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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
The world is obsessed with fad diets and weight loss, yet few of us know how a kilogram of fat actually vanishes off the scales.
In nutrition, sugar refers to simple carbohydrates consisting of one or two basic carbohydrate units such as glucose, fructose and galactose.
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.
We all have that one friend whose eating habits and body shape simply don’t add up. While enjoying the unhealthiest of meals and a sedentary lifestyle, somehow they effortlessly retain a slender figure.
When you google “weight loss” the challenge to sort fact from fiction begins. These five supplements claim to speed up weight loss, but let’s see what the evidence says.
Did you know that your morning cup of coffee contributes to six million tonnes of spent coffee grounds going to landfill every year?
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.
People who are overweight may be at higher risk for overeating in the evening hours, especially when experiencing stress, a new study suggests.
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.
Kids who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have IQ scores that are 4 points higher, on average, than those who eat fish less frequently or not at all, a new study shows.
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.
If 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.
Are 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.
Drinking moderate amounts of coffee – about three or four cups a day – is more likely to benefit our health than harm it, our latest research shows.
As the weekend approaches, people are opening wine bottles in bars and restaurants and homes around the world, ready to kick back and relax.
Low-fat or low-carb? Butter or margarine? Avocado oil or coconut oil? Bombarded with contradictory media reports on the ever-changing landscape of nutrition research
New 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...
Let’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.
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...
A high-fat, or ketogenic, diet not only increases longevity, but also improves physical strength, according to new research with mice. Ketogenic diets have gained popularity for a variety of health benefit claims...
Having lots of different types of bacteria in your gut has many health benefits, including a lower risk of diabetes, obesity and inflammatory bowel disease.
A look at menu items from 66 of the top 100 chain restaurants shows that while restaurants are offering lower-sodium options, food—particularly in main course items—is still high.
Lydia is seriously underweight and suffering from medical complications from an eating disorder. She is in hospital. Her treatment team recruits her mom to help Lydia gain weight through meal support.
Researchers 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.
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?
A new study has added weight to the debate as to whether fat is better or worse for you than carbohydrates, in terms of risk of heart disease and early death.
Mice that are deprived of an essential fatty acid, called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), during pregnancy, are more likely to produce pups that display schizophrenia-like symptoms as adults, according to a new study from Japan.
Intermittent fasting is currently all the rage. But don’t be fooled: it’s much more than just the latest fad. the latest involving diabetes might be...
Obesity is a risk factor for numerous disorders that afflict the human race, so understanding how to maintain a healthy body weight is one of the most urgent issues facing society.
As consumers become increasingly dissatisfied with conventional, large-scale food systems, they are seeking ways to reconnect with their food. For the wealthy, that translates into a turn toward what we call the “alternative food system.”
The scent of baked goods wafts towards you as the supermarket doors glide open. Your stomach rumbles and your mouth waters at the sight and smell of so much food.
Humans began domesticating animals for food over 10,000 years ago, cultivating a close relationship with animals over the following millennia.
Are 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...
It’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.
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...
About 90% of men and 50% of children in developed countries are “overfat”, according to a new study published in Frontiers in Public Health.
The diet industry is thriving to say the least. More than half of British adults try to lose weight by controlling their calorie intake each year.
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.
Most 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...
It recently has been suggested that using vegetable oils to fry food may be bad for your health due to the production of toxic chemicals called aldehydes during the heating process.
Some people on very low-carb diets say they feel euphoric, have clear minds and lose their appetite.
Eating late at night could be worse for your health than you might think.
Fasting 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...
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.
People post millions of food photos on Instagram every day. New research suggests this could be a way to track food intake for weight loss or fitness.
Eating a diet that includes foods containing soy protein may work to alleviate some symptoms of inflammatory bowl diseases, a new study with mice suggests.
This 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.
The heavy costs of an increasingly obese population are well known.
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.
Wherever you are right now, the good news is that you can begin any time, at any stage in your life, and in any situation or circumstance. You are reading this because somewhere inside of you, you want to be free...
Dietary calcium is necessary to ensure our bones hold on to all the calcium they need to stay strong.
One out of every 2,000 people suffers from long QT syndrome, which can lead to heart failure. For these people, too much sugar may be dangerous, research shows.
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?
Only a quarter of UK adults manage to eat the officially recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian-caught bigeye and yellowfin tuna are steadily rising and mirror increases in North Pacific waters that have been linked to atmospheric mercury emissions from Asia.
Dependent on how you spend your Monday evenings you may have caught Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped on TV.
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.
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.
I was recently asked: If my eating habits are half good and half bad, does that make my overall diet balanced?
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 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.
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.
A new study claims to have settled the debate on calorie restriction and longevity, but it is a complex read and far from definitive.
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.
Imagine you’re in the aisle of your favorite grocery store, bombarded with hundreds of the latest and greatest products on the market.
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.
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.
The idea that healthy foods are universally more expensive can lead consumers to make choices that aren’t always necessary, a new study suggests.
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.
“Eat your bran even if it tastes horrible – its good for you!” Many of us remember this advice from decades ago.
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.
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.
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.
Researchers find no link between how hungry we feel and the number of calories we consume.
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%.
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.
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.
It is a hotly debated, highly researched subject: which fats are good for us and which aren’t?
We all know the score: current trends predict there will be 9.7 billion mouths to feed by 2050. Producing enough food without using more land, exacerbating climate change or putting more pressure on water, soil and energy reserves will be challenging.
Commonly touted as “good cholesterol” for helping reduce risk of stroke and heart attack, both high and low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol may increase a risk of premature death, a new study suggests.
Food, nutrition and human health institutes around the world have been fighting to reduce the risks associated with consuming detrimental fatty acids that are linked to cardiovascular diseases.
If you’re offered a plate of blackened barbecue food this summer, you might think twice about eating it. It’s commonly thought that food that has been burnt could cause cancer.