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Food Brings Double Dose of Pleasure to Your Brain

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There may be a powerful reason why you can't resist that plate of brownies. It turns out that eating causes the release of dopamine in your brain not once, but twice, German scientists report. First,…

Is Juice on School Menus a Problem?

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When given the option, students in school meal programs are more likely to choose fruit juice over more nutritious whole fruit or milk, a new study finds. "This is a problem because compared…

A Holiday Guide to Portion Sizes

TUESDAY, Dec. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's not just a sign of the holiday season. Food servings have been getting supersized everywhere, from restaurants to grocery shelves. So it can be hard to know what a recommended portion size actually…

Ways to Fit Pasta Into Your Diet

FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Who doesn't crave a big bowl of spaghetti every now and then? But then comes the question of how to fit it into a smart diet plan. The answer is portion control. On average, one cup of cooked pasta…

Have Your Cake … And Lose Weight, Too

THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- No one thinks of a piece of layer cake as a diet item. But it turns out that even conscientious label readers may overestimate the size of a single serving and underestimate the number of calories…

AHA: 'Rescuing' Food to Feed the Hungry

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Leah Lizarondo continues to be amazed by how much food gets thrown away daily. Her Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, 412 Food Rescue, taps a huge network of volunteers to recover thousands…

High-Protein Snacks That Satisfy

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Does your typical afternoon snack leave you feeling unsatisfied and reaching for more? If your pick-me-up is a bag of salty chips or a chocolate bar, a better (and healthier) way to go is with a high-protein…

Want to Eat Healthier? Avoid Stores With Snacks at Checkout

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Getting rid of candy and chips at the supermarket checkout could lead to a dramatic reduction in junk food consumption, researchers say. "Changing what food is displayed at checkouts seems to have…

The Lowdown on Low-Fat Milk (It's All Good)

FRIDAY, Dec. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Calcium is best known as a building block of strong bones, and studies show that getting it from the source -- milk -- is more effective than supplements. Nutritionists also are learning that it…

Chain Restaurants Serve Up More Calories Than Fast Food Spots Worldwide

THURSDAY, Dec. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fast food gets a lot of blame for rising obesity rates, but meals at chain restaurants contain even more calories, two new international studies show. The first study assessed the calories in…

To Track Carbs, Tap Into the Glycemic Index … and Its Cousin

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Rather than just counting carbs, you might want to get familiar with the glycemic index and the glycemic load, numeric weighting systems that rank carb-based foods based on how much they raise blood…

Put Some Healthful Into Holiday Eating

SUNDAY, Dec. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You can eat a healthful diet during the holidays with just a few tweaks to traditional recipes, the American Heart Association says. "We want to help people overcome their nutrition struggles and…