Nutrition and Lifestyle

klp Think you've had good Key Lime Pie? Try this.

 

Before I start, you should know that the recipe that I am about to reveal has been kept in my head for many years, and despite numerous pleas, some of which bordered on desperation, has been revealed to no one. I am an idiot savant in the kitchen. I can prepare exactly one thing: Key Lime Pie. But, for reasons that remain unclear, I am told roughly 100 percent of the time that "this is the best Key Lime Pie I have ever had." Since we are a public health and science outreach organization, my conscience simply doesn't permit me to keep the recipe secret anymore. Even at the risk of losing mystique and adoration, I am...

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We all know about nutrition facts labels on foods — whether we use them or not. But what about those other labels? You know, the ones that say 'sell by' or 'use by.' Is it safe to ignore them? Does the government mandate their appearance on foods?  Those labels are about food quality rather than safety. Here's a rundown of currently used labels according to the USDA:

  • Sell by: This...

shutterstock_346411787A recent report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology presents some puzzling news — survivors of some types of cancer seem to be more prone to developing obesity than other people. It's well known that obesity itself can increase the risk of some types of cancer, such as breast and colorectal cancer, but the converse hasn't been widely recognized. Dr. Heather Greenlee from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and her colleagues analyzed data...

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One of the hallmarks of aging — even in healthy individuals — is a decrease in the body's ability to regulate hydration.If the body doesn't have enough water - dehydrated - then the ions and proteins in the blood and tissues will be too concentrated to work properly. Conversely, too much water dilutes the blood and can be problematic too. The body monitors the level of hydration — too much water and the excess is excreted in the urine. If there's too little, the kidneys decrease the water they...

In 2014, Vermont passed a law requiring that food offered for sale by a retailer has to be labeled if it had been entirely or partly produced by genetic engineering. This law will go  into effect this week, on July 1 — unless a preemptive federal law is passed before then.

Well, it's too late for that to happen. The U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill that would have prevented the states from enacting individual labeling laws.

 

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Realizing what a patchwork of state laws might...