1. Gluten-free diets are all the rage, but they can be dangerous if not done right.

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  2. Meet the real Paleo diet.

    The benefits of eating bugs


  3. Does this handful of horse pills resemble your daily cocktail of vitamin supplements?  

    Sorry to tell you, but they’re useless.

    How the vitamin-industrial complex swindled America


  4. According to science, a chocolate milk shower might be better for the team.

    How does chocolate milk stack up as a sports drink?


  5. £120

    The amount the British government is paying some mothers to breastfeed their newborns for at least 6 weeks.

    Should we pay women to breastfeed?


  6. Those juicy tomatoes may not be as nutritious as a few decades ago. The reason? 

    We’ve reached peak soil.


  7. In an attempt to reassure consumers that drinking sugary, carbonated beverages is a-okay, Coca-Cola has released two new commercials highlighting the ways the company is helping to reduce obesity. ”Across our portfolio of over 650 beverages, we now offer over 180 low- and no-calorie choices,” says the narrator of one commercial, titled “Come Together.” The ad goes on to say that calories from soda are no different than any other calories we put into our bodies every day, and suggests that it’s the consumer’s responsibility to burn off what he or she takes in.

    A second commercial says a can of Coke contains 140 “happy” calories that can be spent doing “happy” things, like walking your dog and laughing out loud.

    (Source: theweek.com)


  8. PepsiCo has a new soda, Pepsi Special, and it’s being marketed explicitly as a fat-blocking health drink…

    It remains to be seen just how effective Pepsi Special is at shrinking waistlines. But previous studies on rats showed that dextrin, a special ingredient in the beverage, can reduce the absorption of fat in the body and helps lower cholesterol levels. Scientists have also found evidence that the soluble fiber helps regulate the digestive system, increases nutrient absorption, stabilizes glucose levels, and could even prevent a variety of other gastrointestinal disorders. 

    The product will soon be released in Japan — Pepsi has not announced a U.S. release date. That doesn’t keep Amanda Kooser at CNET  from wondering: "What would Michael Bloomberg say?"


    (Source: theweek.com)


  9. California’s proposed proposition 37, or "The Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act," would require that any food containing genetically modified ingredients be clearly labeled.

    If it passes on Nov. 6, some of America’s most popular food products, from Coca-Cola to Corn Flakes, would have to be marked as “partially produced with genetic engineering” — a phrase that food companies fear could be as damning as a skull and crossbones. Similar labeling laws have been proposed in more than a dozen U.S. states.

    Keep reading…

    (Source: theweek.com)


  10. "If you’re looking for a reason to quit buying those less-than-tasty fat-free salad dressings," says Beth Fontenot at The Atlantic, “this could be it.”  

    Doctors may say that fat-free balsamic on your salad is better for you than something with more fat and flavor, but striking new evidence from Purdue University suggests that such thinking might be flawed. It turns out that fat-free dressings don’t maximize the nutritional firepower you get from eating veggies the way a regular dressing might. 

    Why fat-free salad dressings might actually be bad for you

    (Source: theweek.com)


  11. Just in time for lunch: The healthiest meal ever. Food experts from England set out to determine what the healthiest, most nutrient-packed meal in the world would actually look like. 4,000 health claims later, they’ve boiled it all down to one simple meal.

    The meal starts with a salmon terrine, which is smoked fish served with olive oil and a dusting of fresh herbs, alongside a mixed leaf salad with an extra-virgin olive oil dressing. Up next is a chicken and lentil casserole, accompanied by mixed veggies and a high-fiber multigrain roll on the side. Dessert is a vanilla-pudding-like blancmange, which consists of yogurt topped with walnuts and sugar-free caramel sauce.

    Not bad. But what makes this meal so healthy?


  12. The newest crazy diet fad: eating like a caveman. Dieters eat mostly meat, but also vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Fatty cuts of red meat are encouraged, while processed foods like sugar, dairy, grains, and beans are all off-limits. A typical Paleo meal includes grilled steak on a bed of uncooked spinach, for example, with a few blueberries for dessert. 

    The movement is gaining momentum thanks to dedicated fans who swear by the diet’s steady intake of meat and veggies. Skeptics are wary, though, and research supporting so-called “evolutionary eating” is thin at best. Is this a passing fad or the diet of the future?


  13. Taco Bell is going gourmet. Seriously. The far-from-classy creator of the Dorito taco shell and notorious quasi-meat is launching a new upscale menu on July 5 that company executives are dubbing “gourmet Mexican.”

    Dubbed the Cantina Bell menu, it will feature burritos and burrito bowls with new ingredients like fire-roasted corn salsa, cilantro rice, pico de gallo, and herb-marinated chicken. The shift is an attempt to compete with higher-quality Mexican-food chains like Chipotle.

    Can they pull it off?