Nutrition Diet & Health

3:00pm

Wed June 11, 2014
The Salt

School Lunch Debate: What's At Stake?

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School lunches have never been known for culinary excellence. But to be fair, the National School Lunch Program — which provides free or reduced lunches to about 31 million kids every day — has never aimed to dazzle as much as to fill little bellies.

In 2010, Congress gave the Federal School Lunch Program a nutrition make-over. New regulations called for:

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1:30pm

Tue June 10, 2014
The Salt

Moms And Tykes Should Eat More Fish Low In Mercury, Says FDA

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 4:49 pm

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The FDA is recommending that pregnant women eat 8 to 12 ounces per week of fish such as salmon, canned light tuna, tilapia or cod.
Iakov Filimonov iStockphoto.com

Lots of us think of fish as brain food.

But many moms-to-be and breastfeeding women have been turned off of it, in part due to concerns about the potentially harmful effects of mercury in some types of fish.

An analysis by the Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency released Tuesday found 1 in 5 pregnant women were not eating any fish for long periods of time during pregnancy. And 75 percent of women were eating fewer than 4 ounces per week.

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11:23am

Mon June 9, 2014
The Salt

Fruit Juice Vs. Soda? Both Beverages Pack In Sugar, Health Risks

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 2:28 pm

Better for you than soda? With 49 grams of fructose per liter, not much.
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When it comes to choosing between sodas and juices in the beverage aisle, the juice industry has long benefited from a health halo.

We know that juice comes from fruit, while soda is artificial. In particular, the sugars in juice seem more "natural" than high fructose corn syrup — the main sweetener in so many sodas. After all, we've gotten rid of most of the soda we used to offer kids at school, but we still serve them lots of juice.

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4:04pm

Tue June 3, 2014
The Salt

Norovirus: Far More Likely To Come From Restaurant Than Cruise Ship

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 9:49 pm

If you follow the news on nasty, contagious norovirus, you might assume that the place you're most likely to get it is on a cruise ship. For one, there was that outbreak earlier this year when a group of passengers got sick with severe vomiting and diarrhea on a Royal Caribbean boat.

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11:41am

Tue June 3, 2014
The Salt

Could A 6-Cent Tax Sour Us On Soda And Sugary Drinks?

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 3:34 pm

A mock-up of a warning label for sodas and sugary drinks proposed in California by public health advocates.
California Center for Public Health Advocacy

These days, sugar may be the new tobacco.

With so many studies linking Americans' collective sweet tooth to diseases including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity, there's a lot of talk about policies to nudge consumers to consume less sugar.

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