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Is Your Brain Telling You to Overeat?

If you’re trying to lose weight, but you can’t seem to resist any number of tasty temptations—like that box of chocolates you received for Valentine’s Day—you’re in good company. And the problem may not be your willpower. Advances in brain scanning technology, genetic testing, and research on drug addiction and dependence are helping researchers better understand…

What You Should Know About Stevia

It’s been 11 years since the FDA granted GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status to purified extracts of the stevia plant, clearing the way for stevia to be marketed as a calorie-free sweetener. Although no health concerns have been raised during its 10-plus years in wide circulation in the U.S., it’s good idea not to go…

Looking for A New Option for Holiday Dinner? Consider Jerusalem Artichokes

Looking for an interesting, perhaps novel, addition to the sweet potatoes or turnips you usually serve at your holiday dinner? Consider Jerusalem artichokes—but with some caveats.

Are Processed Foods Making Us Fat?

It has long been suspected that increased consumption of highly processed (also called ultra-processed) foods in recent decades has contributed to rising rates of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and possibly other disorders. While experts have blamed the high fat, calorie, and sodium content of such foods, some have theorized that there are other things about these foods…

How Nutritious Are Fast Food Meals?

Fast food restaurants have sought a healthier image in recent years by featuring more salads, veggie burgers, and even grilled chicken nuggets. But has the fare really improved nutritionally?

The Whole Truth About White Whole-Wheat Bread

Is white whole-wheat bread as healthy as regular whole-wheat bread? Here’s what you need to know before you buy.

Why You Need (and Might Need) Vitamin K

Of the 13 vitamins essential for human health, vitamin K is among the least familiar to most people. But that may change as researchers report new findings about the vitamin's key roles in the body, especially for bone health.

Can Weight Loss After Menopause Reduce Breast Cancer Risk?

Research has shown that in postmenopausal women, excess pounds can increase the risk of developing breast cancer. A recently published study in the journal Cancer suggests that losing weight might help reduce that risk.

How to Tame Your Taste for Fatty Foods

If you have a predilection for fatty fare, you may be able to control it better over the long term by going on a temporary low-fat diet, according to an Australian study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Soy Protein for Weight Loss

Soy foods are just as good as animal protein sources if you're trying to lose weight, according to a small study in Obesity Science & Practice.