U.S. Obesity Rates Begin to Level
After years of increasing, adult obesity rates remained stable in 45 states from 2015 to 2016, according to a new report from the Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit health advocacy organization, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic organization that funds health research.
Tomatoes No Longer Considered ‘Poison Apples’
Originating in Mesoamerica, tomatoes were part of the Aztecs’ diet as early as 700 A.D., but they weren’t grown in Britain until the 1590s. First arriving in southern Europe in the early 16th century via Spanish conquistadors returning from Mesoamerica, the tomato was considered a “poison apple”
Lead Found in Baby Food
Detectable levels of lead were found in 20 percent of 2,164 baby food samples. Analyzing 11 years of federal data, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) found the toxic metal most commonly in fruit juices, root vegetables and teething biscuits and cookies.
People who follow diets with little to no gluten were found to have a slightly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes over a few decades, according to researchers at Harvard University School of Public Health. “We wanted to determine if gluten consumption will affect health in people with....
Diet Soda Can Cause Weight Gain
Diet sodas with aspartame can boost the appetite, said a study published in the International Journal of Obesity last December. The researchers found people who consumed diet drinks with aspartame felt hungrier than those who did not, and thus ended up consuming more calories.
Ruby Ring Red Onions Fight Cancer
Understanding Sticker Codes on Produce
The Price Look Up (PLU) codes on the stickers placed on fruits and vegetables reveal important information. A four-
A new study corroborates previous studies that show switching to diet soda may not help cut calories. Diet drinks contain a chemical that boosts the appetite. Research published in the International Journal of Obesity found those who consumed diet drinks with aspartame felt hungrier than those who did not.
Don’t Reheat These Foods
Some foods can lose their health benefits or even cause food poisoning if they are reheated in a microwave. Celery and spinach contain nitrates that turn into toxic nitrates and carcinogenic nitrosamines after reheating. Eggs can also become toxic after reheating, so it’s best to use leftover eggs cold....
Cancer and Sugar-
A study by researchers at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans suggests age is an important factor in the association between cancer and sugar-
Labels Confuse People with Food Allergies
Food allergies affect approximately 8 percent of children and up to 2 percent of adults. Almost 40 percent of children with a food allergy have experienced at least one life-
Experimenting with a new field called plant nanobionics, MIT scientists have embedded the leaves of spinach plants with carbon nano-
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Experimenting with a new field called plant nanobionics, MIT scientists have embedded the leaves of spinach plants with carbon nanotubes that are capable of detecting nitroaromatics – compounds often found in landmines and other explosives. As the spinach plant draws in groundwater, it can detect if nitroaromatics are present. Within 10 minutes, carbon nanotubes in the plant’s leaves will emit a fluorescent signal. Infrared cameras pick up the signal and broadcast it to a smartphone-
Green Tea Molecule May Block Zika
Green tea has antioxidant properties, one of which is a polyphenol called EGCG. Scientists aren’t entirely sure how, but this molecule has been shown to fight antibiotic-
hepatitis C and HIV. Recently, scientists exposed the Zika virus to high concentrations of EGCG, and the polyphenol prevented 90 percent of the virus from entering and infecting host cells. Even better, EGCG is safe for pregnant women. The results were published in the journal Virology.
Nestlé Patenting Lower-
Nestlé researchers claim they have found a way to structure sugar differently using only natural ingredients – and the decreased sugar content doesn’t make the chocolate taste different than chocolate made with standard amounts. “This process has the potential to reduce total sugar by up to 40 percent in our confectionery,” said Nestlé chief technology officer Stefan Catsicas. The Swiss company is patenting its discovery, which will be available to consumers beginning in 2018.
Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.