40 Years of Government Nutrition Data May Be Flawed

For forty years, the CDC\’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) has collected data on the caloric intake of Americans, answering the simple and important question of how much food we eat. This research has in turn been used to instruct public health policy. NHANES is actually the basis for national standards of height, weight, and…

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Space Farming: The Final Frontier

NASA looks to grow fresh veggies, 230 miles above the Earth By Jesse Hirsch on September 10, 2013 Photographs by Stephen Allen Last year, an astronaut named Don Pettit began an unusual writing project on NASA’s website. Called “Diary of a Space Zucchini,” the blog took the perspective of an actual zucchini plant on the…

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Dark chocolate ‘may lower blood pressure’

There may be good news for people looking for an excuse to munch on a couple of squares of chocolate after a review showed the treat could reduce blood pressure. An analysis of 20 studies showed that eating dark chocolate daily resulted in a slight reduction in blood pressure. The Cochrane Group’s report said chemicals…

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Summer Couscous Salad

  Ingredients: 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 1/2 cups whole wheat couscous, uncooked 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 6 green onions, white and green parts chopped 1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil…

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Red = Don’t Eat: Simple Food Labels and the Effective Illusion of Control

From New York City’s point of view, humans are notoriously bad at making good decisions. That’s what makes a ban on large sodas necessary: the idea that Americans can’t be trusted with their own health. But maybe there’s a middle ground between letting people gorge themselves on junk food and making it illegal. The key…

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Genetically Modified Food May Be Why You’re Fat!

The jury is still out on whether genetically modified food is dangerous–though the genetic engineers discussed in this post make a pretty compelling case for its shortcomings. A new study suggests that even if GM food isn’t directly making us sick, it might be causing us to gain weight. Which then makes you sick. So,…

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