Food & Nutrition

The FDA just announced that it is no longer allowing seven chemicals to be used as artificial flavors in foods because of cancer concerns. Sounds reasonable, no? NO- it's not. The agency is allowing the same seven chemicals to be used as long as they are derived from natural sources, not synthetic - something that an Organic 101 student knows is a meaningless distinction because there is no difference. Let's give them an F in chemistry.
The CDC has gathered six years of data on which bugs cause food poisoning. Norovirus infections lead the pack by a wide margin, but not for deaths and hospitalizations. Read about some other bad boys out there that you do not want to get. And if you act now, you'll enjoy a guest appearance by Game of Thrones characters!
In the first federal study focusing on fast-food consumption, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 37 percent of American adults reported eating fast food within 24 hours of being asked. Nationwide, that translates to roughly 85 million adults visiting these establishments daily.
What physical risks do you run during a race of this length? Since high-mileage training can drain the body of vital nutrients, the short answer is: quite a few. Here's some insight into this punishing endeavor.
Marketing executives at General Mills insisted that if their personal Twitter feeds were evidence, people were in a panic about GMOs. Then they discovered the awful truth.
Superhyped: superfoods. The concept is ridiculous, yet wealthy Americans are buying into it -- big time. Depending on how you define them, superfoods either don't exist at all ... or we're surrounded by them. One ACSH advisor, the Director of Medical Nutrition at Columbia University Medical Center, weighs in.
Here's an example of how a kernel of insight from a study evolves into a news item, which can then become a health concept that people can unwittingly incorporate into their personal exercise routines. And all for no good reason.
Some people have unfounded fears of food preservatives. After all, they do have chemical names that sound scary. Who would want sodium benzoate, when they could have flavonoids do the same job? Even the name itself is relaxing.
Contrary to popular belief, Diet Coke does not contain zero calories. It doesn't have much; it's the same as about 0.9% of an M&M. But the chemical structure of aspartame, the cola's artificial sweetener, shows us why there are any calories at all.
You're athletic. You run regularly. You swim, cycle or lift weights to keep your muscles strong. And you watch what you eat for the purposes of remaining lean – and so that you can remain athletic. So you have all the bases covered, right? Well, almost, because a new study says "you still can’t outrun your risk factors” for cardiovascular disease, making doctor's visits essential.
The state of California requires McDonald's to offer water or milk as the default beverage with their well-known combination. So now, when your child asks for juice or soda, you can tell them "the government won't allow it." It must be election time when our politician's concern themselves with "the children."
Dr. Ioannidis is not just a bull in a china shop; he's a bazooka in a china shop. And now the bazooka is aimed at shoddy nutrition research, which he suggests is in need of "radical reform."