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According to the Mayo Clinic, functional foods are foods that have potentially positive effects on health beyond basic nutrition.
Examples of such functional foods would be foods that have added vitamins or other functional components (fatty acids, flavonoids, sterols, etc.) that would help decrease risk for diseases.
Bacon and bacon flavor are hugely popular, yet some people avoid it or severely limit how much they eat for health and other reasons. Good news is that soon, everyone who loves the taste of bacon may be able to satisfy their craving with cooked seaweed rather than a pig.
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 the fact that they have similar chemical compositions.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.