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The Real Super Sunday Battle Is In The Snack Bowl

Friday, January 30, 2015

The competition over what Americans consume during the Super Bowl has gotten vicious. The nation's top merchants of virtuous and not-so-virtuous munching both want control of the line of scrimmage.

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Morning Edition

Study Sheds Light On Benefits Of Multivitamins

Friday, January 30, 2015

Research suggests that, at least for women, taking a multivitamin can help prevent death from cardiovascular disease. They may also be a good for people who don't eat enough fruits and vegetables.

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What's More Nutritious, Orange Juice Or An Orange? It's Complicated

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A study suggests that when it comes to oranges, juice may unlock more of some beneficial nutrients for our bodies to absorb than fruit does. But don't use that as an excuse to gulp down OJ just yet.

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Would Kids Eat More Veggies If They Had Recess Before Lunch?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Many healthy school lunch options end up in the garbage. But two researchers say that students who eat lunch after recess are more likely to eat fruits and veggies than students who eat lunch first.

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All Things Considered

From Detox To Elimination Diets, Skipping Sugar May Be The Best Bet

Monday, January 19, 2015

Detox diets are a hot trend, but scientists say there's really no evidence that they are necessary or helpful. One strategy that does make sense: Cut back on sugar. We tell you why.

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Morning Edition

When Bariatric Surgery's Benefits Wane, This Procedure Can Help

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bariatric surgery works for severely obese patients because it shrinks the size of the stomach. But years later, the stomach starts to expand and some patients regain the weight they lost.

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Morning Edition

Sure You Can Track Your Health Data, But Can Your Doctor Use It?

Monday, January 19, 2015

People use wearable gadgets and phone apps to monitor their health — everything from calories consumed to medication taken. But all that data doesn't necessarily translate into better health care.

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Trying To Lose Weight? Your Environment, Mindset May Need Work First

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Many factors conspire to undermine diets, including human evolution, junk food formulated for addictiveness, and motivation-sapping fat stigma. One thing found to help: not blaming yourself so much.

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We Lie About What We Eat, And It's Messing Up Science

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Humans are notoriously bad at remembering exactly how much we eat and exercise, yet researchers often ask. A new paper says self-reported data have skewed hundreds of studies and must be discontinued.

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Gluten-Free Craze Is Boon And Bane For Those With Celiac Disease

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Many people who don't have celiac disease have ditched gluten, thinking it will improve their health. That's created more dining options — and more derision — for those with the autoimmune disorder.

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How Do We Grow To Like The Foods We Once Hated?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A psychologist says we have to be taught to like chili pepper and other foods we may initially dislike. The experience of eating it often somehow converts what's an aversion to a preference, he says.

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All Things Considered

Minifasting: How Occasionally Skipping Meals May Boost Health

Monday, January 12, 2015

If your New Year's resolutions to eat better haven't panned out yet, consider intermittent fasting. It's gaining traction among dieters and researchers for its benefits beyond just weight loss.

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What Might Be Missing From MyPlate? Water

Monday, January 12, 2015

Since the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, more evidence has piled up showing the benefits of drinking water and the risks of sugary beverages. So scientists say it's time for a water symbol on MyPlate.

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Is 'Cook At Home' Always Good Health Advice?

Friday, January 09, 2015

A recent study finds that middle-aged women who spent more time cooking were more likely to have metabolic syndrome. Researchers say the message should be "cook healthfully," not just "cook often."

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How Food Shopping Can Turn New Year's Resolutions Into 'Res-Illusions'

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Many people aim to make healthier food choices in the New Year. A study finds that while people buy more healthy food, they spend just as much on unhealthy foods as they do during the holidays.

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Bite Back At Bad Cholesterol: Eat An Avocado A Day

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Researchers have long known that avocados have "good" fats. But they didn't know if daily avocado consumption might affect cardiovascular disease risk factors. So they designed a study to find out.

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From Paleo To Plant-Based, New Report Ranks Top Diets Of 2015

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The caveman way of eating came in near the bottom of a list of 35 diets ranked by medical and nutrition experts. The winners? The Mediterranean-like DASH and the plant-centric Ornish eating plan.

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Many Insurers Don't Cover Drugs For Weight Loss

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Despite the intensifying efforts to turn back the obesity epidemic, Medicare and many private health plans are reluctant to pay for four medicines approved to help people shed pounds.

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Going Dry: The Benefits Of A Month Without Booze

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Even a brief breakup with alcohol can impart measurable health rewards, a small but intriguing experiment suggests. Indeed, the concept of a dry January is gaining traction in the U.K.

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All Things Considered

Self-Tracking Gadgets That Play Doctor Abound At CES

Monday, January 05, 2015

A new wave of self-monitoring devices and apps is hitting the Consumer Electronics Show — ones with explicit medical purposes. They promise to help diagnose everything from ear infections to diseases.

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