Nutrition Diet & Health


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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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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Mon June 2, 2014
The Salt

Native Americans Have Superfoods Right Under Their Feet

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 12:42 pm

Twigs and leaves from chokecherries are high in vitamin K, fiber and calcium.
pverdonk iStockphoto

On American Indian reservations, the traditional diet of wild plants and game for food is increasingly being replaced with a far less healthful diet of predominantly high-carb, high-sugar foods.

Along the way, obesity and type 2 diabetes rates have soared. At nearly 16 percent, American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest prevalence of diabetes among all U.S. racial and ethnic groups, according to the American Diabetes Association.

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Fri May 30, 2014
The Salt

Health Advocates Lament GOP Move To Relax School Lunch Rules

Currently, half of all products served in the school lunch program must be "whole-grain rich," which USDA defines as products made of at least 50 percent whole grain. According to the new standards, by the start of the next school year, schools must use only products that are whole-grain rich.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

We told you about lawmakers' proposal to give some school districts a way to temporarily opt out of the new, federal healthy school lunch standards.

The waiver provision was put forward by Alabama Republican Robert Aderholt, who says he supports healthy meals for school kids, but has heard complaints from schools in his district about the challenges of mandating kids to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains at lunch.

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Wed May 28, 2014
The Salt

Could Diet Soda Really Be Better Than Water For Weight Loss?

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 6:43 am

Better than water for losing weight? A study funded by the beverage industry says yes.
Bradley Gordon/Flickr

Answering the question of whether diet soda helps or hinders dieters' efforts to lose weight has been the focus of much research. And buzz.

Unfortunately, the answer is still murky.

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