How US Policy Is Shifting Toward Nutrition For Better Health

How US Policy Is Shifting Toward Nutrition For Better Health

In this new year, millions of Americans will make resolutions about healthier eating. In 2019, could U.S. government leaders further resolve to improve healthier eating as well, joining public health experts in seeing that food is medicine?

Want To Be Happier, Healthier, And Save Money?

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Research shows people who cook more have healthier eating patterns, spend less money on take away foods and have indicators of better health.

Why We Shouldn't All Be Vegan

Why We Shouldn't All Be VeganAfter decades in which the number of people choosing to cut out meat from their diet has steadily increased, 2019 is set to be the year the world changes the way that it eats.

Why Coconut Oil Is Best Treated With Caution

Why Coconut Oil Is Best Treated With CautionCoconut oil is under attack. Once hailed as a miraculous superfood, its reputation has been more than a little bruised after a Harvard professor described the substance as “pure poison”.

Love Meat Too Much To Be Vegetarian? Go Flexitarian

Love Meat Too Much To Be Vegetarian? Go FlexitarianA flexitarian is defined as “one whose normally meatless diet occasionally includes meat or fish”. The term, first coined in 1998, describes people who mostly, but don’t always eat vegetarian foods.

How Restaurants Are Wooing Flexitarians

How Restaurants Are Wooing FlexitariansFlexitarians are those who still eat meat, but only on a part-time basis. Restaurants and fast-food chains have them top of mind, with A&W’s version of a veggie burger.

Why Foraging For Free Is Food For The Soul

foraging for health fun 1 11In the past few years, there’s been a resurgence in the idea of foraging for food. The practice of hand gathering plants and animals for bait, money or the table has long taken place

How Do I Tell If I'm Dehydrated?

How Do I Tell If I'm Dehydrated?It’s a message that’s been drummed into us since childhood. Drink water, especially when it’s hot, otherwise you’ll get dehydrated.

How Difficulty In Identifying Emotions Could Be Affecting Your Weight

How Difficulty In Identifying Emotions Could Be Affecting Your WeightMost of us, at some point, have turned to food to make ourselves feel better. Whether it is snuggling up with a pot of ice cream following a break up (channeling an inner Bridget Jones perhaps) or turning to chocolate and biscuits to keep us going through a difficult day at work.

Shellfish Tops The List Of US Adult Food Allergies

Shellfish Tops The List Of US Adult Food AllergiesMore than 10 percent of adults in the United States—over 26 million—are estimated to have a food allergy, and almost twice as many people believe they do, according to new research.

Should We Really Be Eating More Fat?

Should We Really Be Eating More Fat?Public health guidelines, such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, have long emphasized reducing dietary fat intake, but nutritionists and other health scientists now have more recent evidence that not all fats have adverse effects.

The Scientific Defense Of The Brussels Sprout

The Scientific Defense Of The Brussels SproutBrussels sprouts, like their European namesake, divide opinion. Some people embrace the flavour and familiarity of the small green vegetable. To others, they are an object of derision and disgust.

4 Tips For Safely Cooking And Keeping Your Turkey

4 Tips For Safely Cooking And Keeping Your Turkey

For countless households, Christmas is turkey time. The bird takes pride of place in festive meals across the world – but if not stored, handled and cooked properly it can cause serious food poisoning.

Winter Blues and Broken Bones: How To Get Enough Vitamin D3

winter blues and broken bones: how to get enough vitamin d3Vitamin D is often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin”. It is produced in your skin in response to sunlight and is a vital organic compound supporting the absorption of calcium and protecting bone strength, supporting immune function, and regulating mood. Deficiencies in Vitamin D can lead to...

5 Ways To Cut Down Your Food Waste This Christmas

5 Ways To Cut Down Your Food Waste This ChristmasThe average family throws away about £700 (US$885) worth of food each year. This is not just a drain on our finances, but also has significant environmental impacts – both in terms of production and waste management – and Christmas is no different.

5 Ways To Encourage People To Reduce Eating Meat

5 Ways To Encourage People To Reduce Eating MeatMeat makes a meal, so goes the saying. But with more people than ever before ditching meat for plant-based alternatives, it seems meaty dishes are starting to go out of fashion.

Why Snacking Could Be Damaging Your Health

Why Snacking Could Be Damaging Your HealthBreakfast simply didn’t exist for large parts of history. The Romans, for example, didn’t eat it – usually consuming only one meal around midday

How Important Is Eating Breakfast?

How Important Is Eating 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.

5 Ways To Boost Your Nutrition Before Pregnancy

5 Ways To Boost Your Nutrition Before PregnancyThinking about trying to have a baby? Then now is the time for future moms (and dads) to “spring clean” food and lifestyle habits. Here are our five nutrition tips before pregnancy.

Here's The Skinny On Fasting For Weight Loss

Here's The Skinny On Fasting For Weight LossThe “new” weight-loss strategy known as the 5:2 diet has been receiving much attention in the media since the book The Fast Diet: The Secret of Intermittent Fasting - Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer was launched late last year.

Want To Eat Fish That's Truly Good For You?

Want To Eat Fish That's Truly Good For You?
Seafood is very healthy to eat – all things considered. Fish and shellfish are an important source of protein, vitamins and minerals, and they are low in saturated fat. But seafood’s claim to fame is its omega-3 fatty acids which are beneficial to health. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans strongly suggest that adults eat two servings of seafood, or a total of eight ounces, per week.

Do Omega-3 Supplements Reduce Heart Attacks?

Do Omega-3 Supplements Reduce Heart Attacks?
A recent widely-reported study has reignited debate around whether omega-3 supplements reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. The study showed a particular form of omega-3 oil lowered the risk of people with heart disease experiencing a major “end point” event by 25%.

Why You Like Coffee, And I Like Tea

Why You Like Coffee, And I Like Tea
Do you drink freshly brewed coffee to start off your day? Or is a cup of English breakfast tea a better option for you?

Are Fish Oil Supplements Beneficial?

Are Fish Oil Supplements Beneficial?
There are suggestions that fish oil is good for a range of health conditions including arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, mental health and heart disease. It’s even been suggested that fish oil might make people smarter, so should we all be taking supplements?

Healthy Guts Are Swarming With Bugs, So What Do They Do?

Healthy Guts Are Swarming With Bugs, So What Do They Do?
The healthy human body is swarming with microorganisms. They inhabit every nook and cranny on the surfaces of our body. But by far the largest collection of microorganisms reside in our gastrointestinal tract – our gut.

Why Some People Overeat When They're Upset

Why Some People Overeat When They're Upset
The idea of eating a tub of ice cream to cope with being upset has become a bit cliche. Though some might not need a tub of chocolate swirl to help perk themselves up again, there do seem to be systematic differences in the way that people cope with upsetting events, with some more likely to find solace in food than others.

Should You Take Probiotics When You’re On Antibiotics?

Should You Take Probiotics When You’re On Antibiotics?
Antibiotics kill harmful bacteria that cause disease. But they also cause collateral damage to the microbiome, the complex community of bacteria that live in our gut. This results in a profound, though usually temporary, depletion of the beneficial bacteria.

5 Food Mistakes To Avoid If You're Trying To Lose Weight

5 Food Mistakes To Avoid If You're Trying To Lose Weight
Many people wonder why they’re not losing weight when they follow a strict diet and exercise routine. One possible reason is that what look like healthy options aren’t what they seem.

Food is the Best Medicine Leading to Longevity and Health

Food is the Best Medicine Leading to Longevity and Health
In a modern diet, we eat many foods that are not good for us. Because of the ease of preparing processed foods, we are eating a lot of unhealthy fats and by doing this we are actually causing a lot of our own health problems. Food can be directly linked to many different diseases. Therefore, it’s essential that we watch what we eat and how we eat it.

Who Lives Longest: Meat Eaters Or Vegetarians?

Who Lives Longest: Meat Eaters Or Vegetarians?

Our ability to live a long life is influenced by a combination of our genes and our environment. In studies that involve identical twins, scientists have estimated that no more than 30% of this influence comes from our genes, meaning that the largest group of factors that control how long a person lives is their environment.

The Rise And Fall Of Obesity On The Political Agenda

The Rise And Fall Of Obesity On The Political Agenda
When we hear the word “obesity”, the words “crisis” or “epidemic” often follow. And as being overweight, obese and eating an unhealthy diet are leading contributors to disease, evidence is mounting that “tackling obesity” should be a political priority.

This Cannabis Extract Relieves Chronic Pain Minus The High

This Cannabis Extract Relieves Chronic Pain Minus The High
In the wake of cannabis legalization in Canada, a team of scientists has delivered encouraging news for chronic pain sufferers by pinpointing the effective dose of marijuana plant extract cannabidiol for safe pain relief without the typical “high” or euphoria that THC produces.

Is There A Link Between Eating Organic Foods And A Lower Cancer Risk?

Is There A Link Between Eating Organic Foods And A Lower Cancer Risk?
Organic food is an over-hyped and overpriced fad, according to many people. But a recently published study which followed nearly 69,000 French people over four and a half years seems to indicate there is a link between eating organic foods and a lower cancer risk.

How Sauerkraut Is Leading A Food Revolution

How Sauerkraut Is Leading A Food Revolution
With suspicion surrounding staples such as eggs and the humble potato, along with the reconsideration of fats as not so bad, and the belated demonisation of the same sugars which were once marketed as beneficial – it’s no wonder consumers are becoming apprehensive about following advice on what they should, or should not put on their plates.

4 Reasons To Avoid Activated Charcoal To Detox The Body

4 Reasons To Avoid Activated Charcoal To Detox The Body
It’s easy to see where the claim that activated charcoal can detoxify the body comes from: it is used in emergency medicine to reduce the toxic load when someone has consumed poison or overdosed on medication. Charcoal binds to poison in the gastrointestinal tract and stops it from being absorbed into the bloodstream. The toxins are then passed out of the body in the stool. However...

E-cigarettes Are Good Or Bad Depending On The Study – So What's The Truth?

E-cigarettes Are Good Or Bad Depending On The Study – So What's The Truth?
The number of adults currently using e-cigarettes in the UK is close to 2.9m, many of whom will have turned to the devices to quit smoking. While certainly they may help people kick the habit, there is a big problem with e-cigarettes: we don’t actually know for certain whether they are safe or not.

These Common Heartburn Medicines Can Trigger Iron Deficiency

These Common Heartburn Medicines Can Trigger Iron DeficiencyNew research finds an association between some popular heartburn treatments and iron deficiency. Heartburn is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux, which hydrochloric acid rising into the throat causes. This condition affects more than two million Australians. Many people take medications that suppress acid secretion to treat it.

Chewing Gum May Be A Good Way To Get Your Vitamins

Chewing Gum May Be A Good Way To Get Your Vitamins
Chewing gum may be an effective delivery system for some vitamins, according the new research. Nearly 15 percent of all chewing gum varieties sold promise to provide health-enhancing supplements to users, so researchers studied whether two vitamin-supplemented products were effective at delivering vitamins to the body.

Can Cheese Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

Can Cheese Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

Many people believe that low-fat dairy products are healthier than high-fat dairy products. Indeed, many public health guidelines recommend low-fat dairy over high-fat dairy.

The Best Foods To Eat For A Good Night's Sleep

The Best Foods To Eat For A Good Night's Sleep
Sleep has become widely recognised as playing a really important role in our overall health and wellness – alongside diet, stress management and exercise. Recently, researchers have been learning more about how poor sleep influences our dietary choices, as well as how diet influences sleep quality.

Honeygate Deepens As New Tests Reveal 27% Of Brands Are Adulterated

Honeygate Deepens As New Tests Reveal 27% Of Brands Are AdulteratedMore than a quarter of commercial honey brands have potentially been watered down with sugar cane, corn syrup or other products, according to our new analysis of 95 products from local food markets and supermarket shelves.

Crime And Nourishment: The Link Between Food And Offending Behavior r

Crime And Nourishment: The Link Between Food And Offending Behavior

It is well known that eating a balanced diet is of vital importance for maintaining good health and well-being. It is also one of the great social pleasures of life. Yet, far too many young people in prisons are consuming a poor diet, lacking in nutrition.

Are Crash Diets Effective?

Are Crash Diets Effective?If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you’ve probably heard that crash dieting isn’t the best way to go about it. Although you may lose lots of weight initially, you won’t be able to keep the weight off and may even end up being heavier than you were before. But our latest research suggests that this isn’t always the case.

New Evidence That Plant Rich Diets May Help Prevent Depression

New Evidence That Plant Rich Diets May Help Prevent DepressionBeing depressed can negatively affect your appetite and what you eat, but can bad eating habits bring your mood down? Our latest study, a systematic review of the best available evidence, found a clear link between the quality of a person’s diet and their risk of depression. And it goes beyond the effect of diet on body size or other aspects of health that can affect mental health.

People Who Quit Junk Food Can Face Withdrawal-Type Symptoms

People Who Quit Junk Food Can Face Withdrawal Like SymptomsIf you plan to try and quit eating junk food, expect to suffer similar withdrawal-type symptoms—at least during the initial week—that addicts experience when they attempt to quit using drugs, according to new research.

A Mediterranean Diet Reduces The Stroke Risk In Women

A Mediterranean Diet Reduces The Stroke Risk In Women

Ancel and Margaret Keys, an American husband-and-wife team, first reported on the Mediterranean diet’s health benefits in 1975. Since then, the diet has become particularly well known for its effect on cardiovascular health. What is less well known is whether the diet has different benefits for men and women. Our latest study sheds some light on the matter.

There Are High Levels Of Sugar In Organic And Children's Yogurts

There Are High Levels Of Sugar In Organic And Children's YogurtsIn our survey of yogurts sold in the UK, we found that less than 10% were low sugar – almost none of which were children’s yogurts. We also found that organic products, often viewed as healthier options, contained some of the highest levels of sugar.

If You Can't Sleep, What Drugs Can You Safely Take?

If You Can't Sleep, What Drugs Can You Safely Take?

If you’re having trouble sleeping, medicines shouldn’t be your first option. Exercise regularly, cut back on coffee (and other caffeinated drinks) after midday, eat less in the evening, ease up on “screen time” before, and in, bed, practise meditation and try to have a quiet, dark bedroom dedicated mostly to sleep.

Cannabis With Your Coffee? Ontario Could Have Thousands Of Pot Retailers

Cannabis With Your Coffee? Ontario Could Have Thousands Of Pot Retailers

Legalized cannabis is just a month away, but Ontario won’t have any cannabis stores until April. That’s due to the province’s recent decision to have cannabis outlets run by businesses rather than a government agency, although the agency will still open a retail web site Oct. 17.

Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For You?

Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For You?

When my brother and I were kids back in the ‘80s, we loved going to Long John Silver’s. But it wasn’t just for the fish. It was for the vinegar – malt vinegar. We would uncap a bottle at the table and swig that tangy, delicious nectar of the gods straight.

A Sugar Pill Just Might Control Your Chronic Pain

A Sugar Pill Just Might Control Your Chronic PainResearchers have developed a way to reliably predict which chronic pain patients will respond to a sugar placebo pill based on brain anatomy and psychological characteristics. Doctors may one day prescribe placebos that work as effectively as any painkiller for certain patients, the researchers’ new study suggests

Our Taste For Beer May Go Back 13,000 Years

Our Taste For Beer May Go Back 13,000 YearsResearchers have discovered evidence of the earliest brewmasters to date, a finding that might stir an old debate: What came first, beer or bread? In a cave in what is now Israel, scientists found beer-brewing innovations that they believe predate the early appearance of cultivated cereals in the Near East by several millennia.

Why Americans Are Eating Less Meat

Why Americans Are Eating Less MeatTwo of every three US consumers surveyed report eating less of at least one type of meat, according to new research. “Many Americans continue to have strong preferences for meat,” says Roni Neff, an assistant professor of environmental health and engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Low-carb Versus High-carb – Is The Evidence Really Contradictory?

Low-carb Versus High-carb – Is The Evidence Really Contradictory

It isn’t surprising that people are confused about nutrition when the media presents different findings as gladiatorial battles: vegetarian versus carnivore, high-fat versus low-fat diets and, more recently, low-carb diets versus high-carb. But, when you dig down into the data, many of these studies are reporting surprisingly similar things – and this is the case with the latest studies reporting on carbohydrates and health.

Is Vegetarian India A Myth?

Is Vegetarian India A Myth?

India has a reputation as a vegetarian nation, and Indians certainly consume far less meat than the global average. But the view of India as a predominantly vegetarian nation may not be quite accurate.

Is Healthy Food Really More Expensive Than Unhealthy Food?

Is Healthy Food Really More Expensive Than Unhealthy Food?

The idea that healthy food costs more than junk food is something I hear a lot. Students tell me they’d like to eat better but can’t afford to. There is a strong belief that cooking from scratch costs a fortune, and with takeaway meals priced as low as £1, they have little incentive to change their behaviour.

5 Types Of Food To Increase Your Psychological Well-being

5 Types Of Food To Increase Your Psychological Well-being
We all know eating “healthy” food is good for our physical health and can decrease our risk of developing diabetes, cancer, obesity and heart disease. What is not as well known is that eating healthy food is also good for our mental health and can decrease our risk of depression and anxiety.

How Leftovers Mess With Your Eating And Exercise

How Leftovers Mess With Your Eating And ExerciseLeftovers may be throwing off your sense of how much you’ve actually eaten and how much you need to exercise, particularly as portion sizes—and therefore leftover portions—increase, according to a new study.

Why It's Eating Fat That Makes You Fat

Why It's Eating Fat That Makes You Fat

Worldwide obesity has tripled since 1975, with 1.9 billion adults considered overweight. The condition now kills more people across the globe than underweight and malnutrition.

One of the NHS’s biggest cost burdens, a staggering 70% of UK adults are expected to have overweight or obesity by 2034. Obesity is a problem of energy balance.

Should I Take Vitamin C Or Other Supplements For My Cold?

Should I Take Vitamin C Or Other Supplements For My Cold?

Last week I had a shocking cold. Blocked nose, sore throat, and feeling poorly. This made me think about the countless vitamins and supplements on the market that promise to ease symptoms of a cold, help you recover faster, and reduce your chance of getting another cold. When it comes to the common cold (also called upper respiratory tract infections) there is no magic cure (I wish) but some supplements may deliver very minor improvements. Here is what the latest research evidence says.

Why Drinking Responsibly Is Bad News For The Alcohol Industry

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Alcohol producers and retailers have long argued that their goal is a world where everyone drinks responsibly and heavy drinking is a thing of the past. As a result, the alcohol industry claims to be part of the solution to the UK’s drink problem rather than part of the problem. In our latest research, published in Addiction, we examine the credibility of this claim.

How Time Restricted Eating Can Overcome The Bad Effects Of Faulty Genes And Unhealthy Diet

How Life's Purpose Rests In Our Mind's Drive To Extract Meaning From The World

Timing our meals can fend off diseases caused by bad genes or bad diet. Everything in our body is programmed to run on a 24-hour or circadian time table that repeats every day. Nearly a dozen different genes work together to produce this 24-hour circadian cycle. These clocks are present in all of our organs, tissues and even in every cell. These internal clocks tell us when to sleep, eat, be physically active and fight diseases. As long as this internal timing system work well and we obey them, we stay healthy.

Is Vitamin D A Pseudo Vitamin For A Pseudo Disease?

Is Vitamin D A Pseudo Vitamin For A Pseudo Disease?

We are still in love with vitamins a century after they were discovered, with half the US and UK population taking a supplement. Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin – is the favourite and is believed to have the most proven benefits. Governments, including the UK government, have said that the evidence for vitamin D’s health benefits is so overwhelming that every adult should take it as a supplement for at least six months of the year.

The Surprising Role Cheese Played In Human Evolution

The Surprising Role Cheese Played In Human Evolution
A solid white mass found in a broken jar in an Ancient Egyptian tomb has turned out to be the world’s oldest example of solid cheese. Probably made mostly from sheep or goats milk, the cheese was found several years ago by archaeologists in the ancient tomb of Ptahmes, who was a high-ranking Egyptian official. The substance was identified after the archaeology team carried out biomolecular identification of its proteins.

Why Synthetic Marijuana Is So Risky

Why Synthetic Marijuana Is So Risky
Many parts of the country have seen episodic crises due to synthetic marijuana, the largest occurring in Mississippi, where 721 adverse events were logged between April 2-3, 2015. Even with outbreaks aside, synthetic cannabinoids are 30 times more likely to harm you than regular marijuana.

Delay Eating Breakfast And Eat Dinner Early If You Want To Lose Body Fat

Delay Eating Breakfast And Eat Dinner Early If You Want To Lose Body Fat
Time-restricted eating (also called time-restricted feeding) is a new dietary concept that involves reducing the time between the first and last calorie consumed each day. There is strong evidence to support the health benefits of time-restricted eating (TRE) in animals, and recent small studies by our research group and others suggest possible benefits for humans, too.

How Anorexia Is More Stubborn To Treat Than Previously Believed

How Anorexia Is More Stubborn To Treat Than Previously Believed
Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric illness that primarily effects young people during their adolescence. While anorexia is relatively uncommon, affecting about 1 percent of the population, it can be lethal. Indeed, despite its relatively early onset, anorexia can last for several decades for more than half of those afflicted. It can lead to many associated psychiatric and medical risk factors, which in part explains why anorexia has the highest mortality rates of any psychiatric disorder.

8 Foods That Nearly Last Forever

8 Foods That Nearly Last Forever
The news that, after 106 years, Captain Scott’s fruitcake was found by the Antarctic Heritage Trust and “smelled edible”, raises the question: are there other foods that have similar staying power? The answer is, yes, several.

10 Strategies To Lose Weight

10 Strategies To Lose Weight
Everybody knows that to lose weight you should eat less and move more. But, of course, it’s not that simple; the combination of today’s environment and human biology can make it really, really hard to shed pounds. To reduce diseases caused by being overweight or obese, society needs to change, but those changes will be slow to come. We need effective weight-loss strategies now.

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