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New Dietary Guidelines Skip 2 Controversial Suggestions
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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
NEW STUDY

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
NEW STUDY

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
NEW STUDY

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
NEW STUDY

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...

10 US Cities With the Worst Diets
10 US Cities With
the Worst Diets

10 US Cities With the Worst Diets

The Midwest and South might need a nutritional reboot

(Newser) - We know residents of Naples, Fla., boast the best diet —but which cities could use major improvements in the intake category? A report by Gallup and digital health firm Sharecare looked at 189 metro areas across the US and shook out the ones that could use a consultation with...

One State Dominates in Healthy Eating

California claims 4 of top 10 metro areas with healthiest diets

(Newser) - All the hype about California healthy living appears to be well founded—at least when it comes to mealtime. A new report by Gallup and Sharecare, a digital health firm, looked at eating habits in 189 metropolitan areas across the US with one simple question: "Did you eat healthy...

Latte as Superfood? Mushroom Coffee Is Now a Thing
Mushroom Coffee
Is Now a Thing

Mushroom Coffee Is Now a Thing

Touted for its health benefits, some of which check out

(Newser) - If a company in Finland gets its way, we're all going to be sipping fungus-based coffee as part of our morning routines. That's right, Finnish-based Four Sigmatic is selling hot cocoa mixes, instant coffee blends, and elixirs infused with dried fungus—all in the name of health, reports...

Fruits, Veggies May Help Slow ALS
Fruits, Veggies
May Help Slow ALS

Fruits, Veggies May Help Slow ALS

Antioxidant nutrients and carotenoids are key

(Newser) - "It appears that nutrition plays a role both in triggering the disease and why it progresses." So says the lead researcher of a study out of Columbia University that per a press release is "among the first" to look at the interplay between diet and ALS near...

Campbell's Soup Wants Your Next Meal to Include Blood Test

It's investing in a meal delivery startup that uses customers' genetic data

(Newser) - Campbell's Soup wants you to draw some blood before planning your next meal. Quartz reports the soup giant has become the sole investor—to the tune of $32 million—in meal delivery startup Habit. When Habit launches next year, it will send customers a blood-testing kit to use at...

Vegan Baby Hospitalized, Taken From Parents

At 14 months, he weighed as much as a typical 3-month-old

(Newser) - Veganism is on the rise in Italy, and while it's been shown to be the best diet for weight loss , a few babies who are also on a strict no-animal-products diet appear to be paying a price. A 14-month-old was rushed to a Milan hospital this month by his...

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