Nutrition Diet & Health

1:22am

Mon April 14, 2014
Shots - Health News

Mind Over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 12:58 pm

Bianca Giaever for NPR

It was late, almost 9 at night, when Justin Holden pulled the icy pizza box from the refrigerator at the Brookville Supermarket in Washington, D.C.

He stood in front of the open door, scanning the nutrition facts label.

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7:48am

Sun April 6, 2014
Health

Boulder's Wealth May Be A Factor For Lowest Obesity Rate

Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks contain over 145 miles of trails.
Credit Dean Krafft / Flickr - Creative Commons

Boulder’s reputation as a healthy city has pushed it to the top nationwide for the lowest obesity rates. The city has come in first for lowest obesity rates every year with the exception of 2009 in a survey conducted by Gallup.

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1:46pm

Thu April 3, 2014
The Salt

Time To Relax The Sodium Guidelines? Some Docs Say Not So Fast

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 4:50 pm

Consuming anywhere from about 2,600 milligrams up to almost 5,000 milligrams of sodium per day is associated with more favorable health outcomes, according to a study.
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We've all heard the advice to go easy on the salt shaker. Or, perhaps, more importantly, to cut back on eating packaged, processed foods that often contain a lot of salt.

And why? There's a lot of evidence linking excessive sodium intake to high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease.

The dietary guidelines recommend that adults consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day.

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1:31am

Mon March 31, 2014
The Salt

Rethinking Fat: The Case For Adding Some Into Your Diet

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 1:10 pm

Nutrition researchers are reaching a new consensus: Cut back on all those refined carbs. And remember that some fat is good.
Stacy Spensley/Flickr

Remember the fat-free boom that swept the country in the 1990s? Yes, we know from the Salt readers who took our informal survey that lots of you tried to follow it. And gave up.

"I definitely remember eating fat-free cookies, fat–free pudding, fat-free cheese, which was awful," Elizabeth Stafford, an attorney from North Carolina, told us in the survey.

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1:27am

Fri March 28, 2014
The Salt

Why We Got Fatter During The Fat-Free Food Boom

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 9:24 am

The 1990s were rife with low-fat packaged snacks, from potato chips to cookies.
Youtube and RetroJunk

If you want to trace Americans' fear of fat, the place to start is the U.S. Senate, during the steamy days of July 1976.

That's when Sen. George McGovern called a hearing to raise attention to the links between diet and disease.

And what was the urgency? The economy was booming, and many Americans were living high on the hog. A 1954 Capitol Hill restaurant menu offers a glimpse of what lunch looked like then: steak with claret sauce, buttered succotash and pineapple cheesecake. But soon, that prosperity began to cast a dark shadow within the halls of Congress.

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