Diet Soda Makes You Thin! Says Questionable Study By Soda Companies

Good news: a new study conducted via science has shown that that Diet Coke and other similar artificially flavored and colored bubbly beverages can actually help people lose weight! Bad news: the study was completely and 100% funded by soda manufacturers. In comparable 1967 news: new study by Malboro shows that… » 5/27/14 3:00pm 5/27/14 3:00pm

Why There's So Much Confusion Over Health and Nutrition

If you believed the internet, you'd think there's huge debate over whether eggs, coffee, or salt are good or bad for you. In reality, there's significant agreement on diet and health issues among experts, but the general public is conflicted. So why are we so confused when experts agree? Let's clear the air. » 5/07/14 2:59pm 5/07/14 2:59pm

What a Mom Eats at the Time of Conception Might Change Her Baby's DNA

A new study in a rural region of The Gambia indicated that the DNA of infants changed based on whether they were conceived during the dry season (when rice, millet, peanuts, and cassava dominate the diet) or the rainy season (when leafy green vegetables supplements the aforementioned staples). » 4/29/14 5:00pm 4/29/14 5:00pm

No, Black Women Aren't Bad at Diet and Exercise

For years, the problem had researchers flummoxed — why, in weight loss trials that require participants to diet and exercise, did black women have consistently less dramatic results than their white counterparts? Now, one group of researchers purports to have the answer: it's not that black women aren't trying; it's… » 12/19/13 4:40pm 12/19/13 4:40pm

What Does 200 Calories Look Like?

The answer to the question of how much can you eat of different foods before you hit 200 calories varies, depending what you're consuming. Two hundred calories is a whole lot of apples, but less than half of a Big Mac. It's a plate full of broccoli, but more like a spoonful of peanut butter. But it's a lot easier to… » 6/24/13 3:11pm 6/24/13 3:11pm

Diet Cheese Company Ad Makes Fun of Diet Ads

Irish Cheese company LowLow's new advertisement is a parody of standard diet ad cliches — Smug Girl, Ditzy Girl and Muffin Girl dance around with yogurt and zip up their jeans — because even though its cheeses only have one-third the fat of regular cheese, LowLow is hip enough to know that diet ads suck. Meta! » 4/12/13 6:15pm 4/12/13 6:15pm

Molson Suggests That Guys Go on ‘Guyets’ If They Want to Lose Weight and Remind Everyone How Sexist They Are

Low-calorie beer commercials, like that Michelob Ultra one in which two fit co-workers perform a sexual rollerblade tango thanks to the low-cal beer that they've evidently been drinking AT WORK, can be a bit heavy-handed when they're trying to reach their target audience — people who want to drink beer, but not too… » 2/03/13 5:15pm 2/03/13 5:15pm

Explosive Diarrhea and Extreme Deprivation: All the Best Diets of 2013, Ranked

Somewhat akin to their annual analysis of the nation's best institutes of higher learning, the venerable (magazine? Newspaper? Trade publication for professional rankers? What ARE you, strange traveler!?) U.S. News and World Report has released a list ranking this year's best ways to deprive yourself of stuff you like… » 1/09/13 11:30am 1/09/13 11:30am

Just in Case You Forgot, Olympic Athletes Eat Buckets of Delicious Junk Food

It's time for yet another installation of the Summer Olympics, which means that it's time for yet more special-interest pieces from venerable news outlets about how much food pelican-mouthed Olympians shovel down their gullets while training. (In case you didn't know, they eat a whole lot of food.) » 7/26/12 9:30am 7/26/12 9:30am