Endurance athletes like Michael Phelps, here at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials in Omaha, can easily burn off stacks of pancakes.
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July 25, 2012 Olympic athletes need anywhere from 1,200 to 8,000 calories before competition. While some endurance athletes like runners and cyclists have to load carbohydrates, others, like wrestlers, restrict what they eat so they can make their weight class.
A New York subway ad from Zevia soda company, supporting the mayor's ban.
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July 24, 2012 At a public hearing today, the opponents to New York Mayor Bloomberg's proposed big soda ban are saying the government is too involved in personal health decisions. But the mayor is determined, and the ban is likely to be approved by the board of health in September.
Ordering food online can affect your waistline and your wallet more than traditional methods.
July 23, 2012 It may be easy to order food online, but it's also more pricey and more calorific compared to traditional ways of ordering, says a new study. It seems we lose our personal inhibitions when we don't have to talk to the seller or see other customers.
July 20, 2012 The world record for high jump — the event in which a person hurdles himself over a horizontal bar — is just over 8 feet. That's like leaping over a stop sign, and clearing it by a foot. Jesus Dapena, of Indiana University, has studied the high jump for 30 years, filming athletes to understand exactly how they produce the force required to clear the bar.
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July 20, 2012 How does blood doping boost performance in events like the Tour de France? Do anabolic steroids help the world's fastest man run faster? In his book, Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat , Chris Cooper discusses how these banned drugs work, or don't — and how they are detected.
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July 20, 2012 Engineers say technologies like spray-on clothing and 3D-printed shoes could help future Olympians break records. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Philippa Oldham discusses how technology impacts sporting performance and why engineers should work closely with regulators.
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Tiny spuds decked out with cheese fondue sauce and a sprinkling of broccoli shavings at a dinner sponsored by the U.S. Potato Board.
July 18, 2012 Potato consumption has been slipping due to renewed concerns among some Americans about eating too many carbohydrates. Now the U.S. Potato Board hopes it can recast the potato as a glamorous, nutritious vegetable.
Bacteroides species are some of the most common bacteria in the human gut.
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July 15, 2012 Aging people who cook with vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins at home have more kinds of gut bacteria, than those eating a bland nursing home diet, says a new study. Researchers say that in addition to digestion, these bacteria might also increase immune and cognitive functions during aging.
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Cheers! Moderate drinking might slow age-related bone loss in women.
July 12, 2012 A small study in the journal Menopause says moderate drinking slows bone loss in baby boomer women. Researchers saw fewer signs of bone breakdown in the blood of women in their early 50s and 60s who consumed up to 1 1/2 drinks a day.
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If you had to choose one meal for a day, would it be a lobster or two pomegranates? Photographer Stefen Chow explores this hypothetical question in his project 'The Poverty Line.'
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July 11, 2012 How much food could you buy per day if you were living at the poverty line? It depends on where you live.
July 10, 2012 Regularly consuming cranberry juice can help stave off urinary tract infections, a new study finds. UTIs account for 7,000,000 doctor's office visits and about 100,000 hospitalizations in the United States.
This happens less often than you might think.
July 10, 2012 Most family doctors don't do the math to figure out whether their patients are obese. It's one reason among many that doctors on the front lines are unlikely to be the solution for country's weight problem.
July 9, 2012 A surprising number of hospitals continue to host major fast-food restaurants on their premises. In Kansas City, Truman Medical Center is trying to compete with McDonalds' by serving healthier food. In the past, hospitals have been slammed for offering not so healthy choices.
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Packages of Activa yogurt, which contain probiotics, on a grocery shelf in Chicago.
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July 9, 2012 Beneficial bacteria, or probiotics, help us digest food, make vitamins, and even help protect us from harmful pathogens. But it's not clear which probiotics are helpful.
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July 3, 2012 Is a calorie just a calorie? Science writer Gary Taubes says no. In a study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, diet researchers reported that patients on a low-carb diet kept weight off longer than those on a low-fat diet, re-introducing a long-standing debate.
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