Late nights lead people to eat more.
June 28, 2013 People who were forced to stay up until the wee hours in a sleep lab ate food packing more than 500 extra calories. For people who regularly miss out on sleep, these late-night calories can really add up.
French ultramarathoner Chistophe Le Saux took third place in the Tor de Gentes.
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June 26, 2013 An experiment with runners in the Italian Alps finds that extremely long races don't always lead to more muscle fatigue than those that were merely very long. Smart pacing and strategic naps help ultramarathoners cope with the challenges.
Eating refined carbohydrates like bagels may stimulate brain regions involved in reward and cravings, research suggests.
June 26, 2013 Researchers are trying to figure out if it really is possible to be addicted to food. A study of brain activity finds there's more going on in areas linked to reward and addiction after people drink a shake with lots of refined carbohydrates. But it's not clear how that factors into overeating.
Weight loss has been a key component of diabetes treatment for centuries.
June 25, 2013 Researchers were surprised to find that people with Type 2 diabetes who lost a lot of weight didn't lower their risk of heart attacks or strokes. They did have better control of their blood sugar and saw other health benefits.
A woman sells bananas at the Kampala Airport. Ugandans eat about a pound of the fruit, on average, per day.
June 25, 2013 If your meals depended largely on the success of your family farm, would it change the way you felt about new crop technologies? Uganda is debating whether to give its first genetically modified plant, a GM banana, to millions of families for free.
June 24, 2013 BuzzFeed's article on dangerous ingredients we eat in the U.S. has gotten millions of eyeballs. But don't panic: We take a closer look at the facts and the science behind the claims.
These organically farmed ingredients travel the world to join forces in a Boloco burrito.
June 24, 2013 Boloco is a chain of burrito restaurants that prides itself on ethical food sourcing. In a series of YouTube videos, its CEO unwraps his company's burritos and shouts from the rooftops about their decidedly distant origins.
June 21, 2013 Obesity is now classified as a disease, according to the American Medical Association. David Kessler is the former Commissioner of the FDA and author of the book, The End of Overeating. He speaks to guest host Celeste Headlee about this week's decision, and how it could impact America's overeating epidemic.
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Researchers at Rice University conducted lab studies using light-dark cycles to try to coax more beneficial compounds out of fruits and vegetables.
June 20, 2013 A study finds there may be a way to boost some of the beneficial compounds in plants by simulating the light-dark cycle after crops are harvested. Plants use circadian rhythms to help them judge when to turn on their chemical defenses.
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June 19, 2013 The American Medical Association has recognized obesity as a disease — a distinction that will help change the way medical issues related to obesity are handled — and paid for. The decision is a "catch-up" in many ways, since many doctors and the insurance community have recognized it for years.
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June 19, 2013 The American Medical Association still has a considerable bully pulpit. And the group's vote Tuesday could give more oomph to efforts to have obesity interventions paid for by insurers and to get the public focused on the problem.
How many calories in that bite? My Fitness Pal and other fitness and nutrition apps can help find the answer.
June 18, 2013 Smartphone apps can help count calories or detect a heart attack. People are embracing them to manage many aspects of their health. But medical apps are largely unregulated now, so there's no easy way to be sure which ones are trustworthy and which ones aren't.
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Delicious — in moderation, folks.
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June 18, 2013 A fresh study looks at what happens after people change their meat-eating habits. Those who upped their intake — about 3.5 servings more per week — saw their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes during four years of follow-up increase by almost 50 percent.
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June 11, 2013 The mechanical process the meat industry uses to tenderize tough muscle fibers can also introduce dangerous pathogens into beef cuts. The thinking behind the proposed new labels: If you know your cut of meat has been mechanically tenderized, you'll be inclined to cook it a little longer.
Lebanese bread topped with za'atar, a spice mix ubiquitous in the Middle East.
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June 11, 2013 This alluring spice mix has an incredible aroma and deep roots in the Middle East. For centuries, people have been eating za'atar not just for its savory taste but also for its reputed health benefits. Modern research confirms it's packed with antioxidants.
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