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dinner-companions-may-influence-how-much-you-eat

When eating out, helpful tricks like sharing an entree or ordering an appetizer instead of a main dish can curb calories. But your choice of dining companions may factor into the equation, too. An experiment done at the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab confirmed the theory that people are less likely to stick to their own diet rules when eating with or near someone overweight. The resear...

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cow-soy-or-almond-which-milk-is-best-for-you

Almond milk, soy milk, rice milk and coconut milk may all offer lactose-free alternatives to cow's milk, but new research suggests that the dairy version remains the most nutritious option. The finding stems from a Canadian analysis that assessed the nutritional value of a single serving of the four most popular plant-based milks relative to cow's milk. "We thought that a review was much ove...

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sugary-sodas-linked-again-to-increased-heart-risks

Would that ice cold soda be as tempting if you knew that it might shorten your life? New research found that adults over 45 who drank an average of 24 ounces or more of sugar-sweetened beverages every day had more than double the risk of dying from heart disease over a 6-year study period than those who averaged an ounce or less of sugar-sweetened beverages daily. The researchers also...

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want-to-live-longer-eating-less-might-be-the-key

Putting just a bit less on your dinner plate each day might be key to a longer life, preliminary research suggests. People who reduced their caloric intake by just 15 percent over two years experienced a significant decrease in their metabolism, according to a small  clinical trial. These folks also saw improvements in biomarkers associated with slower aging and longer life span, said lead...

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unhealthy-phthalates-found-in-restaurant-food

People who like to dine out may unwittingly order a side of potentially harmful chemicals, new research suggests. The study, involving more than 10,000 Americans, found that those who'd dined out the day before generally had higher urine levels of chemicals called phthalates, versus people who'd had all their meals at home. The findings suggest that old-fashioned home-cooked meals could be...

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sorry-older-guys-protein-binges-wont-aid-health

Lots of older men may think that feeling better and maintaining muscle is simply a matter of taking in more protein. But a new study suggests that -- for sedentary older men, at least -- that just isn't true. "It's amazing how little evidence there is around how much protein we need in our diet, especially the value of high-protein intake," said study lead researcher Dr. Shalender Bhasin...

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sugar-craving-gene-fights-fat-but-has-downside

A common version of a gene that makes you eat more sugar also plays a role in reducing body fat, surprised researchers report. "This goes against the current perception that eating sugar is bad for health," said study first author Timothy Frayling. The gene may reduce body fat because the same "A" version of the FGF21 gene also results in lower protein and fat consumption. But the...

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bananas-edge-out-sports-drinks-in-study

Bananas may be a better choice for athletes than sports drinks, a new study suggests. Researchers compared the effects of carbohydrates consumed during sports and found that bananas provide comparable or greater anti-inflammatory and other benefits than sports drinks, The New York Times reported. One downside of bananas may be bloating, according to the authors of the stud...

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strawberries-number-1-again-on-the-dirty-dozen

Strawberries once again top the annual ''Dirty Dozen" list of produce found with the most pesticides. And once again, experts not involved in the report say they worry the list will discourage people from eating fruits and vegetables, especially people on budgets who view higher-priced organic produce as unaffordable. The Environm...

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iron-rich-foods

Spinach may not give you superhuman strength to fight off villains like Popeye's nemesis Bluto, but this leafy green and other foods containing iron can help you fight a different type of enemy -- iron-deficiency anemia. Iron-deficiency anemia, the most common form of anemia, is a decrease in the number of red blood cells caused by too little iron. Without sufficient iron, your b...

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