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Soda Giants: You Drink Too Many Calories—From Soda

Big 3 promise 20% cut by 2025

(Newser) - Even America's soda-makers agree that people are getting too many calories from their products, and the biggest three have now pledged to cut calorie consumption by a fifth by 2025. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group won't actually be reducing the number of calories their products contain,... More »

Beef: Meat Industry's Worst Eco-Offender

Raising cattle takes up 160 times as much land as plants, study finds

(Newser) - Think drive-thru cheeseburgers are cheap? Think again. What may be light on the wallet is heavy on the planet, according to a new study on the environmental costs per calorie of beef, pork, poultry, dairy, and eggs—which, combined, make up 96% of the calories Americans get via animal sources.... More »

It Isn't Extra Food That's Making Us Fat

Food intake stayed steady while exercise rates fell

(Newser) - Americans are a lot heftier than they were in 1988, but it's not because they're eating a lot more than they were a couple of decades ago; it's because they're sitting around a lot more, according to a new study. Researchers found that daily intake of... More »

Big Changes Coming to Food Labels

FDA proposing calories per package and adjusted serving size

(Newser) - You may no longer have to squint at nutrition labels to see the calories you're consuming. For the first time in more than 20 years, the FDA is proposing big changes to packaged food and drink labels, requiring calories and more realistic portion sizes to be in large, bold... More »

Food Companies Sell 6.4T Fewer Calories Than in 2007

Study finds industry exceeds pledge to reduce counts

(Newser) - Some of the nation's largest food companies have cut daily calorie counts by an average of 78 per person, a new study says, more than four times the amount the industry pledged to slash by next year. The study sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that between... More »

Burger King Tries to Woo You With Low-Cal Fries

'Satisfries' to be rolled out today

(Newser) - Burger King is hoping to lure back hungry-but-calorie-conscious customers with a new menu item: low-fat fries. The chain says the "Satisfries" being introduced across the country today have 20% fewer calories than its regular fries—and 30% fewer than McDonald's fries, reports the Wall Street Journal . The new... More »

Taco Bell to Make Menu Healthier ...Eventually

Chain promises leaner combos by 2020

(Newser) - Like the rest of us, Taco Bell intends to diet tomorrow. Or, in the Bell's case, by 2020. By then, the fast-food chain is aiming to have 20% of its combo meal offerings clock in within one-third of the federal government's daily recommendations for calories, fat, and sodium,... More »

Are Calorie Labels Worthless?

Scientists increasingly believe that the math is all wrong

(Newser) - Ever wondered how those calorie numbers that have become all-important to dieters were devised? Well, you can trace the formula back to a 19th century scientist who burned food to measure its energy, then weighed human feces and urine to determine how much of that was excreted, subtracted the two... More »

11% of American Calories From Fast Food

US children consuming fewer calories, too

(Newser) - The average American gets 11% of his or her calories from fast food—and, believe it or not, that's relatively good news, reports the AP . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed 11,000 adults from 2007 to 2010, asking what they ate over the previous 24 hours,... More »

Healthier Menu Items Boost Sales at Restaurants

Lighter offerings turn into big sellers

(Newser) - Turns out that offering patrons lower-calorie options isn't just a good move for waistlines, it's a "business imperative" for restaurants, says the lead author of a new study. The report from the Hudson Institute finds that sales were up 5.5% between 2006 and 2011 at restaurants... More »

Most Caloric Restaurant Dishes 'Honored'

That IHOP platter has about as many calories as you should eat in a day

(Newser) - The average person should ingest around 2,000 calories per day ... which is what makes it so incredible that the Cheesecake Factory's Bistro Shrimp Pasta contains 3,120 calories. It's the top "winner" of this year's Xtreme Eating Awards, which highlight the highest-calorie meals you can... More »

Thanksgiving Day: Really 4,500 Calories?

One reporter puts it to the test

(Newser) - So, you've heard that Americans typically wolf down more than 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day? That's what the Calorie Control Council says, but Tara Parker-Pope at the New York Times was skeptical. So she cooked up a highly indulgent Thanksgiving meal, including 6 ounces of turkey with... More »

Coming to McDonald's: Calorie Counts

And maybe, maybe, grilled McNuggets

(Newser) - Bad news for those of you who like to eat your fast food in ignorance: McDonald's is adding calorie counts to its menu boards next week. That means that soon, there will be no escaping the knowledge that a Big Mac packs 550 calories, NPR reports. And, in another... More »

Coke, Pepsi Race to Invent Critic-Silencing Soda

Pushing for all-natural, no-cal version ... but they can't shake metallic taste

(Newser) - Coke and Pepsi are chasing the sweet spot: a soda with no calories, no artificial sweeteners, and no funny aftertaste. The world's top soft drink companies hope that's the elusive trifecta that will silence health concerns about soda and reverse the decline in consumption of carbonated drinks. But... More »

Scientists Find New Obesity Clue in Tanzania

It turns out Westerners and hunter-gatherers have same metabolic rate

(Newser) - Scientists have long thought our hunter-gatherer ancestors burned through many more calories than the TV-watching, desk-sitting people of today, but a new study suggests that may not be the case—and the finding could inform our very modern-day battle against obesity. Researchers studied 30 members of the still-hunter-gatherer Hadza tribe... More »

Counting Calories Not Enough

When it comes to keeping pounds off, what you eat matters: study

(Newser) - Once you've successfully lost some weight, all you have to do is count calories to keep it off, right? Wrong, according to an admittedly small but intensive study that basically determined that all calories are not created equal. Twenty-one overweight/obese participants followed a 12-week weight-loss program designed to peel... More »

California Students Eating Less Junk Food

State laws making a difference, says study

(Newser) - Why do teens in California consume fewer calories a day than young people in other states? It's because they snack less when at school, a new study finds, and they snack less because state laws have curbed the sale of junk food and banned the sale of soda and... More »

Fountain of Youth for Your Brain: Slashing Calories

Calories-restricted diets release CREB1, the key to brain health

(Newser) - Scientists have long known that calorie-restricted diets— as in 30% fewer calories than normal —are a key to living longer and keeping your brain healthier. But now, for the first time, they think they know why: Apparently extreme calorie restriction triggers a brain protein, CREB1, that unlocks good genes... More »

Time to Replace Calorie Counts With Exercise Warnings

One cola requires hour's run to work off

(Newser) - If we want kids to understand the health impact of soda, we should drop the calorie counts from the cans and replace them with exercise notices, a study suggests. The cans should warn potential buyers, for example, that they'll need to run for 50 minutes to work off that... More »

Work Is Less of a Workout These Days

We burn fewer calories on the job than people in the 1960s

(Newser) - You'll want to sit down for this—wait, you probably already are. Fewer jobs requiring even moderate physical activity contributes to workers burning 120 to 140 fewer calories on the job than they did in the '60s, reports USA Today . During an average workday, men burn an average... More »

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