Food and Nutrition

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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.

You Might Need Half as Much Vitamin D as Previously Thought

When scientists used a new measurement technique on an earlier clinical trial, they got some very different results.

How Dietary Supplements Work

There's so much information (and misinformation) out there about dietary supplements, it can be hard to know what to believe. Here are some general guidelines.

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.

Celebrity TV Chefs Fail at Food Safety, New Study Finds

A new analysis of the actions portrayed on TV cooking shows finds that food personalities need to up their safety game.

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.

Everything You've Read About Vitamin D Is Wrong

A review of existing studies found increasing your intake of vitamin D didn't help to cure or prevent several diseases.

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.

Counting Carbs? Pay Attention to the Glycemic Load

Although the glycemic index of food gets more attention, experts say you should pay attention to the glycemic load. What's the difference?

So Here's a Terrifying Anxiety for Backyard Grilling Season

A study identified a scary way that eating grilled food could damage your body, and it's really no fun at all.

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.

What Makes a Food 'Natural'?

The FDA needs your help to define a term that currently means whatever a food manufacturer wants it to mean.

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 ghost peppers kill you?

The world's hottest pepper was once used to make grenades. Is something like that even safe to eat?

Can Eating Cold Rice Kill You?

Is eating cold Chinese leftovers one of your guilty pleasures? It might sound alarmist, but rice that hasn't been reheated could inflict serious damage on your body.

Can vitamin C help prevent dengue fever?

Some people swear by vitamin C to prevent colds. Is it powerful enough to stop disease?

10 Foodborne Illnesses That Will Make You Wish You Were Dead

If you've ever had food poisoning, you know it is decidedly unfun. And it turns out, there are many different kinds of foodborne disease that may not kill you, but you might prefer they did.

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?

10 Unexpected Ways to Get Food Poisoning

We may try to avoid the restaurant with the low health rating or eye the roadside barbeque stand with caution. But did you know you get food poisoning from vitamins, your own kitchen, or even sex?

10 Foods You Should Never Eat Raw

It's not just about what tastes good or is tough to chew – some foods are harmless when cooked, but when eaten raw or improperly prepared can make you sick or even kill you.

What’s safe to pack in your unrefrigerated lunch?

The bacteria that cause food poisoning need to eat, too. Which packable foods provide happy breeding grounds outside the fridge, and which will last without going bad?

Should you refrigerate eggs?

Overseas travelers might have noticed that different people handle eggs differently. What gives? And why aren't those other people all getting salmonella poisoning?


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