Anti-nutrients – they’re part of a normal diet and not as scary as they sound

Maybe you’re trying to eat healthier these days, aiming to get enough of the good stuff and limit the less-good stuff. You’re paying attention to things like fiber and fat and vitamins… and anti-nutrients? What the heck are anti-nutrients and are they something you need to be concerned about in your diet? Let me, as a public health nutrition researcher, […]

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Study suggests sugary diet endangers waste-eating protein crucial to cellular repair

A protein that functions like the vintage video game Pac-Man, eating toxic cellular waste caused by high sugar intake, is itself compromised by a sugary diet, according to the results of a study in mice with potential implications for humans. The study, led by a research team at Tufts University joined by researchers at eight other institutions, appears in Aging […]

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Eating dried fruit may be linked with better diet quality and health markers

Don’t be afraid to toss a handful of raisins or dried apples in your Thanksgiving stuffing this year—a new Penn State study has found that dried fruit may be connected with better health. The researchers found that people who ate dried fruit were generally healthier than those who did not, and on days when people ate dried fruit they consumed […]

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Mediterranean diet found to lower blood pressure in older adults in U.S.

Eating a diet similar to the Mediterranean diet is associated with lower blood pressure among U.S. adults, according to a study by University of Maine and the University of South Australia researchers. The study, conducted by researchers Fayeza Ahmed, Benjamin Guenther and Merrill Elias at UMaine, and Alexandra Wade and Karen Murphy at the University of South Australia was published […]

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Researchers find neuron behind fatal anorexia, solution in high-fat diet

Researchers have long known that many people (mostly women) suffering from anorexia face a high risk of death. But, until now, they didn’t know what causes the eating disorder to turn fatal. In a research letter published in the Oct. 26 edition of Nature Metabolism, Yale researchers describe a specific neuron that appears to play an important role in whether […]

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A man died after eating a bag and a half of black licorice every day for 2 weeks

A man died after eating excessive amounts of black licorice, which contains an ingredient that can deplete potassium and lead to heart rhythm issues.  He had recently switched from red to black licorice, and showed up to the hospital unresponsive after collapsing in a fast-food joint.  There are past reports of licorice causing serious health issues, but death is rare.  […]

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The 5/20 rule is the nutrition principle you’ve never heard of but need to know

The 5/20 rule of nutrition can help guide grocery shoppers when looking at nutrition labels. It indicates that a 20% or more daily value of any nutrient is a high amount, while 5% or less is low. If you're looking for low sodium, for example, make sure the daily value is 5% or lower. If you want to boost your […]

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