Diet Nutrition

1:27am

Fri March 28, 2014
The Salt

Why We Got Fatter During The Fat-Free Food Boom

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 9:24 am

The 1990s were rife with low-fat packaged snacks, from potato chips to cookies.
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If you want to trace Americans' fear of fat, the place to start is the U.S. Senate, during the steamy days of July 1976.

That's when Sen. George McGovern called a hearing to raise attention to the links between diet and disease.

And what was the urgency? The economy was booming, and many Americans were living high on the hog. A 1954 Capitol Hill restaurant menu offers a glimpse of what lunch looked like then: steak with claret sauce, buttered succotash and pineapple cheesecake. But soon, that prosperity began to cast a dark shadow within the halls of Congress.

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6:41am

Wed March 5, 2014
The Salt

Eat Plants And Prosper: For Longevity, Go Easy On The Meat, Study Says

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 1:49 pm

A new study linking animal protein-rich diets to increased mortality in middle age adds fuel to the controversy over how much protein — and from what sources — is ideal for health. One thing that seems pretty clear: It doesn't hurt to go heavy on the greens.
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Americans who ate a diet rich in animal protein during middle age were significantly more likely to die from cancer and other causes, compared with people who reported going easy on foods such as red meat and cheese, fresh research suggests.

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2:02pm

Tue February 4, 2014
The Salt

Sweet Tooth Gone Bad: Why 22 Teaspoons Of Sugar Per Day Is Risky

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 6:00 pm

Even seemingly healthful foods can contain unexpected spoonfuls of sugar.
Meg Vogel/NPR

We've written lots lately about the potentially addictive qualities of sugar and the public policy efforts to limit consumption.

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12:21pm

Fri January 24, 2014
The Salt

Can Mom's Pregnancy Diet Rewire Baby's Brain For Obesity?

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 5:07 pm

Choose wisely: What Mom eats during pregnancy can set the stage for obesity in her baby.
Meg Vogel NPR

Moms-to-be are often reminded that they're eating for two. It's tempting to take this as an excuse to go for that extra scoop of the ice cream. (Believe me, I've been there.)

But a solid body of research suggests that expectant mothers should be walking away with the opposite message: Pregnancy should be a time to double-down on healthful eating if you want to avoid setting up your unborn child for a lifetime of wrestling with obesity.

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9:27am

Wed January 22, 2014
The Salt

More Signs A Mediterranean Diet Helps Prevent Cardiovascular Ills

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 12:54 pm

A study found that a Mediterranean diet with extra nuts and olive oil was associated with a lower risk of a cardiovascular condition called peripheral artery disease.
Heather Rousseau NPR

There's fresh evidence that a Mediterranean diet can help cut the risk of atherosclerosis, a disease caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries.

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