Red Meat Raises Your Heart Risk, and Scientists May Know Why

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A daily hamburger might raise the risk of developing heart disease, but not necessarily for the reasons people often think, new research suggests. The study of nearly 4,000 older Americans found what many have before: People who ate a lot of red meat had a heightened risk of heart disease and stroke. But there was no […]

Diets Heavy in ‘Ultra-Processed’ Foods Could Harm the Brain

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Eating lots of ultra-processed foods may dramatically increase your risk for dementia, according to a new study by researchers in China. Ultra-processed foods are high in sugar, fat and salt, but low in protein and fiber. Sodas, salty and sugary snacks and desserts, ice cream, sausage, deep-fried chicken, flavored yogurt, ketchup, mayonnaise, packaged bread and […]

Your Salt Shaker May Prove Deadly, Study Finds

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People who douse their meals in salt may have a shorter life than those who rarely reach for the salt shaker, a large new study suggests. The study, of more than 500,000 British adults, found that those who always sprinkled salt on their food at the table were 28% more likely to die prematurely than […]

Feeling ‘Hangry’? It’s Natural, New Study Finds

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The concept of “hangry” helps sell candy bars, and it’s a convenient excuse to snap at someone when you’re in a foul mood. But is hangry — being angry when you’re hungry — a real thing? Do people really become more irritable when they want food? “My wife sometimes used to tell me, ‘you’re being […]

Could Lots of Sugary Sodas Raise a Woman’s Odds for Liver Cancer?

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Sodas and other sugar-sweetened drinks may raise a woman’s odds of developing liver cancer, new research suggests. A study of more than 90,000 postmenopausal women found that those who drank at least one sugar-sweetened beverage a day had a 78% higher risk, compared with those who drank fewer than three a month. “Our findings suggest […]

5 Steps for a Heart-Healthy Grilling Season

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The smells of summer have returned: sunscreen, freshly cut grass and burgers sizzling on the grill. For many families, backyard barbecues are a staple of summer dining. But often the foods people associate with summer grilling – including ribs, sausages, hot dogs and hamburgers – are processed or high in saturated fat and sodium, which […]

Both Food and Drink Keep You Hydrated for Summer Exercise

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Keeping your body well-fueled and hydrated is a must during outdoor summer sports and exercise, a nutrition expert says. “For summer workouts, it’s important to make sure that adequate carbohydrates, fluids and electrolytes are consumed,” said sports dietitian Kristen Chang, assistant director of the master’s program in nutrition and dietetics at Virginia Tech University. “You […]

Bitter or Savory, Taste Genes Could Influence Your Diet

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People who have never outgrown an aversion to broccoli, or an addiction to potato chips, can place part of the blame on their genes, preliminary research suggests. The study, of over 6,200 adults, turned up correlations between certain taste-related genes and people’s preferences for particular food groups. Those whose genes made them sensitive to bitter flavors, […]

Tiny Sprouts Provide Big Nutrition

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Move over baby carrots and petite peas. Even tinier vegetables are catching on as go-to healthy foods. Microscale vegetables, a growing food category that includes sprouted seeds, are miniature in size yet big in nutrition. Eating sprouts well before they become full-blown plants can crank up certain nutrient levels considerably, said Emily Ho, nutrition professor […]

That Morning Cup of Coffee May Extend Your Life

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Folks who take their coffee with a little cream and sugar have reason to rejoice, health-wise. A new study shows that coffee’s potential health benefits persist, even if you add a bit of sugar to your java. People who drink any amount of unsweetened coffee are 16% to 21% less likely to die early than those who […]