The skinny on Burger King 's lower-fat 'Satisfries'
September 24th, 2013
09:45 AM ET
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We tasted them, and you may not miss the 40% fat and 30% calories stripped from the spuds.

When I was invited to taste test Satisfries, I was skeptical. A healthier fry? (The company is very careful not to say that their latest spuds are healthy, just healthier than the regular version.) Frying up anything isn’t the best way to make them good for you, and fries are sacred in that regard. So I was curious, but realistic.
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90% of Americans throw out food prematurely
September 19th, 2013
05:00 PM ET
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Use-by dates are contributing to millions of pounds of wasted food each year.

A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Law School's Food Law and Policy Clinic says Americans are prematurely throwing out food, largely because of confusion over what expiration dates actually mean.

Most consumers mistakenly believe that expiration dates on food indicate how safe the food is to consume, when these dates actually aren't related to the risk of food poisoning or foodborne illness.

Food dating emerged in the 1970s, prompted by consumer demand as Americans produced less of their own food but still demanded information about how it was made. The dates solely indicate freshness, and are used by manufacturers to convey when the product is at its peak. That means the food does not expire in the sense of becoming inedible.

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Food allergies take a toll on family finances
September 18th, 2013
11:15 AM ET
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Two of Emily Cunningham's three children have food allergies. And protecting her kids is taking toll on the family budget.

When she was nine months old, Cunningham's four-year-old daughter Elena ate a spoonful of yogurt and broke out in hives. Elena is allergic to eggs, tree nuts, dairy and peanuts, and even brief contact with one of the these hard-to-avoid items is all it takes to set off a potentially life-threatening immune reaction.

Cunningham's eight-month-old son Wyatt has a bad dairy allergy too.
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Broccoli may be your arthritis-fighting friend
August 28th, 2013
12:30 PM ET
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Even if you're not a fan of broccoli, your joints may be.

Nutritionists have rhapsodized about the various benefits of broccoli — the cruciferous vegetable is stuffed with vitamins A, B, K, C, as well as nutrients such as potassium, zinc and fiber — and arthritis sufferers may soon join them.

Along with its cousins Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage, broccoli contains sulfur compounds that can filter out carcinogens that promote tumor growth.
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Low-fat milk may not help curb childhood obesity
March 20th, 2013
12:45 PM ET
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Got milk? It turns out that low-fat versions may not be the answer to helping kids maintain a healthy weight.

Long a staple of childhood nutrition, milk is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, which can help to build bone, and experts believed that lower-fat versions could help children to avoid the extra calories that came with the fat in whole milk.
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Genetically modified foods labeling initiative fails to pass in California
November 8th, 2012
11:30 AM ET
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At every election, California's ballot is filled with initiatives, but none received more attention this year than Proposition 37.

After the polls closed, Prop 37 - also known as the "Right To Know" initiative to require labeling of foods that have been genetically modified - failed to pass. If approved, California would have been the first state to require such labeling for foods sold in the state, and would have prohibited products containing genetically modified ingredients to be labeled or marketed as "natural."
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