Nutrition Diet & Health


Thu January 16, 2014
The Salt

Good News: Americans Are Eating 78 Fewer Calories Every Day

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 4:55 pm

Americans are dining out less and eating at home more, new government research shows. This may mean more family dinners, like this one at the Brown-Spencer home in Mechanicsville, Va.
Maggie Starbard NPR

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has crunched some numbers, and its conclusion is that Americans are munching less. And on more healthful stuff.

On average, working-age adults were eating about 78 fewer calories per day in 2010, compared with five years earlier, according to a report released Thursday.

So what are we eating less of? Saturated fat. Researchers documented a 6 percent decline in calories from saturated fat between 2005 and 2010.

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Thu January 16, 2014


Thu January 9, 2014
The Salt

Food Firms Trim Trillions Of Calories From Packaged Treats

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 6:30 am

To make a more healthful version of Edy's Grand Ice Cream, Nestle developed a technology that could cut half the fat and two-thirds of the calories from the frozen treat.
Erik S. Lesser Getty Images

It sounds impressive: Major food companies have slashed 6.4 trillion calories from packaged foods they sold in 2012 compared with 2007, a study reported Thursday.

But for each American, that number translates to about 78 fewer calories purchased each day, or the equivalent of cutting out one apple or 3 1/2 Hershey's Kisses.

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Thu January 9, 2014
The Salt

Is Sugar Addiction Why So Many January Diets Fail?

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 12:34 pm

Indulge or resist? Sugar cravings can be a serious challenge.

We've survived the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, when rich, sweet treats come at us non-stop. Now is the season of reform, when gym memberships, cleanse books and weight-loss plans sell like gangbusters.

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Mon December 30, 2013
The Salt

Was 2013 Really The Year Of The Paleo Diet?

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 10:52 am

A paleo-inspired breakfast of salmon, egg, cabbage and bacon.
David Leo Veksler Flickr