Nutrition Diet & Health

11:17am

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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11:10am

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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8:41am

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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2:44pm

Tue May 27, 2014
The Salt

First Lady Fights To Keep Healthful School Lunch Law Intact

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 5:58 pm

First lady Michelle Obama has been doing a lot of high-fiving with schoolchildren like these in Dallas to promote healthful lifestyles. Now she's diving more deeply into the politics of school lunch.
LM Otero AP

First lady Michelle Obama is by far one of the most popular political figures in America, because she's largely avoided appearing too political — instead devoting much of her attention to encouraging good nutrition and healthful lifestyles for America's children.

But that cause has run head-on into a congressional fight over stalling some of the nutritional gains of the school lunch program, which she helped put in place.

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4:01pm

Thu May 22, 2014
The Salt

How Yelp Can Help Disease Detectives Track Food Poisoning

The Yelp app maps out restaurant locations in Manhattan.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Almost 50 million Americans get food poisoning every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. But only a tiny fraction of those cases get reported, making it tough to figure out where they came from.

But health officials recently discovered a trove of data that may help them discover outbreaks of foodborne illness and as well as the restaurants responsible for them, they write in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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