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Trisha Yearwood Loses 20 Pounds, and Is It Safe to Eat From a Food Truck?

Trisha Yearwood Shows Off New Body at CMAs
Country star Trisha Yearwood showed off her new physique at Sunday's 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Yearwood, who lost 20 pounds by dieting and exercising, rocked a tight red dress that showcased her fit form. She said she avoids sugar and tries to eat healthy. She admitted that she occasionally indulges on her favorite meal: mac and cheese.

Love mac and cheese too? Try this healthier version of the popular guilty pleasure.

Carnitine Chemical in Meat Linked to Heart Disease
A new study says the carnitine chemical found in red meat, not fat, can lead to higher risk of heart disease. Researchers found that carnitine promotes atherosclerosis by causing a negative breakdown of red meat in the gut. According to the study, earlier research showed that a compound called trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) could promote the growth of artery-clogging plaques. TMAO forms when bacteria from the digestive tract breaks down the carnitine compound found in red meat.

Researchers say that carnitine isn't only found it red meat. They discovered that it is often found in many dietary supplements to boost weight loss, including energy drinks.

4 Times More Cases of Dengue Fever Than Originally Thought
The World Health Organization reports 50 million to 100 cases of Dengue Fever every year, but new research suggests that there might actually be about 390 million cases worldwide. While about two-thirds of those people only suffer from a mild case, they are still a factor in Dengue's rapidly increasing statistics.

Dengue is also known as the "break-bone fever" because the symptoms range from high fever to severe joint pain. The disease usually affects people in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. More recently, cases have been identified in parts of Western Europe and the U.S.

Is it Safe to Eat from a Food Truck?
There are over 15,000 food trucks roaming the streets of the U.S., and many people wonder if it's actually safe to eat a meal from a vendor on wheels. New research says, yes, it is safe. There are few things to look for to ensure your food is safe to eat:

1. Does the truck have a license? In many states, by law they should have their license displayed somewhere were you can see it. This means their food temperature is regulated and that their truck is up to code to serve food.
2. Are the servers wearing gloves? You're more likely to get sick from an employee with bad hygiene than you are from undercooked meat.
3. Does the truck have a good grade/rating? Aim for trucks with good grades; their trucks, equipment and food will be safer than a truck without an inspection grade posted.

What's your favorite food truck? Have you ever gotten sick from eating at a food truck? Comment below or tweet us at @LIVESTRONG_COM and let us know.

Woman Drops 123 Pounds With Zumba
Ashlee Tomsche started Zumba when she was only 21 years old and 331 pounds. Bored of her local gym's treadmill, Tomsche signed up for her first Zumba class in 2012. A year later, after plugging away at her Zumba classes, she lost 123 pounds and over 10 inches from her waist! Tomsche struggled with weight in her youth and was happy to find a dance class that was not only fun, but also successful in helping her drop her original 'severely obese' BMI count. She's given up on comfort junk food and continues Zumba five to six times a week.

Have you ever tried Zumba? What do you think about it?  Comment below or tweet us at @LIVESTRONG_COM and let us know.

Walnuts Reduce Risk of Diabetes in Women
A new study shows that eating walnuts could reduce the risk for Type 2 diabetes in women. Walnuts are high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and the new research shows that this is helpful in reducing Type 2 Diabetes by 24 percent.

Eat Your Way to Healthy Hair and Nails
Have you ever heard that you are what you eat? As it turns out, it's true and more so when it comes to hair and nails, which are both made from a protein called keratin. Jessica Wu, M.D. and author, suggests avoiding high mercury fish, sugar, high-glycemic foods, too much Vitamin A, too little protein and too little Iron and Zinc if you are seeking to have healthy hair and nails.

Readers - Do you eat from food trucks? Do you eat enough red meat to worry about heart disease? Share your comments and advice. What do you think of these stories? Are there other pieces of health and fitness news you'd like to see us writing about? Leave a comment below, and let us know! Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter @LIVESTRONG_COMFacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

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