A study of 931 adults showed that those who were "possibly depressed" ate 8.4 servings of chocolate a month, while those who were most likely to be depressed had 11.8 servings a month. The findings suggest that "there could be short-term benefits of chocolate to mood, with longer-term untoward effects," researchers said.
Sixteen food makers and restaurants, including Heinz, Kraft, Starbucks and Subway, have joined a campaign vowing to cut sodium from their products. New York City is leading the voluntary national push to cut American salt consumption by 20% over five years.
Meatless Mondays, touted as both healthy and environmentally friendly, are becoming more popular in schools and communities, as well as among celebrities. Researchers say going meatless lowers the intake of saturated fats, conserves water and reduces carbon footprints.
The combined effects of excessive drinking, smoking, poor diet and leading a sedentary lifestyle increase the risk of death and appear to cut longevity by 12 years, according to a 20-year study involving almost 5,000 British adults. The most common causes of death seen in the study were heart disease and cancer.
Pizza is one food that lets chefs meld ingredients that wouldn't normally go in the same dish, says this food writer. A recipe for Spinach and white bean pizza calls for a puree of white beans mixed with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and spinach -- not a red sauce.