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Jul 23 2014

Probiotic Logic vs. Gut Feelings - NYTimes.com

Probiotic Logic vs. Gut Feelings – NYTimes.com

By JANE E. BRODY

JULY 21, 2014 10:27 AM  The label on my bottle of Nature’s Bounty Advanced Probiotic 10 says it contains 10 probiotic strains and 20 billion live cultures in each two-capsule dose. The supplement provides “advanced support for digestive and intestinal health” and “healthy immune function.”

I have no way to know if any of this is true. Like all over-the-counter dietary…

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Jul 22 2014

Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All? : The Salt : NPR

Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All? : The Salt : NPR

There may never be an end to arguments over whether organic food is more nutritious. But a new study is the most ambitious attempt so far to resolve the issue — and it concludes that organic fruit and vegetables offer a key benefit.

It’s a scientific reply to an analysis that some researchers at Stanford University published two years ago. That paper, which generated lots of media coverage and…

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Jul 21 2014

Deploying Drones To Get An Overview Of Factory Farms : The Salt : NPR

Deploying Drones To Get An Overview Of Factory Farms : The Salt : NPR

PEGGY LOWE

July 19, 201412:09 PM

An independent journalist says he’s found a way around the so-called “ag-gag” laws by flying drones over large livestock operations to document animal welfare problems and pollution.

Will Potter, a Washington D.C.-based author and blogger, recently raised $75,000 on Kickstarter to buy the drones and other equipment to investigate animal agriculture in the U.S.”I…

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From McDonald’s To Organic Valley, You’re Probably Eating Wood Pulp : The Salt : NPR

From McDonald’s To Organic Valley, You’re Probably Eating Wood Pulp : The Salt : NPR

Do not be alarmed, but you may be eating wood pulp. Or at least an additive that started out as wood.

If you buy shredded cheeses, including brands such as Organic Valley and Sargento, or hit the drive-through at McDonald’s for a breakfast sandwich or a smoothie, or douse some ribs with bottled barbecue sauce, there’s likely some cellulose that’s been added to your food.

Cellulose is basically…

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Jul 18 2014

How antioxidants can accelerate cancers, and why they don’t protect against them — ScienceDaily

For decades, health-conscious people around the globe have taken antioxidant supplements and eaten foods rich in antioxidants, figuring this was one of the paths to good health and a long life.

Yet clinical trials of antioxidant supplements have repeatedly dashed the hopes of consumers who take them hoping to reduce their cancer risk. Virtually all such trials have failed to show any…

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Jul 17 2014

Backyard barbecue: The chemistry of why your meat browns on the grill, or not. - The Washington Post

Backyard barbecue: The chemistry of why your meat browns on the grill, or not. – The Washington Post

By Brian Palmer July 7

You’ve probably been doing some barbecuing lately. Approximately 80 percent of U.S. households own a grill or smoker, and the Fourth of July is the most popular occasion to use it, according to a 2013 survey by theHearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, a trade group. Very few barbecue enthusiasts, however, understand the science behind the char.

When you apply high heat…

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Jul 16 2014

Study: 50,000-year-old poop proves Neanderthals ate their veggies - chicagotribune.com

Study: 50,000-year-old poop proves Neanderthals ate their veggies – chicagotribune.com

Study: 50,000-year-old poop proves Neanderthals ate their veggies El Salt

A photo of the El Salt excavation site where researchers unearthed and analyzed 50,000-year-old Neanderthal feces. (Ainara Sistiaga / June 25, 2014)

Monte Morin

4:15 p.m. CDT, June 25, 2014

As gross as it sounds, samples of the world’s oldest known human feces are offering scientists new insight into the…

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Jul 15 2014
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6 Surprising Foods That Can Be Terrible for Teeth – ABC News

There are the obvious smile saboteurs: soda, hard candy, energy drinks—all of which are high in sugar, one of the primary dietary contributors to cavities.

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Jul 14 2014

Why the British Don’t Refrigerate Eggs

Why the British Don’t Refrigerate Eggs

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If you’ve ever been to a supermarket in the UK, you were probably surprised (if not a little grossed out) to see stacks of eggs hanging out with nary a refrigerated one in site. As…

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Jul 03 2014
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Butter Makes Comeback as Margarine Loses Favor – WSJ

Humans have been eating butter for millennia, valuing its ability to store longer than most meat and its utility as a flavoring.

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Jun 24 2014

John Oliver Doctor Oz – Weight Loss Products Claims: Refinery29

Last week, everybody’s favorite TV snake-oil salesman, Dr. Oz, was ripped a new one by a Congressional committee…

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Jun 21 2014

Gut bacteria diversity improves with exercise, study shows - Medical News Today

Exercise is held up as one of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle. It burns calories, it is good for your heart and it can make you happier. Its benefits do not end there, though; new research has found that exercise also boosts the diversity of bacteria found in the gut, which can have positive long-term health implications.

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract – the stomach and…

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Jun 20 2014

Stress eating? New research suggests stress hormones impact taste perception

Stress eating? New research suggests stress hormones impact taste perception

Scientists have found receptors for stress-activated hormones on taste cells responsible for sweet, umami and bitter tastes – a finding that suggests stress can directly act on our perception of how food and drink tastes.

New research has identified receptor sites for stress-activated hormones on oral taste cells that are responsible for our ability to taste sweet, bitter and umami.The findings…

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Jun 19 2014

Grocers Sue Vermont Over GMO Food Label Law - ABC News

Grocers Sue Vermont Over GMO Food Label Law – ABC News

Grocers Sue Vermont Over GMO Food Label Law MONTPELIER, Vt. June 13, 2014 (AP) By WILSON RING Associated Press Associated Press

The Grocery Manufacturers Association and other industry groups challenged a new Vermont law in federal court Thursday that requires the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Burlington, had been expected since…

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Jun 18 2014
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Malnutrition: Starving Children Lack Crucial Gut Bacteria – NYTimes.com

When children are starving, the bacteria that live in their intestines may determine whether they can be saved, 

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