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  • News in Brief

    Choosing white or whole-grain bread may depend on what lives in your gut

    Whether standard white bread or an artisanal sourdough loaf is “healthier” depends on the microbes living in a person’s intestines, a new study suggests.

    Averaging results from 20 people who ate white and whole wheat sourdough bread for one week each, researchers found no difference in people’s response to the breads, which includes changes in blood sugar levels. But when researchers...

    06/06/2017 - 12:18 Nutrition, Microbiology
  • News

    Changing climate could worsen foods’ nutrition

    A dinner plate piled high with food from plants might not deliver the same nutrition toward the end of this century as it does today. Climate change could shrink the mineral and protein content of wheat, rice and other staple crops, mounting evidence suggests.

    Selenium, a trace element essential for human health, already falls short in diets of one in seven people worldwide. Studies link...

    03/13/2017 - 15:07 Climate, Nutrition, Agriculture
  • News

    Poor diet in pregnancy, poor heart health for infants

    Mothers who don’t eat enough during pregnancy could give birth to babies with long-lasting heart problems. The results from a new study in primates add to accumulating evidence that a mother’s nutrition has more bearing on her child’s health than previously thought.

    “We pass more biological milestones during development than we will ever pass again in our entire lives,” says Peter...

    11/11/2016 - 07:00 Health, Nutrition
  • News

    Sugar industry sought to sugarcoat causes of heart disease

    Using records unearthed from library storage vaults, researchers recently revealed that the sugar industry paid nutrition experts from Harvard University to downplay studies linking sugar and heart disease. Although the incident happened in the 1960s, it appears to have helped redirect the scientific narrative for decades.

    The documents — which include correspondence, symposium programs...

    09/25/2016 - 09:00 Health, Science & Society, Nutrition
  • News in Brief

    No one-fits-all healthy diet exists

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Weight gain may depend on how an individual’s genes react to certain diets, a new study in mice suggests.

    Four strains of mice fared differently on four different diets, William Barrington of North Carolina State University in Raleigh reported July 15 at the Allied Genetics Conference.

    One strain, the A/J mouse, was nearly impervious to dietary changes. Those mice...

    07/18/2016 - 17:01 Nutrition, Genetics
  • Editor's Note

    Racing for answers on Zika

    Sometimes science does not move fast enough, despite much hard work and effort. That’s true in the case of the Zika virus outbreak currently marching through the Americas. As we report in a collection of stories, much remains unclear, including the relationship between Zika infection and microcephaly and how best to combat the mosquitoes that spread the disease. So far, however, evidence does...

    03/23/2016 - 12:45 Microbiology, Health, Mental Health, Nutrition
  • For Daily Use

    Eat your stinkbugs

    One continent’s nuisance is another’s nutrition.

    In parts of rural Zimbabwe and South Africa, the stinkbug Encosternum delegorguei is shaken out of trees, braised with salt and eaten as a spicy delicacy. With their defensive stink glands removed, the insects pack a high-protein punch, according to a study published January 5 in PLOS One.

    Chemical analyses of ground, freeze-dried...

    03/07/2016 - 08:00 Animals, Nutrition
  • Scicurious

    Low-fiber diets make gut microbes poop out

    The high fiber refrain never seems to stop. We all know that we’re supposed to eat more fiber and focus on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. But when forced to choose between chewy, crumbly, flavorless oat bran and delicious white buttered toast for breakfast, it’s easy to tune out. 

    But that fiber isn’t for you. It fuels and sustains your gut microbes — and those in your kids,...

    01/15/2016 - 15:14 Health, Nutrition
  • News in Brief

    New dietary guidelines emphasize big picture

    New dietary guidelines for 2015–2020 have arrived, just in time to assist people whose New Year’s resolutions involved better eating.

    On January 7, the U.S. departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture released the eighth edition of the guidelines, a set of science-based recommendations that are revised every five years.

    Diet watchers will recognize many oldie-but-...

    01/07/2016 - 17:13 Health, Nutrition
  • News

    A good diet for you may be bad for me

    A cookie can give one person a sugar rush while barely affecting another person, a new study finds, indicating that a food’s glycemic index is in the eater.

    People’s blood sugar rises or falls differently even when they eat the exact same fruit, bread, desserts, pizza and many other foods, researchers in Israel report November 19 in Cell. That suggests that diets should be tailored to...

    11/19/2015 - 12:00 Nutrition, Microbiology, Physiology