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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10 'Healthy' Foods That Really Aren't

Did you really want that protein bar or do you just think it's better for you than a cookie? Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. Here are 10 products that people think must be good for you but may not be.

The Great Egg-Cholesterol Debate Just Got More Scrambled

Confused about whether to embrace or avoid eating eggs if you're watching your cholesterol? A new, large study suggests you should avoid eggs, but nutritionists aren't all convinced.

Do Microgreens Deliver Macro Nutrition?

Microgreens are all the rage now and many people swear that they're tastier and healthier than the bigger vegetables. But what does the science say?

Is Hummus Really Healthy?

Hummus is a chickpea dip that has surged in popularity in the U.S. over the past decade. It sure seems healthy but is it really?

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?


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