Food and Nutrition Facts

Food and nutrition facts help you decipher a plethora of diet advice. If you're considering a dietary change, these articles can help guide you to the right foods.

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Got Milk? It Might Depend on Whether It Came From a Cow or a Plant

The FDA is considering whether to enforce a rule that restricts usage of the term 'milk' to dairy products. But makers of plant-based milks like soy milk and almond milk are fighting back.

Going Nuts for Nuts Could Improve Your Health

A slew of new research suggests eating more nuts is not just good for your heart, but it's also good for your waistline.

Actually, We're Not Overdoing It on the Salt

A worldwide study found that although most people consumed more salt than was recommended, it wasn't enough to do damage to their heart health. And there wasn't much of a link between sodium consumption and heart attacks.

Why Are People Eating Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal is making its way into smoothies, pills and food of all kinds these days. What's the truth behind the health claims?

'Raw Water' Is Having a Moment

Some alternative health practitioners advocate drinking untreated water because it's 'healthier' for you. But scientists do not agree.

Big Sugar and Its Not-so-sweet Cover-Up

The average American eats 66 pounds of sugar every year, but the sugar industry doesn't want us to how much damage its doing to our bodies.

Whole-Wheat Bread May Only Be Better Than White for Some People

Researcher says the finding points to a new paradigm: "Different people react differently, even to the same foods."

Another Strike Against the Black Jelly Bean

It turns out that eat 50 black jelly beans a day may not be what the doctor ordered.

Far More Plants Get Consumed Thanks to Meat Eaters, Not Vegetarians

Your burger used to be a cow. When you factor in the plants that cow ate along the way to becoming a burger, meat eaters are vegetable-consuming machines.

FDA Will Soon Help You Calculate How Much Added Sugar You're Eating

Ever wonder how much added sugar is in that snack you're eating? By 2018, it'll be much easier to track added sugars, thanks to some mandatory FDA labeling requirements.

FDA Redefining 'Healthy' for First Time in Decades, Wants Your Input

The FDA hopes to take a more nuanced, modern approach with guidelines for the term "healthy" — and it's asking for public input. It's not just about low fat anymore.

And Now Some Sobering Thoughts About Fish Sticks

A small, new study examined the brains of "drop-out" farm-raised fish and wondered if the fish could be depressed.

Calling All U.S. Presidential Candidates: Fix the Food System

Aside from a quip about french fries, U.S. presidential candidates haven't said much about an issue that affects everyone.

New Chocolate Breakfast Cereals Claim to Be Healthy. But What Sounds Too Good …

"Healthy" chocolate cereals aren't being marketed to the kids you might expect. Why are grown-ups the big new target market for desperate cereal companies?

Yes, You Can Pickle That. And If You Have Social Anxiety, Maybe You Should

The health benefits of fermented foods have been apparent for ages. Spoon up that sauerkraut, because a new study suggests they may help reduce social anxiety, too.

Can I get cancer from eating tofu?

There is growing concern over a possible link between soy and certain types of cancer. Could these potential risks outweigh the benefits of eating tofu?

Where did the 2,000-calorie diet come from?

Nutrition labels list daily values based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Why did this become the standard?

Do artificial sweeteners raise your blood sugar?

We know sugar-free doesn't always mean healthy. But why would sugar substitutes raise blood-sugar levels in one study to near-diabetic levels?

Is there such a thing as negative-calorie food?

Celery munchers, this one's for you: Some foods are so low in calories that people say you can burn them off just by eating them. Is the "negative calorie" phenomenon a real thing?

10 Weird-but-true Food Facts

Cheese never ceases to be amazing: You can set it on fire, store it in a bank or consume it with some complementary maggots. And that's just one of the foods on our list.

10 Myths About Sugar

We love it, but is sugar a sweet thing or the devil in disguise? Does it really cause obesity, tooth decay and diabetes? Get the facts on the world's favorite carbohydrate.

Are fats actually good for you?

After years of bad press, attitudes are changing toward fats. You don't have to stay away from all of them if you're trying to stay healthy. But which fats should you try, and which should you avoid?

Are humans built to drink milk as adults?

Surprisingly, most people in the world can digest milk fine as babies and lose this ability as they grow up. Why does this happen? And why isn't it true for every culture?

Do fat-free foods really make you fat?

With the explosion of fat-free processed food in the '80s and '90s, why did consumers tend to get bigger? Turns out, "fat-free" food had a dirty little secret.


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