Nutrition Diet & Health

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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2:20pm

Thu May 22, 2014
The Salt

Sensitive To Gluten? A Carb In Wheat May Be The Real Culprit

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 7:59 am

The wheat and grains in many breads contain gluten.
mystuart/Flickr

As late-night host Jimmy Kimmel so cleverly captured in a recent segment, some people on the gluten-free bandwagon don't know much about gluten, or why, precisely, they should avoid it. (For the record, gluten is a protein found in some cereal grains, including wheat and rye.)

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1:20pm

Wed May 21, 2014
The Salt

The Vegetables Most Americans Eat Are Drowning In Salt And Fat

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 3:02 pm

This isn't exactly what a healthy serving of veggies looks like.
Lauri Patterson iStockphoto

Popeye and our parents have been valiantly trying to persuade us to eat our veggies for decades now.

But Americans just don't eat as many fruits and vegetables as we should. And when we do, they're mainly potatoes and tomatoes — in the not-so-nutritious forms of french fries and pizza, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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1:22am

Tue April 15, 2014
The Salt

Where's The Whole Grain In Most Of Our Wheat Bread?

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 11:04 am

The most healthful loaves of bread contain chunks of grain still intact, like the seeded loaf on the right. Whole wheat loaves, like the one in the middle, may contain few whole grains and may be made up mostly of refined flour, like the white bread on the left.
Meg Vogel NPR

We've all heard the advice to eat more whole grains, and cut back on refined starches.

And there's good reason. Compared with a diet heavy on refined grains, like white flour, a diet rich in whole grains — which includes everything from brown rice to steel-cut oats to farro — is linked to lower rates of heart disease, certain cancers and Type 2 diabetes.

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