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  1. States Consider Labels for Genetically Modified Foods

    Jan. 24, 2014 -- A number of states are considering laws requiring labels on food products that contain genetically modified ingredients. The states are weighing such action because there is no federal regulation. Currently, only Connecticut and Maine have such laws, but they won't take effect until

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  2. Study Finds Widespread Contamination in Chicken

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 19, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Potentially harmful bacteria was found on 97 percent of chicken breasts bought at stores across the United States and tested, according to a new study. And about half of the chicken samples had at least one type of bacte

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  3. Colorado Meat Company Expands Recall

    A Colorado meat company is expanding a recall of meat and poultry products that were produced in unsanitary conditions that included rodent activity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. The products in the expanded recall have the establishment number "Est. 20309" inside the USDA Mark of

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  4. Artificial Sweetener Aspartame Deemed Safe

    Dec. 11, 2013 -- The European Food Safety Authority says the artificial sweetener aspartame is safe at the levels currently used in food and drinks. Aspartame, sold as NutraSweet and Equal, has been used in soft drinks and other low-calorie or sugar-free foods for more than 25 years. Alicja Mortense

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  5. The Ideal Holiday Meal

    The holidays are a time for friends, fun, and flavorful food. And with the right menu -- and a bit of planning ahead -- you can keep your calories in check, too. “My best advice is to be mindful of your food choices,” says Toby Smithson, an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokeswoman. “Planning a

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  6. Holiday Beverages That Are Light and Right

    Ready to raise a glass for the holidays without raising your calories? From eggnog to a 70-calorie cosmo, you can make it light, festive, and still enjoyable. Check out these lighter versions of seasonal favorites: A healthier eggnog: “If you want to make healthier eggnog, use egg substitute instead

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  7. Healthier Holiday Cookies

    Holiday cookies come around only once a year. They're nearly impossible to resist. But you could be nibbling your way to something worse than coal in your stocking. When faced with a tray full of temptation, reach for cookies with oats, nuts, or fruit. "You'll at least get some fiber," says register

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  8. 10 Healthy Holiday Party Tips

    Throwing a fabulous holiday party? If you want people to have a good time, but you also want to keep things on the healthier side, you can still win over your guests. Cement your status as a legendary host or hostess with these 10 surefire tips. 1. Offer a signature guilt-free drink. Make a cocktail

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  9. Halfway Homemade: Easy Holiday Side Dishes

    On the run this holiday season? Save time in the kitchen with some fun, festive, and fast side dishes to round out your table. Nutritionist Layne Lieberman, RD, has some ideas. “Rather than slaving over a hot stove, choose simple, seasonal, and healthy recipes. Use shortcuts when they save time and

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  10. Eat Nuts, Live Longer?

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- If you like nuts -- and it doesn't seem to matter what kind is your personal favorite -- you might be cutting your risk of early death by eating a handful of them every day. New research found that people who ate a 1-ou

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