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.

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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

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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

Is fish oil just snake oil in disguise? Will echinacea really help you combat a cold? Many of the claims around supplements are actually just marketing hype.

By Maria Trimarchi

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

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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

Nonstick pans are out, cast iron is in. Read on to learn about the health benefits of cooking with cast iron and why we say it's a go for your immune system and your wallet, too!

By Jennifer Wolfe

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

What are the world's healthiest foods? These nutrient-packed items should be part of every day diet. Try our 20 healthiest foods!

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What's on your plate for Thanksgiving? Calculate the calories in your favorite Turkey Day foods - turkey, potatoes, and more - and get nutrition tips.

When you think of soul food, your mind probably conjures up comforting foods that are high in salt and oil. But you can enjoy the flavors and heritage of a soul food meal without unhealthy ingredients.

By Maria Trimarchi

This meal before the meal is the classic Italian appetizer, and can feature an almost infinite variety of flavor combinations. Using whole foods will make it even better.

By Brion O'Connor

Mexican cuisine is delicious and flavorful, but it's not always healthy -- or unprocessed. For your next Mexican holiday, we've got some tips for preparing tasty Mexican dishes, whole-food style.

By Shanna Freeman

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German food tends to focus on taste and large portions rather than waistline concerns. But with a few tweaks, you'll find some healthy dishes on your holiday menu.

By Kevin P. Allen

Need to tweak your menu to accommodate a guest who can't eat seafood? The key to a steady stream of rave reviews is just a bit of ingenuity in the kitchen.

By Laurie L. Dove

When salted nuts are the healthiest option at the holiday party, you know you're in trouble. What are some delicious alternatives to the standard fatty holiday fare (and twists on the old favorites)?

By Julia Layton

Cellophane-wrapped towers of cheeses, cookies and salted nuts abound during the holidays, throwing off healthy-eating intentions during an already tempting time. How can you make your gift baskets healthier without giving up on gourmet goodness?

By Julia Layton

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Your holiday menu would probably seem bare without the traditional (but fattening) favorites. But if your heart is already fluttering in anticipation, add a few superfoods to the mix.

By Laurie L. Dove

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

By Editors of Consumer Guide

Edible cactus is also known as nopales, nopalitos or cactus pads. Learn more about the edible cactus in this article.

By Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Curious about which herbal supplements are best suited for your needs? Learn about the best herbal supplements and common uses.

By Discovery Fit and Health Writers

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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

From sports drinks to high-tech powder mixes, electrolyte supplements on the market are targeted to athletes needing to rejuvenate. Why are electrolytes so important?

By Joseph Miller