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Oats

The Nutrition Source editors Harvard T. H. Chan newsletter
Oats contain several components that have been proposed to exert health benefits. The FDA allows oat food labels to tout the nutritional value and health benefits of oats such as a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, weight and hunger control.

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Dark chocolate is now a health food. Here’s how that happened.

Julia Belluz Vox
Thanks to a decades-long effort by the chocolate industry, chocolate is now being convincingly sold as a health food. But the chocolate-industrial-research complex distracts us from issues like what in our food contributes to the obesity and diabetes epidemics; chocolate certainly isn’t the solution here.

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What Is The Healthiest Way to Cook Vegetables

Markham Heid TIME Health
Boiled down, there are a few simple rules when it comes to the best way to eat your vegetables. Just as eating a variety of vegetables is a good idea, enjoying them in a variety of ways seems to maximize their health benefits.

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Nutrition information abounds, but many doubt food choices

New Food Editors New Food Magazine
According to the findings of the International Food Information Council Foundation’s 12th Annual Food and Health Survey, Americans are consuming food information from more sources than ever before, yet our nutritional literacy is sorely lacking – and our health may be suffering as a result.

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The Hidden Radicalism of Southern Food

John T. Edge New York Times
In the South, America has identified food-system problems and developed solutions. Today, as Americans agitate for food sovereignty, the bold agricultural ideas conceived in the late 1960s by Fannie Lou Hamer and other radical Southerners suggest paths for us to follow out of our food deserts.

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The Superfood Gold Rush

JAMIE LAUREN KEILES New York Times
The latest entrant to the superfood contest is Brazilian açaí, a purplish, antioxidant-rich stone fruit — though most call it a berry — foraged from trees in the Amazon River basin.Surprising parties become heroes and scoundrels as the coveted berry changes hands in different ways. Global consumption has further increased demand, but because of the high value of good vibes, some superfood exporters have an incentive to hew to best practices.

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The New Deal Meal

Rachel Laudan Wall Street Journal
During the Depression, a loose coalition of Progressives set out to remake the American diet. Milk was regarded as the perfect food. This tension between scientific advice and traditional preferences can be traced back to the Great Depression, suggest Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe in “A Square Meal.”
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