Food and Nutrition

Food and nutrition affect both body and mind. Learn about all aspects of food and nutrition, from vitamins to aging to natural foods.

Topics to Explore


Learn More / Page 3

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?

Is charred food bad for you?

Like your meat dark and smoky? Here's what you should know about the carcinogens in those overly well-done steaks and sides.

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?

Is honey healthier than sugar?

Many people tout the benefits of natural sweeteners like honey instead of refined sugar. But is it any better for you?

Is moldy food safe to eat?

Don't be too quick to toss that green, fuzzy food -- a small spot of mold doesn't always make the entire piece of food unsafe.

Does aspartame cause MS?

Aspartame, a common ingredient in many diet drinks, gets blamed for dozens of diseases and conditions. A widely circulated e-mail connects aspartame with multiple sclerosis. Is it time to toss the diet soda for good?

Does fasting improve your health?

A new diet trend, fasting one or two days a week, is becoming increasingly popular. But is the shock to the system beneficial?

Is brown sugar healthier than white sugar?

Brown food is better food, right? That's what you think... but then you find out what makes it brown.

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 breakfast really the most important meal?

The first meal is often the first to go for people trying to save minutes or calories. Is it wise to start the day on empty? And if not, do doughnuts count?

Is black licorice dangerous?

Researchers cry foul — and not for its taste. How much black licorice does it take to put your health at risk?

Are there hormones in milk?

Injections to boost dairy cows' production carry repercussions for the cows. Do they affect human health, too? Should we worry about the extra estrogen?

Should you really chew your food 32 times before swallowing?

Do you savor every bite of your meal, or are you usually the first one to clean your plate? Chew on this -- taking your time masticating those morsels might be good for your health.

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.

How Food Recalls Work

Remember the shutdown on the Georgia peanut factory for salmonella poisoning back in 2009? Some food recalls make the headlines, but most pass unnoticed. Who decides when a product needs to be recalled? And does it happen too often or not enough?

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.

How much dirt do I eat in a year?

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?

Is refined sugar addictive?

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?