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Buyer Beware: GMO-free Becoming New Marketing-speak 
Salt is a simple, inorganic molecule, but that doesn’t stop one company from marketing their product as “GMO-free”. The Smithsonian has the gluten-free, 0-trans fat scoop: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-brands-are-labeling-products-gmo-free-even-if-they-dont-have-genes-180956421/

Spicy Food Associated With Longer Life 
The Harvard School of public health is reporting that the frequent consumption of spicy foods was found to increase the chances of living longer by 14%, in a recent study: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/frequent-spicy-food-consumption-linked-with-lower-death-risk/ To help you spice up your life, here are some hot summer recipes from Serious Eats: http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/08/hot-spicy-summer-recipes.html

Low-fat Beats Low-carb Diet for Weight Loss 
An exacting study at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has come to the conclusion that a low-fat diet is clearly better for producing weight reduction than one low in carbohydrates. The BBC has details: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-33905745

Awe for Nature Generates Generosity
It has been shown many times that time spent in natural surroundings helps promote mental health. Now it appears it might help with social health, as well. A recent study found that individuals exposed to awe-inspiring images of nature tended to score higher in tests of generosity and ethical behavior. The Smithsonian has more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/awe-yeah-feeling-small-face-nature-makes-people-more-generous-180956170/

A Sobering Look at Sugar in Soft Drinks 
How much sugar is in that soda? An enterprising artist has put the proof in the putting with a photo essay that clearly demonstrates the sugar content of popular drinks. BBC Future has the story and images: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150813-the-man-who-turns-fizzy-drinks-into-huge-lollipops

Sweetgrass Shown as Powerful Insect Repellent 
An aromatic herb looks to provide a strong, natural insect repellent, even going toe-to-toe with DEET in its bug-repelling potency. Sweetgrass has traditionally been used by Native Americans for warding off insects, and now lab tests with sweetgrass oil show promise for a new class of repellents. The Smithsonian reports: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/this-sweet-smelling-herb-can-ward-away-mosquitoes-180956291/?no-ist

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