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Americans are Getting Shorter

Increased height has always been a sign of health and Americans have always been taller than Europeans?until now. Now they're becoming taller than we are and researchers want to know why. John Komlos says, "There is much concern about the obesity epidemic in the U.S. because of health consequences, but the fact that the physical stature of...

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Lethal Popcorn

With the news about genetically-modified crops and Mad Cow Disease, it seems as if no food is safe to eat. Now the EPA has discovered that the fumes released into the air when a bag of butter-flavored microwave popcorn is opened can be deadly.

Exposure to vapors from this butter flavoring, which contain the chemical diacetyl, has been...

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What Happens When You Eat Only Fast Food

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock surprised audiences at the Sundance Film Festival with his film "Super Size Me," about his 30 day diet of eating nothing but McDonald's, in order to find out if American obesity is tied to fast foods. He gained 25 pounds on the diet and his liver began to fail.

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Foods that Heal

What you eat and drink can protect you from certain diseases and maybe even cure others. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants, which are present in foods like berries, tea and red wine, may help keep elderly brains healthy. Researcher P. Dwight Tapp says, "We found that old dogs that were on an antioxidant diet performed better on a variety of...

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Why Fast Food Makes Us Fat & Booze Makes Us Drunk

Every diet tells us to stay away from fast food, despite the fact that it contains some of the same ingredients that are supposed to be "good" for us. What is it about fast food that makes us fat? And why do some people become alcoholics, while others don?t?

The Medical Research Council says most fast food is high in fat and low in fiber...

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Late Night Snacks are OK

If, like Dagwood, you feel the urge to creep into the kitchen late at night for a snack, don't worry, you're not making yourself fat.

Dr. Judy Cameron carried out tests on 47 female monkeys and found no link between when they ate and whether or not they gained weight. She made the discovery by accident, while studying the relationship...

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Better Not to Eat?

About the only regimen that is guaranteed to give you longer life is to continuously deprive yourself of enough to eat?at least it works for mice and fruit flies. People are now beginning to try this diet as well, although we will have to wait to see if it works for humans. Now scientists have discovered a hermit in India who says he hasn't...

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Vegetables can be Dangerous

We think of fresh vegetables as something that's always good to eat, but they can be dangerous. Scallions imported from Mexico recently killed three people and made hundreds more sick. Grow your own? Research shows that vegetables grown in urban gardens can be contaminated with lead.

Marian Burros writes in The New York Times that in...

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Food Preferences?We're Born With Them

People taste and smell things very differently, which is why one person loves broccoli and another person can't stand it. This means it may be impossible to convince your child to eat foods he hates. And our taste buds also reveal whether or not we're alcoholics.

Our senses of smell and taste are controlled by 1,000 genes, over half of...

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Food Can Be as Addictive as Heroin

If you're frustrated because you can't seem to stay away for certain foods, it may make you feel better to know that, according to Dr. Neal Barnard, "Certain foods?chocolates, cheeses, sugars, starches and meats?are capable of stimulating the same part of the brain that responds to alcohol, tobacco, even heroin. They unleash a chemical called...

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Combine Foods to Fight Cancer

Eating certain foods together, such as chicken and broccoli or salmon and watercress, can help fight cancer. Combining foods containing the two components sulforaphane and selenium makes them 13 times more powerful than when they're eaten alone, when it comes to fighting cancer. Sulforaphane is a plant chemical found at high concentrations in...

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Fast Food Addictive as Heroin

Scientists now think fast food and sweets are as addictive as heroin, because they set off hormonal changes in the body which make it hard to stop eating them. According to New Scientist magazine, "New and potentially explosive findings on the biological effects of fast food suggest that eating yourself into obesity isn't simply down to a lack...

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An Old Friend May Disappear

If there's one thing we take for granted, it's bananas. They're always cheap and available on the grocery store shelves. But it turns out they may vanish in a decade if we don't develop new blight-resistant varieties. Could we be facing the end of our yellow friend?

Today's Cavendish banana has an ancestor called the Gros Michel that was...

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Junk Food Makes You Smarter

Junk food makes you smarter, at least in the short term. A study by University of Florida shows that when schools offer high-calorie lunches on days when students take standardized tests, the students do better than they do when they eat healthier lunches.

The study found that when high-calorie, low-nutrition meals were given to students...

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Food?More Dangerous Than Ever

Dangerous bacteria are becoming a bigger problem than ever as new germs arrive in imported products and microbes already here evolve into new forms. In a report for the Institute of Food Technologists, scientists report that the increasing use of manure as fertilizer poses the risk of spreading harmful bacteria to food, either by contaminating...

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