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Better Grocery Stores Alone Can’t Improve Kids’ Diets

Whether better grocery stores actually improve kids' diets, the health benefits of a feast and fast diet and more.

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Better Grocery Stores Alone Can’t Improve Kids’ Diets

Whether better grocery stores actually improve kids' diets, the health benefits of a feast and fast diet and more.

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TXT YRSLF THNR: People who receive weekly text reminders of their daily “calorie budget” make healthier food choices, so get a friend to text you.

TIME: Better Grocery Stores Alone Can’t Improve Kids’ Diets, Study Finds

"Even if you build them, they won’t come, says the latest study on finding ways to get more healthy foods to young children. There’s been a lot of talk lately about food deserts and lack of access to healthy, nutritious food for many families living in rural and lower-income urban areas. So the solution seems to be to increase the availability of healthier fare, and what better way than to build a full service supermarket in the neighborhoods without one? That’s what a government-sponsored program called Health Food Financing Initiative does, enticing supermarket chains to build stores in lower income areas with favorable tax credits." Click here to read the full story.

SCIENCE DAILY: Feast-and-famine Diet Could Help Extend Life, Study Suggests

"Think of it as interval training for the dinner table. Fasting has been shown in mice to extend lifespan and to improve age-related diseases. But fasting every day, which could entail skipping meals or simply reducing overall caloric intake, can be hard to maintain. In a new study, researchers looked at intermittent fasting. They measured participants' changes in weight, blood pressure, heart rate, glucose levels, cholesterol, markers of inflammation and genes involved in protective cell responses over 10 weeks. They found that intermittent fasting caused a slight increase to SIRT 3, a well-known gene that promotes longevity and is involved in protective cell responses." Click here to read the full story.

TIME: Here’s What Foods Are Most Likely To Have E. Coli or Salmonella

"More than 80% of the reported E. Coli illnesses were traced to beef and vegetables, according to a new report on foodborne illness. Salmonella, meanwhile, is transmitted in many different kinds of foods, including seeded vegetables, eggs, fruits, chicken, sprouts, beef and pork. The report, the result of collaboration between three federal agencies that handle food safety, examined nearly 1,000 instances of patient infection with foodborne illness to provide a reliable understanding of how pathogens spread." Click here to read the full story.