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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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.
By Alia Hoyt Aug 15, 2018
Activated charcoal is making its way into smoothies, pills and food of all kinds these days. What's the truth behind the health claims?
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 26, 2018
Some alternative health practitioners advocate drinking untreated water because it's 'healthier' for you. But scientists do not agree.
By Alia Hoyt Feb 1, 2018
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.
By Diana Brown Jan 16, 2018
Researcher says the finding points to a new paradigm: "Different people react differently, even to the same foods."
By Alia Hoyt Jun 16, 2017
It turns out that eat 50 black jelly beans a day may not be what the doctor ordered.
By Kate Kershner Apr 27, 2017
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.
By Patrick J. Kiger Mar 7, 2017
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.
By Laurie L. Dove Feb 21, 2017
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.
By Jesslyn Shields Oct 10, 2016
A small, new study examined the brains of "drop-out" farm-raised fish and wondered if the fish could be depressed.
By Robert Lamb May 26, 2016
Aside from a quip about french fries, U.S. presidential candidates haven't said much about an issue that affects everyone.
By Sarah Gleim Feb 4, 2016
"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?
By Sarah Gleim Dec 15, 2015
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.
By Sarah Gleim Nov 23, 2015
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?
By Jennifer Sellers
Nutrition labels list daily values based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Why did this become the standard?
By Laurie L. Dove
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?
By Alison Cooper
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?
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.
By Nicholas Gerbis
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.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus
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?
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?
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.
From kids eating it as they play outside to women craving it during pregnancy, dirt ends up as a snack both intentionally and otherwise throughout our lives. Can it actually help keep us healthy?
If you have a sneaking suspicion you're addicted to sugar, you might be right. Sugar lights up areas of our brains that also get excited by cocaine and heroin. What does that mean for your body?
For years, health experts zeroed in on fat reduction as the way to lose weight and stay healthy. It's possible, though, that refined sugar is taking an even worse toll on our bodies.
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