In the raw: To cook or not to cook?

Imagine never again savoring the smell of baking cakes or charbroiled steak. Could you? Why would you? Yet some people worldwide are turning away not only from meat and processed food, but also from cooking. Fresh fruit and vegetables…why spoil them with cooking?

Welcome to the raw food diet.

As the Standard American Diet becomes more fat-laden, sugar-sated, and processed, the prevalence of metabolic disorders, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are soaring. read more

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Packed with nostalgia, Charleston and Savannah are still old-school charmers

  • Savannah in Georgia looks like a sumptuous film set from a Golden Era
  • Charleston, in South Carolina, plays to its Gone With The Wind connection
  • Just 100 miles apart, you can see both on one trip to the Deep South

The Spanish moss hangs over Savannah like a veil, revealing the ghosts and charms of this sultry city in glimpses.

Take your time here, it seems to say, too much in one go and you will overdose. But the plant that drips from live oaks in the shaded squares is not what it seems. read more

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Adolescent diet may impact later-life breast density, breast cancer risk

High breast density is known to be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. New research demonstrates dietary factors in adolescence that might lead to higher-density breasts in adulthood. If the results are confirmed, the dietary habits of teenagers could potentially increase their chance of breast cancer decades later. Adolescent diet may alter the density of breast tissue in adulthood.

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women; 224,147 American women were diagnosed in 2012.

There are a number of known risk factors for breast cancer, including early onset periods, late menopause, and having the first child over the age of 30. read more

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Low salt intake may raise risk of heart attack, stroke, and death

A high salt intake has been linked to increased blood pressure and greater risk for heart problems. But according to new research, low salt intake may be just as harmful. Researchers suggest only people with high blood pressure who have a high salt intake should reduce their salt consumption.

Published in The Lancet, the study found that low salt, or sodium, intake may raise the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, compared with an average salt intake.

Lead author Andrew Mente, of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University in Canada, and colleagues say their results indicate only people with high blood pressure (hypertension) who have a high salt intake should reduce their salt consumption. read more

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FDA modernizes Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods

Refreshed design and relevant information will help consumers make healthy food choices.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have taken a major step in making sure consumers have updated nutritional information for most packaged foods sold in the United States, that will help people make informed decisions about the foods they eat and feed their families. read more

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Home Remedies for the Stomach Flu

Viral gastroenteritis is an intestinal infection that is commonly known as stomach flu. Symptoms of stomach flu include watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, and vomiting.

Many different viruses can cause stomach flu. Stomach flu often develops after contact with an infected person or consuming contaminated food or water. read more

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What is Protein? Which Foods Contain Protein?

Protein is one of the three nutrients found in food that the body requires in large amounts. Along with carbohydrates and fat, protein is essential for the human body.

Proteins are made of small compounds called amino acids. There are hundreds of amino acids that exist in nature, but the human body only utilizes 22 of them. read more

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