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Nutritious foods have a lower environmental impact than unhealthy foods

October 29, 2019

Widespread adaptation of healthier diets would markedly reduce the environmental impact of agriculture and food production, according to…
French fries, spicy junk food. Image credit: Max Pixel, CC0 Public Domain
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…
Women who eats fast food take longer to become pregnant

May 8, 2018

Women who eat less fruit and more fast food take longer to get pregnant and are less likely…
Kids hit hard by junk food advertising: new research

April 20, 2018

Junk food ads are shown more frequently on TV at times when many children are watching, new Heart…
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…
Common gene variant influences food choices … for better or worse

February 11, 2016

The same gene variant may lead girls to make healthy or unhealthy food choices — depending on their…
Preschoolers who eat their veggies just as likely to eat junk food

January 12, 2016

Public-health experts have long expected that kids who eat more carrots and apples are less likely to eat…
‘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…
‘Cool’ states have more coffee shops, fewer fast-food eateries

July 24, 2015

A coffeehouse cappuccino or a fast-food latte? If you’re one of the cool people, you’ll opt for the…
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…
Five days of eating fatty foods can alter how your body’s muscle processes food

April 13, 2015

You might think that you can get away with eating fatty foods for a few days without it…
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…
Medicine Experts Offer Suggestions for Nudging Children toward Healthier Food Choices

March 25, 2015

Strategies aimed at reducing childhood obesity should acknowledge individuals’ rational taste preferences and apply insights from behavioral economics…
Shifting Out of High-Calorie Habits

March 9, 2015

A new study suggests that it is possible to change the cycle of craving unhealthy foods by retraining…
Fast-Food Consumption Linked to Lower Test Score Gains in 8th Graders

December 29, 2014

The amount of fast food children eat may be linked to how well they do in school, a…
Still too salty: slight decrease in sodium levels for some foods at chain restaurants, whopping increase for others

December 18, 2014

Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that sodium levels in Canadian chain restaurant meals have changed…
Boring and bad: How junk food changes eating behaviour

September 2, 2014

A diet of junk food not only makes rats fat, but also reduces their appetite for novel foods,…
Study Compares Cost-Effectiveness of Weight-Loss Programs and Drugs

July 24, 2014

In a cost-effectiveness analysis of commercial diet programs and pills, the Weight Watchers program and the drug Qsymia…
Brain training app helps you quit smoking and resist junk food

July 21, 2014

The interactive gaming app NoGo, which is currently being trialled in adolescents and adults in the Illawarra, is…
Chronic intake of Western diet kills mice

June 19, 2014

When Cornell researchers fed high-fat Western diets to mice engineered without key immune system receptors to recognize pathogens,…
Junk food ads undermine health benefits of kids sport

June 12, 2014

Children who participate in organised sport are exposed to up to four hours of junk food advertising each…
Does a junk food diet make you lazy? Psychology study offers answer

April 7, 2014

The rat on the left ate a junk food diet; the one on the right ate a more…
Exploring the mood/food choice connection

February 26, 2014

Any parent who ever appeased cranky kids with Happy Meals ­– and every doleful soul who smothered woes with…
Most Supermarket Coupons Promote Junk Food, Sugary Drinks

January 30, 2014

Clipping coupons to trim your food budget might be bad for your waistline and your health, a new…
Junk food can harm memory in a week

December 23, 2013

Even a short-term diet of junk food can have a detrimental effect on the brain’s cognitive ability, according…
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