Beverage group sues city over soda warnings, advertising ban

By Associated Press July 26, 2015 2:34 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — The American Beverage Association has sued the city of San Francisco, claiming new legislation requiring health warning labels on sugary beverages and prohibiting advertisements of them on city property violates the First Amendment.

Proposed label would give context to sugar in foods

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press July 24, 2015 11:57 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Wondering if you are eating too much added sugar? The nutrition label on your food may one day help you figure it out.

House passes bill to prevent mandatory GMO labeling

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press July 23, 2015 12:31 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Food companies would not have to disclose whether their products include genetically modified ingredients under legislation passed by the House Thursday.

Parent firm of Oregon's Yogi Tea plans expansion

By Sherri Buri McDonald, The Register-Guard July 19, 2015 6 a.m.

EUGENE, Ore. — Fueled by growing demand for its lineup of hot teas, the maker of Yogi Tea plans to roughly double its space by building a $12 million facility in west Eugene.

Coffee roasters' health at risk from chemical compound

By Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (TNS) July 17, 2015 12:22 p.m.

MILWAUKEE — Tucked inside a burlap sack at room temperature, green coffee beans pose no known danger.

Without key bill, Inslee to weigh next move on water quality

By PHUONG LE, Associated Press July 15, 2015 12:21 p.m.

SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee did not get legislation he said was needed to update the state's water quality standards that are partly tied to how much fish people eat.

Health officials warn of arsenic levels in hand-dug clams

By Associated Press July 14, 2015 10:11 a.m.

PORTLAND — Oregon health officials are warning people to take caution when eating soft shell clams after siphons, or the "neck" of the clam, have been found in tests to carry high levels of arsenic.

Food allergies in children raise alarms

By Bonnie Miller Rubin, Chicago Tribune July 13, 2015 6 a.m.

The rate of emergency room visits and hospitalizations of children with severe food allergy reactions nearly tripled in Illinois over five years, a recently released study by Northwestern Medicine reported, raising questions about the cause of such a dramatic upswing and offering an especially comprehensive data that may supply insights for what is a growing nationwide issue.

The health benefits of tart cherries

By Lena H. Sun, The Washington Post July 6, 2015 6 a.m.

I wrenched my neck a few days ago and wondered whether there was something else I could take for the pain instead of ibuprofen. Based on what I'd read in magazines, I searched for the answer in my fridge, which happened to contain more than 40 pounds of tart cherries I had just picked.

Study of women finds link between alcohol, overeating

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times June 29, 2015 6 a.m.

That mellow feeling that settles in when you kick off your shoes, pour yourself a drink and start making dinner should come with a warning: Overeating ahead.

The real reason General Mills will cut fake flavors from cereals like Trix and Lucky Charms

By Drew Harwell, The Washington Post June 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Breakfast behemoth General Mills, maker of Trix, Reese's Puffs and Lucky Charms, said Monday it plans to remove artificial colors and flavors from its cereals by 2017, becoming the latest food giant to swap out the additives in response to changing American tastes.

McDonald's: Fewer Happy Meal orders opting for soda

By CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer June 25, 2015 9:06 a.m.

NEW YORK — McDonald's says fewer people are picking soda for Happy Meals after it stopped listing the drinks as an option on its menu boards.

Summer meal programs feed hungry kids

By Susan Parrish June 25, 2015 6 a.m.

The Kalahan kids sat around a table in the Fruit Valley Elementary School cafeteria eating lunch Wednesday.

Adult diseases now afflicting kids

By Megy Karydes, Chicago Tribune June 22, 2015 6 a.m.

Once seen only among an older population, adult diseases such as fatty liver disease, hypertension and osteoporosis are being diagnosed more and more in children. And you can add to that sleep apnea, Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels. The culprits? Unhealthy diets and growing waistlines, experts say.

The sky's the limit for rooftop farms

By Paulina Firozi, Chicago Tribune June 20, 2015 6 a.m.

For more than a decade, Chicago has been at the forefront of the green-roof movement. Now the city is poised to take an active role in the next environmental push — using roofs to grow food. It's a movement that is sparking interest in cities nationwide.