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The Checkup: January 10, 2010 - January 16, 2010

Is that Right? Wonder Bread is soft, delicious and nutritious

Is Wonder Bread nutritious? It is beyond a doubt soft and delicious. And its Web site, featuring a fun new sandwich-builder feature called the Wonder-izer, makes a convincing case for the nutritional value of all breads Wonder, from the traditional white variety of our youth to the whole-wheat versions available...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 15, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness  
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Cadmium facts

What happened when the U.S. cracked down on Chinese imports of children's toys, jewelry and other items containing lead in 2008? Chinese manufacturers apparently just swapped out the lead for cadmium, another cheap, dangerous heavy metal. While various government agencies and Congress debate what's to be done about the recent...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 14, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Environmental Toxins , Family Health  
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Obesity epidemic slows

The nation's obesity epidemic appears finally to be slowing. The latest federal data shows that the rate at which adults and children are becoming obese has leveled off, according to a pair of papers from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published online by the Journal of the...

By Rob Stein  |  January 13, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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One Big Happy Family: Watch this, then let's talk

I'm writing my "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column for January 21 about the TLC reality show "One Big Happy Family," which documents the Cole family's efforts to lose weight. Each of the four Coles (two adults, two teens) weighs more than 300 pounds. The final two episodes of the...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 12, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Family Health , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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NYC says hold the salt

New York City's public health department last week released draft guidelines encouraging restaurants and makers of processed and packaged foods to gradually reduce the amount of salt in the foods they sell. The new measures -- adherence is voluntary -- are aimed at helping consumers ingest less sodium, which in...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 12, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Calorie listings often wrong

Here's a new wrinkle in the ongoing debate over calorie listings on restaurant menus and on packaged grocery-store foods: The calorie counts currently provided are apt to be wrong. A study in the January Journal of the American Dietetic Association found calorie counts listed for 29 quick-serve and sit-down restaurant...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  January 11, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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