Returning the 'three sisters' – corn, beans and squash – to Native American farms nourishes people, land and cultures

For centuries Native Americans intercropped corn, beans and squash because the plants thrived together. A new initiative is measuring health and social benefits from reuniting the "three sisters."

Christina Gish Hill, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Iowa State University • conversation
Nov. 20, 2020 ~9 min

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Americans don't eat enough fish and miss out on robust health benefits

The oils in fish are excellent buffers against disease. Why don't we eat more fish?

Michael Tlusty, Associate Professor of Sustainability and Food Solutions, University of Massachusetts Boston • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~5 min

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Good nutrition can contribute to keeping COVID-19 and other diseases away

Many of us don't get an adequate amount of nutrients.

Grayson Jaggers, Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California • conversation
Sept. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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8 simple strategies to fuel your body during a pandemic

The constraints of COVID-19 can act as a catalyst to eat more thoughtfully and, perhaps, eat better.

Julie Lee, Registered Dietitian, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
Aug. 7, 2020 ~8 min

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To reduce world hunger, governments need to think beyond making food cheap

A new UN report shows that hunger and food insecurity are rising worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic is adding to this trend, but is not the major driver.

Ntina Tzouvala, Senior Lecturer in International Law, Australian National University • conversation
July 17, 2020 ~7 min

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Duckweed is an incredible, radiation-fighting astronaut food – and by changing how it is grown, we made it better

Duckweed is the perfect space food: small, fast-growing and nutritious. By studying how light levels changed the production of radiation-fighting antioxidants, researchers made it even better.

Barbara Demmig-Adams, Professor of Plant Ecology and Molecular Biology, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~6 min

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Fast food is comforting, but in low-income areas it crowds out fresher options

Fast-food restaurants can be comforting places, but when they saturate communities, they crowd out healthy food sources and leave residents less nourished.

Catherine Keske, Associate Professor, Management of Complex Systems, University of California, Merced • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~9 min

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Healthier food can contain more contaminants – but there's a simple way to stay safe

A new study shows high-fibre brown rice also contains more arsenic than white rice – so which is better for you?

Ruth Fairchild, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~7 min

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Brown, white and beige: understanding your body's different fat cells could help with weight loss

We all have white and brown fat cells – but recent research shows there's a third type, called "beige" cells.

Trust Diya, Lecturer in Biological Sciences, Staffordshire University • conversation
May 18, 2020 ~6 min

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Is seltzer water healthy?

Bubbly waters are becoming increasingly popular. While these carbonated, sometimes flavored beverages might cause slight harm to teeth, they are far better than soda. They might even be good for you.

Rahel Mathews, Assistant Professor, Nutrition, Mississippi State University • conversation
May 7, 2020 ~6 min

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