Why Oreos Are As Addictive As Cocaine To Your Brain

A small new study suggests the brain responds to Oreo cookies quite like it responds to actual drugs – at least if you’re a rat. The “pleasure center” of the brain, the nucleus accumbens, apparently gets just as activated in response to Oreos as it does to cocaine and morphine, which could actually have some…

When the Box Says ‘Protein,’ Shoppers Say ‘I’ll Take It’

When General Mills Inc. wanted to introduce two new bars to its stable of snacks, it chose the same word to make them sell: protein. Protein is the buzzword that is helping sell many kinds of foods. Food companies are placing more prominent protein labels on packaging and adding protein to such products as drinks,…

Anti-Aging Secret? It’s in Your Diet

A new study shows that sticking to a “Western-style” diet high in fat, carbs, and sugar may make it more difficult to grow old gracefully and stay in good health. “The impact of diet on specific age-related diseases has been studied extensively, but few investigations have adopted a more holistic approach to determine the association…

25,000 U.S. Deaths Linked to Sugary Drinks

In a study that’s sure to shake up the soda ban debate, Harvard researchers have linked the sugary drinks to 180,000 deaths a year worldwide, 25,000 in the United States alone. “We know that sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to obesity, and that a large number of deaths are caused by obesity-related diseases. But until now, nobody…

Too much salt may trigger autoimmune diseases: studies

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO | Wed Mar 6, 2013 7:44pm EST (Reuters) – Increased salt consumption may be a key culprit behind rising rates of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, researchers reported on Wednesday in a trio of papers looking at the role of a specific class of cells linked with inflammation. Reporting in the journal…

Artificial Sweeteners in Milk?

Got diet milk? In a highly controversial move, the dairy industry wants to market artificially sweetened milk—without any special label to alert consumers. In a petition filed with the FDA, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) seek to change the definition of “milk” so that chemical sweeteners like aspartame…

Report: Taiwanese teen dies after 40-hour Diablo III marathon

The years of anticipation for Diablo III have brought about a number of marathon play sessions since its release on May 15, but one fan’s obsession with the game has proven fatal. An 18-year old Diablo III player in Taiwan was found dead recently after a 40-hour marathon session with the game, reports the Australian Associated…

Raw or Cooked: Which Vegetables Are Healthier?

Have you always wondered how to prepare vegetables in order to maximize their nutritional content? There’s no easy answer, since cooking powers up the nutrients in some vegetables—and does the exact opposite in others. “Some produce is most nutritious uncooked, while other kinds need heat to bring out the best in them,” says Dawn Jackson…

Study: Diet Soda Increases the Risk of Diabetes. Why Do We Still Drink This Stuff?

Yet another study confirms what people have been saying for ages: Stop drinking diet soda. Like, right now. Drinking just one 12-ounce can of an artificially sweetened fizzy drink per week can increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes by 33 percent, French researchers found. And given that most people don’t stop at a single weekly serving, your real risk…