Nutrition Science

Eating well is becoming more and more of a science, with new research showing us which foods may lower our risk of disease, and which are increasingly pointed to as the culprits behind ill health. Researchers are looking to better understand how nutrients work in our bodies, with studies that analyze at the diets of people with heart disease, cancer, and other diseases, along with research aimed at helping people to lose weight, or maintain weight loss. From all this research, new advice constantly emerges for people who are dieting, or want to eat more healthfully. With news, features and reference pages, we will provide science-supported tips for improving your nutrition.
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Serving Size Stumper: What's a Reasonable Amount to Eat?
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August 28th, 2015
An update to the serving sizes listed on food labels will better reflect the amount of food people actually eat, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says. But determining an appropriate serving size may be trickier than you think.
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'McWhopper' Mega-Burger Would Have Mega-Calories
An image of the "McWhopper," a proposed burger that would combine Burger King's Whopper with McDonald's Big Mac.
August 26th, 2015
Burger King is proposing a one-day truce with its fast-food competitor McDonald's to create the "McWhopper," a combination of the Big Mac and the Whopper. But just how many calories would this conglomeration have?
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People with ALS May Consume More Calories, But Weigh Less
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August 17th, 2015
A new study finds that shortly before a diagnosis of ALS, people with the condition have a higher calorie intake, but lower BMI, than people who don't develop ALS.
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The FDA's New Serving Sizes May Backfire — Here's Why
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August 27th, 2015
Pop quiz: What exactly is a "serving size"? In a new study, just about 20 percent of people answered this question correctly, saying that serving size is how much people typically eat in one sitting.
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Nearly 1 in 5 Children and Teens Are Obese
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August 25th, 2015
More than one-third of American adults are obese, and now, a new report shows that children and teens aren't far behind.
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Are Vitamin E Supplements Healthy or Harmful?
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August 14th, 2015
Are vitamin E supplements risky? For most of us, the answer may be yes.
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Coca-Cola Controversy: Is Exercising More or Eating Less Better for Weight Loss?
August 10th, 2015
Coca-Cola is backing a new nonprofit that will stress the importance of exercise in weight loss, according to news reports. But which approach - diet or exercise - is really more effective?
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Should You Stop Counting Calories?
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August 27th, 2015
To better fight obesity and its related diseases, people should stop counting calories and instead focus on eating nutritious foods, several researchers argue in a new editorial.
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Compounds in Flax & Sesame Seeds May Prevent Weight Gain
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August 24th, 2015
Compounds found flax and sesame seeds may help prevent or slow weight gain in women, a new study suggests.
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'Exercise Hormone' Irisin Really Does Exist
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August 13th, 2015
The "exercise hormone" irisin has generated controversy among scientists — some have called the hormone a myth, but a new study says it proves irisin exists.
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