Nutrition Insight

New York’s “Healthy Happy Meals” Plan Could Improve Nutrition for Children

It’s been a year since New York City Council Member Ben Kallos proposed setting standards for nutritional content in fast-food meals aimed at children. The so-called “Healthy Happy Meals” bill, which is still winding its way through the city’s political process, would limit the calories, fat, and sodium in a meal served with a child’s toy and also require such […]

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Starbucks and Panera Say Sayonara Artificial Ingredients in Pumpkin Spiced Lattes

This article originally appeared on allyou.com. By Kate Geraghty Pumpkin spice flavored food and drinks have become just as much a part of fall as colorful leaves and cooler weather, and one product towers high above the rest in popularity: the pumpkin spice latte. While the “PSL,” as we mega-fans call it, is justly beloved for its sweet mix of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, […]

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Is the BroccoLeaf the New Superfood in Town?

This article originally appeared on MIMI. By Kelly Bryant  Even veggies have their 15 minutes of fame. It was bound to happen at some point. Kale, the super green that captured our country’s restaurant menus and farmer’s markets for several years now, is about to be usurped. Meet the BroccoLeaf. That’s right, it’s the leaves formed around the broccoli plant and […]

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Can Spicy Foods Help You Live Longer?

Ever bite into food so spicy you thought you’d die? Well, it turns out ordering your Pad Thai hot may actually be good for you, according to a new study. The spicy food study, published this month in the British Medical Journal, found that people who consume spicy food have a 14 percent lower risk of death. Spicy foods have […]

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Grains Aren’t the Only Foods with Fiber

If you live in America, chances are you aren’t getting as much fiber as your body needs. With so many processed, refined, and stripped-of-fiber foods, it’s hard to meet the recommended requirements. But we should try harder! Benefits of fiber include creating a feeling of fullness that in turn possibly helps fight obesity. It also helps protect us from heart disease and colon […]

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It’s Time to Nix the Soda For Good

This article originally appeared on allyou.com. If you’ve always wanted to quit soda for good, there’s now a pretty persuasive reason to do so: (practically) everyone else is doing it. The New York Times this week reported that the number of full-calorie soda drinks consumed has dropped by a whopping 25 percent since the late 1990s. Also worth noting: The amount […]

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Are Your Favorite Foods Genetically Modified?

This article originally appeared on All You. By Julia Warren  Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill—called the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act”—that would block states from requiring companies to label products that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). So far, three states (Vermont, Maine and Connecticut) have passed measures that would make GMO labeling mandatory. Vermont’s law would have […]

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FDA Proposes a Daily Value Amount for Added Sugars

In March of 2014, the FDA proposed updating the current Nutrition Facts label to include added sugars—a much needed piece of missing information on food packaging. This morning, the FDA took it one step further and announced a proposal to add a Daily Value for Added Sugars on food labels – 10% of daily calories. The proposal comes as a revision to […]

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What Do “Healthy” Food Labels Really Mean?

Today’s grocery store products look more like a NASCAR racecar than a box of food. Across many of the options (at least the healthier ones), you’ll find logos that indicate the food is everything from organic to made in the U.S.A. All of those logos may look super official, but you may be surprised to know some of them are mostly self-appointed terms. Not […]

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Can Clean Eaters Cook with Canola Oil?

Canola oil is a versatile, heart-healthy fat. We utilize it in the Cooking Light Test Kitchen for many reasons: its high smoke point makes it good for sautéing; its neutral flavor and light body make it great as a partial sub for butter in baking. When you break down the fat profile, canola oil has a lower percentage of saturated fats per tablespoon […]

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