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Put Away That Salt Shaker to Shield Your Heart

Toss out your salt shaker if you want to lower your risk of heart disease, a new study suggests.

Even if you already follow a low-salt diet, sprinkling salt on your food can raise your risk for heart disease, heart failure and plaque in cardiac arteries, researchers report.

"Compared with people who always added salt to foods -- usually at the table -- those who sometimes, rare...

Most Americans Still Aren't Eating Enough Whole Grains

Americans are eating more whole grains than ever before -- but it's still not enough.

Moreover, not everyone agrees on what whole grains actually are, according to a new study that found competing definitions.

The increase in whole grain intake over the past two decades is either 39.5% or 61.5%, according to researchers from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science ...

Skipping Meals Could Shave Years Off Your Life

Intermittent fasting -- limiting eating to a small part of the day -- is very popular these days. But that doesn't mean it's healthy.

A new study published online in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that people who skipped meals, fasted or ate their meals ...

Vitamins: It's Best to Get Them From Food, Not a Bottle

Bottled vitamins might seem a convenient way to get all the important nutrients, but the best delivery method is still just eating actual healthy food.

“We have plenty of studies showing that when we look at food as the bioavailable source of certain nutrients of vitamins and minerals, they tend to be one of the best options,” said

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 25, 2022
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  • Food Banks Save Needy Families Up to $1,000 Per Year

    Millions of Americans will enjoy a hot, nutritious Thanksgiving meal thanks to their local food pantry, often staffed by volunteers. Now, new research spotlights just how important these charities are.

    Families who rely on pantries for food assistance come away with $600 to $1,000 in free meals and produce every year, after taking into account time, transportation and other costs associ...

    All the Flavor, Better Health: Holiday Dinner Ingredient Swaps That Work

    Holiday meals offer an opportunity to indulge in some favorite foods.

    Now for those who want to enjoy healthier versions of these holiday treats, a registered dietitian from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston offers some easy suggestions.

    Veggies can help with the post-meal fatigue you usually feel after a big meal, said

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 23, 2022
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  • Keeping T-Day Kitchens Safe for the Whole Family

    The whole family — even the youngest members — can take part in Thanksgiving's hours of food preparation by following some safety tips.

    The nation's leading pediatrics organization offers some holiday advice for families with young children.

    “There's a lot of excitement and joy surrounding meal preparation at this time of year, but it also can be stressful,” said

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 23, 2022
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  • Keep Food Poisoning at Bay This Holiday Season

    A happy holiday can go sour quickly when food poisoning joins the party.

    Experts from Rutgers New Jersey Poison Control Center offer some tips on safely thawing, preparing and storing food, as well as avoiding issues with alcohol and drugs.

    “Forgetting about food safety is a recipe for disaster,” said Diane...

    FDA Approves First Lab-Grown Meat Product

    Americans could soon be eating chicken that's grown in a lab from cultured animal cells, rather than raised at a farm or facility.

    The U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced Wednesday that the environment-friendly chicken made by California-ba...

    Healthy Dining Is Healthy for the Planet, Too

    Plant-based diets can be better for the environment, but they're not all created equally, new research shows.

    The best type of plant-based diet for health and environmental benefits are those higher in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, vegetable oils and tea/coffee.

    Meanwhile plant-based diets high in fruit juices, sugar-sweetened beverages, refined grains, ...

    Could 'Food Stamps' Program Give Memory a Boost?

    Signing up for "food stamps" might help lower-income seniors preserve their mental capabilities, a new U.S. study suggests.

    Researchers found that eligible older adults who used the government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — commonly called food stamps — had two fewer years of mental...

    You're Eating Healthier These Days, But Is It as Healthy As You Think?

    People trying to adopt a healthier diet probably aren't the best judges of how well they're actually eating, a new study discovers.

    Only about 1 in 4 people could accurately estimate how healthy...

    Do Fasting Diets Affect a Woman's Hormones?

    Intermittent fasting has taken off as a way to lose weight without having to limit types of a food a person eats.

    But there was little research on how eating only during a few hours of the day and then only drinking water might affect female reproductive hormones.

    A new study shows that while hormon...

    Cutting Carbs Could Cut Your Risk for Diabetes

    People at risk for developing diabetes could help themselves now by eating fewer carbs, according to new research.

    While low-carb diets are a common next step for someone diagnosed with the disease, people who are prediabeti...

    What Parents Need to Know About Cronobacter Bacteria in Baby Formula

    Cronobacter sakazakii has been in the news as the cause of infant infections and the reason for a U.S. baby formula recall and resulting shortage this year.

    Infections are rare and the bacteria is harmless for most people. Yet it can be dangerous or even life-threatening for infants, especially those who ar...

    U.S. Child Hunger Spiked in Weeks After Child Tax Credits Repealed

    Child tax credits had a huge impact in U.S. households that struggle to afford food.

    And after those credits ended, many...

    Abbott Announces Recall of Infant Formula Over Defective Caps

    Abbott Inc. has announced that it is again recalling some of its infant formula products, though the company said this latest recall is small and should not significantly impact nationwide supply.

    This recall was triggered by the fact that some bottles may have defective caps that could lead to the product spoiling, which could lead to diarrhea and vomiting if consumed.

    "This recall...

    Study Casts Doubt on Mediterranean Diet's Benefit to Brain

    A healthy diet might not protect you from dementia as some have suggested, according to a new Swedish study.

    The Mediterranean diet — which includes lots of vegetables, fruits, fish and healthy fats and little dairy or meat — has been touted as brain-protective. Bu...

    A Teen Girl's Diet Could Impact Her Odds for Menstrual Pain

    While working on a senior research project as part of her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, Serah Sannoh decided to analyze peer-reviewed studies on diet and menstrual period pain, partly because of her own struggles with the issue.

    What did she find? Sannoh reported in her new study that her research showed foods high in

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 12, 2022
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  • Late-Night Meals Especially Bad for Weight Gain: Study

    Your fondness for midnight snacks has caused you to pack on the pounds over the years, and now researchers have a better understanding of why.

    While late-night eating has long been linked with an increased risk for obesity, researchers weren't sure exactly how it caused weight gain until now.

    "When meals are delayed by four hours and everything else stays the same, you burn fewer ca...

    More Americans With Heart Disease Are Also Becoming 'Food Insecure'

    Many Americans with heart disease also have limited access to food, and this dangerous combination is growing rapidly, a new study finds.

    "Food insecurity is a common problem...

    Healthy Living Boosts Life Span, Even for Former Smokers

    Eating well and exercising can make for a longer life, and that holds true for former smokers, too, a new study shows.

    Researchers found that of nearly 160,000 former smokers, those who exercised, ate healthfully and limited their drinking were less likely to die over the next couple of decades, versus their counterparts with less-healthy habits.

    It's well known that when smokers ki...

    Less Salt, More Whole Grains: FDA Updates Food Label Definition of 'Healthy'

    Salmon can't be labeled a "healthy" food under existing federal regulations, because it contains high levels of fat.

    But sweetened cereals can bear the "healthy" label on their packaging if they tick specific boxes related to individual nutrients -- even though they might be loaded with added sugars.

    These contradictions fly in the face of modern nutrition science and common sense,...

    Nutrition Labels to Move to Front of Packaging Under Biden Plan

    To help consumers ascertain the nutritional value of foods more easily, the Biden administration said Tuesday it will propose putting nutrition labels on the front of packaging instead of on the back.

    The proposal will be paired with an update on criteria for wha...

    Biden Administration Announces National Plan to End Hunger By 2030

    The White House on Tuesday released a national plan to end hunger by 2030, an ambitious goal that would be accomplished largely by expanding monthly food benefits for poor Americans.

    The plan would also aim to encourage healthy eating and physical activity so few...

    Soaring Food Prices Are Tough on Older Americans, Poll Finds

    While many older Americans are experiencing sticker shock when they shop for food, lower-income and less-healthy adults are hurting the most, a new poll reveals.

    Three-quarters of respondents in the latest University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging said the price of groceries has affected them somewhat or a lot. Ab...

    FDA Admits Flaws in Response to Infant Formula Shortage

    In a report issued Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration acknowledged numerous shortcomings in its response to the infant formula shortage earlier this year.

    “For things that are critical to the public health, if you don't have some understanding of how all the pieces fit together, then when you get into a ...

    Diets Haven't Improved Much Worldwide, and U.S. Remains Near Bottom of List

    Despite everything people have learned about good nutrition, folks around the world aren't eating much healthier than they were three decades ago, a new global review has concluded.

    Diets are still closer to a poor score of zero -- with loads of sugar and processed meats -- than they are to a score of 100 representing lots of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains, Tufts Unive...

    Have a Cuppa: Tea Might Lower Your Odds for Diabetes

    Now might be a good time to brew another cup of tea.

    Researchers studying the impact of tea found that drinking four or more cups of black, green or oolong tea every day was linked to a 17% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the course of a decade. <...

    Sugary Drinks Could Raise Your Odds for Fatal Cancers: Study

    New research offers yet another reason why Americans should cut back on their soda consumption: Drinking too many sugary beverages may increase the risk of death from cancer.

    "Unfortunately, Americans exceed recommended limits on sugar consumption by ...

    Cancers in People Under 50 Are Rising Worldwide

    Cancers among younger adults are a growing global problem and are likely related to factors like poor diet, obesity and inactivity, a new research review finds.

    Since the 1990s, researchers say, rates of various cancers have been rising in many countries among people under 50. And while the reasons are not fully clear, it's likely that changes in lifestyle and environment — starting ear...

    Timing of Meals Could Alter Your Mood

    The time of day -- or especially night -- that you eat may affect your mental health, according to a small new study.

    Researchers created a simulated shift-work schedule and found increases in depression and anxiety for those eating at odd hours.

    "Our findings provide evidence for the timing of food intake as a novel strategy to potentially minimize mood ...

    Are Big Breakfasts Really the Key to Weight Loss?

    Dieters who believe that eating a big breakfast followed by a small dinner is the surest way to lose weight will likely be very disappointed by the findings of a new, small study.

    What did the researchers discover? Eating the largest meal early in the day is unlikely to make any difference.

    “The notion of timing of eating to influence health has been around for a long time,” sai...

    Could Artificial Sweeteners Be Bad for Your Heart?

    Artificial sweeteners are a popular way to try to keep slim, but French researchers suggest they may also increase your risk for a heart attack or stroke.

    The finding stems from tracking heart health among more than 103,000 men and women in France for close to a decade.

    "We observed that a higher intake of...

    Hunger, Poor Diet More Likely for Women With Disabilities

    Researchers working to better understand the diets of younger women with disabilities found this group was more likely to report a poor diet and food insecurity.

    "Eating a nutritious diet is central to preventing many chronic diseases. For women of reproductive age, a healthy diet can also...

    Do Taxes on Soda Really Lower Sugar Intake?

    New research suggests that good intentions may not always be enough when it comes to public health.

    According to the study of the consequences of Philadelphia's 2017 tax on sugar-sweete...

    Lots of Ultra-Processed Foods Could Raise a Man's Odds for Colon Cancer

    Many guys love a breakfast plate piled high with sausages and maybe a sugar-glazed danish on the side. Now, research shows that wolfing down too many ultra-processed foods like these could be bad news for a man's colon.

    Specifically, men who consum...

    With PFAS in Packaging, How Safe Is Microwave Popcorn?

    Munching handfuls of microwave popcorn might be perfect for movie night, but your snack could be loading your body with potentially harmful "forever chemicals," experts warn.

    Many microwave popcorn bags are lined with

    One Factor Is Key to Healthy Eating for Kids With Down Syndrome

    When it comes to food, kids with Down syndrome have definite likes and dislikes -- and a food's texture is crucial.

    Food with a crispy, oily mouthfeel generally get a big thumbs-up, while brittle or gooey foods get a thumbs-down.

    But picky food choices can result in a less healthful diet, so researchers wanted to better understand how

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  • August 31, 2022
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  • Factory at Center of Baby Formula Recall Will Produce Similac Soon

    Roughly six months after it shut down its baby formula plant in Michigan, Abbott Laboratories said it plans to begin making Similac again.

    The baby formula will be the latest to restart production after Abbott's specialty formulas, including EleCare, resumed production a couple of months ago. In February, Abbott closed its plant and recal...

    Breastfeeding Can Protect Hearts of Mom, Baby Long Term

    Breastfeeding can deliver long-term heart benefits to both mother and child, a new statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) says.

    The immune systems of newborns and infants can be strengthened by breast milk, which has long been a...

    Breakfast Might Be Good for a Child's Emotional Health, Too

    What your kids eat for breakfast and where they eat it could matter for their social and emotional health.

    That's the upshot of a new nationwide study from Spain that concluded that eating breakfast away from home was almost as detrimental as skipping the meal altogether. Researchers said thi...

    Tasty, Nutritious School Lunches for Your Budget

    School lunches can be nutritious, help kids maintain their energy throughout the day and fit into a budget.

    One nutrition expert offers some tips for cost-effective healthy lunch options.

    "All foods belong in our diet, but we need to view them as energy," said Court...

    Tips to Food-Fueling Your Active Vegan Child

    Kids can take part in sports while on vegetarian and vegan diets, but parents and caregivers must help them select foods that will fuel them and meet their nutrition needs.

    Vegan athletes can become deficient in vitamin B12, vitamin D, long-chain omega-3 fats, riboflavin and calcium, so it's important to find good substitutes, said Roberta Anding, a registered dietitian at Baylor College ...

    More Athletes Are Getting Their Nutrition Through an IV. This Should Stop, Experts Say

    Pro athletes appear to be regularly turning to intravenous (IV) nutritional drips to alleviate fatigue and speed recovery, despite the potential risks and without solid proof of any real benefit.

    Normally, such needle-inserted drips are supposed to be reserved for treating a serious illness like anemia, or in an emergency situation such as severe dehydration.

    Unless an exemption is ...

    Vegetarian Women at Higher Odds for Hip Fracture

    Record numbers of people are turning to plant-based diets to take advantage of the many health benefits they offer, but this may come at the expense of their bones, a new study suggests.

    Exactly what did researchers find? Middle-aged women who never eat meat may be more likely to break a hip th...

    A Switch to Salt Substitute Could Slash Your Heart Risks

    Swapping salt out for the salt substitute potassium chloride lowers blood pressure, and thereby the risk of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular disease, a new analysis finds.

    "It's in processed and prepared foods where most people in developed countries get their salt," explained senior researc...

    Vegan? Weightlifting May Protect Your Bones

    While a plant-based diet may be associated with lower bone mineral density and increased fracture risk, there might be a way to counteract that: pumping iron.

    New Austrian research shows that vegans who lift weights or do strength training have stronger bones than vegans who only do othe...

    Which Source of Dietary Fiber Works Best?

    If your diet is low in fiber, you can do your gut some good by adding more -- regardless of the fiber source, new research suggests.

    Many people know fiber as the nutrient that keeps you regular. But it's also a key player in the makeup of the gut microbiome -- the vast collection of bacteria and other micr...

    Your Dog's Gut Microbes Change Quickly With New Diet

    Switching Fido to a new dog food? What happens in his gut as a result is nothing short of remarkable, a new study reveals.

    The population of bacteria living in his gut — his microbiome — will change dramatically in as little as a week.

    It starts when "wallflower bacteria," those that were on ...

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