The Emperor's Himalayan lavender tea is popular at Washington, D.C.'s Park Hyatt Tea Room, but please don't put milk in it.
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September 27, 2012 In many cultures, milk and tea are natural pairs, while in others, not so much. But if you're drinking tea for health, you might want to hold the milk, because there is some evidence it diminishes the benefits.
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The Donkey cocktail is leading in the polls so far at Lincoln, a restaurant in Washington, D.C.
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September 22, 2012 Stores and restaurants are rushing to capitalize on the political season, pitting Democrats against Republicans with red- and blue-themed offerings. But some purveyors admit people might be picking their favorites based on taste, not politics.
September 19, 2012 Levels of inorganic arsenic found in rice worry some, but the FDA says more study is needed before it would recommend consumers change their diets. If you're worried, vary the grains in your diet and swap out sweet potatoes for rice as baby's first food, consumer groups say.
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Customers line up for farmers market produce on a corner in Washington, D.C., where people eat more fruits and veggies than in many states.
September 18, 2012 The nation's heaviest states of 2011 are Mississippi, Louisiana, and W. Virginia. But in the thinnest states, more people report eating five fruit and veggie servings a day and report getting more exercise.
September 17, 2012 Kids' high salt consumption is putting them at risk for illnesses linked to high blood pressure. The association between salt and blood pressure was highest in kids who are already overweight, the CDC says.
September 13, 2012 McDonalds says it's cutting sodium and sugar in its foods by 10 percent. Wal-Mart and other food retailers have committed to do the same. But is it enough to effect change?
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September 13, 2012 Beginning next week, McDonald's plans to add calorie counts to its menu boards — both at drive-thrus and restaurant counters. Studies suggest that calorie boards alone don't change consumers' purchasing patterns. But consumers do seem to take note, and public health experts say it's one tangible step to helping consumers make healthier choices.
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McDonald's gives its menu boards a makeover by adding calorie counts.
September 12, 2012 McDonald's moves ahead of the pack to place prominent calorie counts on its menu boards and rethinks those fried chicken nuggets kids love. It's part of a broader move the company is making to address health concerns.
September 11, 2012 Overweight teens eat fewer calories than their thinner peers, a new study says. So why do they weigh more? Researchers suspect a drop-off in exercise in the tween and teen years may be one reason.
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A shopper surveys the produce at Pacifica Farmers Market in Pacifica, Calif., in 2011.
September 4, 2012 Even though organic food has less pesticide residue, a new review of several recent studies finds scant evidence that it has more nutrients or fewer risky bacteria than conventionally grown food. But researchers note that organic agriculture can bring environmental benefits.
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Older women on a diet don't need to stop eating out; they just may need to make wiser food choices to keep weight off.
August 29, 2012 Women who add more servings of fruit and veggies a day lost more weight even if they dined out two or three times a week, according to a new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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August 23, 2012 Since kids are drinking the same diet sodas their parents do, what does it mean for their health? If a diet soda is just an excuse to get a Big Mac, then it's probably not a healthy habit. Two health experts weigh in.
It may not be the best strategy to stay up late and cram. A new study finds that when teens don't get the sleep they need, all kinds of things can go poorly.
August 21, 2012 A new study finds that when teens don't get the sleep they need on a given night, the next day all kinds of things can go poorly. The study builds on a body of evidence that finds sleep and learning are inextricably linked.
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Samantha Kerr prepares coffee at Artifact Coffee in Baltimore, MD.
August 16, 2012 Specialty roasters increasingly are working directly with coffee growers around the world to produce coffees as varied in taste as wines. They're teaching their clientele to appreciate the subtle characteristics of brews by bringing cupping, an age-old ritual once limited to coffee insiders, to the coffee-sipping masses.
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Dark chocolate — it's delicious, and it may be good for your blood pressure.
August 15, 2012 A little chocolate may lower your blood pressure, scientists say, but don't throw out the medicines just yet. The new study is the latest in a string of signs that some of the properties in chocolate might be good for you.
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