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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

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) – 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 t...

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 ...

    Could One Type of Cheese Help Strengthen Your Bones?

    Enjoying just two slices of Jarlsberg cheese every day may help stave off osteoporosis, a small Norwegian study suggests.

    The protective effect of cheese on bone-thinning appears to be an exclusive benefit of Jarlsberg, and a mere 2 ounces a day seems to be enough to protect bone health, the inv...

    Red Meat Raises Your Heart Risk, and Scientists May Know Why

    A daily hamburger might raise the risk of developing heart disease, but not necessarily for the reasons people often think, new research suggests.

    The study of nearly 4,000 older Americans found what many have before: People who ate a lot of red meat had a heightened risk of heart disease and stroke.<...

    Had a Kidney Stone? This Diet May Help Prevent Another

    Anyone who has ever had a kidney stone never wants a repeat of the blinding pain that comes when it passes. Now, a new study maps out a diet that can help guard against that.

    The cornerstones of that diet include eating plenty of foods that contain

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  • August 2, 2022
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  • Dietary Supplements: Are You Throwing Money Away?

    Most Americans swear by dietary supplements, with nearly 3 of 4 people taking some type of supplement on a daily basis, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll has revealed.

    But many have a mistaken belief in the effectiveness of these supplements, which for the most part don't help folks live longer or healthier live...

    USDA Gets Tough on Salmonella in Breaded Chicken Products

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to toughen regulations on certain raw chicken products.

    The agency has notified food processors that new rules would require they lower the amount of salmonella found in breaded and stuffed chicken products, which include frozen foods such as chicken cordon bleu and chicken Kie...

    Tweets Show Americans Eating Healthier in Pandemic

    Whether it's fact or brag, tweets suggest people ate healthier during COVID lockdowns and restaurant closures, a new study finds.

    Tweets about healthy foods rose 20% between May 2020 and January 2021, while those about fast food and alcohol dropped 9% and 11%, respectively, researchers found.

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    Diets Heavy in 'Ultra-Processed' Foods Could Harm the Brain

    Eating lots of ultra-processed foods may dramatically increase your risk for dementia, according to a new study by researchers in China.

    Ultra-processed foods are high in sugar, fat and salt, but low in protein and fiber. Sodas, salty and sugary snacks and desserts, ice cream, sausage, deep-fried chicken, flavored yogurt, ketchup, mayonnaise, packaged bread and flavored cereals are all ex...

    Eat These Foods, Your Kidneys Will Thank You

    Eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables is common advice, but many Americans eat few of these nutrient powerhouses, according to a new study.

    This includes adults with chronic kidney ...

    Fasting Diet Could Help Folks With Type 2 Diabetes

    Intermittent fasting might help people with type 2 diabetes better control their blood sugar levels, a new study has found.

    People with diabetes who restricted their eating to within a daily 10-hour window wound up with blood sugar levels in the normal range for about three hours longer than when they ate whenever they pleased, the researchers reported.

    These patients also experien...

    Go Bananas for Female Heart Health

    It may sound bananas, but new research shows eating this potassium-rich food can improve heart health.

    Avocados and salmon also are high in potassium, helping counteract the negative effects of salt in the diet and

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  • July 22, 2022
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  • FDA to Take a Hard Look at Its Food, Tobacco Programs

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will begin a comprehensive review of its food and tobacco programs amid a high-profile infant formula shortage and recent rulings on e-cigarettes.

    FDA Commissioner Robert Califf first announced the re...

    Raw Meat Diet May Have a Downside for Dogs

    Feeding raw meat to your dog may spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to researchers who studied the poop of dogs fed these diets.

    What did the British scientists find? Dogs who were fed raw meat were more likely to shed antibiotic-resistant

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  • July 21, 2022
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  • Freeze-Dried Organic Blueberries Recalled Due to Lead Levels

    Certain 1.2-ounce Natierra Organic Freeze-Dried Blueberry pouches have been recalled in the United States because of possible lead contamination.

    The recall of two lots by manufacturer BrandStorm Inc. is due to lead levels above the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recommended limits.

    "People with high levels of lead in their blood may show no symptoms, but the condition may...

    Could Fasting Diets Lower COVID Severity?

    A fasting diet might be the ticket to avoiding a COVID-19 hospitalization, a new study suggests.

    Researchers at Intermountain Healthcare in Utah found that people who had practiced water-only intermittent fasting for decades were less likely to experience severe complications as a result of a COVID infection.

    "Intermittent fasting has already been shown to lower inflammation and i...

    Your Salt Shaker May Prove Deadly, Study Finds

    People who douse their meals in salt may have a shorter life than those who rarely reach for the salt shaker, a large new study suggests.

    The study, of more than 500,000 British adults, found that those who always sprinkled salt on their food at the table were 28% more likely to die prematurely than people who rarely added salt to their meals.

    On average, salt lovers shaved about tw...

    Think You're at High Risk of Prostate Cancer? Healthy Living Can Slash Odds for Lethal Disease

    Genes can put some men at heightened risk of prostate cancer, but a new study suggests they can undo much of that potential harm with a healthy lifestyle.

    Researchers found that among men at increased genetic risk of prostate cancer, those who maintained a healthy lifestyle were much less likely to die of the disease over...

    Troubled Infant Formula Plant Resumes Production

    Abbott Inc. has announced that it has resumed production at its infant formula plant, following a February shutdown over contamination concerns that triggered a months-long shortage of infant formula.

    The Sturgis, Mich., factory had restarted production earlier this summer, but had to

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  • July 11, 2022
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  • Hot Stuff: Spicy Foods Can't Harm You, Can They?

    Spicy food challenges are all the rage these days, but can munching red hot peppers and sizzling hot sauces harm you?

    One nutrition expert from University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Ohio suggests that while it may burn your tongue at the dinner table and trigger some gastrointestinal distress as it travels through your body, it could actually help improve your lifelong health....

    Feeling 'Hangry'? It's Natural, New Study Finds

    The concept of "hangry" helps sell candy bars, and it's a convenient excuse to snap at someone when you're in a foul mood.

    But is hangry -- being angry when you're hungry -- a real thing? Do people really become more irritable when they want food?

    "My wife sometimes used to tell me, 'you're being hangry.' And I kind of always thought that's not a real thing -- it's not a real psycho...

    U.S. Opens Baby Formula Market to Foreign Suppliers

    The Biden administration said Wednesday it is taking steps to ensure that international makers of baby formula can continue marketing their products in the United States, to avoid any infant formula shortage in the future.

    The move to help foreign suppliers who have had temporary approval for their formulas will provide consumers with more choices and bolster the industry against future s...

    Most U.S. Kids Score Low on Heart Health

    Most U.S. children and adults have poor scores for heart health, according to a new assessment tool called "Life's Essential 8."

    Fewer than 30% of 2- to 19-year-olds had high scores for cardiovascular health on the new American Heart Association scoring tool. And their scores got lower with age. Just 14% of 12- to 19-year-olds had high scores, compared to 33% of 6- to 11-year-olds and 56%...

    Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Young Black, Hispanic Americans

    Vitamin D, the "Sunshine Vitamin," boosts the immune system and helps prevent cancer, among other health benefits, but a significant number of Black and Hispanic teens have low levels of this nutrient, according to a new study.

    "This paper calls attention to the need to raise...

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