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Why Food Production Must Change

Why Food Production Must ChangeThe grand political narratives around the COP21 conference in Paris will barely touch on one crucial aspect – food. The Paris talks are of vital importance, not just for climate change itself but for framing what kind of food economy follows. And why does food matter for climate change? Well, it’s a major factor driving it yet barely gets a mention.

Why Healthy Diets Need A Broad Approach

Why Healthy Diets Need A Broad ApproachThere seems to be a shortening gap between studies about diet, nutrition and health. And each starts another conversation about trans vs saturated vs polyunsaturated fats, or this diet vs that, or, as is today’s case, fats vs carbohydrates.

The Low-down On Trans Fats

The Low-down On Trans FatsWhen you buy commercially baked goods such as pies, pastries, cakes and biscuits, there’s a good likelihood they’ll contain one of the nastier types of fatty acids: trans fats. These unsaturated fats have been chemically altered to give them a longer shelf life and withstand repeated re-heating.

Can A Broccoli Sprout Pill Fight Cancer?

Can A Broccoli Sprout Pill Fight Cancer?Sulforaphane is found in vegetables such as kale, cauliflower, and cabbage—and in particularly high concentrations in young broccoli sprouts. Sulforaphane also is available as a dietary supplement called BSE.

Who’s Keeping Organic Food Industry Honest?

Who’s Keeping Organic Food Industry Honest?An informal network among farmers may be more important than federal regulation in building trust in the organic industry — and it needs greater support.  If you live in the U.S., chances are you are among the 84 percent of American consumers who purchase organic food.

A Bug Burger Restaurant: Really?

A Bug Burger Restaurant: Really?There’s a buzz in the air at the moment, and it’s all about “entomophagy”. If you’ve not heard this word before, it simply means the human practice of eating insects.

A Good Breakfast Actually Does Boost Children's School Grades

A Good Breakfast Actually Does Boost Children's School GradesEating breakfast has long been believed to benefit children’s education, leading to the widespread adoption of breakfast clubs throughout the UK, particularly in poorer areas.

What Works for Your Body?

What Works for Your Body?When it comes to the best plan, I can’t tell you what’s right for your body. The truth is you have to figure that one out on your own because everyone is different. For instance, I don’t eat red meat because . . . well, I’ve never really eaten it. I just don’t like the taste of it.

Cravings: What Are They Telling Us?

Cravings: What Are They Telling Us?When we think cravings, we tend to think potato chips, pizza, and sweets, and nights of gorging ourselves with foods saturated with salt from our tears of remorse. It may sound ridiculous to suggest that cravings can be used to benefit our bodies, but I’d say the problem isn’t cravings themselves, but how we view them.

How Your Kitchen Counter Can Predict Your Weight

 bowls of apples & oranges on counter	      Share This Article     facebook     twitter     Action  Beyond the usual advice about less food and more exercise, the study suggests that consciously replacing unhealthy cues with healthy ones in the home could have a real impact on a person's BMI, especially for women. (Credit: Abi Porter/Flickr) How the kitchen counter can predict your weight  Cornell University rightOriginal Study  Posted by George Lowery-Cornell on October 20, 2015  You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license.  The types of ready-to-eat foods on a kitchen countertop could also hint at the weight of the people in the home, particularly women.  The study looked at photographs of more than 200 kitchens in Syracuse, New York, to test how the food environment relates to the body mass index (BMI) of the adults at home.  The women in the study who kept fresh fruit out in the open tended to be a normal weight compared with their peers. But when snacks like cereals and sodas were readily accessible, those people were heavier than their neighbors—by an average of more than 20 pounds.  “It’s your basic See-Food Diet—you eat what you see,” says Brian Wansink, professor and director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and lead author of the paper in the journal Health Education and Behavior. [Would you take food advice from a heavier blogger?]  The study finds that women who kept soft drinks on their counter weighed 24 to 26 pounds more than those who kept their kitchen clear of them. A box of cereal on the counter lined up with women there weighing an average 20 pounds more than their neighbors who didn’t.  “As a cereal-lover, that shocked me,” says Wansink. “Cereal has a health-halo, but if you eat a handful every time you walk by, it’s not going to make you skinny.”  When unhealthy foods are the most visible options in the kitchen, falling into habits that lead to weight gain becomes easier. Keeping those foods out of sight by sequestering them in pantries and cupboards reduces their convenience, making it less likely that they will be grabbed in a moment of hunger.  Clearing the counters of the cereals, sodas, and other snack items and replacing them with healthier visible cues like fresh fruit could help, the study finds: Women who had a fruit bowl visible weighed about 13 pounds less than neighbors who didn’t. [Could a bribe entice you to eat less?]  The study also finds that normal-weight women were more likely to have a designated cupboard for snack items and less likely to buy food in large-sized packages than those who are obese.  The findings provide new insights into the role environmental factors play with obesity and offer remedies to rid the home of unhealthy cues while promoting the healthy ones. Rather than just the usual dietary advice prescribing less food and more exercise, the study suggests that consciously replacing unhealthy cues with healthy ones in the home could have a real impact on a person’s BMI, especially for women.  “We’ve got a saying in our lab, ‘If you want to be skinny, do what skinny people do,'” Wansink says.  Source: Matt Hayes for Cornell University

Beyond the usual advice about less food and more exercise, the study suggests that consciously replacing unhealthy cues with healthy ones in the home could have a real impact on a person's BMI, especially for women.

Seven Nutrients Important For Mental Health And Where To Find Them

Seven Nutrients Important For Mental Health And Where To Find ThemDietary nutrients are critical for brain structure and function, so they have a potentially profound impact on mental health. An increasingly robust body of research points to the detrimental effect of unhealthy diets and nutrient deficiencies, and to the protective value of healthy diets – along with select nutritional supplements as required – for maintaining and promoting mental health.

Why Antioxidant Supplements Might Actually Make Cancer Worse

Why Antioxidant Supplements Might Actually Make Cancer WorseAntioxidants have made a fortune for the dietary supplement industry, but how many people really know what they are and why they’re supposedly good for you? One common claim is that the these molecules can protect you from cancer.

How Genes Influence What We Like To Eat

How Genes Influence What We Like To EatHate the taste of Brussels sprouts? Do you find coriander disgusting or perceive honey as too sweet? Your genes may be to blame.

How Europeans Developed Light Skin And Lactose Tolerance

How Europeans Developed Light Skin And Lactose ToleranceFood intolerance is often dismissed as a modern invention and a “first-world problem”. However, a study analysing the genomes of 101 Bronze-Age Eurasians reveals that around 90% were lactose intolerant.

Can Eating Peppers Help You Live Longer?

Can Eating Peppers Help You Live Longer?A new study of more than 500,000 Chinese adults over seven years finds that participants who ate foods flavored with chili peppers every day reduced their risk of premature dying by 14 percent, as compared to people who ate chili peppers less than once a week.

How Your Hormones Make You Feel Hungry And Full

How Your Hormones Make Us Feel Hungry And FullThe need to find fuel to generate energy is a profound drive within the biology of all living organisms: we all need food to survive. So it’s not surprising that our bodies have such a complex system to control food intake, driven by hormones.

Hungry? Food Choices Are Often Influenced By Forces Out Of Your Control

Hungry? Food Choices Are Often Influenced By Forces Out Of Your ControlFollowing a healthy diet can be hard. From deciding when and what to eat to how much food you actually put on your plate, the average person makes over 200 food-related decisions each day, most of which are automatic.

Are School Lunches Packed With BPA?

school lunchesThe uptick in plastic packaging is a result of schools' efforts to streamline food preparation and meet federal nutrition standards while keeping costs low. "If this is an avoidable exposure, do we need to risk it? If we can easily cut it out, why wouldn't we?" says Jennifer Hartle.

How Beet Juice Strengthens You After Heart Failure

How Beet Juice Strengthens You After Heart FailureDrinking concentrated beet juice, which is high in nitrates, increases muscle power in patients with heart failure, a new study shows. “It’s a small study, but we see robust changes in muscle power about two hours after patients drink the beet juice,”

Is It Really OK To Eat Food That's Fallen On The Floor?

Is It Really OK To Eat Food That's Fallen On The Floor?When you drop a piece of food on the floor, is it really OK to eat if you pick up within five seconds? This urban food myth contends that if food spends just a few seconds on the floor, dirt and germs won’t have much of a chance to contaminate it.

How Marketers Condition Us To Buy More Junk Food

How Marketers Condition Us To Buy More Junk FoodWhile excess weight and obesity is a growing global concern, there has been more and more advertising and promotional effort encouraging the consumption of unhealthy food.

How Does Calorie Restrictions Affect Human Longevity?

Humans Have Fewer Longevity  Benefits From Calorie RestrictionsSeverely cutting calorie intake appears to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and make people more sensitive to insulin, according to the largest study to date of sustained calorie reduction in adults.

Feeding Ourselves and Our Children: Environmental Implications of Organic Foods

Feeding Ourselves and Our Children: Environmental Implications of 
Organic FoodsThere are opportunities to maximize the quality of the foods we consume through careful selection and astute buying. There are also opportunities for some families to become involved in the production of wholesome vegetables by growing vegetables in pots on a patio, lawn space, or by participating in a community garden project.

Spiritual Nutrition: What Is The Most Important Ingredient in Food?

Spiritual Nutrition: The Most Important Ingredient in Food is LoveFood is simple. At least, it used to be. Knowing what to eat and whether it was healthy and healing for us was clear. It was instinctual. We did not have to think about food. We just ate it. Today, food has become complicated. As humans normally do with most issues, we overthink them...

Why Some People Get Grumpy When They're Hungry

Why Some People Get Grumpy When They're HungryHave you ever snapped angrily at someone when you were hungry? Or has someone snapped angrily at you when they were hungry? If so, you’ve experienced “hangry” (an amalgam of hungry and angry) – the phenomenon whereby some people get grumpy and short-tempered when they’re overdue for a feed.

Is Breakfast Really The Most Important Meal Of The Day?

is Breakfast Really The Most Important Meal Of The Day?Personally, I need breakfast. Almost every morning, I wake up early feeling hungry, and it’s only once I banish my morning hunger that I’m ready to fire. By mid-morning, I take a break and enjoy a snack.

Vitamin C Linked To Lower Odds Of Early Death

Vitamin C Linked To Lower Odds Of Early DeathHigh vitamin C concentrations in the blood from eating fruit and vegetables are associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and early death, report researchers.

Why Do Strawberries Taste So Good?

Why Do Strawberries Taste So Good?Each year, spectators at the Wimbledon tennis tournament get through a whopping 30 tons of strawberries in the course of a summer fortnight. It is no wonder that the association between Wimbledon and strawberries is such a marketing triumph. But why do we fall for it?

Why GM Food Is So Hard To Sell To The European Wary Public

Why GM Food Is So Hard To Sell To A European Wary PublicWhether commanding the attention of rock star Neil Young or apparently being supported by the former head of Greenpeace, genetically modified food is almost always in the news – and often in a negative light

A Diet That Mimics Fasting May Boost Health

Diet That Mimics Fasting May Boost HealthIn a new study, Valter Longo and his colleagues show that cycles of a four-day low-calorie diet that mimics fasting (FMD) cut visceral belly fat and elevated the number of progenitor and stem cells in several organs of old mice—including the brain, where it boosted neural regeneration and improved learning and memory.

Four Reasons To Have Another Cup Of Coffee

Four Reasons To Have Another Cup Of CoffeeSome like it hot, some like it iced, and some just don’t like it at all. Until recently, coffee was on the list of habits to break if you really wanted to be healthy.

Why Sales Of Bottled Water Overtaking Soft Drinks Is Nothing To Celebrate

water fountainsThe demand for bottled water it seems is booming. Canadean, a market research company specialising in the beverage industry recently reported the remarkable growth in global sales of bottled water. With an average annual growth of 6% since 2008 it looks as though water will, for the first time, overtake sales of soft drinks by 1.3% this year.

More Evidence Links Alzheimer’s and Diabetes

More Evidence Links Alzheimer’s and DiabetesElevated blood sugar can rapidly increase levels of amyloid beta, a key component of brain plaques in Alzheimer’s patients, a new study shows. The buildup of plaques is thought to be an early driver of the complex set of changes that Alzheimer’s causes in the brain.

How to Eat a More Balanced and Nutritious Diet

How to Eat a More Balanced and Nutritious DietWhen some dietary changes are made there can be a reaction in the body that may seem negative. If caffeine has been taken in large quantities over a number of years, the body will experience withdrawal symptoms such as headaches and nausea. These will pass within a couple of days -- be patient!

What Role Do Food Emulsifiers Play In Chronic Disease?

What Role Do Emulsifiers in Food Play In Chronic Disease?Have you ever wondered what those food additive numbers in the ingredients list on your food packaging meant and what they were really doing to your body? A recent study suggests emulsifiers – detergent-like food additives found in a variety of processed foods have the potential to damage the intestinal barrier, leading to inflammation and increasing our risk of chronic disease.

Introduction to Vegetarianism: Why Become a Vegetarian?

Introduction to Vegetarianism: Why Become a Vegetarian?Vegetarianism is now quite common in our society. Though each person's decision to adopt a vegetarian diet is usually based on a combination of reasons uniquely his or hers, there are three primary concerns that vegetarians may have considered. These are improved health, ethical and environmental concerns, and spiritual convictions.

Has Glyphosate Met Its Waterloo?

Has Glyphosate Met Its Waterloo?Can organic farmers use Roundup® ? I get that question a lot. Society has been told and, it seems, really believes, that as crop chemicals go, nothing could be safer. But that's just it, using nothing is safer.

Why All Cities Should Have A Department Of Food

Why All Cities Should Have A Department Of FoodIn the United States, we live in a nation where hunger and obesity go hand in hand. More than 17 million US households struggle to put food on the table, and when they do, it’s often high in fat and sugar because healthy options are scarce in low-income neighborhoods.

Stimulants In Dietary Supplements – When One Is Banned, Another Takes Its Place

Stimulants In Dietary Supplements – When One Is Banned, Another Takes Its PlaceIn a study published last week, researchers at Harvard University examined 21 brands of dietary supplements containing an herbal stimulant called Acacia rigidula. More than half of the brands analyzed contained an untested amphetamine isomer called β-methylphenylethylamine (BMPEA).

Fasting Safely for Health: The Pro and Con and the Why and How

Fasting Safely for Health: The Pro and Con and the Why and HowPeople who are not familiar with fasting may imagine that it entails sitting around getting bored and depressed, and not eating anything. It is difficult to imagine the powerful effects that fasts, using certain food and drink, can have...

Herbal Remedies: Ojibwa Tea -- Myth or Remedy?

Herbal Remedies: Ojibwa Tea -- Myth or Remedy?Ojibwa Tea has a history dating back over 100 years. Believed to have great healing powers, this herbal remedy was originally prepared by the Ojibway Indians of Cobal Ontario, Canada.

Can Garlic Offer Brain Cells Protection against Aging and Disease?

Can Garlic Offer Brain Cells Protection against Aging and Disease?A nutrient in garlic may offer the brain cells protection against aging and disease, according to new research. “Most people think of it as a ‘superfood,’ because garlic’s sulfur-containing compounds are known as an excellent source of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection."

Does Fasting Make Our Cells More Resilient To Stress?

Does Fasting Make Our Cells More Resilient To Stress?Fasting is something that human beings have practiced throughout history, often out of circumstance rather than choice. Intermittent fasting (also called alternate day fasting) has become a popular diet. In most versions of intermittent fasting, people fast or eat very little a few days each week and then eat normal amounts during the remaining days.

Changing The Conversation About Obesity: There's No Either-Or Solution

TFPChanging The Conversation About Obesity: There's No Either-Or SolutionPublic discussions about obesity can fall prey to false dichotomies in portraying complex relations among weight, eating, activity and disease risk. Applying the logic of false dichotomies, obesity is either caused by individuals eating too much, or an environment that promotes weight-gain. It’s either a disease or the result of gluttony.

The Real Paleo Diet: Early Hominids Ate Just About Everything

The Real Paleo Diet: Early Hominids Ate Just About EverythingThe trendy Paleo Diet draws inspiration from how people lived during the Paleolithic or Stone Age that ran from roughly 2.6 million to 10,000 years ago. It encourages practitioners to give up the fruits of modern culinary progress – such as dairy, agricultural products and processed foods – and start living a pseudo-hunter-gatherer lifestyle, something like Lon Chaney Jr. in the film One Million BC.

Why Is The Mercury Level In Your Tuna Getting Higher?

The Mercury Level In Your Tuna Is Getting HigherWhether man-made sources of mercury are contributing to the mercury levels in open-ocean fish has been the subject of hot debate for many years. My colleagues Carl Lamborg, Marty Horgan and I analyzed data from over the past 50 years and found that mercury levels in Pacific yellowfin tuna, often marketed as ahi tuna, is increasing at 3.8% per year. The results were reported earlier this month in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

The Energy Imbalance Gap is the Key to the Obesity Trend

The Energy Imbalance Gap: Calories In, Calories Out is the Key to the Obesity TrendThe prevailing notion about obesity is that if we just work out harder and eat a little bit better, then perhaps the obesity trend will subside in a few years. However, the key to really making a difference is food – the number of calories we eat is the most important factor in obesity.

We're Been Indoctrinated To Believe That Saturated Fat Is Bad

We're So Indoctrinated That Saturated Fat Is Bad That We Don't Listen To The ScienceGovernment nutrition guidelines recommend a high carbohydrate diet regardless of the ample evidence of the health risks it promotes. Yet, chronic diseases and obesity rates have risen in correlation with a reduced intake of dietary fat. While science has moved on, nutritional advice lags behind.

Fat And Sugar Heavy Diet Harms Your Brain – And Makes You Keep On Eating

hamburgersDo you eat only when you’re actually hungry? Many of us eat even when our bodies don’t need food. Just the thought of food entices us to eat. We think about food when we see other people eating, when we pass a favorite fast-food restaurant, when we see a scrumptious snack near the check-out at a convenience store.

This Broccoli Compound May Treat Cancer

This Broccoli Compound May Treat Prostate CancerBroccoli is frequently touted as a food that can help prevent cancer, but a compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables also may treat it.

Eating According to your Ancestry & Blood Type

Eating According to your Ancestry & Blood Type

You are what you eat, but you should "EAT WHAT YOU ARE.'' This means each of us should eat the optimal diet compatible with our blood type. Doing this sounds easy enough, but in practice it is...

A Daily Avocado Diet May Cut Cholesterol

A Daily Avocado Diet May Cut CholesterolA diet containing a moderate amount of fat and one avocado may help lower “bad” cholesterol. This, in turn, could reduce the risk of heart disease, say researchers.

Anti-Inflammatory Omega-3s: Are They Good For You?

Anti-Inflammatory 
Omega-3s: Why Are They Good For You?

Among the many properties of the various essential fatty acids—including the omega-3s, the omega-6s, and so on—are the anti-inflammatory effects of the omega-3s. These substances produce the “prostaglandins of peace” whose actions counter those of the pro-inflammatory prostaglandins responsible for inflammation.

How The Bacteria In Our Gut Affect Our Cravings For Food

How The Bacteria In Our Gut Affect Our Cravings For Food

We’ve long known that that the gut is responsible for digesting food and expelling the waste. More recently, we realised the gut has many more important functions and acts a type of mini-brain, affecting our mood and appetite. Now, new research suggests it might also play a role in our cravings for certain types of food.

Finding Pleasure and Embracing Your Bliss Through Chocolate

Embracing Your Bliss Through Chocolate

What if we could fully embrace the joy that comes with eating chocolate, without any sense of guilt, for an entire day? Could we then also embrace other experiences of joy? This is where we begin, with this thought, this question: What if? For many of us, our relationship with chocolate is not...

Children Under Three Need Water and Milk, Not Sugar-Loaded Drinks

Children Under Three Need Water and Milk, Not Sugar-Loaded Drinks

The World Health Organisation recommends we limit our sugar intake to 10% of our total calorie intake a day because of the negative effect that sugar has on our health. Boys and girls around the age of three require around 1,100 calories a day, which means no more than...

How To De-Inflame and Detox in Three Steps

How To De-Inflame and Detox in Three Steps

A healthy body is a key for a healthy mood. It is essential to know that there are many factors that can create an unhealthy body as well as poor mood—and that there are steps you can take to reverse the process.

How To Trick Yourself and Others Into Eating Less

How To Trick Yourself and Others Into Eating Less

Science has a simple and incredible trick that will help you lose weight. The idea, it seems, is to make portions appear bigger because this leads people to serve and eat less.

Salt Overload – It's Time To Get Tough On The Food Industry

Salt Overload – It's Time To Get Tough On The Food Industry

While other nations have successfully reduced their sodium intake, Australians are still eating too much salt, and paying the price with our health; a high-salt diet can lead to high blood pressure, one of the key contributors to heart disease.

Making Medicines at Home with Common Plants and Weeds

Making Medicines at Home with Common Plants and Weeds

Bo­tanicals can be incorporated into wines, cor­dials or teas, used in cooking and made into tinctures or salves. Some are applied topically as a poultice. Some plants we dry and use as teas or decoctions.

Junk Food Rats Ditch Balanced Diet To Eat Just Like Obese People

Junk food rats ditch balanced diet to eat just like obese people

Both rats and humans are omnivores, and both use flavour conditioning – learning through taste and experience which foods are good to eat and which to avoid. So if a particular flavour is associated with a desirable outcome like feeling full, this makes it more palatable, whereas a stomach illness would make it unpalatable.

Ginseng Could Be An Effective Way To Prevent The Flu

Ginseng could be an effective way to prevent the flu

Ginseng, the root of the plant Panax ginseng, is one of the most commonly used herbal medicines and is often sold as an over-the-counter remedy for fatigue. Although it has been used by humans for thousands of years, more recent research has begun to investigate therapeutic and pharmacological uses including anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory properties.

Good and Cheap: How to Eat Well on $4 a Day

Good and Cheap: How to Eat Well on $4 a Day

Using real, whole foods as the starting point for her recipes, Leanne Brown offers shopping tips and cooking techniques that help users optimize both the dollar and nutritional value of their meals. While the cookbook was conceived as a tool for SNAP recipients, who wouldn't like to eat better for cheaper?

Has Meat Met Its Match?

fake meat

The future of food arrived at Waitsfield Elementary School — a tiny brick throwback in Vermont’s pastoral Mad River Valley — just after lunch on May 15, 2014. Rachael Young slipped into the kitchen as surreptitiously as possible. “Let’s see if we can do this on the sly,” she said to me. “I don’t want them to see anything ahead of time.”

Prehistoric Teeth Show Our Ancestors Ate Medicinal Weeds

Prehistoric Teeth Show People Ate Medicinal Weeds

Plaque on prehistoric human teeth offers a whole new perspective on our ancestors’ diet and their relationship with plants. The research suggests that prehistoric people living in Central Sudan may have understood both the nutritional and medicinal qualities of many plants, including the purple nut sedge (Cyperus rotundus), regarded as a nuisance weed today.

Why the Fuss About Local Food?

Why the Fuss About Local Food?

We all need to eat, and whenever we do, we make choices. We make these choices all day long. Cook at home or eat out? Fresh or fro­zen? Raw or cooked? Sweet or savory? Cheap or expensive? Healthy or maybe not-so-healthy? Real or decaf? Cream or sugar? Tall or grande?

Ten Things You Need To Know About Fat

Ten things you didn’t know about fat

Our understanding of fats – including which ones are actually good for us – is evolving. We know for example that red meat and meat products, cakes and biscuits, which are rich sources of saturated fatty acids, are associated with an increased number of cardiovascular deaths.

Making Herbal Medicine at Home

Making Herbal Medicine at Home

There is nothing mysterious or even particularly clever or skillful about making healing formulations from plants. Intimidated by the pharmaceutical elite, we think that to be of any use a medicine must be made by a Ph.D. wearing a white lab coat. Not so! If you can make a cup of tea or cook a simple meal...

Science May Have A Clue Why Some People Are Obese but Still Healthy

Science May Have A Clue To Why Some People Are Obese and Still Healthy

Some obese people may be able to remain metabolically healthy despite their size because their bodies produce low levels of a certain molecule. High levels of the molecule, called heme oxygenase-1 or HO-1, are linked to metabolic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as high blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol...

Saturated Fats: Are They Really the Culprit in Obesity?

Saturated Fats: Are They Really the Culprit in Obesity?

“It was believed that since fat is the most ‘calorie-dense’ of the macro-nutrients, a reduction in its consumption would lead to a reduction in calories and a subsequent decrease in the incidence of obesity,” he said. But turning to carbohydrates such as sugar and corn syrup has led to a parallel increase in diabetes and obesity in the US.

Five Conclusions From The US Government's New Advice On Eating Fish

Five Conclusions From The US Government's New Advice On Eating Fish

The question of whether to eat fish while pregnant has long been a slippery one. On the one hand, expecting mothers are told that eating fish regularly is good for fetal brain development. And on the other, they’re warned that fish contain mercury, which can cause birth defects.

Think Health, Think Colored Fruits and Vegetables

Think Health, Think Colored Fruits and Vegetables

In the fifth century B.C., Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, declared, 'Let food be your medicine...' Fruits and vegetables, especially the most colorful ones, contain a bushel of disease-fighting compounds.

Trusting Yourself to Heal Others with Plant Spirit Healing

Trusting Yourself to Heal Others with Plant Spirits

We can work with plant spirits for our own personal guidance and healing, but when we call upon plant spirits to engage in the healing of another, a particular type of dynamism is added to the healing process. Plants are community beings that are here to serve the community as a whole so that when we step beyond our own personal needs...

The Natural Way To Keep Produce Fresh & Stop Waste

The Natural Way To Keep Produce Fresh and Stop The Waste

Nearly a third of all the food produced in the world is lost or wasted, according to the UN’s World Resources Institute. It is a sad irony that we waste so much food – especially fruit and vegetables – but still fail to feed the world’s ever increasing population. We need to start minimizing the amount of food that is produced and then lost.

The Food You Eat Affects Your Mood & Your Mood Affects Food You Eat

How The Food You Eat Affects Your Mood And Mood Affects food

Eating good food promotes overall health and well-being, but what you eat may also impact how you feel. Research suggests that not only can the food you eat affect your mood, but that your mood may influence the foods you choose to consume.

Little Kids Eat Healthier Snacks Than Teens

Little Kids Eat Healthier Snacks Than Teens

The average child in the US snacks three times a day. Concerned about the role of snacking in obesity, a team of researchers set out to explore how eating frequency relates to energy intake and diet quality in a sample of low-income urban school children in the Boston area.

Eating Organic Food Significantly Lowers Pesticide Exposure

Eating Organic Food Significantly Lowers Pesticide Exposure

Eating an organic diet for a week can cause pesticide levels to drop by almost 90% in adults, research from RMIT University has found.The study, led by Dr Liza Oates found participants' urinary dialkylphosphates (DAPs) measurements were 89% lower.

Poor Diet Is The Result of Poverty Not Lack of Education

Poor diet is the result of poverty not lack of education

Contrary to popular belief, people who are experiencing food poverty are not ignorant of what they should eat as part of a healthy diet or even where to buy affordable food. There is a wealth of research showing that the most important factor for having a healthy diet is access to affordable healthy food.

Making Stone Soup: Mother's Day for Dummies

Mother's Day for Dummies: Making Stone Soup

Spring is the season for regeneration, but it is also the season for she who generates. In April, we honor Mother Earth on Earth Day, then come May, we honor our own respective mothers on Mother’s Day. Gotta love ’em both because...

Fat Free and Natural? Seven Food Labeling Tricks Exposed

Fat Free and Natural? Seven Food Labeling Tricks Exposed

If you’re confused by food labels, you’re not alone. Marketers use a variety of tricks to make foods seem healthier and more appealing than their competitors, particularly when it comes to products aimed at children. One of the most powerful advertising tools a food manufacturer has is the packaging.

The Energetics of Food: The Yin & Yang of Vitality & Health

The Energetics of Food: The Yin & Yang of Vitality & Health

Each of us manifests our own energetic makeup, and this determines the balance of foods that promote vitality and health with the foods that detoxify and eliminate cancerous agents. The dynamics of the yin and yang aspects of different foods and how they relate to each person are also significant...

Myths and Facts about Your Weight & Diet

Myths and Facts about Your Weight & Diet

It never ceases to amaze me how many myths we’re bombarded with concerning diet, exercise, and weight. Following are some common myths that I hear frequently from my patients. Have you heard them, too? Have you begun to realize that they’re false?

Diet For Thyroid Patients – 6 Foods To Include And 4 Foods To Avoid

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the lower part of the neck. It has a very important role to play in the different metabolic processes occurring in your body. Your thyroid is responsible for releasing two main hormones. These are triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones help in controlling the metabolism in your body.

A Wholistic Approach to Weight Management

weight management

Although I don’t believe in calorie counting, I do believe it is essential to be wise in our dietary choices. If weight loss is a goal, then choosing low-energy-density foods for the bulk of your diet and using high-energy foods as condiments or...

Healthy Snacks Low on Sugar, Refined Carbs, and Trans Fats

Healthy Snacks Low on Sugar, Refined Carbs, and TransFats

Most snack foods contain sugar, refined carbohydrates, and often trans fats as well. This can make healthy snacking difficult. However, there are a variety of insulin-friendly snacks that you can either prepare in advance or quickly...

How To Shut Off the Body's Source of Toxins

How To Shut Off the Body's Source of Toxins

The principal source of toxins is our diet. If an illness has appeared, it is because the foods we consume supply and produce a greater quantity of toxins than our eliminatory organs can remove. It is therefore...

The Holiday Season: Over-Eating and Over-Snacking?

The Holiday Season: OverEating and OverSnacking?

It is believed that almost 75 percent of all overeating is caused by your emotions. It is normal to eat due to your emotions once in awhile. When it happens constantly then there is a problem. This type of eating can lead to consuming...

Gut Microbes and Diet Interact to Affect Obesity

Gut Microbes and Diet Interact to Affect Obesity

Gut microbes from lean people helped prevent mice from becoming obese—but only if the animals ate a healthy diet. The research could point the way to new treatments for obesity.

What is Natural? Veganism or Radical Sustainability?

What is Natural? Veganism or Radical Sustainability?

On Vancouver Island, in the temperate northwest of North America, the Coast Salish people were very healthy in the early 20th century. What did they eat? Fish, grease (whale, fish, bear, seal etc.), sea mammals, shellfish, berries, deer and a variety of seasonal plant foods. They prized grease, guts and flesh as their most vital foods...

Are You Irrationally Impatient When You're Hungry?

Are You Irrationally Impatient When You're Hungry?

"I'm hun­gry," I declared. "I need to eat something." Time passed; I got hungrier and hungrier. All the while I was acting like a lunatic, there was a part of me, my still-reasonable self, observing my behavior and thinking to myself: What is going on? It felt as if I had been...

Would You Eat This Burger?

Would You Eat This Burger?Ezra Klein talks with Bruce Friedrich Senior Advocacy Director of Farm Sanctuary about the ethical and environmental implications of lab-grown meat.

From Small Seeds to Mighty Well-Being and Health

From Small Seeds to Mighty Well-Being and Health

Seeds are where it all begins. They promise the start of things. They’re superconcentrated sources of energy. While vegetables still have their detractors (why? why?), anyone can chomp on a handful of seeds. If you’re struggling, they’ll support you nutritionally and offer a sprinkle of badly needed cheer...

Healing Yourself with Herbs: Physical and Etheric

Healing Yourself with Herbs: Physical and Etheric

If you make a commitment to yourself and to the herbs, and if you are consistent, you will be richly rewarded on your journey with them. This is also true when working with the spiritual energies of herbs and...

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