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The Checkup: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

Smart Choices ceases food-label program

Smart Choices, the food-industry created and funded front-of-package food labeling system that gained notoriety for designating sugary Froot Loops cereal as nutritious has called a halt to the program. Citing recent inquiries from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who both expressed concern that...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 23, 2009; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Is That Right? French's mustard shares just one ingredient with mayo, ketchup?

The interactive graphic allowing consumers to compare French's yellow mustard with fellow condiments mayonnaise and ketchup would be kind of cool -- if it weren't so misleading. French's really shouldn't have to work too hard to establish that's it's pretty healthful, as far as sandwich-toppers go. After all, it's extremely...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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How, and how not, to diagnose a food allergy

If you have an allergic reaction that you think was caused by a certain food, it's important to have a medical professional -- preferably an allergist -- confirm that connection.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Spreading swine flu

People may be able to spread swine flu even after their symptoms have subsided, according to new research. A study of Air Force cadets who came down with the flu this summer found that a significant proportion of them were still "shedding" virus more than 24 hours after their fever...

By Rob Stein  |  October 21, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Influenza  
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What school lunches should look like

If the Institute of Medicine gets its way, kids who eat school-provided breakfast and lunch may soon be consuming more apples and oranges and fewer tater tots. The IOM, an independent organization (one of the four National Academies) that advise the federal government on health and nutrition matters, issued a...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 20, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Emetophobes, avert your eyes

If you are an emetophobe, you've probably been trying hard to avoid watching (or even listening to) the footage of young Falcon Heene, the boy who didn't get in that helium balloon, tossing his cookies during his family's interview on Good Morning America. Even for those of us who don't...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 19, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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