January 31, 2011 The new USDA nutrition guidelines are pretty good at telling us what to eat, like more vegetables, lean meats, and low-fat milk. It's a little less clear when they're telling us what not to eat.
Bacon is cut from the pig's belly, and is one- to two-thirds fat.
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January 28, 2011 Some vegetarians have spent years accruing knowledge on meat's sinister health effects, factory farming, and the horrors of animals being fattened for slaughter. But bacon sometimes trumps it all, with its powerful aroma, delicate marbled fat , and weekend traditions.
January 26, 2011 Eating local food with friends and family can actually lead to a richer, more fulfilling life, a psychoanalyst at New York Medical College claims.
January 25, 2011 There's going to be some new symbols on processed food packages in your grocery store. Food manufacturers and grocery stores have teamed up to put nutrition information on the front of packages so consumers can make healthier choices. But some experts say the new labels might be more confusing than helpful.
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January 24, 2011 Jack LaLanne was extolling the virtues of healthy eating and physical fitness decades before either became popular. With a daily TV show that made him a household name, LaLanne went on to become an American icon. He passed away Sunday at his home in Morro Bay, Calif., at the age of 96.
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Jack LaLanne celebrated his 95th birthday in Beverly Hills, Calif., Sept. 24, 2009.
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January 24, 2011 Jack LaLanne showed that living well has its own daily rewards. No matter how many years you're destined to spend on this planet, you'll be better off staying in shape.
Just because this fruit's on the front of your food package doesn't mean it's really inside.
January 21, 2011 A natural foods advocacy group points out that food marketing of blueberry-flavored products can be deceptive when those products don't have any real blueberries in them.
January 20, 2011 People have been worrying about their weight far longer than you might have imagined. A recent event highlighted some fads through the ages, but it also revealed a diet from the 1860s that seemed to work.
January 20, 2011 Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, speaks to host Robert Siegel about whether Wal-Mart's announcement will change America's eating habits and improve the nation's nutritional health.
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January 20, 2011 The largest company in America wants to help you eat better. At an event in Washington, D.C., Wal-Mart announced Thursday that it's cutting the amount of sodium, sugar and trans-fats from thousands of its products. The company's executives were joined on stage by a special guest, first lady Michelle Obama.
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First lady Michelle Obama and Bill Simon, president and CEO of Wal-Mart's U.S. unit, at a media briefing on the company's food initiative held in Washington, D.C.
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January 20, 2011 In 2006, Wal-Mart cut prices on a wide range of generic medicines to as little as $4 a month. Some rivals followed suit. The retail giant's push for healthier foods may add to broader pressure for change.
January 19, 2011 Humans have transformed a defense against noxious fumes -- a receptor at the back of the throat -- into an indicator of gourmet quality in olive oil.
January 14, 2011 This week, the USDA proposed new standards for the nation's school menus. The changes would add more whole grains and more fresh fruit while limiting starchy vegetables and eliminating flavored milk. It's the first time school meal standards have been raised in 15 years. But the changes would pose challenges to many school districts. NPR's Michele Norris talks with Sandy Huisman, director of nutrition services with the Des Moines Public Schools.
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January 14, 2011 In a recent survey, many college students said body fat is "burned off." Few knew that gymgoers actually break down fat molecules into carbon dioxide and water, extracting energy in the process. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the basics of energy, matter and the carbon cycle.
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Antonio Garcia re-stocks the beverages at The Corner Market in Washington, D.C., in 2010. Study author Jean Welsh says that sweetened beverages tend to be the biggest source of added sugar.
January 12, 2011 Teens should cut down on sugar as a favor to their heart, a new study suggests. There's lots of room for improvement because the average teen consumes more than 28 teaspoons of added sugar a day.
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