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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3 Square Meals? People Don't Eat Like That, App Reveals
Two women sit on a bench drinking coffee
September 24th, 2015
A new study using a smartphone app to track diet finds that people might benefit from shortening the time frame during which they snack throughout the day (and night).
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These Men Ate 6,000 Calories a Day for Science
A man eating a burger.
September 9th, 2015
A small group of men consumed 6,000 calories a day to help scientists understand one of the main health risks of obesity.
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Should You Stop Counting Calories?
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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Some Fruits & Vegetables Are Better For Your Waistline
Berries with yogurt and granola
September 22nd, 2015
Eating more fruits — particularly berries, apples and pears — and nonstarchy vegetables like soybeans and cauliflower may help you lose weight over the long term, a new study suggests.
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Serving Size Stumper: What's a Reasonable Amount to Eat?
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
Brain Neurons
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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Eating More Fish Linked to Lower Risk of Depression
Salmon, olive oil, broccoli and lemon on a cutting board.
September 10th, 2015
Eat a lot of fish may lower the risk of depression, a new analysis suggests.
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The FDA's New Serving Sizes May Backfire — Here's Why
Man at grocery store
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
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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