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  • The cool science of hot peppers

    Shiny green slices of jalapeño pepper adorn a plate of nachos. Chomping into one of those innocent-looking chilies will make a person’s mouth explode with spicy fireworks. Some people dread and avoid the painful, eye-watering, mouth-searing sensation. Others love the burn.

    “A quarter of the world’s population eats chilies every day,” notes Joshua Tewksbury. He is a biologist who spent 10...

    07:15 AM, May 5, 2016 Nutrition, Health, Body functions, Plants
    Readability Score: 7.1
  • Cool jobs: Brainy ways to battle obesity

    About one in every six children and teens throughout the United States are very overweight, meaning obese. Some one-third of adults are, too. Those data come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga. Carrying those extra pounds significantly ups the risks for disease. High blood pressure, diabetes, liver disease and breathing problems are just a few of the conditions...

    07:15 AM, April 7, 2016 Nutrition, Psychology, Brain, Behavior
    Readability Score: 7.3
  • Eating breakfast — even twice — is truly the healthier choice

    Breakfast is food for the brain and for the rest of your body, note experts in children’s nutrition. And downing those morning calories are worth it, even for people concerned about their weight, a new study finds. Middle-school students who ate breakfast were more likely to have healthy weights than were those who skipped breakfast. This was true even for students who ate two breakfasts — one...

    07:00 AM, April 3, 2016 Nutrition
    Readability Score: 6.8
  • Explainer: Some supplements may not have what it takes

    Some dietary supplements are made in a lab, like drugs. Others are derived from plants. But there’s another big difference between these supplements than just where they came from. Those plant-based ones may sound healthier, because they have a natural source. But there’s no guarantee that plant-based supplements contain the chemicals that are supposed to make them healthful.

    If a drug...

    07:15 AM, March 22, 2016 Plants, Nutrition, Chemistry
    Readability Score: 7.9
  • Food supplements can make you sick

    Doctors say eating a well-balanced diet is the best way to get the nutrients your body needs. People who think they may need a little extra help often reach for food supplements. These are diet aids, such as vitamins, herbal extracts and fish oil. The companies that sell them suggest they’ll make people healthier. But scientists warn that some of these products actually can make people ill....

    07:15 AM, March 22, 2016 Nutrition, Toxicology
    Readability Score: 6.9
  • Missing gut bacteria linked to poor nutrition in children

    Children with malnutrition might be missing the right mix of germs.

    Three new studies suggest that certain bacteria in the gut may be vital for healthy growth. They also might help kids bounce back from malnutrition. The studies were reported February 18.

    Malnutrition occurs when the body gets too few calories or lacks the right mix of nutrients. In children, it can severely stunt...

    07:00 AM, March 14, 2016 Microbes, Nutrition
    Readability Score: 7.1
  • Teens eating better but gaining weight

    American kids are getting heavier. Too much extra weight puts kids, and adults, at risk for dangerous diseases. But a new study reveals some good news. Kids are showing signs of improvement in key markers of a potentially serious condition known as metabolic syndrome. Better food choices likely triggered this change, new data suggest.

    Metabolic syndrome is a group of symptoms that, taken...

    07:15 AM, March 4, 2016 Health, Nutrition
    Readability Score: 7.1
  • From lime green … to lime purple?

    When you think of limes, the color purple doesn’t come to mind. But scientists have tweaked the genes of one kind of lime. Its skin remains the standard green. But cutting the fruit open reveals a surprising lavender- to ruby-colored flesh. The goal was not to make a freaky fruit. Their redder flesh could actually be healthier.

    The limes’ new color — and healthier nature — come from...

    07:00 AM, February 15, 2016 Nutrition, Health
    Readability Score: 8.3
  • To control overeating: Slow down!

    Eating slowly might help teens maintain a healthy weight, a new study finds. “We often rush through the day and gobble down meals without fully enjoying them,” says Pedro Cabrales, one of the study’s authors. “A simple yet powerful change in our lives is to eat slower and stop eating when we no longer feel hungry.”

    Cabrales works at the University of California in San Diego. He and his...

    07:00 AM, February 8, 2016 Behavior, Nutrition, Psychology
    Readability Score: 7.6
  • Back off the bacon and cold cuts?

    In October 2015, bacon lovers around the world panicked. A major international health group issued a report saying that eating processed meats may contribute to cancer. These foods include bacon, cold cuts, hot dogs and other types of sausages. People who eat too much red meat (such as beef) and processed meats daily face an increased risk of a deadly cancer, the new report concluded. 

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    09:06 AM, January 8, 2016 Toxicology, Nutrition
    Readability Score: 6.6

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