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Newsbites: Diets; Apples; Sugar; Coconut Oil

World’s Diets Still Have a Long Way to Go
In a first-of-its-kind analysis of worldwide dietary patterns, researchers from Tufts and the University of Cambridge found overall diet quality worsened even as consumption of healthier foods increased in many countries. The study, published in The Lancet Global Health, compared trends in

Is It OK to Put Eggs Back on Your Plate?

The humble egg has been on a roll lately. First, the US Department of Agriculture recalculated the amount of dietary cholesterol in a typical large egg downward—from 215 to 185 milligrams—and vitamin D upward (to 41 IU, 10% of the Daily Value). Then, earlier this year, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory

Newsbites: GMO Labeling; Soda Warning; Salt; Preservatives; New Editors

USDA Offers Voluntary GMO-Free Labeling
As consumer groups lobby for mandatory labeling of foods with genetically modified (GMO) ingredients, the US Department of Agriculture is rolling out its first certification and labeling program for GMO-free foods. The program is voluntary and companies have to pay the agency for the certification. Currently,

Newsbites: Sugary Drinks; Calorie Counts; Energy Drinks; Veggies

Calculating Human Toll of Sugary Drinks
Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research recently published in the journal Circulation. “Many countries in the world have a significant number of deaths occurring from a single dietary factor—sugar-sweetened beverages,” says Dariush Mozaffarian,

Keep Your Summer Picnic Food Safe

Summer is picnic and outdoor barbecue time—which also makes it prime time for foodborne illnesses. Warm, humid weather encourages the growth of bacteria, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), but so can human factors such as lax outdoor sanitation and inadequate refrigeration. The combination causes foodborne illness to

Updated Nutrition for Older Adults

If you’ve got your AARP card but you’re still eating the way you did in your 20s, it’s time for your diet to act your age. While most nutritional guidance is “ageless,” you do need to make some adjustments to fit the changing needs of your aging body. As activity

Newsbites: Diet Soda; Food Waste; Carbs; Drug-Free Meats

Diet Soda Drinkers Eat More Junk Calories
Do you want a candy bar with that diet soda? University of Illinois researchers report that people who drink diet beverages are more likely to allow themselves treats, sometimes referred to in technical terms as “discretionary foods.” Such foods are typically high in calories,

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