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Volume 38, No. 2

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Americans Eating More Meat

Published on September 12 2016
It seems the U.S. just can’t get enough meat. Or does it? According to data released this week by Rabobank, a research firm specializing in food and agriculture, per-capita meat consumption in the U.S. last year rose at a higher rate than...

Farm-to-School Program

Published on September 12 2016
Chris and Jan Waggoner spent nearly 20 years working to meet strict food-safety requirements so they could make sure peaches and nectarines from Wag’s World Orchard in Eckert could be served to kids in the Montrose County School District. The...

Antibiotics and Food Allergies

Published on September 12 2016
Infection in the first year of life can be deadly for an infant, and antibiotic treatment is often the first port of call. But such treatment may have a downside; new research from the University of South Carolina finds early antibiotic exposure...

No Microbiome Obesity Link?

Published on September 12 2016
For people with weight problems, news headlines in recent years may have brought relief, as researchers studying the microscopic creatures inside our bodies reported possible links between obesity and an out-of-whack balance of microbes. But a new...

Why We Waste Food

Published on September 12 2016
Your household will probably waste $1,500 of food this year, but there's a way to fix that A recent report by some of my colleagues at Harvard Law School estimates that up to 40 percent of the food produced in the United States goes...

Your Gut's Gone Viral

Published on September 12 2016
Everywhere you turn, it seems, there's news about the human microbiome. And, more specifically, about the bacteria that live in your gut and help keep you healthy. Those bacteria, it turns out, are hiding a big secret: their own microbiome. A...

Drug & Vitamin Interactions

Published on April 1 2016
A growing number of older adults are combining multiple prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements in ways that could lead to serious side effects, according to a new study. From 2006 to 2011, the number of older adults (ages 62...

School Lunches Improving

Published on April 1 2016
American kids are getting more healthy food choices in school lunches, a new study finds. Elementary school cafeterias are offering more vegetables, fresh fruit, salad bars, whole grains and more healthy pizzas, while the availability of high-fat...

Misinformation from Celebrities

Published on April 1 2016
When celebrity and science collide, harmful side effects may occur. The latest case happened last weekend when the Tribeca Film Festival pulled a documentary from its program by a discredited former doctor whose research into the connection between...

Vermont Passes GMO Labeling

Published on April 1 2016
You'll soon know whether many of the packaged foods you buy contain ingredients derived from genetically modified plants, such as soybeans and corn. Over the past week or so, big companies including General Mills, Mars and Kellogg have ...

Antibiotics Linked to Obesity

Published on April 1 2016
While early antibiotic use has been associated with a number of rare long-term health consequences, new research links antibiotics to one of the most important and growing public health problems worldwide -- obesity. A study1 published online in...

Half of U.S. Diet is 'Ultra-Processed'

Published on April 1 2016
Michael Pollan’s guideline that people should “eat food, not too much, mostly plants,” is oft-quoted, less oft-followed. Once again, research has demonstrated that Americans actually tend to eat food, too much, mostly things that are no longer...

Sleep and Dementia Link

Published on November 19 2015
Mom was right. Getting a good night's sleep may prove even more important to long-term health than our parents advised. Scientists already have documented connections between sleep loss and memory problems, which explains why many schools are...

Date labels on food are less about safety than about quality

Published on November 19 2015
With the holidays around the corner, you’re probably making your shopping list for the big feast. While checking your cupboards for supplies, you find a bag of stuffing mix with a “best by” date of Nov. 1, 2015. Is it still safe to use on...

"Natural" Food Definition Needed

Published on November 19 2015
The Food and Drug Administration is seeking your input to answer a question: How should the agency define "natural" on food labels? Disagreement over what "all natural" or "100 percent natural" means has spawned dozens of lawsuits. Consumers have...

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