To Your Health: What to consider before going 'nuts' for coconut

By Leia Kedem

All these grey skies have most of us craving a tropical escape — white sands, palm trees, the sweet scent of coconut. Luckily, the latter's surge in popularity has led to the release of scores of coconut products. Coconut oil, milk, water — the (sunny) sky's the limit. And based on what you may have heard, the health benefits of coconut could be just as limitless.

Dan Corkery: Sense of vindication for retired UI biochemist

If you're eating an egg this morning, feel good about it.

Fred Kummerow, the retired-but-still-working biochemist at the University of Illinois, certainly does. He's been saying for decades that eggs are not a nutritional bogeyman, nor are other foods containing saturated fats and cholesterol.

Now, other scientists are agreeing with him. Sort of.

Danville schools may make meals free to all students

DANVILLE — Whoever said there's no such thing as a free lunch may have been wrong — at least where it concerns Danville schools students.

To Your Health: Detoxing the myths of so-called cleanse diets

By Leia Kedem

Cleanses and detox diets take many shapes and forms, but are similar in that they claim to remove toxins from the body and cause drastic weight loss. Many people even report high levels of energy and euphoria as well as feeling more spiritual overall. Sounds good, right?

To Your Health: Nothing in nutrition is black and white

By Leia Kedem

Have you ever gotten an email, text or letter that made you go, "Wow, what is her problem?" In text, short sentences and using lots of periods can convey curtness. In person, the same message is tempered by facial expressions, gestures and tone of voice. The written word is tricky — so much can be lost in translation.

To Your Health: Here's the dirt on 'clean eating'

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

Sleeping tight? UI study attempts to show link between rest, obesity in kids

We are a sleep-deprived nation.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, nearly 30 percent of adults report sleeping less than six hours a day, rather than the seven or eight hours recommended. And just 31 percent of high school students report getting at least eight hours of sleep on an average school night.

To Your Health: Aphrodisiacs can really spice up your love life

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

They say sex sells, and ain't that the truth? Yet so many people shy away from discussing it in public. And seeking help when there's trouble in the bedroom? Yeah, right. Like any other aspect of health, we're quick to look for cure-alls.

Dieticians: Kids need less sodium

CHAMPAIGN — What do kids want for lunch and dinner?

Often it's the convenient, kid-friendly stuff like hot dogs, packaged pastas, pizza and chicken nuggets, all of which actually aren't so friendly when it comes to how much sodium they contain.