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Food is any substance, usually composed of carbohydrates, fats, proteins and water, that can be eaten or drunk by an animal, including humans, for nutrition or pleasure. Items considered food may be sourced from plants, animals or other categories such as fungus or fermented products like alcohol.

FDA Launches Plan to Reduce Acrylamides in Foods

Mon Sep 30, 2002

By Alicia Ault

COLLEGE PARK (Reuters Health) - The US Food and Drug Administration(FDA) on Monday set in motion a plan to identify how the chemical acrylamide is getting into food and what can be done to reduce or eliminate it, since it can cause cancer, neurological damage and infertility.

In the first of many meetings, the FDA plans over the next year to conduct research and form a consensus with international scientists on how to eliminate acrylamide, said Lester Crawford, deputy FDA commissioner.


Against the grain

Against the grain

If you have a chronic illness - or are just feeling run down - the
answer could lie in your bread bin. Jerome Burne reveals why more of us
should steer clear of wheat

Tuesday September 17, 2002
The Guardian

If you suffer from a condition such as osteoporosis, Crohn's disease,
rheumatoid arthritis or depression, you're unlikely to blame your
breakfast cereal. After all, intolerance of wheat, or coeliac disease
(CD), is a an allergic reaction to a protein called gluten, thought to


Microwaving Your Food Isn't Safe

by Larry Cook

If you have ever wondered whether or not microwaved food is safe, here's an experiment you can do at home. Plant seeds in two pots. Water one pot with water that has been microwaved, the other with regular tap. The seeds that received microwaved water won't sprout. If microwaved water can stop plants from growing, think of what microwaved food can do to your health!


Testing to Start at Meat Plants

Wed Sep 25, 2002

By EMILY GERSEMA, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Criticized for its handling of a large ground beef recall this summer, the Agriculture Department is toughening food safety policies and will begin randomly testing for E. coli at all meatpacking plants.

The policy reverses a 1998 directive that allowed some plants to be exempt from such tests and gives the agency greater authority to shut down packing plants where contamination is found.


Sugared Soft Drinks Make You Softer in Middle

Wed Sep 25, 2002

By Janice Billingsley
HealthScoutNews Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25 (HealthScoutNews) -- If you're addicted to sodas, you might want to switch to artificially sweetened ones to avoid gaining weight.

So say Danish scientists who conducted a study of 41 overweight, middle-aged people for 10 weeks, asking them to add sweet drinks to their regular diet. Half the participants were given sucrose-sweetened drinks and half were given drinks sweetened with artificial sweetener. Participants were not told which type of beverage they were drinking.


Frito-Lay to Eliminate Trans Fat in Popular Brands

Tue Sep 24, 2002

By Alan Mozes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Frito-Lay, the largest producer of snack food products in the US, announced plans Tuesday to eliminate all trans fat from three of its most popular brands of chips--Doritos, Cheetos, and Tostitos.

Trans fat will be removed from the products by early next year by replacing the soybean oil currently in use with corn oil, company representatives said during a telephone press conference.



How is it done?

Our bodies are all different, we all eat differently, but the basic 'rule' for healthy weight control is the same: balance the energy in our food (and drink) to the energy we use in daily activities. Cutting out as much fat as possible is the best way to control the energy you consume, and increasing your level of activity will help you burn up the food you eat rather than store it as fat.

That sounds too simple



Eat this, don't eat that. It's a different message a minute and can get really confusing. Here are a few simple rules for good eating that most experts seem to agree on.

A little bit of a lot

Most things, if not eaten or drunk in excess, will not do us much harm. And eating a wide variety of foods ensures we get all the vitamins, minerals, protein and other ingredients we need to be healthy. Every day, eat at least: