Nutrition Diet & Health

3:00pm

Thu July 10, 2014
The Salt

Alcohol Test: Does Eating Yeast Keep You From Getting Drunk?

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 4:52 pm

The idea that it might be possible to keep drinking a delicious bottle of pinot noir or tall bottle of beer and go right back to work is a tempting one.
Alex Eben Meyer for NPR

Sometimes we drink with the sole purpose of relaxing, or drowning the week's worries. But other times we just want to savor a special craft beer or vintage wine, or make that good meal taste even better.

And as we get older, we're warier of that third or fourth glass. The consequences of too much alcohol — the drowsiness, the confusion and the wobbling — are a bigger hindrance. And let's face it: A hangover at 36 isn't the same as one at 22.

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1:17am

Mon July 7, 2014
The Salt

Raw Milk Producers Aim To Regulate Themselves

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 7:45 am

Charlotte Smith, of Champoeg Creamery in St. Paul, Ore., says raw milk may offer health benefits. But she also acknowledges its very real dangers.
Courtesy of Champoeg Creamery

A growing number of Americans are buying raw milk. That's milk that has not been pasteurized to kill bacteria.

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5:13pm

Wed July 2, 2014
The Salt

How Dark Chocolate, Not Milk Chocolate, May Help Blood Flow

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 7:44 am

Researchers say the polyphenols in dark chocolate can help the body form more nitric oxide, a compound that causes blood vessels to dilate and blood to flow more easily.
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The idea that eating cocoa-rich, dark chocolate may offer greater health benefits than milk chocolate is not new.

Cocoa is loaded with compounds called polyphenols that have been shown to help our bodies fend off inflammation and maybe even improve our moods.

And now a small study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association offers evidence of another possible benefit: improving vascular health by increasing blood flow.

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3:01am

Sun June 29, 2014
The Salt

'Artisanal' Ramen? Instant Noodles Get A Healthy Dose Of Hacking

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 10:09 am

(Top left, clockwise) Macmen N' Cheese; chocolate ramen; udon and egg. (Bottom row) Ramen fritatta; cannellini beans and spinach; and southwest taco from the book Rah! Rah! Ramen.
Sara Childs/ Courtesy of Interactive Direct

If there's one thing college students know well, it's a belly full of instant ramen.

"Ramen always has been and always will be a college staple," says Rick Brandt, a recent University of Iowa graduate.

And it's not just college students who turn to the noodles in lean moments: When your food budget is reduced to quarters dug out of the couch, or when hunger pangs strike at ungodly hours, ramen noodles may come to the rescue.

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11:46am

Mon June 23, 2014
The Salt

School Nutrition Fight Widens As School Board Members Join In

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 1:18 pm

The political food fight over rolling back school nutrition standards is at an impasse for the moment. But advocates on both sides aren't backing off, and there are new players in the game.

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