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

NPR | April 15, 2014 9:06 a.m.

Not all whole grain breads are created equal. Choosing breads with fully intact grains (think nuggets of whole rye, wheat or millet) may help control blood sugar and stave off hunger.

Disease Detectives Are Solving Fewer Foodborne Illness Cases

NPR | April 07, 2014 1:44 p.m.

The government has reported 42 percent fewer foodborne illness cases in the last decade and solved less than half of them, a report finds. But that doesn't necessarily mean the food supply is safer.

Chemo Can Make Food Taste Like Metal. Here's Help

NPR | April 07, 2014 6:08 a.m.

Patients undergoing chemotherapy need to eat to stay strong. But the drugs can cause nausea and damage taste buds. New flavors and spices can help a lot, a chef says.

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

NPR | April 03, 2014 3:50 p.m.

A new study suggests that when it comes to the optimal amount of salt intake, there may be more leeway than we thought. But some doctors say we still need to lower sodium to control blood pressure.

Rethinking Fat: The Case For Adding Some Into Your Diet

NPR | March 31, 2014 12:10 p.m.

There's new thinking about the effects of fat on our waistlines, and our hearts. And consensus is building that saturated fat isn't the demon we were once told to fear, especially compared to carbs.

Why We Got Fatter During The Fat-Free Food Boom

NPR | March 31, 2014 9:12 a.m.

In the 1970s, the U.S. Dietary Goals advised Americans to cut back on fat and eat more carbs to lower the risk of heart disease. But some experts say this high-carb, low-fat diet helped fuel obesity.

Apples Vs. Oranges: Google Tool Offers Ultimate Nutrition Smackdown

NPR | March 24, 2014 11:40 a.m.

Lawyers may tell you not to compare apples with oranges. But Google's new tool allows you to compare the nutrition of any food in a huge government database. You might even learn something surprising.

'Parentology': Bribes, Behavior And The Science Of Raising Kids

NPR | March 23, 2014 8:36 a.m.

Irreverent dad and sociologist Dalton Conley says parenting books take the wrong approach. He wants to teach parents to make sense of available research in order to apply it to their own kids.

French-Fry Conspiracy: Genes Can Make Fried Foods More Fattening

NPR | March 21, 2014 10:11 a.m.

Some people are more likely to gain weight from frequently indulging in fried foods than others, scientists say. You can blame mom and dad for passing on the obesity risk genes.

Why A Sweet Tooth May Have Been An Evolutionary Advantage For Kids

NPR | March 19, 2014 11:16 a.m.

Kids seem to crave more energy and sugar than adults because they're growing, researchers say in a new study. They found that kids who preferred sweet flavors were tall for their age.

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