Does Tylenol Make Us Miss Mistakes?

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"It looks like acetaminophen makes it harder to recognize an error, which may have implications for cognitive control in daily life," says Dan Randles.

Can Long Lost Data Put Heart Healthy Oils To Rest?

Can Long Lost Data Put Heart Healthy Oils To Rest?Can Long Lost Data Put Heart Healthy Oils To Rest?Randomized controlled trials—considered the gold standard for medical research—have never shown that linoleic acid-based dietary interventions reduce the risk of heart attacks or deaths.

Is Eating Vegetarian In Our Genes?

Is Eating Vegetarian In Our Genes?Our study is the first to connect an insertion allele with vegetarian diets, and the deletion allele with a marine diet,. A genetic variation has evolved in populations that have eaten a plant-based diet over hundreds of generations, such as in India, Africa, and parts of East Asia.

Are Corn-fed Fish Less Healthy To Eat?

Are Corn-fed Fish Less Healthy To Eat?A large portion of the seafood consumed in North America is farmed. But the food those fish eat increasingly includes more crop-based ingredients, like corn, soy, and wheat.

Why The Backlash Against Fish Oil Has Been Overcooked

fish oil 4 9As a young child I recall my grandmother giving me the largest spoonfuls of cod liver oil, coaxing me with the promise of an equally large spoonful of golden syrup. It was probably a throwback to her own childhood when the post-war government sought to provide infants with a cod liver oil supplement.

Five Foods That Used To Be Bad For You ... But Now Aren't

Five Foods That Used To Be Bad For You ... But Now Aren'tNutritional guidelines and recommendations are constantly changing in the light of new research. It can be difficult to keep up with which foods are healthy and which aren’t. Here we look at five foods that have gone through the cycle of being the villains of nutritional science but are now, based on some old and some new science, apparently okay to eat again.

Why Finding A Real Alternative To Sugar Has Been So Difficult

Why Finding A Real Alternative To Sugar Has Been So DifficultSo much for the decades in which fats and oils were public enemy number one on our dinner plates. There is more and more evidence that sugar – or more precisely, carbohydrate – is behind our increasing rates of obesity and heart disease.

Let's Stop With The Frozen Food Snobbery

Let's Stop With The Frozen Food SnobberyIt’s fair to say that frozen food has a bit of an image problem. One in three Britons believe it is inferior to fresh food, and 43% say that nothing could persuade them to buy more frozen fare.

Sugar: It's Not Just The Calories That Are Bad For You

Sugar: It's Not Just The Calories That Are Bad For YouThe main aim of the UK’s new tax on sugary soft drinks is to reduce obesity in children. But, apart from causing child – and adult – obesity, too much sugar also increases the risk of many serious diseases, from cancer to heart disease. And sugar’s calories provide only part of the explanation.

Obesity: Stop Accusing The Poor Of Making Bad Choices

Obesity: Stop Accusing The Poor Of Making Bad ChoicesLast month, the UK health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, called childhood obesity “a national emergency”, but the government has once again delayed publishing its strategy aimed at combating it. Obesity is much more common in people with less money and education and this socioeconomic gap is getting larger.

Taking A Break From Your Diet Helps Long-term Weight Loss

Taking A Break From Your Diet Helps Long-term Weight LossGood news. Taking a break from your diet every so often will help you lose weight in the long term.How many times have you attempted to lose weight only to fall short and fail? For many people it is extremely challenging to stick to a strict dietary and exercise program for more than a few weeks.

Do We Actually Crave The Food That Our Bodies Need?

Japanese people are more likely to crave sushi because it’s what they eat regularly. Kana Hata/Flickr, CC BYFood craving is an intense desire to consume a particular food that is difficult to resist. This is different from hunger, as consumption of any number of foods satisfies hunger. Food craving is an intense desire to consume a particular food that is difficult to resist. This is different from hunger, as consumption of any number of foods satisfies hunger.

Things To Consider When Pondering Whether We Should Eat Red Meat

Things To Consider When Pondering Whether We Should Eat Red MeatMany types of red meat and red meat products are available, from farmers' markets, to supermarkets, to restaurants. The impacts of their production and consumption on human health, animal welfare and the environment are complex.

Does Eating Chocolate Improve Your Brain Function?

Does Eating Chocolate Improve Your Brain Function?Everyone loves a study that turns one of our favourite vices into a health benefit. This week, the news headlines tell us “eating chocolate improves brain function” and that it “could help protect against normal age-related decline”.

Do Over The Counter Weight-loss Supplements Work?

Acai berries are just berries. Youtube, CC BYThe list of over-the-counter dietary and weight loss supplements is exhaustive, with the majority based on scant supporting evidence from studies conducted in humans to support their claims. Weight-loss products make up one of the largest growing markets in the world.

What Are Ready Meals Doing To Our Health?

What Are Ready Meals Doing To Our Health?Who doesn’t like a ready meal once in a while? People in the UK certainly do: consumption of ready meals and convenience meat products has increased five-fold over the last 40 years, according to the latest National Food Survey on UK food-buying habits. High levels of calories and fat in some of these products can

Can You Survive By Eating Nothing But Potatoes?

Can You Survive By Eating Nothing But Potatoes?In the film The Martian, Matt Damon’s character, Mark Watney, is stranded on the red planet with nothing to eat but spuds. Now, a 36-year-old Australian is following the same diet, voluntarily. In an attempt to lose weight and improve his relationship with food, Andrew Taylor has decided to eat nothing but potatoes for a year.

Should You Eat Breakfast?

Should You Eat Breakfast?In the middle of the last century, popular nutrition author Adelle Davis advised people to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. Her advice stuck. Recent examination of the merits of adults eating breakfast has raised the question of whether we should indeed eat like kings at breakfast or just skip it all together.

Sugar May Be As Damaging To The Brain As Extreme Stress Or Abuse

Sugar May Be As Damaging To The Brain As Extreme Stress Or AbuseWe all know that cola and lemonade aren’t great for our waistline or our dental health, but our new study on rats has shed light on just how much damage sugary drinks can also do to our brain. The changes we observed to the region of the brain that controls emotional behaviour and cognitive function were more extensive than those

Six Tips For Losing Weight Without Fad Diets

Six Tips For Losing Weight Without Fad DietsDon’t limit yourself to grapefruit – increasing the amount and variety of fruit and vegetables can help you lose weight. Monday – start diet. Tuesday – break diet! Wednesday – plan to start again next Monday.

Why Wonky Vegetables And Ugly Fruit Are Making A Comeback

Why Wonky Vegetables And Ugly Fruit Are Making A ComebackDo the same rules that govern human attraction also apply to our choices of fruit and vegetables? Plenty of evidence suggests we do look for similar traits in both people and produce, and our perceptions of food are clearly affected by what

Too Fat, Too Thin? What Is Your Ideal Weight?

Too Fat, Too Thin? What Is Your Ideal Weight?Public health authorities are forever telling us how much we should weigh, but one essential element is missing: shape.

Disease May Wipe Out Bananas And How To Save Them

Disease May Wipe Out Bananas And How To Save Them

Catastrophe is looming for the banana industry. A new strain has emerged of a soil-borne fungus known as “Panama disease” which can wipe out entire plantations – and it is rapidly spreading around the world. Farmers in Australia, Latin America and across Asia and Africa all fear the worst.

Carnitine Before Pregnancy May Lower Autism Risk

Carnitine Before Pregnancy May Lower Autism Risk"For some individuals, this simple nutritional supplement might really help reduce the risk of developing autism spectrum disorder. Any progress on the prevention front would be welcome given the number of people affected," says Zhigang Xie.

Are Diet Books Our Manuals For A Better World?

A common thread in all of the diets Adrienne Rose Johnson analyzed is an assumption that "the more modern we become, the sicker we become," she says. (Credit: Malloreigh/Flickr)People don’t read diet books just to lose weight. They serve as both “myths and manuals” for a better world, a new analysis of contemporary diet books suggests.

If You're Going To Drink, Make It Part Of Your Mediterranean Diet

If You're Going To Drink, Make It Part Of Your Mediterranean DietThe British government’s new guidelines advise reducing alcohol consumption to 14 units a week for both men and women and bluntly state that, for some cancers of the mouth, throat and breast, “risk increases with any amount you drink”

Could Acid In Aspirin Fight Alzheimers?

asprin 1 6Scientists are taking a closer look at the main breakdown product of aspirin, called salicylic acid, and its potential to treat neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Is The Sun Going Down On Vitamin D?

The Sun Goes Down On Vitamin DEveryone loves D, the sunshine vitamin. Doctors, patients and the media have been enamoured with vitamin D supplements for decades. As well as their clear benefit in curing severe vitamin D deficiencies, endless headlines hail their magical ability to reduce a vast range of conditions from dementia to cancer.

Five Edible Insects You Really Should Try

Five Edible Insects You Really Should TryEdible insects are great alternatives to conventional sources of meat as they’re cheap, plentiful and excellent sources of protein and fat, as well as vitamins and minerals.

Five Food Safety Myths Busted

Five Food Safety Myths BustedThis time of year, most fridges are stocked up with food and drinks to share with family and friends. Let’s not make ourselves and our guests sick by getting things wrong when preparing and serving food.

Who Is To Blame For Overeating?

Who Is To Blame For Overeating?People overeat. And people don’t always make the healthiest food choices. That much is clear. But who is to blame for overeating and poor food choices? And can we do anything about it?

Low Vitamin D Linked To Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Low Vitamin D Linked To Irritable Bowel SyndromeResearchers found a significant association between a patient’s vitamin D levels and the severity of their IBS symptoms, particularly the extent to which IBS affects their quality of life.

Does What A Man Eats Affect His Sperm And Future Generations?

Does What A Man Eats Affect His Sperm And Future Generations?In 1809, the French evolutionist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck put forward the theory that acquired traits could be transmitted to the next generation. His theory implies that our health is determined by the chosen lifestyle of our ancestors, long before our own existence. And our latest research adds to the credibility of this long-neglected theory.

Why Do People Choose Expensive Branded Drugs Over Cheap Generics?

Why Do People Choose Expensive Branded Drugs Over Cheap Generics?

The Australian federal court has accused Reckitt Benckiser of misleading consumers. The UK-based company has been marketing products in their Nurofen range for specific types of pain. The truth is, they all contain the same active ingredient: an analgesic drug called ibuprofen. Ibuprofen can’t be targeted at any specific pains.

Can Intermittent Fasting Diets Help You Lose Weight?

Can Intermittent Fasting Diets Help You Lose Weight?Intermittent fasting diets involve periods of fasting cycled with periods of feeding. Fasting involves a zero or reduced calorie intake from foods and drinks. Feeding can involve food and drink consumption under strict rules – or not – and can be ad libitum (eating based on your hunger and fullness) – or not.

Is Your Holiday Overeating Linked to Nostalgia?

Is Your Holiday Overeating Linked to Nostalgia?The holidays bring with them an abundance of festivities centered around eating and drinking. And, not to play Scrooge, but much of our favorite holiday fare sits atop the list of those opiate-like "trigger foods." These foods fall in the "naughty" category because they set off chemicals in the brain that make us want to gorge ourselves...

Farmers Would Do Better To Understand The Land Than Grow GM Crops

Farmers Would Do Better To Understand The Land Than Grow GM CropsSuppose your relationship is falling apart and you want to save it. To find the best counsellor, you might search online or ask your friends. It’s no different in agriculture. The rational response to any food or farming dilemma is to test and compare different options to see which is most effective as a solution.

When Is An Aspirin A Day To Prevent Heart Attacks Too Risky?

When Is An Aspirin A Day To Prevent Heart Attacks Too Risky?We’ve known for a long time that aspirin can help prevent damage from a heart attack or a stroke if taken during one of those events. In fact, you might have seen ads about how aspirin can be lifesaving during a heart attack.

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...

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