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More facts and news about nutrition

  • Fat American Children: Many Causes, a Lifetime of Effects

    Fat American Children: Many Causes, a Lifetime of Effects

    Eating habits, physical activity, access to parks, ethnicity, poverty and TV watching all play a role in the epidemic, as do many other factors.

  • The power of the calorie count

    The power of the calorie count

    Those elusive numbers can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight.

  • The basic facts of calories

    The basic facts of calories

    A calorie is . . . A unit of energy. First described in the 1800s, a calorie is technically the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius. But in the health and nutrition world, a calorie is the potential energy in food and the amount of energy the body...

  • Blood pressure: potassium, fish oil and fiber

    Blood pressure: potassium, fish oil and fiber

    Results haven't been unanimous, but a good deal of research suggests that healthy doses of potassium can help lower your blood pressure. A 2001 study based on data from more than 17,000 U.S. adults, for example, found that people who ate 8.5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables (about 4,100...

  • Blood pressure: the DASH diet

    Blood pressure: the DASH diet

    DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, an eight-week clinical trial, reported in 1997, that tested the effects of three diets on 459 adults. Among the group, 133 had high blood pressure for which they were not being treated with a drug. One diet (the "control") was fairly similar...

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