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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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

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

By Robert Lamb

"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

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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

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

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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?

By Laurie L. Dove

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?

By Alison Cooper

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?

By Alison Cooper

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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.

By Alison Cooper

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?

By Alison Cooper

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?

By Alison Cooper

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.

By Alison Cooper

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Today’s conventional wisdom is that a healthy diet does not include chicken skin, fatty foods or high fructose corn syrup. But how many of these food facts are just wrong?

By Laurie L. Dove

Wouldn't it be cool if there were some magical machine that just sucked all the fat out of all the foods we like but still left them tasting delicious? Yeah, not happening, so what is the deal?

By Meisa Salaita

If you've got a constant compulsion to crunch on ice -- huge amounts of ice -- it could be a sign of anemia. What is it about having an abnormal number of red blood cells that makes ice so appealing?

By Maria Trimarchi

Studies show that diet soda may pose health risks. We look at the research to see if artificial sweeteners are safe and if diet sodas pose health risks

By Mara Betsch

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Those with Celiac disease can enjoy these gluten-free snacks guilt-free. These tasty treats prove that gluten-free snacks can be healthy and satisfying.

By Jennifer Wolfe

Are you getting enough water? Find out how much water you should be drinking every day.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

There are many varieties of root vegetables such as parsnips, beets and turnips. Get nutritional and cooking information on root vegetables here.

By Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

The wintertime blues are normal, but for some, seasonal affective disorder can be a serious problem. Could the secret to quashing seasonal depression be as simple as a trip to the grocery store?

By Katie Lambert

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Some foods, such as cocoa-based chocolate, can make a difference in your brain health. See this list of the five best foods for brain health to learn more.

By Dr. Michael F. Roizen & Dr. Mehmet C. Oz

Running for sport or fitness can increase your overall energy, but in the short term can temporarily zap your vigor. Could energy bars be the answer?

By Jennifer Sellers