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Database Has Nutrition Info on 80,000 Food Items

A comprehensive new database called Food Scores not only can tell you the ingredients and nutritional value of most foods you buy, but also provides information on the degree to which each item has been processed. Each item is scored on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the least nutritious and most processed. The New […]

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More People Say Obamacare Affects Them, for Good or Ill

A new Gallup poll finds less fence-sitting about the impact of the Affordable Care Act, an indication that more people are being directly affected by the law. Between late 2013 and fall 2014, the percentage of people who say the law has had no effect on them fell from 69 percent to 54 percent. At […]

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In Bid to Cut Litter, California Bans Disposable Plastic Bags

With the aim of reducing “the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself,” California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags — the first such law in the U.S. The New York Times reported Oct. 1 that the law will restrict supermarkets and […]

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For Many, Medical Debt Exceeds Savings

A survey from Bankrate.com finds that 44 percent of Americans who make under $30,000 per year have more medical debt than savings, and the same is true of about a quarter of those who make up to $75,000 annually, NBC News reported Sept. 5. Moreover, 55 percent of those surveyed said they are somewhat or […]

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Wealth Lags Among Generation X

Members of Generation X take home bigger paychecks than their Baby Boomer parents but have been far less successful in accumulating wealth, CNN reported Sept. 22. A Pew Charitable Trusts report found that while 75 percent of GenXers (those born between 1965 and 1980) have higher incomes than their parents, just 36 percent have more […]

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Study Finds 3.8 Million Fewer Uninsured in 2014

The population of Americans lacking health insurance coverage fell from 44.8 million last year to 41 million in early 2014, CNN reported Sept. 14. Concurrently, the uninsured rate fell from 14.4 percent to 13.1 percent. The survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics did not directly attribute […]

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Tax Processed Food to Subsidize Healthy Choices?

Researchers say that a 10-30 percent tax on restaurant meals and processed food could be used to subsidize the cost of healthy food and yield big benefits in public health, LiveScience reported Sept. 5. “With a modest 10 to 30 percent tax on most packaged foods, healthy foods such as fruits, nuts and vegetables could […]

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Program Encourages Buying Produce with Food Stamps

A Michigan program allows people shopping with food stamps to get $20 to spend on locally grown fruit and vegetables for every $20 they spend at a farmer’s market, food truck or grocery store, NBC News reported Aug. 23. The Double Up Food Bucks program seems to be working: 93 percent of program participants say they […]

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More Americans Eating Healthier, But Not the Poor

Healthy eating isn’t just a question of choice, it’s also a matter of cost and education. As more Americans adopt healthier habits in their diet, those at the lower end of the economic scale are being notably left behind, NBC News reported Sept. 1. Overall U.S. scores on a healthy-eating index rose from 40 in […]

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Less than Perfect Produce, at Reduced Cost

Fruit and vegetables don’t have to be pretty to be nutritious and delicious. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported July 14 that the French supermarket chain Intermarche sells produce that normally would be thrown out because of cosmetic flaws in a special section of the store, and at a 30-percent discount. The company’s Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables initiative […]

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