The secret to making something low-fat taste good and keep us fuller longer may be in its thickness.
October 31, 2012 While both thickness and creaminess sensations contribute to our eating satisfaction, thick foods keep us from feeling hungry longer, researchers say. That could help scientists in their continued quest to develop low-calorie foods that are more satisfying in the long run.
In Washington's Columbia Heights neighborhood, Claire Robertson, a grad student, talks with Scott Hensley about retail health clinics.
October 29, 2012 Are you prepared for some unorthodox audio from an ink-stained wretch still working on the transition to online journalism from print? If so, click through to listen to Shots, the podcast. This episode covers multivitamins and cancer, health report cards and how Americans feel about retail health clinics.
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People try to get through the aisles at Whole Foods Market in Midtown in New York on Sunday before the storm.
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October 29, 2012 Storms like Sandy send many of us responsible for feeding the family running to the grocery store in a panic, and then throwing out a lot of food. Here are some tips to minimize both of those things. What are yours?
For vitamin D supplements, more isn't necessarily better.
October 25, 2012 How much vitamin D is enough vitamin D? And when should you add supplements to the diet? Doctors still disagree on the specifics, but some studies suggest that more isn't always better.
Actors Stan Laurel and Edna Marlon play at socializing around the campfire. It turns out that early man's brain developed in part thanks to cooking.
October 24, 2012 Because we had better food, our brains grew bigger than those of our primate cousins, scientists say. Early humans cooked, which makes meat and veggies more digestible and nutrients more available to the body. Plus, there was all that chatting and chewing around the campfire.
October 23, 2012 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, foodborne illnesses kill some 3,000 people in the U.S. each year. Often, the job of keeping America's food supply safe falls to for-profit companies with connections to the food producers they're supposed to inspect.
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People who have had gastric bypass surgery qualify for discounts at popular restaurants, including buffets.
October 9, 2012 Weight loss surgeries are growing in popularity, but many patients still want to dine at restaurants after their procedure. Surgeons who perform the surgery distribute special cards that allow the patients to get smaller portions or discounted prices. But could this halt their weight loss?
October 5, 2012 Two organizations with a mission to feed the malnourished set up competing factories in Haiti. The problem is, just one factory could probably satisfy the country's demand for the life-saving peanut product.
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October 4, 2012 Fortified peanut paste saves lives in Haiti and other places where malnutrition is a problem, but producing it locally costs more than importing it from faraway factories in Europe because of labor and other costs. Still, feeding programs are willing to pay a little more, for now.
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Sorry the vitamin D didn't help.
October 2, 2012 Some lab studies suggested vitamin D supplements might enhance immunity. But a clinical test in New Zealand found that taking vitamin D didn't reduce the frequency or duration of colds for the people who took the supplements.
October 2, 2012 The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act requires public schools to serve healthier, lower calorie meals. It's meant to curb obesity, but some students say they're left feeling hungry. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with a group of moms: NPR's Allison Aubrey, Dr. Leslie R. Walker, commentator Julie Gunlock, and food entrepreneur Laura Fuentes.
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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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September 27, 2012 In school cafeterias across the country, students are seeing big changes on their lunch trays. Responding to the growing childhood obesity epidemic, the USDA approved new rules for the federal school lunch program, the first such changes to student lunches in more than a decade.
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September 27, 2012 Critics say the ads, created by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, are condescending and could have a negative effect on people who are overweight. But the company stands by the ads, saying the obesity problem is so big, they needed to take dramatic action.
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September 27, 2012 Janitors suffer some of the highest rates of injury on the job. That costs employers millions of dollars in compensation and lost work time. A Florida school district decided to address the issue by instituting a fitness test for prospective custodians. But the test is so tough the district is having a hard time filling positions.
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