News Bites: Is Fat Back?

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Read on for a bite of today's food news.

Butter Makes A Comeback.

According to Mark Bittman of the New York Times, everyone can resume enjoying butter! Bittman explains that a new study has found that there isn't enough evidence to support the notion that saturated fat increases heart disease. Before you celebrate with a burger, Bittman reminds readers that the meat industry still engages in less than ideal practices like providing antibiotics to livestock. Bittman advocates eating less meat, but the best quality meat.

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Eat Real Food.

Dr. David Katz of Yale University's Prevention Research Center explored a variety of popular diets to determine which one was the healthiest. His conclusion was staggeringly simple: Eat real food, a strikingly similar notion to Michael Pollan's famous mantra, "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

Dr. Katz explains, "If you eat food direct from nature you don’t even need to think about this. You don't have to worry about trans fat or saturated fat or salt—most of our salt comes from processed food, not the salt shaker. If you focus on real food, nutrients tend to take care of themselves."

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Eat Healthy Fats.

NPR recently gave a survey to find out how many of their readers bought into the fat-free boom of the 90s. The survey found that many people tried fat-free foods, but research now finds that adding plant-based fats like olive oil, nuts and fatty fish may help to decrease the risk of heart disease. This notion confirms the research that has found the Mediterranean diet, which is high in fat from olive oil, nuts and fish, is a heart-healthy approach even though many of the calories are derived from fat.

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The Ultimate Coffee Competition

During the National and World Barista Championships, coffee enthusiasts gather to see who can make the best cup of coffee. Competitors have 15 minutes to make 12 drinks. The contest and its competitors are the subject of a documentary.

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What Is A Wafalafel?

Serious Eats has figured out how to combine the best features of waffles and falafel for a mouth-watering food mash-up. By wrapping falafel in a pita and placing it into the waffle iron, you can enjoy a much more portable falafel sandwich.

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On Friday, News Bites was all about donuts, but today's is all about diet.

New York Times columnist, Mark Bittman broke the news that "butter is back," meanwhile scientists were examining the merits of various popular diets and finally decided which one was best. The answer may surprise you.

Check out the slideshow above for today's foods news.

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