener with your burger. The fast-food powerhouse yesterday announced it will let its customers sub a side salad, fruit, or veggies for fries in its value meals—in three to seven years. The menu... More »

This Girl, 9, Scolded McDonald's CEO

'Don't you want kids to be healthy so they can live a long and healthy life?'

(Newser) - Nine-year-old Hannah Robertson knows it's important to eat her fruits and veggies (more so than most; this is her mom ), but she thought Don Thompson ought to know, too. Thompson just so happens to be the CEO of McDonald's, and Robertson addressed him at the fast-food giant'... More »

FDA Says New Rules Will Improve Food Safety

Agency issues two, with more on the way

(Newser) - The FDA has issued two new rules that it and food safety advocates say will make the nation's food supply much safer. They govern the handling of processed foods (like peanut butter ) and fruits and vegetables, reports USA Today , which calls this "the most sweeping overhaul of... More »

Non-Browning Apple Has Growers Seeing Red

Genetically-engineered fruit has some growers fuming

(Newser) - It sounds like magic: an apple that won't turn brown when cut or bruised. But the genetically-engineered fruit's special powers aren't enough to win over other apple growers, who say it's just unnatural. The Arctic Apple, from small Canadian firm Okanagan Specialty Fruits, could hurt consumers'... More »

Battle Dementia With Berries

Strawberries, blueberries appear to delay mental decline by up to 2.5 years

(Newser) - There's a tasty new weapon in the struggle to stay sharp as we age: munching lots of strawberries and blueberries may slow the brain's aging by up to 2.5 years, a study of some 16,000 women over age 70 finds. Researchers tracked the women's cognitive... More »

To Load Up on Antioxidants, Eat ... Popcorn?

Who needs fruit?

(Newser) - Good news for snackers: Looks like popcorn is healthier than previously believed. Experts knew it was rich in fiber and low in calories, but it turns out it's full of antioxidants, too, reports. By simulating the body's breakdown of the food, researchers have found that it'... More »

Listeria Death Toll Hits 18

More cases still expected, says FDA official

(Newser) - The death toll from the listeriosis outbreak linked to cantaloupes rose to 18 as government officials confirmed three more deaths yesterday. The total number of illnesses is now 100, according to the CDC. An FDA official says more victims are expected, since listeria symptoms can take up to two months... More »

Apples, Pears Fend Off Strokes

White-fleshed fruit reduced strokes in Dutch study

(Newser) - An apple a day may keep the doctor away, and more specifically lessen your chance of having a stroke. High consumption of apples and other white-fleshed fruit like pears, bananas, and cauliflower reduced people's likelihood of a stroke by 52% in a new Dutch study, the Daily Mail reports.... More »

Colo. Cantaloupes Blamed for 4 Deaths

Rocky Ford melons believed to be source of Listeria

(Newser) - Colorado's famous Rocky Ford cantaloupes are being blamed for an outbreak of Listeria that has killed four people and sickened dozens of others in six states. No formal recall has been issued, but health officials are advising people at high risk of contracting the bacterial infection—the elderly, pregnant... More »

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 »

Dear America, Eat Less. Sincerely, Feds

New federal guidelines urge limits on salt, saturated fat

(Newser) - Not only are the feds picking on how many Twinkies vs. how many carrots you eat, but the New York Times reports that now they're picking on how much you eat, period. The newest federal nutrition guidelines, revised every five years, predictably admonish Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables... More »

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