Complementary medicine has received a lot of attention in the past couple of weeks.
Some of us can definitely say we have a sweet tooth. Whether it’s cakes, chocolates, cookies, lollies or soft drinks, our world is filled with intensely pleasurable sweet treats.
Eating out is bad for us. Studies have shown that food provided outside the home contains more calories and more fat, especially saturated fat.
Futurists tell us that we will be eating in vitro meat (IVM) – meat grown in a laboratory rather than on a farm – within five to ten years.
Food advertising strongly influences the eating choices of adults, adolescents and children alike. But TV and magazine adverts often carry misleading health and nutrition claims.
Children born to obese women have double the chance of being obese themselves by age two, compared to children born to women of a recommended body mass index (BMI).
One of the most important vitamins for your health is vitamin D. It allows the body to absorb calcium and phosphate from your diet, which are essential for the development of healthy bones.
When people don’t seem to use science to make decisions, it is tempting to assume that it’s because they don’t understand the underlying science.
Scientists are investigating a compound found in green tea for often-fatal medical complications associated with bone-marrow disorders.
I was recently asked: If my eating habits are half good and half bad, does that make my overall diet balanced?
Simple painkillers (such as aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen) are widely bought over the counter and prescribed by doctors. But the stark truth is that most of these medicines don’t work very well.
More than a half-million people have lost over 5 million pounds by learning to conquer their food cravings. For many people, food choices have little to do with physical hunger. Instead, they are driven by an emotional hunger and they eat to satisfy some kind of longing.
Dietary guidelines come under a lot of fire. They have been accused of not being based on evidence, not being environmentally sustainable and being out of touch with nutritional science. They also fail to change people’s eating habits, as shown in Australia and the US.
We generally assume moderate drinking (two standard drinks per day) is good for our health.
In the past few years, you may have noticed more and more people around you turning away from meat. At dinner parties or family barbecues, on your social media feed or in the news, vegetarianism and its more austere cousin, veganism, are becoming increasingly popular.
A highly toxic form of mercury could jump by 300 to 600 percent in zooplankton—tiny animals at the base of the marine food chain—if land runoff increases by 15 to 30 percent, according to a new study.
Beef from Brazil, avocados from Mexico, lamb from New Zealand, wines from South Africa and green beans from Kenya – food shopping lists have a distinctly international flavour.
A feeling of apathy or being a little forgetful from time to time is nothing unusual. But for some, this could be an early sign of not getting enough thiamine (also known as vitamin B1).
“Bloating”, the feeling of a full and swollen belly, is one of the most common complaints we hear about in medical practice from patients, with 10 to 30% of people experiencing it.
The benefits of eating vegetables is one of the first lessons we try to teach our often reluctant children. Six million years ago, they wouldn’t have had a choice.
In January, many of us strive to be stronger, lighter, faster versions of ourselves. It is also the busiest time of the year for physiotherapists.
Invasive insects called Asian shot hole borers are turning up in new areas of California where they threaten an important crop: avocados.
How can you get a fussy child to eat vegetables? It’s a question that plagues many frustrated parents at countless mealtimes.
Fish oil supplements may seem like a relatively recent health fad but they have actually been produced in the UK on a large scale since 1935
That spicy tuna roll you order at your favorite sushi restaurant may not be tuna at all. Scientists say as much as half of nine types of fish sold in sushi restaurants they sampled may be mislabeled, despite tougher laws and increased media scrutiny in recent years.
A new study claims to have settled the debate on calorie restriction and longevity, but it is a complex read and far from definitive.
These days, many of us are flooded with advice on what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat. You may even have heard that you should avoid eating while standing up or lying down.
Amid the contention about diets and detoxes, sugar and fats, there is at least general agreement that a Mediterranean diet – fruit, vegetables, olive oil, grains, fish – is a good thing.
Andrew Taylor has eaten only potatoes for a whole year. Well, almost. He made his diet more nutritious by including sweet potatoes, and adding nut or soya milk to mashed potatoes.
To boost strength and resilience we need to eat more nutrient-dense foods and support blood circulation. The digestive system is an important source of support for the lungs that also tends to express more deficiencies in autumn.
Imagine you’re in the aisle of your favorite grocery store, bombarded with hundreds of the latest and greatest products on the market.
With the holiday season over, now comes the time for all kinds of food resolutions, mainly focused on dieting.
At this time of year, alcohol promotions, sales and consumption are prominent. Many of us enjoy celebrating a year ended, work and family gatherings, a holiday and a time to kick back and relax.
The holiday season has become a jet-fueled boost of over-indulgence on an already excessive culture of over-consumption.
Wheat is everywhere. It’s in bread, pasta, pastries, biscuits, pizza, batter, cereals, soups, sauces, instant drinks, salad dressing, processed meats and sweets, to name but a few. The western diet is so infatuated with wheat that most of us eat a kilo or more a week. So why do we love it?
Around 2006, Cherokee leaders approached administrative liaison Pat Gwin about starting a seed bank. They already had launched an initiative to improve health care access and infrastructure at the reservation; now, they wanted to go even deeper by recovering ancestral seeds to preserve their cultural heritage.
The holiday season is in full swing, and with it comes time for family celebration while gathering around tables full of delicious foods with seasonal spices!
The rise of obesity around the globe has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to urge countries to impose a tax on sugary drinks, which are blamed for the spread of the epidemic.
In an industry usually focused on medicine and procedures, a Philadelphia-area hospital decided what its patients needed was a farm and advice about food.
Most people consume way too much salt. Edelweiss Wentzel-Viljoen and Alta Schutte explain why it is important to watch your intake.
You may consider the turkey to be a traditional part of your Christmas celebrations. But however you cook it, something about this festive bird is changing – it’s getting fatter.
A lot of people will have already made up their mind about whether humans need dairy in their diet and will be thinking that the answer is obviously “yes” or obviously “no”. But nutrition is based on science not opinion – so, here’s the latest research on the matter.
Taking a low-dose aspirin every day to reduce the risk of heart disease or cancer may be worth the increased risk of stomach bleeding, an analysis shows.
Whether it’s frothing milk for a cappuccino or beating egg whites into meringue for a pavlova or macaroons, you can thank chemistry for the reactions that make them possible.
The idea that healthy foods are universally more expensive can lead consumers to make choices that aren’t always necessary, a new study suggests.
Just one dose of a hallucinogenic drug offers many cancer patients up to six months of relief from disease-related anxiety or depression.
Anyone who has tried to lose weight and keep it off knows how difficult the task can be. It seems like it should be simple: Just exercise to burn more calories and reduce your calorie intake.
Eating a very high-fat diet early in life may disrupt development of the prefrontal cortex in young brains, according to new research in mice.
People who regularly go on diets tend to lose weight initially but bounce back and even gain weight after stopping the regime.
Most people are interested in how to slow the ageing process, or at least they get more interested as the years tick by.
When you hear the term “food poisoning” it usually conjures up images of hurried journeys to the toilet and rueful reviews while there of what was eaten the previous day.
“Eat your bran even if it tastes horrible – its good for you!” Many of us remember this advice from decades ago.
Rice is the staple food of billions of people throughout the developing world. But beyond easing hunger pains and providing carbohydrates for energy, it has little nutritional value.
It’s no wonder people are confused about whether it’s good to eat cheese, when even food experts are divided.
Cranberries, the little red berries from North America, are not effective for curing urinary tract infections. This piece of information is bound to disappoint the women who have been swallowing cranberry capsules for years in the hope that it was. But, alas, this is what science shows.
Inflammation is one of the main reasons why people with diabetes experience heart attacks, strokes, kidney problems, and other, related complications. Now a surprise finding identifies a possible trigger of chronic inflammation.
Recent studies estimate up to 30 percent of seafood in restaurants and supermarkets is actually something other than what is listed on the menu or label.
Massachusetts is the latest state to vote on a ballot initiative to increase the amount of space that animals are allowed in industrial food production systems.
A review of seven research studies suggests a vitamin D deficiency might increase the risk of bladder cancer.
The discarded bone of a chicken leg, still etched with teeth marks from a dinner thousands of years ago, provides some of the oldest known physical evidence for the introduction of domesticated chickens to the continent of Africa.
The “dad bod”, it seems, is in vogue. And now a new book claims that gaining weight after fatherhood makes men healthier, more attractive and more likely to live longer than their “skinny” counterparts.
Should we eat breakfast every day? How much dairy should we have? Should we use artificial sweeteners to replace sugar?
The gold standard treatment for cancer in the last few decades has been a combination of surgery – to remove tumours – and chemotherapy and radiotherapy – to kill cancer cells.
Scientists have identified for the first time the region in the brain responsible for the “placebo effect” in pain relief, when a fake treatment actually results in substantial reduction of pain.
Depending on your genetic make-up, you might be able to drink coffee right before bed or feel wired after just one cup, ongoing research shows.
In the food world, one of the biggest stories of the last 50 years has been the waning of French culinary authority, the end of a 300-year reign.
“A glass of red wine a day could keep polycystic ovaries at bay,” said a news headline this week.
Sausages are no joke. Jamie Oliver learned that lesson when he rashly included chorizo in a recipe for paella. “WTF, Jamie Oliver?” outraged Spaniards asked the Naked Chef in a Twitterstorm of indignation.
Currently 25 states and the District of Columbia have medical cannabis programs. On Nov. 8, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota will vote on medical cannabis ballot initiatives, while Montana will vote on repealing limitations in its existing law.
In a small weight-loss study, women on a high-protein diet did lose weight but didn’t see improvements in insulin sensitivity, which can help lower diabetes risk.
Theobroma, the genus to which cacao, or “cocoa” as we know it, belongs, translates from the Latin as “food of the gods”
Researchers find no link between how hungry we feel and the number of calories we consume.
Women who replaced an afternoon diet drink with water lost more weight and had better insulin sensitivity.
Eating processed meat can increase your risk of getting colorectal cancer. The World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) says that each 50g portion of processed meat eaten daily (about two bacon rashers) increases bowel cancer risk by 18%.
The gut microbiota is the community of bugs, including bacteria, that live in our intestine. It has been called the body’s “forgotten organ” because of the important role it plays beyond digestion and metabolism.
Aspirin is, like ibuprofen and Voltaren (diclofenac), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain and reduce fever.
A compound derived from the leaves of the neem plant could significantly suppress the development of prostate cancer, according to new research with mice.
Three in five Australian adults get sucked in by promotions and specials on junk food and sugary drinks at the supermarket, research released today shows.
Metformin is the most widely used drug to treat type 2 diabetes globally. In Australia, approximately two-thirds of patients with type 2 diabetes are prescribed metformin, either alone or in combination with other pills, or with insulin injections.
Food scientists argue that near-infrared spectroscopy would work better than other methods to detect food fraud.
There’s a lot of hype around edible insects. Insects are being championed as a healthy and sustainable alternative to conventional protein sources in Europe and the US, and “ento-prising” new products are appearing almost every week.
High blood pressure is called the silent killer. That’s because it has no symptoms. Having high blood pressure (hypertension) increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, heart failure and kidney disease.
We all understand how important breastfeeding is for baby’s health. Breastfeeding mothers often receive a variety of well-intentioned advice about what and what not to eat during this period. But what does the science say?
Opponents and proponents of genetically modified food have invoked science in their arguments, but science has no definitive answer.
Defective imports from China, from pet food that kills pets, to toys containing lead, have grabbed headlines in United States for years. Regulations in China are lax, and the communist regime regularly attempts to cover up domestic food scandals.
An increasing number of food-poisoning outbreaks in Britain are being caused by undercooked chicken livers.
Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a synthetic chemical made from a substance found in a fungus that grows on rye and other grains, called ergot.
A friend reckons he has it good. His partner cooks a bacon-hash-brown-fry-up for breakfast every day. “Are you sure?” I said. “Cause that’s exactly what I would feed my partner if I wanted to bump him off!”
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” says the proverb—but maybe not in China. Due to a lack of regulation and enforcement, farmers in China regularly add dangerous amounts of fertilizers, preservatives, pesticides, and other chemicals
A hotel in Reykjavík has on display a McDonald’s burger and fries, seemingly undecomposed after 2,512 days – and counting. It was bought on October 30, 2009, the day that the last McDonald’s in Iceland closed.
In a squalid fish farm in Yangjiang, Guangdong, farmers fed tilapia fish with the feces of pigs and geese to lower the cost of production.
In one of television’s more bizarre recent offerings, the History Channel show “Appalachian Outlaws” follows a band of West Virginians as they hunt rugged forests for American ginseng, a medicinal root worth hundreds of dollars per pound.
Vitamins and minerals are essential for keeping us in good health. While eating a varied diet should give us all the nutrients we need
After numerous food scares in China, the Chinese have become disillusioned with the communist regime’s ability to properly regulate the food industry. And the contaminated food does not just stay in China. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regularly refuses shipments from China...
A new study complicates the “five-second rule,” the widely accepted idea that it’s okay to scoop up fallen food and eat it if you’re quick enough.
Low levels of vitamin D are linked to an increased risk of cognitive decline and impairment in elderly Chinese people.
Scientists have predicted that by 2050 there will be 9.6 billion humans living on Earth. With the rise of the middle class, we are expected to increase our consumption of animal products by up to 70% using the same limited resources that we have today.
If you’ve ever have the misfortune of a heart attack or are considered at risk of heart disease or stroke, your doctor will probably prescribe a statin drug, such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), to lower your blood cholesterol levels.
Named after the Greek word kreas, meaning flesh, creatine is an amino acid derivative found in all cells in the body, but is stored primarily in muscle.
When it comes to fruit and vegetables, the most common battleground (for parents and public health experts alike) is getting people to eat them.