Diet & Fitness


Bladesteak-032415.jpg The quantity of antibiotics being used in meats may be on the rise, according to a new study from researchers at Princeton. For the study the researchers reviewed the amounts of antibiotics purchased from drug makers specifically for the meat industry to keep pace with grown demand. The researchers found that 63,000 tons of antibiotics were given to livestock in 2010.

A law restricting the opening of new fast food chains in Los Angeles has failed to stop rising obesity rates in the area. The zoning ordinance, which was passed in 2008, covered a 32-square mile area of South Los Angeles. A study by the non-profit Rand Corp. found that rates of obesity increased in these areas despite the law.

Walnuts2-031915.jpg Raw walnuts that were sold at Trader Joe's nationwide and Wegmans stores in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have been recalled because they may be tainted with salmonella, according to the companies. Buffalo, New York-based First Source, LLC has recalled 3,276 plastic tubs of "Food You Feel Good About" Organic Walnut Halves & Pieces.

DietCoke-031915.jpg People who drink diet soda amass almost triple the amount of belly fat as those who don't drink it, according to a new study. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, analyzed, over the course of a period of nine years, data from 749 people ages 65 and older who were asked, every couple of years, how many cans of soda they drank a day, diet and/or regular.

img3-031815.jpg France's government is likely to back a bill that will ban super-skinny fashion models on its catwalks, joining countries including Spain and Israel who have already passed similar legislation. The bill would require any potential model to undergo regular weight checks and maintain a body mass index of at least 18 (in which a 5-foot-7 woman would have to weigh at least 121 pounds).

dunkin-031215.jpg Dunkin' Donuts has bowed to pressure from public interest groups and is removing titanium dioxide from its donuts. The company has used the chemical compound (which is often used in sunscreen and paints) to make powdered sugar appear brighter in its products. The group As You Sow has publicly taken the company to task on their use of the "nanomaterial," noting that it can cause DNA damage.

vegetables-031215.jpg People who eat a vegetarian or mostly-vegetarian diet have a lower risk of colon cancer, a new study has found. Researchers at Loma Linda University in California surveyed over 77,000 men and women over seven years, tracking their diet and other health habits. They found that men and women who ate a vegan or vegetarian diet had a 22 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer.

mixednuts-030615.jpg Adding more peanuts to your daily diet could be beneficial for your heart's health, according to a new study. This new study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, is a prospective study of 71,764 black and white Americans, primarily of lower socioeconomic status, and 134,265 men and women living in Shanghai. They consumed some tree nuts, but primarily peanuts, which are legumes, not nuts.

cupofcoffee-030415.jpg Those who drink three to five cups of coffee daily may be less likely to experience a heart attack, according to a new study from researchers at the Kangbuk Samsung Hospital at Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine in Seoul, Korea. For the study, the researchers reviewed dietary info from 25,000 Korean citizens between March 2011 and April 2013.

Contrary to popular opinion, a new study says babies at risk of developing a peanut allergy should actually be fed peanuts. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that eating peanut products in the first 11 months of life significantly reduces the risk of developing the allergy — by as much as 86 percent in high-risk infants.

Glass-cola-022015.jpg New research suggests that soda drinkers should be aware of possible carcinogens in the food-color component in cola and other dark soft drinks. The study, published online in the journal PLoS One, analyzed soft drink consumption data to determine people's exposure to the potentially carcinogenic byproduct, 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI), of some types of caramel color.

Elderly-exercise-022015.jpg Even light exercise could lead to improvements in cardiac health for some senior citizens, according to researchers from the University of Florida Institute on Aging in Gainesville. For the study the researchers collected data from 1,170 senior citizens who have a mostly sedentary lifestyle. "These data are extremely concerning as older adults in the U.S. spend [about] 60% of their . . ."

Marijuana-021915.jpg New research may have found a reason for why smoking marijuana leaves you feeling hungry. According to a new study, published in the journal Nature, Tamas Horvath of Yale University and colleagues' report says that chemicals called cannabinoids in marijuana appear to make brain cells switch their normal functions, essentially fooling the brain's central feeding system.

Eating more fiber could be a simple key to weight loss, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. For the study the researchers examined 250 overweight adults who were at risk for developing type-2 diabetes. For the study, half of the adults were asked to increase their fiber intake to over 30 grams per day.

NestleCrunch-021715.jpg Nestle USA has confirmed that it will begin manufacturing 250 chocolate candy products without artificial colors or flavors. The products will span over 10 different candy brands, which the company broke news of in an official press release earlier this week. "We know that candy consumers are interested in broader food trends around fewer artificial ingredients."

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