Why gluten-free foods aren't necessarily healthier

Now that many of us are trying to avoid gluten like the plague, a slew of gluten-free products have started appearing in our stores. Unfortunately, many of these foods are advertised or understood as healthy alternatives, which is often far from the truth. » 3/11/14 1:20pm 3/11/14 1:20pm

Do boys get better breast milk?

In many mammals, humans included, the composition of a mother's breast milk varies with the sex of her offspring, with sons receiving nutritionally richer milk than daughters. Interestingly, the opposite has been found to be true in impoverished mothers. » 12/16/13 11:30am 12/16/13 11:30am

Is nutrition research a pseudoscience?

Everyone agrees "eating right" is a good idea – what we can't agree on is what the hell it means. (Whole wheat is now a healthy diet option or "probably killing you," depending on who you ask.) What does science have to say about good dietary habits? According to University of South Carolina researcher Edward Archer, not… » 11/13/13 11:57am 11/13/13 11:57am

Everything's not lost: America's youth are living healthier lifestyles

Close to 100 million Americans are obese, making the U.S. the fattest country in the developed world. But while the AMA recently declared obesity a disease, the country's youth actually appear to be eating better and exercising more, according to a report published today in the journal Pediatrics. » 9/16/13 10:20am 9/16/13 10:20am

Could Soylent really replace all of the food in your diet?

The Internet is currently abuzz about Soylent, Rob Rhinehart's nutritional concoction that he claims could mean that you'll never have to eat food again. It's a repulsive notion to some, but the extraordinarily successful Soylent crowdfunding campaign points to thousands of people who are fascinated by Rhinehart's… » 6/02/13 10:00am 6/02/13 10:00am

The Rules of Good Nutrition (That Absolutely Everybody Agrees On)

Fewer things can generate more controversy and disagreement than discussions about food and nutrition. It often seems that people will never reach any kind of consensus on what we should and shouldn't eat. But there may actually be a few exceptions to this. Here are 10 nutrition facts that everyone actually agrees on — … » 4/03/13 4:20pm 4/03/13 4:20pm

Eating too much corn turns you into a vampire (without the blood…

A diet of too much corn, and not enough everything else, can give you the condition that inspired vampire legends. Learn about the corn-fed vampires who stalked the American west at the turn of the last century. » 3/17/13 8:00am 3/17/13 8:00am

Will we ever chow down on kibble made for humans?

Twice a day, I pour my dog a bowl full of kibble, a specially formulated blend of barley, lamb, herring, and few other goodies I'm told will fully meet his nutritional needs. Sorting out my own nutritional needs is a bit more complicated. As much as I appreciate the variety afforded me by the bounty of fruits,… » 2/24/13 7:00am 2/24/13 7:00am

The Worst Lies That Mainstream Nutrition Has Told You

When it comes to our food choices, many of us do the best we can to ensure that what we're putting on our plates are the healthiest and most nutritious foods possible. But given so many choices, it's not easy to know exactly what we should be eating — so we put our trust in conventional wisdom, common sense, and what… » 2/14/13 2:00pm 2/14/13 2:00pm

Take a photographic tour of NASA's space food through the decades

It falls to NASA's Advanced Food Technology Project not only to ensure that the food astronauts eat in space is safe, nutritious, and palatable, but also to see that it's properly packaged for spaceflight, storage, and weightless consumption. While the AFTP is developing ways to keep food fresh for manned space… » 1/26/13 11:30am 1/26/13 11:30am