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Diet soda could be making people fatter, new study says

“Calorie-free does not equal consequence-free”<p>A new study found that regularly drinking diet soda is associated with remarkable weight gain among people over the age of 65. The study, led by Dr. Sharon P.G. Fowler of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, measured regular …

Diet Soda

Sustainable Food in the City: 10 Smart Urban Farm Designs

The world’s largest indoor farm has already proven just how amazingly successful food production can be outside of standard agricultural setups, and …

The FDA's problematic push for an added-sugar label on food

Sugar has been identified as the new dietary demon, taking on the role from once-vilified fats, and it probably deserves much of that reputation. Research has piled up on sugar's role in adding calories without nutrition, and on spiking and dropping blood-sugar levels that can result in cravings …

15 Foods You Should Never Eat

The foods to eliminate from your diet now.<p>We know we should stay clear of hard-and-fast food but some foods can seriously mess with your health.<p>"It doesn't mean you'll get sick, get cancer, or die if you eat a dangerous food once," says Nneka Leiba, deputy director of research at the Environmental …

Proposed label change won’t solve our sugar problem

Ask any Canadian how much sugar they consume in a day and in most cases the response will be a far-off, contemplative stare.<p>Outdated, confusing nutrition facts panels on Canadian food packages are hard to read, even more difficult to understand and do little to effectively communicate how much …

Nutrition

Pasta sauce with as much sugar as a Mars bar and soup as sweet as cider: We reveal how much of the white stuff is lurking in your favourite foods

• <b>Millions of us are unwittingly eating everyday foods packed with sugar</b>• <b><br>High levels can be found in less obvious foods, such as sauces and soup</b>• <b><br>500g jar</b> …

Diabetes

7 immersive data visualizations that track global health trends

As big data evolves, data visualizations can help turn the most convoluted facts and figures into clear stories, aiding further research efforts and …

How Agrihoods Are Making Farm-To-Table Living Hip

If you’ve ever tasted an heirloom tomato still warm from the vine or an omelet made from just-laid eggs, then you know just how good fresh can be. Now imagine living in a neighborhood where access to farm-raised produce is just steps away from your front door.<p>Who says you can’t have your organic …

Urban Agriculture

Which foods should you buy organic?

Many of us are trying to take steps to care for our health, but the price of organic vegetables and fruits can be so high that many people can't …

London farmers' markets now online thanks to Bonativo

A Berlin-based startup is taking London's farmers' markets online in a bid to make food shopping more local and sustainable. Bonativo sells more than …

England

Gov't panel urges ‘plant-based’ diet, taxes on sweets

The federal committee responsible for nutrition guidelines is calling for the adoption of "plant-based" diets, taxes on dessert, trained obesity "interventionists" at worksites, and electronic monitoring of how long Americans sit in front of the television.<p>The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee …

Health Care

Eating Healthy - An Examination of Popular Diets

Ornish Diet<p>In a randomized trial conducted, the participants assigned to the Ornish diet for one year ( and who showed adherence), had marked …

Nation’s top nutrition panel: the American diet is killing us

America, please eat more fruits and vegetables.<p>A new report by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which convenes every five years, says that the rest of the American diet is having devastating effects: about two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. And maybe worse, about half …

Nutrition

Dietary Panel: Eating Less Meat is Better for the Environment

If you want to help save the planet, eat less meat.<p>That’s the conclusion of freshly-minted federal recommendations that could radically alter the way …

51 Breakthrough Technologies To Defeat Poverty

An inspiring wish list for advances that could change the world–but that we don’t have yet.<p>Simple technologies like Kenya’s M-Pesa mobile money system can have a huge impact in the developing world. Offering something genuinely new, reliable and, above all, cheap, they can stitch together …

Geography

Which country has the world's best diet?

African countries have some of the best diets in the world, according to a new study<p>A new study has revealed that African countries such as Chad and Mali have some of the healthiest diets in the world, while the people in European countries including Belgium, Lativa and Hungary eat the …

Consumers Want Healthy Foods--And Will Pay More For Them

Consumers’ health is front and center for those who churn out the food products that will line supermarket shelves in the next year. At Campbell’s, organic and all natural are the buzzwords as the company prepares to launch a variety of soups using USDA-certified organic ingredients and …

General Mills

Bill Gates on The Verge: Can GMOs end hunger in Africa?

Guest editor Bill Gates<p>Can GMOs end hunger in Africa?<p>By Elizabeth Lopatto<p><i>We're excited to have Bill Gates as our guest editor in February. Throughout the month, Bill will be sharing his vision of how technology will revolutionize life for the world's poor by 2030 by narrating episodes of the Big</i> …

Agriculture

Organic farming continues to rise across the globe

2 million of the world’s 1.5 billion farmers are now producing organically, with nearly 80 percent based in developing countries. India boasts the …

6 Misleading Food Labels to Watch Out for When Eating Healthy

It seems easy to find healthy foods at the grocery store. The aisles are filled with products labeled, “all natural,” “reduced fat,” and “organic.” …

Don’t fine parents of obese kids: The health crisis isn’t just a family affair

Puerto Rico mulls a novel way to tackle childhood obesity<p>Here's an idea so terrible you'd think it was fiction: punishing parents for having obese children. But in Puerto Rico, public hearings are set to start Friday over a proposed bill that could fine parents if their children don't lose …

Puerto Rico

Study Suggests Eating Organic Produce Lowers Pesticide Exposure

Many agricultural pesticide exposure studies focus on farmworkers and people who live or work near farms. Now research is taking a look at exposure …

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Smoking's Death Toll May Be Higher Than Anyone Knew

"We've known for a long time that smoking kills. We do think, though, that it's important to get an accurate estimate of just how many people are killed." - Eric Jacobs, epidemiologist, American Cancer Society<p>The U.S. surgeon general lists 21 deadly diseases that are caused by smoking. Now, a study …

Public Health

My smug husband was right: It's time to embrace the fat

As new research shows that fatty foods aren't as bad as we've always thought, Jemima Thackray breathes a sigh of relief<p>So, another week, another so-called ‘scientific’ paper telling us what to eat. Usually I can’t stand these headlines which dictate how much wine I can drink, how many portions of …