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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Can a Strict Vegetable Diet Cure Cancer?

Can a Strict Vegetable Diet Cure Cancer?

Almost 40 percent of Americans can expect a cancer diagnosis in their lifetimes. As the number of new cancer cases per year is expected to rise to 23.6 million by 2030 worldwide, people are desperate for answers, turning to alternative therapies that fall outside the typical “slash, burn, poison” treatment model. A review of the documentary “The Food Cure,” which follows patients undergoing an intensive and controversial nutritional therapy.

How Your Body Changes From Day One On A Vegan Diet

How Your Body Changes From Day One On A Vegan Diet
Veganism, the plant-based diet which shuns meat and dairy, is having its time in the sun. Since 2008, there has been a 350% increase in the number of self-described vegans in the UK alone. Where this motivation stems from is varied, but includes concerns about animal welfare, worries about the environment and religious reasons.

What You Need To Know About The Keto Diet

What You Need To Know About The Keto Diet
A diet developed in the 1920s to treat children with epilepsy is suddenly all the rage. The ketogenic diet, or “keto diet”, has reportedly been endorsed by celebrities and even athletes are giving it a go.

Is Organic, Grass Fed And Hormone-free Red Meat Any Healthier?

Is Organic, Grass Fed And Hormone-free Red Meat Any Healthier?
Red meat is an excellent source of protein and essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fats, which are are linked to heart and brain health. But while a small quantity of lean meat may be good for us, too much red or processed meat can increase our risk of some cancers.

How to Treat Inflammation and Its Direct Link To Disease

How to Treat Inflammation and Its Direct Link To Disease
People are living longer and healthier lives all over the world, unencumbered by pain and many of the afflictions we have come to associate with aging. These people don’t have to take pain medications, cholesterol medication, high blood pressure medication, or...

Should Healthy People Take Probiotic Supplements?

Should Healthy People Take Probiotic Supplements?
A visit to the supermarket these days can feel more like walking through a pharmacy, with an ever-expanding range of milks, yogurts, pills, powders and specialty foods promoting their “probiotic” prowess.

Do Obese People Enjoy Food Less Than Lean People?

Do Obese People Enjoy Food Less Than Lean People?
Global obesity rates have risen sharply over the past three decades, leading to spikes in diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. The more we understand the causes of obesity and how to prevent it, the better.

How Eating Fish May Reduce Your Child's Breast Cancer Risk

How Eating Fish May Reduce Your Child's Breast Cancer Risk
Omega-3 fatty acids are commonly found in plant and seafood sources. If you don’t have high enough levels of omega-3s in your diet, it’s a leading risk factor for death globally, contributing to the development of chronic diseases like cancer.

5 Food Allergy Myths

5 Food Allergy Myths
A surge in childhood food allergies across the United States has turned classrooms into homemade-treat-free zones and parents into experts at scanning labels. But what’s fact and what’s fiction?

How The Lowly Mushroom Is Becoming A Nutritional Star

How The Lowly Mushroom Is Becoming A Nutritional Star
In the past, food scientists like me often praised mushrooms as healthy because of what they don’t contribute to the diet; they contain no cholesterol and gluten and are low in fat, sugars, sodium and calories. But that was selling mushrooms short. They are very healthy foods and could have medicinal properties...

Wealthy Americans Know Less Than They Think They Do About Food And Nutrition

Wealthy Americans Know Less Than They Think They Do About Food And Nutrition
Socioeconomics play a significant role in attitudes about food – especially concerns about safety and purchasing behavior. And higher income doesn’t always correlate with informed choices. On the contrary, our research shows that affluent Americans tend to overestimate their knowledge about health and nutrition.

Why Overeating May Be A Brain Glitch

Why Overeating May Be A Brain Glitch
With springtime comes the desire to shed those few extra pounds, in preparation to don swimsuits and head to the pool. This year, new obesity research is making it easier to find a pathway that is right for us.

Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad For Our Health

Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad For Our Health
The World Health Organization recommends limiting “free sugars” to less than 10% of our total energy intake. This equates to around 12 teaspoons a day for an average adult.

Dietary Salt, The Silent Killer: How Much Is Too Much?

Dietary Salt, The Silent Killer: How Much Is Too Much?
While preparing food at home, or while buying prepared food from grocery stores and restaurants, salt tends to find its way onto our plates. Does our love for salt come at a cost? How much salt is too much, and should we be concerned? These are the questions that not enough people are asking.

Why Is The Sugar In Fruit OK?

Why Is The Sugar In Fruit OK?
Evidence shows that the health risks from sugars, such as tooth decay and unhealthy weight gain, are related to consuming too many free sugars in the diet, not from eating sugars that are naturally present in fruits or milk.

What Is The Most Nutritious Plant-Based Milk?

What Is The Most Nutritious Plant-Based Milk?
While plant-based milk beverages like soy milk have been on the market for a couple of decades and are advertised as being healthy and wholesome for those who are lactose-intolerant, little research has compared the benefits and drawbacks of the various kinds of plant-based milk.

The Scientific Defense Of The Brussels Sprout

The Scientific Defense Of The Brussels Sprout
Brussels 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.

A Slow Down Diet Success Story

A Slow Down Diet Success Story
In less than six weeks’ time working together, Sandy lost fifteen pounds and within four months she was a total of forty-five pounds lighter while eating more fat and exercising less. Her war with food was over, and she finally had what she wanted. Here’s what she did.

Putting Algae And Seaweed On The Menu Could Help Save Our Seafood

Putting Algae And Seaweed On The Menu Could Help Save Our SeafoodIf we have to feed 9.8 billion people by 2050, food from the ocean will have to play a major role. Ending hunger and malnutrition while meeting the demand for more meat and fish as the world grows richer will require 60% more food by the middle of the century.

Why Diet Should Be Treated As A Complex Subject

Why Diet Should Be Treated As A Complex SubjectAre vegetarian diets the key to healthy aging, or could they be a risk to those who adopt them? These questions are a source of confusion for the general public, and for many scientists too.

How Very Low-calorie Diets Reverse Diabetes

How Very Low-calorie Diets Reverse DiabetesNew research clarifies the mechanisms by which caloric restriction rapidly reverses type 2 diabetes. One in three Americans will develop type 2 diabetes by 2050, according to recent projections by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Reports indicate that the disease goes into remission in many patients who...

The Long, Strange History Of Diets and Dieting Fads

The Long, Strange History Of Diets and Dieting FadsLet’s jump back to 1028, the year William the Conqueror was born. Healthy most of his life, he became so overweight in later years that he went on a liquid diet consisting of almost nothing but alcohol. He lost enough weight to resume riding his cherished horse, but a riding accident soon led to his untimely death.

Is Margarine Actually Better For You Than Butter?

Is Margarine Actually Better For You Than Butter?Only 20 years ago butter was the public villain – contributing to raised cholesterol levels and public concern over an increased risk of heart disease. Now this public perception seems to have been reversed...

Here’s How Your Brain Realizes You’re Full

Here’s How Your Brain Realizes You’re FullResearchers have discovered brain cells that control our appetite. This major discovery opens up new possibilities for creating more effective diets—and even future treatments to suppress one’s appetite by directly activating the brain’s tanycytes, bypassing food and the digestive system.

Does Good Cholesterol Really Deserve Its Name?

Does Good Cholesterol Really Deserve Its Name?People with extremely high levels of so-called “good cholesterol” have a 65% higher mortality rate than people with normal levels, according to a new Danish study. Does this mean that good cholesterol has gone from hero to villain?

5 Ways To Cut Down On Eating Meat

5 Ways To Cut Down On Eating MeatAre you a conflicted carnivore – loving meat but also hating that you love it? Perhaps you are worried about the carcinogenic, heart-clogging properties of cooked meat...

Which Type Of Chocolate Is Best For Your Health?

Which Type Of Chocolate Is Best For Your Health? The Aztec emperor Montezuma II said that a soldier could march for a whole day on a single cup of cocoa. But this was not the hot chocolate we would be familiar with today. It was gritty, bitter and...

Are Low Calorie Sweeteners Really Better For You?

Are Low Calorie Sweeteners Really Better For You?Drinking beverages containing low-calorie sweeteners may not help you lose weight and may even be bad for your health, according to new research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Why Vitamin D Guidelines Need To Be Updated

Why Vitamin D Guidelines Need To Be UpdatedMost people know that it’s important to get enough vitamin D. Among other things, it’s vital for bone and muscle health. What people may not know is that there are two types of vitamin D...

How Fasting Can Benefit Mindfulness, Meditation, and Your Overall Health

How Fasting Can Benefit Mindfulness, Meditation, and Your Overall HealthFasting has been used for centuries as both a remedy and a booster in all areas of health: physical, mental, and emotional. In the 21st century, fasting is often looked down upon. It is left out of anti-obesity initiatives because doctors don’t view it as a safe remedy for weight loss...

Is Enjoying Your Food Important To Your Health and Metabolism?

Photo by Musée du Cacao et du Chocolat, used with permission.Vitamin P—pleasure—is a vital element that makes our meals nutri­tionally complete and makes life worth living. Like all organisms on the planet, we humans are genetically programmed to seek pleasure and avoid pain. A cat chasing a mouse is seeking pleasure; the unfortunate rodent is doing its best to avoid pain.

Please, Just Tell Me What To Eat

Please, Just Tell Me What To EatThis is the greatest favor I can do for you as a nutritionist: A diet program that doesn’t tell you exactly which foods to eat and in what amounts. Empowering you to be in deeper relation­ship with food and with the genius in your body is the surest road to your most powerful metabolism.

Is Fructose A Friend Or Foe?

Is Fructose A Friend Or Foe?Fructose has been getting a bad rap lately. Although consuming too much can be bad for your health, those who exercise seem to be protected against some of fructose’s negative health effects.

Are Microgreens Better For You Than Regular Greens?

Are Microgreens Better For You Than Regular Greens?Microgreens, tiny versions of leafy vegetables and herbs, have been described as healthier than full sized greens. Do microgreens really contain more nutrients? Do they have other benefits? And are they worth the extra price?

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