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Ultra-Processed Foods Aren't as Appealing as We Thought

When people rated foods, UPFs weren't as 'hyperpalatable' as commonly believed

(Newser) - If you'd never say no to a bowl of ice cream, you're certainly not alone. But that doesn't make whole foods like apples any less appealing, according to new study from Bristol University's Nutrition and Behaviour Group. There, researchers decided to test the assumption that people...

The Latest World Hunger Stats Are Grim

Number of people going hungry jumped by 122M between 2019 and 2022

(Newser) - The number of humans going hungry stood at an estimated 735 million in 2022, an increase of 122 million people since 2019. That roughly 20% jump is being attributed to the COVID pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, per a new report issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization...

Health Studies on Ice Cream Are 'Pretty Bonkers'
Health Studies on Ice Cream
Are 'Pretty Bonkers'

Health Studies on Ice Cream Are 'Pretty Bonkers'

'Atlantic' explores how researchers keep finding health benefits but don't believe it

(Newser) - The headline of David Merritt Johns' story in the Atlantic refers to it as "nutrition science's most preposterous result." And in the story itself, Merritt Johns calls it "pretty bonkers." It seems that nutritional studies over the years keep suggesting an unexpected result: Eating ice...

End of Pandemic Aid Leaves Schools Stuck With Meal Tab

Debt is mounting in districts as Congress doesn't act

(Newser) - School lunch debt has long been an issue, but there's a twist now. The federal government began providing breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students to help families during the pandemic, regardless of income. The program ended three months ago, the Washington Post reports, and without those...

Americans Are Lousy at Assessing Their Diets
Your Diet Probably Isn't
as Healthy as You Think
new study

Your Diet Probably Isn't as Healthy as You Think

Study finds that most Americans overestimate it

(Newser) - In these divisive times, there is at least one thing nearly all Americans have in common: We are terrible at evaluating the healthfulness of our own diets, at least compared to how scientists rate us. That is according to Dr. Jessica Thomson of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in...

1 in 10 Adults Are Eating Their Veggies, Study Finds

Following the guidelines can guard against chronic conditions, CDC says

(Newser) - Although they've been told to many times in their lives, most American adults are not eating enough fruits and vegetables. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that only one in 10 adults are eating the recommended amounts, the Hill reports. Women reach the target...

New Dietary Guidelines Skip 2 Controversial Suggestions
New Dietary
Guidelines Skip
2 Controversial
in case you missed

New Dietary Guidelines Skip 2 Controversial Suggestions

USDA rejects idea to further cut alcohol and sugar intake, weighs in on breastfeeding

(Newser) - The official new dietary guidelines for Americans have been updated for the first time in five years, and they might be more notable for what they don't include. As the Wall Street Journal reports, the federal guidelines don't call for cuts in alcohol and sugar intake. Over the...

Vegans May Be More Likely to Break Bones
Vegans May Be More 
Likely to Break Bones
new study

Vegans May Be More Likely to Break Bones

Largest study of its kind sees increased risk for those who don't eat animal products

(Newser) - The largest study of its kind suggests that those who don't eat meat are more likely to suffer bone fractures. Vegans, who shun both meat and dairy, appear to have the greatest risk relative to vegetarians and pescatarians, particularly when it comes to hip fractures, reports CNN . To keep...

USDA: School Lunch Proposal Is Efficient. Critics: 'Unconscionable'

Department wants schools to be able to cut mandates on fruits and veggies, offer more pizza

(Newser) - Michelle Obama turned 56 Friday, but one unwelcome gift came in the form of a new Trump proposal that would strike further at one of her most well-known initiatives as first lady: healthier school lunches. Per the Washington Post , the Department of Agriculture on Friday released proposed mandates on "...

Toxic Metals Found in 95% of Baby Foods
Toxic Metals Found
in 95% of Baby Foods

Toxic Metals Found in 95% of Baby Foods

Contaminants hurt developing brains, researchers warn

(Newser) - Toxic metals now banned in pesticides still linger in our soil and water—and they are present in a frightening proportion of baby foods, according to a new study. Researchers at the Healthy Babies Bright Futures Foundation say arsenic, lead, mercury, or cadmium were found in almost all of the...

Americans' Diets Got Better Since 1999 (but Just a Little)
We're Still Consuming
Too Much Sugar, White Bread
study says

We're Still Consuming Too Much Sugar, White Bread

Newly published research shows US diets have only slightly improved since 1999

(Newser) - Americans' diets are a little less sweet and a little crunchier but there's still too much sugar, white bread, and artery-clogging fat, a new study suggests. Overall, the authors estimated there was a modest improvement over 16 years on the government's healthy eating index, from an estimated score...

How Much Juice to Give Your Kids? None Is Best

New guidelines call for mostly milk and water in early years

(Newser) - Parents of young kids should steer them clear of juices and plant-based milk and focus instead on cow's milk and water, according to new guidelines. The nutrition advocacy group Healthy Eating Research commissioned scientists to create updated advice on what children should drink through age 5, reports the New ...

Years of Junk Food Caused Teen to Go Blind, Say Doctors

He subsisted on potato chips, fries, white bread, ham, and sausage

(Newser) - A case study in a medical journal illustrates the hazards of extremely picky eating. A young patient in the UK says in elementary school he began subsisting on a narrow range of food—potato chips (mostly Pringles), french fries, white bread, and sliced ham and sausage, reports CNN . The result...

WHO Issues First Guidelines on Amount of Fat in Diet

Health agency recommends limiting saturated fat to 10% of diet, and trans fat to 1%

(Newser) - The World Health Organization is taking on the battle of the bulge, saying that saturated fats should not exceed 10% of your diet. In its first draft guidelines on fat intake, the UN health agency said to avoid piling on the pounds, both adults and children should ensure that no...

Boy's Diet of Pork, Cheerios Nearly Made Him Go Blind

He got too little vitamin A from his ultra-strict eating habits

(Newser) - You really should eat your carrots. And kale. The parents of an 11-year-old boy in Canada learned that the hard way after doctors solved the mystery behind their son's serious vision loss. Toronto doctors who examined the boy spotted a buildup of Bitot's spots on his corneas, Live...

Oprah Is About to Show Up in Your Fridge

Star partners with Kraft Heinz to sell comfort food with 'unexpected nutritious twists'

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey apparently wasn't content hawking Weight Watchers fare. The media mogul has officially launched her own line of refrigerated comfort foods with Kraft Heinz, reports CNNMoney . Winfrey, who loves eating food from her garden, says she wanted to make "nutritious comfort foods more accessible to everyone."...

Mediterranean Diet Has a Downside
Mediterranean Diet
Has a Downside

Mediterranean Diet Has a Downside

The rich, well-educated benefit the most, study says

(Newser) - Despite its many purported advantages , the Mediterranean diet might not be all it's cracked up to be. According to a new study in the International Journal of Epidemiology , its effects depend largely on socioeconomic status. Researchers surveyed 19,000 people ages 35 and over in Italy, giving each a...

Artificial Sweeteners Don't Seem to Help Weight Loss
Artificial Sweeteners
May Cause Weight Gain

Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Weight Gain

Though one expert warns there's not enough info to place all blame on artificial sweeteners

(Newser) - If you think you're avoiding artificial sweeteners because you don't put them in your coffee or tea, think again. These additives are found in everything from yogurt and baked goods to sauces and diet colas, per the CBC , with "a lot of people ... consuming them in foods...

Eat Fries? You're Not Doing Your Life Span Any Favors
Want to Live Longer?
Put the Fries Down
new study

Want to Live Longer? Put the Fries Down

It's the frying and the salt that's the problem

(Newser) - Potatoes are a relatively healthy vegetable, packed with enough fiber, vitamins, and micronutrients to "counterbalance the detrimental effects of their high glycemic index," researchers note in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition . Unfortunately, it is what we do to them before we eat them that drains all the...

Even One Drink a Day Can Up Breast Cancer Risk
Even One Drink a Day Can
Up Breast Cancer Risk

Even One Drink a Day Can Up Breast Cancer Risk

Regular physical activity, on the other hand, may have the opposite effect

(Newser) - Just one alcoholic drink per day—even a teeny one—may not bode well for women on the breast cancer front, reports the Washington Post . That's the conclusion of a large-scale review by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research fund that took a closer...

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