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Humans More Unique than Expected When It Comes to Digesting Fatty Meals

September 13, 2019

People have very individualized inflammatory responses to eating a high-fat meal. These were the somewhat unexpected results of…
Fatty foods necessary for vitamin E absorption, but not right away

September 10, 2019

A fresh look at how to best determine dietary guidelines for vitamin E has produced a surprising new…
High-fat diets affect your brain, not just your physical appearance

September 9, 2019

Much research has pointed to how an unhealthy diet correlates to obesity, but has not explored how diet…
EMS workers save lives. Their nutrition habits are threatening their own

August 30, 2019

As former emergency medical services (EMS) workers, Dave Hostler and Brian Clemency know how challenging it can be…
High fat foods can increase CBD absorption into the body

August 16, 2019

While oral cannabidiol (CBD) capsules were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in…
Donuts on Our Daughters

June 10, 2019

A U-M study examines whether images of food on kids’ clothes influence eating behavior. Frosted cupcakes, sprinkled donuts…
Why people eat junk food when they’re sad or lonely?

April 28, 2019

Have you ever noticed that people start eating junk food after experiencing painful break ups? This phenomenon has…
The Salt-Craving Neurons

April 1, 2019

Potato chips, French fries, popcorn—whichever your preference, we all know that salt is a key component of many…
Time spent by children online linked to requests for junk food

October 19, 2018

Young children who spent more than half an hour a day online were almost twice as likely to…
Policies to limit junk food ads aimed at children fall short, report finds

October 19, 2018

A new report finds that many existing policies and regulations aimed at tackling food marketing to children are…
Diet rich in fried and processed foods linked to increased hypertension in black Americans

October 11, 2018

New findings suggest that diet is a major contributor for the increased risk of hypertension in black compared…
Quitting junk food produces similar withdrawal-type symptoms as drug addiction

September 24, 2018

If you plan to try and quit junk food, expect to suffer similar withdrawal-type symptoms—at least during the…
Misleading claims on sugar-rich cereals

August 6, 2018

Analysis of packaging for the 13 top selling cereals, published in the British Dental Journal, has revealed: At…
Report: Common food additives may pose danger to kids

July 24, 2018

With growing evidence that chemicals in food colorings, preservatives, and packaging can interfere with children’s growth and development, the American Academy…
Australia’s supermarket shelves full of highly processed and highly unhealthy foods

June 26, 2018

Six out of ten Australian packaged foods are highly or ultra-processed, more than half are discretionary/junk foods and…
Children are exposed to junk food advertisements the most

April 19, 2018

Believe it or not, but children still watch TV. Maybe not as much as they used to, because…
Eating out increases exposure to harmful phthalates

April 3, 2018

A new study has found that people who ate more fast food were exposed to higher levels of…
Aussie fast food just as unhealthy after introduction of menu labelling: new research

March 21, 2018

An Australian-first study by Cancer Council NSW has revealed that kilojoule content in foods from some of Australia’s…
6 in 10 food adverts during family TV shows promote junk food

November 29, 2017

A new report, based on research conducted at the University of Liverpool, shows that almost six in ten food…
Junk food portions are a gigantic problem

July 5, 2017

It’s no wonder our waistlines are expanding. New research from The George Institute for Global Health has revealed…
​For richer or poorer, we all eat fast food

May 5, 2017

Whether rich or poor, one thing unites Americans of all economic classes: Our love for fast food. A…
How to break the junk food habit

November 1, 2016

Do you find yourself craving ice cream, intoxicated by an image of french fries or unable to resist…
‘Happy Meal Effect’ Helps Adults Forgo Big Portions

December 4, 2015

It’s no shocker that McDonald’s wins in global fast food sales, but you might be surprised to learn…
Researchers identify liver pathway linked to negative impacts of high-fat, high-cholesterol diet

November 17, 2015

It’s no secret that a high-fat, high-cholesterol “junk food” diet has been linked to major health problems, including…
This is your brain on fried eggs

July 15, 2015

High-fat feeding can cause impairments in the functioning of the mesolimbic dopamine system, says Stephanie Fulton of the…
Study: Plump cartoon characters provoke indulgent eating in kids

July 15, 2015

Children consume more low-nutrition, high-calorie food such as cookies and candy after observing seemingly overweight cartoon characters, according…
Study finds high-fat diet changes gut microflora, signals to brain

July 9, 2015

According to a recent study, eating foods high in fat—good-tasting french fries, for example—changes the populations of bacteria…
‘French fry hypothesis’ busted

June 13, 2015

In a study that seems to defy conventional dietary wisdom, University of Iowa scientists have found that adding…
Tight family budget may lessen impact of food commercials on children

May 13, 2015

Young children in households with no financial restraints may be at risk for poor eating habits by watching…
Isotope Study Shows Which Urban Ants Love Junk Food

April 2, 2015

Research from North Carolina State University finds that some – but not all – of the ant species…
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