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Do you have a vague notion of chocolate, perhaps dark chocolate, as being good for you? It's good for your heart health, or something. On some level you know that a candy is not actually a health food, but it seems like there's always a headline saying it is.

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My oldest child will only eat one vegetable: carrots. (It used to be broccoli, but he's switched.) His little brother will only eat corn. Since veggies are good for kids, it would be great if we knew some foolproof way of getting kids to eat them. Science doesn't have solid answers, but it does give us some clues.

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Today's kids have thousands of apps and educational programmes that tell them how to eat healthily. When I was growing up, we learned the Food Pyramid. We categorised grub into four food groups and that was pretty much it. But look back a bit farther, and dietary advice gets a little weirder: in the early 1950s, there were seven food groups, and one was just for butter.

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Is milk really good for your bones? Are all salty snacks unhealthy? Do you need to drink two litres of water per day? These are just some scientific food "facts" that aren't as concrete as you might think. We talked to a group of nutritionists and asked them to share the food myths they find most irritating and explain why people cling to them. Here's what they said.

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For everyday lunching, whatever amount of protein you're getting is probably fine. But if you're trying to build muscle, or if you want to keep your protein intake high while losing weight, it can be hard to work enough of the stuff into your diet without chugging down gross smoothies. Don't worry, I'm here to help.

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If you've ever experimented with food tracking, you probably know that it's really easy to track the kilojoules and nutritional macros in a can of chicken noodle soup or a box of chocolate chip cookies -- the information is right there on the package and it's often pre-loaded into apps like Fitbit and MyFitnessPal -- but it's a lot harder to track kilojoules and macros in the soup and cookies you make at home.

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A study released this month in The Lancet found a link between high carbohydrate intake and risk of death. The resulting headlines had dedicated low-carb dieters celebrating and low-fat vegans spoiling for a fight. But as with most dietary studies, there is more to it than the headlines claim.

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Dear Lifehacker, In the past, I've assumed most doctors are charlatans, and only visited them in matter of dire emergency (needing a sick note for work, week-long flu, etc.). I am now reaching a point in my life where my body and mind are getting older and I am reconsidering past decisions.

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Maybe failed dieters need therapy for overeating, not food restriction, argues Claire Zulkey in the Atlantic. She describes the cycle that many dieters fall into: A controlled eating plan -- this many grams of cheese, a deck-of-cards portion of meat, probably no Twisties -- and then the frenzy of overeating that ensues when the dieter gives in to temptation: A whole pizza, three breakfasts at McDonald's, many bags of Twisties. Frustrated and ashamed, they start an even more restrictive diet (often preceded by a final last-hurrah binge) and begin the cycle all over again.