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First known study uncovers what fructose does to your brain

Jun 26 2015 - 7:57pm
Fructose and the brain

Researchers have shown for the first time how fructose affects our brain in ways that could be contributing to diabetes, obesity and more.

Fructose that includes high fructose corn syrup or HFCS behaves differently in the body despite

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Healthy fried food: Is this possible?

Apr 11 2015 - 9:23pm
Food scientists find a way to make fried and salty foods healthier

Food scientists are taking aim at America's addiction to salt and fried food. University of Illinois have found a way to reduce salt in foods without affecting our taste buds. They've also found a way to manipulate food to take up less oil during the frying process. With meticulous engineering the researchers have also found a way to make foods taste saltier without the salt.

The two food scientists, Youngsoo Lee and Pawan Takhar, professors in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences' Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and experts in

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New option approved for treating GERD

Jan 27 2015 - 1:11pm
FDA approves generic version of drug for treating GERD

Options for treating gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) offer new hope for those suffering from the condition, including FDA-approved generic drugs that provide greater access to healthcare for Americans.

The FDA has approved the nation’s first generic version of the drug Nexium for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, also referred to as GERD, which occurs when an excessive am

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Omega 3s May Help Kids with ADHD

Nov 4 2014 - 6:23am
Omega 3 and ADHD

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for a number of functions in the body, including brain function. A new study links increased intake of fatty-acid supplements with improvements to problem behaviors found in children with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder.

Between three to six percent of school-age children are estimated to have ADHD, a disorder that includes difficulty in controlling impulses or being attentive for more than short periods of time.

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How A Bad Diet Can Affect Kidney Function

Aug 4 2014 - 8:25am
bad diet and kidney

One in 10 American adults - more than 20 million of us - have some level of chronic kidney disease. It is becoming more common, especially among those over the age of 60. You may not think about keeping your kidneys healthy, but you should. And improving your diet is the perfect place to start.

New research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham has found that a diet high in processed meats, fried foods and sugar sweetened beverages results in a higher risk of death in those with ch

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Eat Green and Lose the Weight: How Greans Help Your Weight Loss

Aug 2 2014 - 11:46am
Eating healthy

Did you eat your greens today? Green plant membranes found in foods such as spinach, kale, watercress, parsley, lettuce and broccoli sprouts have been found to actually help curb your appetite leading to healthy weight loss.

Fresh raw green leafy vegetables are long known to be among the most healthful foods you can eat. Studies confirm that a diet high in these veggies can lower risk of heart disease and cancer.

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Kids may eat more whole grains if they are simply offered to them

Jun 24 2014 - 5:19pm
Whole grain bread

It often seems that it's almost impossible to get your kids to eat what's really good for them. Kids often appear addicted to sugary junk food. What can happen to a severely nutrient deficient kid is a serious matter with a weakened immune system, increased risk for cancer and an increased risk for emotional problems being among the problems which may be encountered. There's some good news about this problem with a new study showing kids will often respond favorably to offers of whole grains.

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Feeding kids veggies early and often is best: 4 patterns

Jun 9 2014 - 11:43pm
Popeye

Eating a lot of vegetables has been shown to really be beneficial for the healthy growth and development of kids. Yet, it is often difficult to get kids to develop a taste for vegetables. It appears from research that starting kids off on vegetables early in life and feeding them vegetables often is the best approach to helping to avoid problems with a desire to eat vegetables as they are growing up.

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Can taking medication for acid reflux/GERD weaken my bones?

May 8 2014 - 5:29pm
Your Nutrition Solution to Acid Reflux

The majority of people who suffer with acid reflux and/or GERD tend to pop a pill instead of getting to the root of their problem. In most cases there is a food(s) and/or other health issue that is causing the heartburn/acid reflux and if that problem is rectified or that food is avoided acid reflux will most likely cease.

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Fruits vs Vegetables: Which of These Healthy Foods Have More Benefits?

Apr 2 2014 - 4:31pm
Fresh veggies and fruit

There has been a great deal of discussion over the years about the impressive health benefits of eating fruit and vegetables. The finding that diets high in fruit and vegetables can prevent and help in the treatment of cancer has received a particularly large amount of attention. Recent research has shown that the health benefits of eating a lot of these foods is even greater than previously thought.

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Mystery of dark chocolate health benefits solved

Mar 22 2014 - 10:45am
Why cocoa in chocolate is so healthy uncovered.

Researchers from the American Chemical Society (ACS) have solved the mystery of why cocoa in chocolate is so healthy. The scientists developed a model to digest cocoa to find out what happens in the the intestine. The scientist also discovered how chocolate could be even healthier to eat when combined with prebiotics or whole fruits.

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Hempseed oil is loaded with exceptionally healthy compounds

Jan 31 2014 - 8:34am
Hemp plant

Hempseed oil has surfaced as being loaded with an unusually large quantity of healthy compounds. It often appears that claims dealing with the positive health impact of hempseed oil may simply be part of heavy marketing campaigns by natural health advocates. However, the excessive claims of good health with hempseed oil have been backed up by scientific research.

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Health care journalists must strive for high standards

Jan 30 2014 - 9:02pm

The public is often hit with contradictory nutrition messages in the media which are confusing. There appears to be a growing interest among the public to tune into the latest health care news. Information about nutrition and other health care issues has become more accessible than ever for the general public due to the internet. However, there are sometimes reports that run into conflict with each other, resulting in confusion for the public.

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5 Hot Drinks that Pack a Nutritional Punch Recommended by Consumer Reports

Jan 17 2014 - 1:06pm
Nutritional Hot Drinks

The winter days are long and dreary and your immune system is constantly challenged with a bombardment of cold viruses from family, friends and a nose-sniveling public. While drinking any beverage will not guarantee 100% protection against a cold, several can provide relief and a nutritional punch that will help keep you healthier.

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Our kids are targets for marketing of junk food in school

Jan 15 2014 - 9:51am
A young girl enjoying a school meal

Our kids are considered valuable marketing targets by food companies which often push nutritionally poor products. Families who are aware of the vital importance of good nutrition for their kids would like to be the primary influence on their eating habits. However, with the aggressive marketing campaigns by food companies aimed at kids in our schools it appears our families have competition for how they will ultimately influence what our kids wants to eat.

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Is disclosure of the nutritional value of our meals making us healthier?

Dec 6 2013 - 10:04pm
Nutritional value of our meals

During the past 2 decades there has been an increase in obesity in the U.S. In response to this trend it is now required that food chains with at least 20 locations to list nutritional content on their menus. But is this helping us makes better choices?

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Alternatives to Thanksgiving Turkey when Potential Shortage is Announced

Nov 17 2013 - 9:20pm
Thanksgiving Turkey

According to the National Turkey Federation, over 90 percent of Americans have plans to feast on turkey this Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, however, Butterball - the US’s top maker of Thanksgiving turkeys – has announced a potential shortage of birds, which could force families to make other plans.

According to the National Turkey Federation, over 90 percent of Americans have plans to feast on turkey this Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, however, Butterball - the US’s top maker of Thanksgiving turkeys – has announced a potential shortage of birds, which could force families to make other plans.

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Some olive oils are fake, how to pick the real one

Nov 14 2013 - 8:33am
Olive Oild

Believe it or not some olive oil is actually fake. Be careful and watch what oil you are buying from a grocery store.

You are probably already aware of the health benefits of olive oil and maybe have started using it in place of other oils in your meals. But are you buying what you think you are buying? Is your olive oil really an imposter?

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Artificial sweeteners are non-nutritive and not as healthy as thought

Nov 13 2013 - 10:51am
Sugar

People concerned about weight control and associated chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease have generally welcomed the use of non-nutritive sweeteners to replace sugar. These sweeteners taste very good and are helpful for keeping your daily caloric intake down. However, concerns have been raised about the possible negative effects on your health from consuming too much of these non-nutritive sweeteners.

People concerned about weight control and associated chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease have generally welcomed the use of non-nutritive sweeteners to replace sugar. These sweeteners taste very good and are helpful for keeping your daily caloric intake down. However, concerns have been raised about the possible negative effects on your health from consuming too much of these non-nutritive sweeteners.

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