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Daily chocolate intake linked to lower risk of diabetes, heart disease
There is some welcome news for chocolate lovers; new research suggests eating chocolate every day may lower the likelihood of diabetes and heart disease. (Medical News Today)

Store hours an obstacle to fresh foods in low-income areas
Getting more nutritious meals on the tables of low-income Americans could depend on the hours the stores in their neighborhoods keep. (Medical News Today)

Black raspberry improves cardiovascular risk in metabolic syndrome
A new study shows that black raspberry extract can significantly lower a key measure of arterial stiffness-an indicator of cardiovascular disease. (Medical News Today)

A milestone in the battle against arsenic and fluoride-contaminated drinking water
Over 300 million people worldwide use groundwater contaminated with arsenic or fluoride as a source of drinking water. (Medical News Today)

Creating a reduced-fat chocolate that melts in your mouth
Chocolate is divinely delicious, mouthwateringly smooth and unfortunately full of fat. But reducing the fat content of the confection makes it harder and less likely to melt in your mouth. (Medical News Today)

Probiotics stop menopause-like bone loss in mice
Microbes + immune cells drive effects of hormone deprivation.Probiotic supplements protected female mice from the loss of bone density that occurs after having their ovaries removed, researchers... (Medical News Today)

Leading nutrition experts speak up about malnutrition
As we better understand the role food plays in our overall health and wellbeing, the closer the connection becomes between nutrition and medicine. (Medical News Today)

The older you get, the more difficult it may become to 'smell' through your mouth: People are also generally better at detecting tastes than smells
You not only pick up aromas through your nose, but also through your mouth while you chew your food. Some people simply can smell better than others and those may enjoy an enhanced flavor of foods. (Medical News Today)

Reducing waste while improving snack nutrition: Carrot pulp adds fiber, increases puffiness of snack foods
Your favorite puffed snack food may soon contain more fiber and nutrition, thanks to research from Washington State University food scientists. (Medical News Today)

China pays price of western lifestyle with soaring childhood obesity
China is paying the price of adopting a western lifestyle with soaring childhood obesity, shows a 29 year study in nearly 28 000 children and adolescents published today in the European Journal of... (Medical News Today)

Bored people reach for the crisps
People crave fatty and sugary foods when they are bored.That is the conclusion of research being presented today, Wednesday 27 April 2016, at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological... (Medical News Today)

Peppermint tea can help improve your memory
Peppermint tea can help improve long-term and working memory in healthy adults. (Medical News Today)

Vitamin D insufficiency, low rate of DNA methylation in black teens may increase disease risk
Low levels of vitamin D in black teens correlates with low activity of a major mechanism for controlling gene expression that may increase their risk of cancer and other disease, researchers report. (Medical News Today)

Soy shows promise as natural anti-microbial agent: Study
Soy isoflavones and peptides may inhibit the growth of microbial pathogens that cause food-borne illnesses, according to a new study from University of Guelph researchers. (Medical News Today)

Nutrient supplements can give antidepressants a boost: International evidence review gives thumbs up to omega-3s
An international evidence review has found that certain nutritional supplements can increase the effectiveness of antidepressants for people with clinical depression. (Medical News Today)

Reducing the sodium content of packaged foods: How does Canada measure up?
In 2010, as part of a national sodium reduction strategy, a multi-stakeholder working group published Canada's Sodium Reduction Strategy. (Medical News Today)

Could a combined dietary supplement help ward off heart disease?
Fish oil, cocoa extract and phytosterols could offer new hope in fight against disease. (Medical News Today)

Infants who eat rice products have higher arsenic concentrations
Rice products are typically among the first solid foods offered to infants, but a new study shows rice can produce higher urinary arsenic concentrations, putting infants at risk. (Medical News Today)

Restaurants should offer tap water to help fight child obesity
Restaurants should offer tap water to families dining out, so children have an alternative to a sugary drink, say councils. (Medical News Today)

Cashews: Nutritional Information, Health Benefits
Read all about the nutritional properties of cashew nuts, along with a list of their potential health benefits and ways to incorporate them in your diet. (Medical News Today)

Research reveals a new secret to the miracle of breast milk
One of the secrets to rich milk production in lactation has been uncovered by researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. (Medical News Today)

Dark chocolate: a boost for athletes' performance?
A study suggests that dark chocolate may be useful in reducing athletes' oxygen consumption and enabling them to continue practicing for longer, as well as tasting good. (Medical News Today)

Can changes to your diet help you sleep better?
A review of 21 studies that analyzed the effectiveness of modifying nutritional intake as a treatment for improving sleep found mixed results, as reported in the article "Systematic Review of... (Medical News Today)

A 7-year longitudinal trial of the safety and efficacy of a calcium supplement used to enhance bone mineral density
A recent study from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition (JACN), examines the safety and efficacy of a vitamin/mineral enhanced plant-sourced calcium supplement [AlgaeCal (AC)] in... (Medical News Today)

Finding sleep's sweet spot
No one is telling you what time to go to bed with this, but researchers are making a strong case that the duration and timing of your sleep are closely associated with whether your behavior is... (Medical News Today)

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