Bottle Shock

While the FDA recently concluded that bisphenol A (BPA) is perfectly safe for use in food packaging and bottles, researchers at the Yale School of Medicine have just discovered that the chemical can be linked to brain function and mood disorders in monkeys. This is the first time that BPA has been connected to health problems in primates.

 


Obesity and Ear Infections

Researchers have found that adults with a history of ear infections were twice as likely to be obese as those with no such history. The link may be traced to a nerve that passes through the ear and normally inhibits the "creamy sensation of fatty foods." Damage to the nerve would lower its inhibiting effect, making foods seem creamier and more pleasurable.

 


Latest Food Scare: Tainted Tomalley

The FDA is warning consumers to avoid eating tomalley in all American lobster (a.k.a. Maine lobster) because of a potential contamination of toxins that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning, which can be fatal.

 


Calorie Shockers

The Wall Street Journal surveys the calorie counts of dishes on chain restaurant menus in New York and discovers "some intriguing -- and appalling -- information."

 


Study Supports Low-Carb Diet

According to a new study, one of the longest and largest to compare low-fat and low-carb diets, low-carb and Mediterranean-style diets helped people lose more weight than a traditional low-fat diet. The low-carb diet also improved cholesterol more than the others.

 


Oh Really?

Studies show mayo can reduce food spoilage.

 


Often Overlooked

Eleven healthy foods we're just not eating enough of, courtesy of the New York Times.

 


South Koreans Protest US Beef

More than 100,000 South Koreans turned out yesterday to protest their government's lifting of a ban on imports of beef from the US and calling on their president, Lee Myung-bak, to resign. US beef was banned by Seoul in 2003 after mad cow disease was found in American cattle. Anyone care for our tomatoes?

 


Hold the Tomato

McDonald's, along with a number of other chain restaurants and supermarkets, has halted sales of some tomatoes following the outbreak of salmonella, linked to tomatoes, in 16 states.

 


Upset Stomach? Soda Falls Flat

Contrary to popular belief, scientists have found that flat soda is an ineffective remedy for upset stomach.