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July 30, 2009 - 12:00pm

Is organic food more nutritious than food produced via conventional methods? As a nutrition editor for EatingWell magazine, it’s my job to stay up on the studies that look at this very question. On July 29 researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine reported that there was no nutritional difference between organic and conventionally produced foods. End of story? I don’t think so. Some studies show organics are more nutritious.

Consider these findings:

  • A 2008 review by the Organic Center of almost 100 studies on the nutritional quality of organic produce compared the effects conventional and organic farming methods have on specific nutrients. The report’s conclusion: “Yes, organic plant-based foods are, on average, more nutritious.”
  • In 2007 a study out of Newcastle University in the United...
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July 20, 2009 - 4:36am

Are these summer-food myths fact or fiction? Take our quiz to find out how food-smart you are and get delicious summer recipes!

True or False? Garlic wards off mosquitoes.
False. Researchers at the University of Connecticut tested the theory. It didn’t work, but maybe because the participants didn’t eat enough, say the scientists. Eat more with these 20+ amazing garlic recipes.

True or False? Watermelon isn’t very nutritious; it’s all water!
False. Watermelon is mostly water: 92 percent. But it also has its share of nutrients. One cup of watermelon provides good amounts of vitamin C and red watermelon contains lycopene, an antioxidant that’s associated with reduced risk for certain types of...

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July 1, 2009 - 11:36am

Anytime we talk about high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) at EatingWell, we get a lot of passionate input from our readers. Some thank us for our careful reporting, while others argue that we got the story all wrong—and some are just confused. Sometimes they get HFCS mixed up with plain old fructose, and sometimes they assume that HFCS and corn syrup are the same thing. (Both are mistakes.)

So in this final installment of our 5-part series on HFCS, we’re simply going to tell you the real truth about what HFCS is and what it is not. The easiest way to do this is to define HFCS and all the other sugars that you...

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June 24, 2009 - 4:36am

A little while ago, EatingWell published a short article on high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS): it generated all sorts of comments, questions and controversy among our readers. One of the issues that several readers wondered about was whether HFCS might cause irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or make it worse. IBS is a condition whose hallmark symptom is recurring gastrointestinal (GI) distress.

So for this fourth installment of our 5-part series on HFCS, we went straight to the experts to find out: Does HFCS irritate the stomach or cause irritable bowel syndrome? Here’s what they told us:

People often confuse HFCS with plain fructose (the main type of natural sugar found in fruits and honey). But high-...

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June 17, 2009 - 11:36am

I have friends with young kids who swear that sugary foods and drinks send their kids bouncing off walls. Before I become a mom, I generally assumed that their observations about sugar and behavior were more fiction than fact. (Kids are active. Don’t they all bounce off walls, regardless of what they eat?)

But now my son Julian is 13 months old. Despite my best efforts to feed him only nutritious foods, it’s likely that, to some degree, he’ll eventually be exposed to foods full of added sugars, some in the form of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). So now I really want to know the truth.

In this third installment of a 5-part series, we investigate whether sugars, and HFCS specifically, can make kids hyperactive. Here’s what we found when we...

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