Fiber-rich yogurt will sell better if customers can't taste the nutritional add-in, a study indicates. In a study of 700 students who tasted yogurt with less sugar and more fiber, German researchers found that the less-detectable that fiber was in yogurt, the more acceptable the tasters found the product.
FDA reviewers said Arena Pharmaceutical's weight-loss drug lorcaserin meets the agency's efficacy standards "by a slim margin" and voiced concern about adverse effects. An advisory panel is scheduled Thursday to review the treatment.
Gluten-free is the new "it" diet in America, its popularity fueled partly by celebrity endorsements and claims that it makes people feel better. Followers grow in number even though gluten is not inherently bad, few people actually have celiac disease and following the diet is expensive and difficult.
Elizabeth Hagen, chief medical officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been confirmed by the Senate as head of food safety for the USDA. Also, Catherine Woteki has been confirmed as undersecretary for research.
Schools are finding creative ways to make lunches healthier without compromising taste and are educating students and parents about healthy eating. A School Nutrition Association survey found 95% of districts are increasing whole-grain menu items, 90% are offering more fresh fruits and vegetables and 69% are reducing sodium content.