Nutrition Diet & Health


Tue July 2, 2013
The Salt

'Heart Attack On A Hook': Meet America's 'Worst Restaurant Meal'

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 10:19 am

Long John Silver's Big Catch platter will net you 33 grams of trans fats in one meal.
Courtesy of Clare Politano Center for Science in the Public Interest

Seafood is generally considered a more healthful choice when dining out — but not if you're battering and deep-frying it and serving it up with hush puppies and onion rings.

And that is precisely why the folks at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nutrition and health policy watchdog group, have named Long John Silver's new "Big Catch" meal the worst restaurant meal in America.

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Fri June 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

After Midnight, Night Owls Gorge, Piling On The Calories

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 11:38 am

Late nights lead people to eat more.
Fabio Cardoso Corbis

Now we know what you're doing when you're staying up late. You're eating 553 calories.

That's the equivalent of a Big Mac, and also about one-quarter of the recommended daily caloric intake for an adult.

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Wed June 26, 2013
The Salt

Can You Be Addicted To Carbs? Scientists Are Checking That Out

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 7:33 pm

Eating refined carbohydrates like bagels may stimulate brain regions involved in reward and cravings, research suggests.

Fresh research adds weight to the notion that certain foods (think empty carbs like bagels and sweet treats) can lead to more intense hunger and overeating.

Fast-digesting carbohydrates can stimulate regions of the brain involved in cravings and addiction, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Wed June 19, 2013
The Salt

Women And Children Caught In Middle Of Potato War

Fresh white spuds aren't allowed in a government supplemental nutrition program for women and children because, unlike other fruits and vegetables, potatoes aren't lacking in the typical diet.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

We didn't plan it, but somehow, it has turned into Potato Week here at The Salt. The latest twist in the tater tales takes us to Capitol Hill.

Americans love to pile on the potatoes – we consumed a whopping 112 pounds per capita last year. But lately, the potato industry has been playing the part of jilted lover and taking its heartache to Congress.

According to the National Potato Council, the U.S. Department of Agriculture "discriminates" against fresh, white potatoes.


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Tue June 18, 2013
The Salt

Hot Dogs, Bacon And Red Meat Tied To Increased Diabetes Risk

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 12:15 pm

Delicious — in moderation, folks.
Randy Bayne Flicker Creative Commons