Food & Nutrition

For the general population and its $6-to-8 billion supplement habit, we're learning that Vitamin D and Calcium supplements do not prevent hip fractures.
Most dog owners know that chocolate is harmful to dogs. That said, a study shows Christmas is the most dangerous day of the year for them. And more bad news: dog treats may be making your little companion overweight.     
Wasting food, a precious resource, is bad. Does French regulation make for less waste? Or could there be an equally simple free-market solution?  
We cannot digest fiber, but some researchers believe fiber helps lower our blood pressure while maintaining cardiovascular health. It turns out that the fiber is being digested by the bacteria of our gut – and that process may play a role in controlling blood pressure.    
Jellyfish have a diverse range of eating interests and locations, much like us. They are also fearsome predators. Interesting, right? Here are a few things about them that you might not have known.      
Even though the service is free, a recent survey showed that 3 in 4 British citizens use the internet to self-diagnose and treat themselves, rather than schedule a doctors' visit using the UK's National Health Service. Imagine if more people used it.
It's an ongoing debate: Can breakfast help deter obesity? Some research has found no connection. But a recent study of Spanish adults suggests that breakfast-eaters have a lower risk of developing abdominal obesity, the most dangerous kind.  
It would almost be hilarious if it weren't so scary. The CDC warned of the possibility that raw milk from the Udder dairy might be contaminated with Brucella bacteria. These bugs can cause miscarriage in pregnant women and illness in everyone. And all this for the unproven and unlikely benefits of raw milk!
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health concluded that consumption of peanuts and tree nuts – especially walnuts – is associated with reduced risks of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease. That conclusion isn't surprising since a number of the same authors reached it several years ago.                      
Government policies often have unintended consequences — especially those that affect large swaths of a population. Thus, China's single-child policy, in place from 1980 to 2016, has been linked to increased levels of childhood overweight and obesity, particularly in boys who have no siblings.  
Here's news of a study that's worth reading. And you might want to pour yourself a hot cup of joe while doing so. Researchers report that moderate coffee drinking provided many health benefits, and that any shortcomings from consumption were greatly outweighed by its positive effects.
We're entering the danger season — first Thanksgiving, then Christmas and finally New Year's, all in about six weeks. Three chances to wreak havoc with all our good dietary intentions. How bad can it get? Pretty bad — just one holiday dinner can provide more calories than most of us should consume in a day.