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  1. Would You Like to ‘Downsize' That?

    Feb. 8, 2012 -- Forget “supersize that." Tulane University marketing professor Janet Schwartz, PhD, would like fast-food restaurants to instead ask their customers if they’d like to “downsize that." Instead of asking, “Would you like fries with that?” Schwartz says, fast-food restaurants could make

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  2. Bread and Other Common Foods Top List of Sodium Culprits

    Feb. 7, 2012 -- About 90% of us get too much sodium every day, and most of it comes from common restaurant or grocery store items, the CDC reports. The No. 1 culprit? Bread and rolls. Ten foods are responsible for 44% of all of the sodium we get. These include: Breads and rolls Luncheon meats such a

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  3. Heart Hormone Linked to Calorie-Burning Brown Fat

    Feb. 6, 2012 -- You may have heard about brown fat -- a unique type of fat that acts like a furnace in the body to burn calories instead of storing them as excess weight. Adults don’t have much brown fat, but a new study suggests that hormones produced by the heart just might help them make more. Re

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  4. People Pleasers May Overeat at Parties

    Feb. 3, 2012 -- People pleasers may want to steer clear of this weekend’s Super Bowl parties in order to avoid a dietary fumble. A new study shows people who have a strong desire to please others tend to overeat in social situations, even if they’re not hungry. They’re also more likely to indulge in

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  5. Eating Behavior May Be Shaped by Who You Eat With

    Feb. 2, 2012 -- How you eat may depend on who you’re eating with, according to a study published in the online journal PLoS ONE. Diners who eat together, the authors report, tend to mirror each other, taking bites of food at the same time. They call it behavioral mimicry, or “the process in which a

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  6. Americans Sweet on Sugar: Time to Regulate?

    Feb. 1, 2012 -- Americans are eating unhealthy amounts of sugar, and excess sugar should be regulated like alcohol and tobacco, say researchers from the University of California, San Francisco. "We are now seeing the toxic downside [of excess sugar intake]," Robert H. Lustig, MD, a professor of clin

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  7. Doctor Overweight? Slim Chance of Getting Weight Loss Advice

    Jan. 31, 2012 -- Doctors who are normal weight are more likely to give patients advice on diet and exercise, according to a new study. And normal-weight doctors were also more apt to make a diagnosis of obesity, compared to overweight or obese doctors. “Your doctor is often not going to diagnose obe

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  8. FDA and EPA: Orange Juice Is Safe to Drink

    (Jan. 30, 2012) -- The FDA is continuing to assure consumers that orange juice is safe to drink, despite possible contamination by carbendazim, a fungicide used by growers in some foreign countries but which is illegal for use on citrus fruits in the United States. “FDA is confident that orange juic

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  9. New Weight Loss Strategy: Postponing a Snack

    Jan. 30, 2012 -- Got a craving for chocolate ice cream, greasy chips, or something else that you're trying not to eat? Postpone it. People who postpone a snack they crave actually desire it less and are able to delay eating it, says researcher Nicole Mead, PhD, an assistant professor at Catolica-Lis

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  10. Fried Food and No Heart Disease?

    Jan. 24, 2012 -- Eating foods fried in healthier oils such as olive or sunflower is not linked to heart disease or premature death, Spanish researchers have found. They followed more than 40,000 adults for 11 years, tracking fried food intake and heart disease. However, this tentative morsel of good

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