Cocoa may help aging brain function

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- People who ate high or moderate levels of cocoa flavanols for two months improved significantly in some thinking assessment tests, a U.S. food expert says.

Cranberries too good just for Thanksgiving

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Cranberries are full of nutrients and antioxidants, and should not be used only on Thanksgiving, a U.S. expert says.

U.S. sesame seed allergy cases rising

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 29 (UPI) -- The most common allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, eggs, milk, fish and shellfish, but allergies to sesame seeds are on the rise, a U.S. expert says.

Few foods naturally contain vitamin D

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 18 (UPI) -- Many people get vitamin D from 15 minutes of sun exposure a day, but for those who cannot be outdoors some food contains vitamin D, a U.S. food expert says.

Hidden eggs can pose danger for some

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 7 (UPI) -- U.S. food products are required to label any food containing egg as an ingredient, but eggs can be hidden in a variety of foods, a food expert warns.

Pistachios may reduce cancer risk

AUSTIN, Texas, July 5 (UPI) -- All nuts are good for the heart, but researchers found pistachios in a varied and balanced diet may reduce the risk of some cancers, a U.S. food expert says.

1.8 million in U.S. allergic to tree nuts

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 22 (UPI) -- About 1.8 million Americans are allergic to tree nuts, which are among the leading causes of fatal and near-fatal food reactions, a U.S. expert says.

Milk with more fat may help weight loss

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 14 (UPI) -- Many nutritionists argue the fat in a moderate portion of whole milk or 2 percent milk makes many feel fuller and reduce food cravings, a U.S. food expert says.

Folate needed for nerve, brain functioning

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 6 (UPI) -- Vitamin B9, better known as folate or folic acid, is needed by pregnant women, but all need it for nerve and brain functioning, a U.S. food expert says.

Workplace less supportive of allergies

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 29 (UPI) -- U.S. schools offer support for children with allergies, but the workplace is far less supportive of those with food or other allergies, a U.S. food expert says.

Flaxseed, walnut oils highest in omega-3

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 15 (UPI) -- Nut, fruit and seed oils have some of the highest amounts of omega-3s, an essential fatty acid believed to be good for heart health, a U.S. food expert says.

Spring brings more fruits and vegetables

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 12 (UPI) -- Produce sections in grocery stores may look the same from season to season, but spring brings many seasonal fruit and vegetables, a U.S. food expert says.

Forget pricey shampoo, beans good for hair

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 10 (UPI) -- Hair isn't essential for life so those with a poor diet may ingest enough nutrients for vital organs, but not enough for good hair, a U.S. food expert says.

Multitasking while eating may fuel obesity

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. culture of multitasking, especially while eating, might fuel America's widening obesity problem, a food expert said.

Vitamin C may help allergy sufferers

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 29 (UPI) -- Many predict allergy season this year will be brutal but a U.S. food expert says picking up a few items in the grocery store may help.
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