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EU: Prunes Aren't a Laxative Politician: Prove It

Good thing Europe has nothing better to worry about right now!

(Newser) - Conventional wisdom dictates that when you're having trouble, um, going, drink a big glass of prune juice. But that advice apparently no longer applies in the EU, and one member of the European parliament isn't very happy about it. The European Food Safety Authority's ruling that there... More »

Now Found in Some Australian Wines: Laxative Agent

No, it's not part of some weird plot to mess with your bowels

(Newser) - Those with delicate bowels may want to steer clear of wine from the Land Down Under. Winemakers there are now allowed to add sodium carboxymethyl cellulose to wine—a chemical lauded for its laxative powers. But in small quantities it can thicken liquids, and when it comes to wine, adding... More »

10 Craziest Celeb Diets

Could you survive on strawberries, lettuce, and edamame?

(Newser) - Snooki of the Jersey Shore is going on a cookie diet—which sounds downright yummy compared to some of the other crazy diets she and her fellow celebrities have tried. (In high school, Snooks would “suck on ice cubes for hours” instead of eating, a friend says.) The... More »

Why Sugar-Free Sweets Are a Bad Move

They won't help your waistline or your teeth

(Newser) - A growing number of Americans are turning to sugar-free cookies, soda, gum, and candy to help them lose weight. But unless you're diabetic, sugar-free sweets are probably a bad dietary move, the LA Times reports. Here are some of the reasons why:
  • In most cases, the calorie difference is negligible:
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