Mighty Natural

What Is The Environmental Cost Of A Loaf Of Bread

What Is The Environmental Cost Of A Loaf Of Bread What does a staple food such as bread have to do with global warming? Food causes about a third of total greenhouse gas emissions.

Will People Eat No Animal Required Meat?

Will People Eat No Animal Required Meat?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.

6 Pivotal Ways to Control Cravings Before They Control You

6 Pivotal Ways to Control Cravings Before They Control YouMore 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.

People Have Been Cooking Plants In Pots For 10,000 Years

People Have Been Cooking Plants In Pots For 10,000 YearsThe 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.

These Tiny Beetles May Be Coming For Your Guacamole

These Tiny Beetles May Be Coming For Your GuacamoleInvasive insects called Asian shot hole borers are turning up in new areas of California where they threaten an important crop: avocados.

Why Bribing Kids To Eat Vegetables Is Not Sustainable

Why Bribing Kids To Eat Vegetables Is Not SustainableHow can you get a fussy child to eat vegetables? It’s a question that plagues many frustrated parents at countless mealtimes.

Can Good Fat Boost Your Fitness Level?

salmon 1 23Fish 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

Mislabeled Fish Are Showing Up In Lots Of Sushi

Mislabeled Fish Are Showing Up In Lots Of SushiThat 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.

Is Eating Standing Up or Laying Down Really Bad For You?

Is Eating Standing Up Really Bad For You?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.

How The Mediterranean Diet May Protect Your Brain In Old Age

How The Mediterranean Diet May Protect Your Brain In Old AgeAmid 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.

13 Ways To Get More Antioxidants This Year

13 Ways To Get More Antioxidants This YearWith the holiday season over, now comes the time for all kinds of food resolutions, mainly focused on dieting.

10 Reasons To Cut Back On Alcohol

10 Reasons To Cut Back On AlcoholAt 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.

Is Your Christmas Turkey Arriving Stuffed With Antibiotics?

Is Your Christmas Turkey Arriving Already Stuffed With Antibiotics?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.

How To Make Amazing Meringue And Perfect Cappuccino

How To Make Amazing Meringue And Perfect CappuccinoWhether 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.

Research Shows That Salmonella Thrives In Salad Bags

salad in bagWhen 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.

The Mislabeling Of Seafood Is Rampant Around The World

The Mislabeling Of Seafood Is Rampant Around The WorldRecent 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.

How Chickens Took Over The World

How Chickens Took Over The WorldThe 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.

Why Fasting May Improve Cancer Treatment

Why Fasting May Improve Cancer TreatmentThe 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.

How Was French Cuisine Toppled As The King Of Fine Dining?

How Was French Cuisine Toppled As The King Of Fine Dining?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.

How Sausages Conquered The World

How Sausages Conquered The WorldSausages 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.

Could Wild Mangoes Solve The World's Chocolate Crisis?

Could Wild Mangoes Solve The World's Chocolate Crisis?Theobroma, the genus to which cacao, or “cocoa” as we know it, belongs, translates from the Latin as “food of the gods”

How Your Gut Microbiota Affects Your Mood, Sleep And Stress Levels

It’s not as simple as opening a tub of yoghurt. jules/Flickr, CC BYThe 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.

How We Get Sucked In By Junk Food Specials In Supermarkets

How We Get Sucked In By Junk Food Specials In SupermarketsThree in five Australian adults get sucked in by promotions and specials on junk food and sugary drinks at the supermarket, research released today shows.

Here Is A Better Way To Detect Food Fraud

Here Is A Better Way To Detect Food FraudFood scientists argue that near-infrared spectroscopy would work better than other methods to detect food fraud.

What Is It That Puts People Off Eating Insects?

What Is It That Puts People Off Eating Insects?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.

What Should Breastfeeding Women Eat?

What Should Breastfeeding Women Eat?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?

Where Science Ends and the GMO Debate Really Begins

A woman from New York Public Interest Research Group speaks to a passerby about the potential dangers of GMOs in front of a Whole Foods Market in New York on June 3, 2014. (Jonathan Zhou/Epoch Times)Opponents and proponents of genetically modified food have invoked science in their arguments, but science has no definitive answer.

5 Imported Vegetables From China You Should Avoid

5 Imported Vegetables From China You Should AvoidDefective 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.

Why To Beware Of Undercooked Chicken Livers

Why To Beware Of Undercooked Chicken LiversAn increasing number of food-poisoning outbreaks in Britain are being caused by undercooked chicken livers.

If You Love Me, Don’t Feed Me Bacon or Soft Drinks

If You Love Me, Don’t Feed Me Bacon or Soft DrinksA 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!”

5 Fruits From China You Should Avoid

“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

What Is The Clever Chemistry That Can Stop Your Food Rotting

What Is The Clever Chemistry That Can Stop Your Food RottingA 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.

What Is The Quality Of Seafood From China?

What Is The Quality Seafood From China? 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.

Can You Trust ‘Organic’ Produce From China?

Can You Trust ‘Organic’ Produce From China?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...

The Five Second Food Drop Rule Isn’t So Simple

The Five Second Food Drop Rule Isn’t So SimpleA 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.

How We Could Feed Growing Population With Flies

How We Could Feed  Growing Population With FliesScientists 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.

Why Some Fruits Are Forever Doomed To Be Called Veggies

Why Some Fruits Are Forever Doomed To Be Called VeggiesWhen it comes to fruit and vegetables, the most common battleground (for parents and public health experts alike) is getting people to eat them.

6 Edible Weeds That Can Provide Protein, Reduce Anxiety

6 Edible Weeds That Can Provide Protein, Reduce AnxietyForaging, or wandering in search of food and plants, isn’t relegated to remote forests and idyllic fields. Edible and usable weeds are abundant in urban environments too.

Are Green Or Sprouting Potatoes Poisonous?

green sprouting potatoesWe’ve all been there, you buy some potatoes, pop them in the cupboard, and then promptly forget about them. Then the next time you open up the cupboard, you discover said potatoes have started sprouting and now resemble an alien lifeform.

How To Make Milk Last For Weeks And Weeks

How To Make Milk Last For Weeks And WeeksA rapid heating and cooling of milk significantly reduces the amount of harmful bacteria, extending its shelf life by several weeks.

10 Facts About The Chicken And The Egg Down Under

10 Facts About The Chicken And The Egg Down UnderWhen I am asked by friends what I do for living, I tend to raise eyebrows because my job is somewhat odd to many city people. That’s because I’m a poultry nutritionist.

A Salt On The Senses

A Salt On The SensesWhen we say “salt”, we usually mean the stuff we sprinkle on our chips, which is sodium chloride (NaCl). But, technically speaking, this is just one example of a salt.

The Allure And Dangers Of Superfoods

The Allure And Dangers Of SuperfoodsSuperfoods are everywhere these days. Once found only in niche health food shops, displays of “exotic” superfoods like açai from the Brazilian Amazon and maca from the Peruvian Andes now appear in supermarket chains, chemists, and convenience stores.

Why You Might Want To Order Lunch An Hour Early

Why You Might Want To Order Lunch An Hour EarlyOrdering lunch at least an hour before you eat could help you cut calories and avoid unhealthy impulse choices.

Just Like Mama Used To Make? Not So Fast!

Just Like Mama Used To Make? Not So Fast!Many of us have experienced intense cravings for dishes our moms or dads used to cook. Indeed, it would make sense that our parents' cooking forever shapes our food preferences.

Does Drinking Really Make You Happy?

Does Drinking Really Make You Happy?For those of us that partake, drinking alcohol is often seen as a balancing act that weighs up the pleasures of drinking against the pains. Government regulation is often seen the same way, weighing the benefits of pleasure and freedom of the individual on one hand against the cost of crime and health harms on the other

Is Caffeine Actually Bad For Kids?

Is Caffeine Actually Bad For Kids?A recent article in The Guardian said coffee stunting kids' growth is just a myth promoted by 19th-century manufacturers of a coffee substitute. So does this mean the long-thought wisdom that coffee is bad for kids is a lie?

Which Fruits Are Healthier, And In What Form?

Which Fruits Are Healthier, And In What Form?Most of us know eating fruit daily is a great way to try to stay healthy, with the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating encouraging us to eat two serves a day.

Does Tapping A Can Of Fizzy Drink Really Stop It Foaming Over?

Does Tapping A Can Of Fizzy Drink Really Stop It Foaming Over?It is one of the distinct sounds of summer: the noise of people tapping the tops of their cans of fizzy drink before opening them. But does this widespread ritual really stop a can of beer or pop from gushing over?

The Quest For The World's Hottest Chilli

The Quest For The World's Hottest ChilliIf you’ve ever tasted a really hot chilli you’ll know just how potent the effects can be. The burning heat sensation on the lips, on the tongue – and if you are not careful, on other more sensitive areas, such as the eyes – can be severe and last for a painfully long time.

Is Scientists' Failure To Understand GM Opposition Stifling Progress?

Golden Rice (right) versus regular rice. International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) / wikimedia, CC BY-SAScientists are accusing Greenpeace of ignoring facts, misrepresenting risks and benefits, failing to recognise the authority of science and relying on emotion and dogma. But Greenpeace argues that there are cheaper and more effective alternatives...

Mom’s Unhealthy Diet May Harm 3 Future Generations

Mom’s Unhealthy Diet May Harm 3 Future GenerationsMoms who eat high-fat, high-sugar diets may be putting future generations at risk for metabolic problems, even when their offspring eat healthy diets, a new study with mice suggests.

Broccoli Sprout Extract May Block Cancer’s Return

Broccoli Sprout Extract May Block Cancer’s ReturnPotent doses of broccoli sprout extract activate a “detoxification” gene and may help prevent cancer recurrence in survivors of head and neck cancer, according to new research that confirms preliminary results released last year.

Saturated Fats Make Some Cells Lose Track Of Time

Saturated Fats Make Some Cells Lose Track Of TimeFoods high in fat, especially saturated fat, are bad for you. A high-fat diet is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease as well as metabolic disorders like obesity and type 2 diabetes. So why does saturated fat have these effects on the body? What’s going on in your body when you eat a fatty meal?

Moving Beyond Pro/con Debates Over Genetically Engineered Crops

Modern cultivated corn was domesticated from teosinte, an ancient grass, over more than 6,000 years through conventional breeding. Nicole Rager Fuller, National Science FoundationSince the 1980s biologists have used genetic engineering to express novel traits in crop plants. Over the last 20 years, these crops have been grown on more than one billion acres in the United States and globally. Despite their rapid adoption by farmers, genetically engineered (GE) crops remain controversial among many consumers, who have sometimes found it hard to obtain accurate information.

More Chocolate, Fewer Crackers Will Protect Against Childhood Cavities

More Chocolate, Fewer Crackers Will Protect Against Childhood CavitiesA revolution in how we think about preventing cavities in children is upon us. Evidence shows that cavity formation has less to do with genetics, candy habits or poor brushing, and more to do with the types of snack foods we give children. Counter-intuitively, dark chocolate is better for teeth than pretzels or crackers.

The Chemical Reaction That Makes Our Favorite Foods Taste So Good

The Chemical Reaction That Makes Our Favorite Foods Taste So GoodHave you ever wondered how freshly baked bread gets its a golden brown crust and why it smells so good? Or how nondescript green berries turn into beautiful brown coffee beans with a rich alluring aroma?

It's Processed Food We Should Be Worried About Not Fats

processed food 6 2Last week, the National Obesity Forum caused a furore by claiming that eating fat, including saturated fat, will help cut rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Public Health England hit back, calling NOF’s advice “irresponsible”.

Kitchen Science: The Many Wonders Of Humble Flour

Kitchen Science: The Many Wonders Of Humble FlourHave you ever wondered why you have so many different types of flour in your pantry? You might have cornflour and arrowroot, self-raising, and plain flour. And if you like to bake bread, possibly strong bakers’ flour.

9 Surprising Relationships Between Food and Mood

9 Surprising Relationships Between Food and MoodEating fast foods like hamburgers, sausages, and pizza, as well as commercial baked goods such as muffins, doughnuts, and croissants has been shown to be associated with an increased risk of depression.

Why Aren't More People Vegetarian?

Why Aren't More People Vegetarian?“I’m vegetarian.” “I’m vegan.” These statements typically will be met with a range of reactions, varying from bafflement to praise. But what makes people adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet?

Why We Need A New Approach To Food Allergy Testing

Why We Need A New Approach To Food Allergy TestingAnybody suffering from a food allergy will know what a huge cause of anxiety it can be. From forensically examining information on food packaging to having to repeatedly ask restaurant staff detailed questions about their ingredients, it can take up a lot of time and energy. And, even then, there are still uncertainties to deal with.

Evidence Of Prehistoric Swiss Cheese Found

Evidence Of Prehistoric Swiss Cheese Found"The principal interest of this piece of work is that it provides direct evidence for early dairying at high altitude in the Alps," says Kevin Walsh.

How Vitamin D Can Improve Muscle Strength

How Vitamin D Can Improve Muscle StrengthOne 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.

How Green Tea Can Help Treat Bone Marrow Disorders

How Green Tea Can Help Treat Bone Marrow DisordersScientists are investigating a compound found in green tea for often-fatal medical complications associated with bone-marrow disorders.

Are Over-the-counter Painkillers A Waste Of Money?

Are Over-the-counter Painkillers A Waste Of Money?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.

Keep Colds at Bay and Stay Well This Winter

Keep Colds at Bay and Stay Well This Winter 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.

Why Daily Aspirin May Be Worth The Risk Of Bleeding

Why Daily Aspirin May Be Worth The Risk Of BleedingTaking 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.

How Magic Mushrooms Ease Cancer Patient Anxiety

How Magic Mushrooms Eases Cancer Patient AnxietyJust one dose of a hallucinogenic drug offers many cancer patients up to six months of relief from disease-related anxiety or depression.

Low Vitamin D May Raise The Risk Of Bladder Cancer

Low Vitamin D May Raise Risk Of Bladder CancerA review of seven research studies suggests a vitamin D deficiency might increase the risk of bladder cancer.

How The Placebo Sweet Spot Could Help Control Your Pain

How The Placebo Sweet Spot Could Help Control Your PainScientists 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.

Why Caffeine Doesn’t Leave Everybody Wired

Why Caffeine Doesn’t Leave Everybody WiredDepending 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.

What Do We Know About Marijuana's Medical Benefits?

What Do We Know About Marijuana's Medical Benefits? 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.

The Neem Compound May Shrink Prostate Tumors

The Neem Compound May Shrink Prostate TumorsA compound derived from the leaves of the neem plant could significantly suppress the development of prostate cancer, according to new research with mice.

Metformin Is The Diabetes Drug That Is Developed From French Lilac

Metformin Is The Diabetes Drug That Is Developed From French LilacMetformin 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.

Is LSD Dangerous, Mystical Or Therapeutic?

Limited research has been conducted into how LSD produces its psychoactive effects. PixabayLysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is a synthetic chemical made from a substance found in a fungus that grows on rye and other grains, called ergot.

The Rise And Fall Of Reality TV Star American Ginseng

The Rise And Fall Of Reality TV Star American GinsengIn 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.

Can Vitamins Supplement A Poor Diet?

vitamins 9 12Vitamins and minerals are essential for keeping us in good health. While eating a varied diet should give us all the nutrients we need

Low Vitamin D May Be Linked To Mental Decline

Low Vitamin D May Be Linked To Mental DeclineLow levels of vitamin D are linked to an increased risk of cognitive decline and impairment in elderly Chinese people.

Should We Supplement Our Diets With Creatine?

Gym-goers often use creatine, protein and other supplements to maximise their workouts – some with evidence and some without. John Jeddore/Flickr, CC BYNamed 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.

Some Types Of Herbal Supplements Are Mislabeled

Some Types Of Herbal Supplements Are MislabeledThe use of food supplements and herbal medicinal products by the public, including athletes, is common practice – but it is not well regulated.

The Benefits of Lavender: Growing, Harvesting and Using This Medicinal Plant

Lavender UsesIt’s easier than you think to experience the beauty and healing properties of lavender by growing and using your own fresh lavender for use in food, body care, bathing, and other purposes. It can easily be done indoors in pots or outside in your garden.

Why Smart Drugs Can Make You Less Clever

Why Smart Drugs Can Make You Less CleverIt is an open secret: while athletes dope their bodies, regular office workers dope their brains. They buy prescription drugs such as Ritalin or Provigil on the internet’s flourishing black market to boost their cognitive performance.

Fentanyl Is Widely Used And Deadly When Abused

Fentanyl Is Widely Used And Deadly When AbusedFentanyl, a synthetic opioid narcotic about 100 times as potent as morphine, continues to be in the news, as deaths from fentanyl overdose continue to rise and even more potent nonpharmaceutical forms become available on the street.

Why Do Humans Like To Get High?

Why Do Humans Like To Get High?It’s easy to explain the appeal of drugs like heroin and cocaine, which directly stimulate the brain’s reward centres. What’s less easy to explain is the appeal of psychedelic drugs such as LSD and psilocybin that produce altered states of consciousness.

What Will Happen When Antibiotics Stop Working?

What Will Happen When Antibiotics Stop Working?A golden era of antibiotics shifted the leading causes of death away from infection to cancer and cardiovascular disease. At the moment, we can still treat most infections as only a few are resistant to what is currently the last line of antibiotics – the colistins. 

These Over-the-counter Meds Might Shrink Older Brains

These Over-the-counter Meds Might Shrink Older Brains"These findings provide us with a much better understanding of how this class of drugs may act upon the brain in ways that might raise the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia," says Shannon Risacher. "Physicians might want to consider alternatives to anticholinergic medications if available when working with their older patients."

Heartburn Pills Like Nexium May Damage Kidneys

kidney damaging medication 5 10The drugs are sold under the brand names Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium, and Protonix, among others. More than 15 million Americans have prescriptions for PPIs, although the number of people taking PPIs is likely higher because the figure does not include PPIs bought over-the-counter without prescriptions.

Vitamin D Is Linked To Lower Body Fat In Toddlers

Vitamin D Is Linked To Lower Body Fat In ToddlersChildren who had vitamin D stores above the threshold recommended by the Canadian Pediatric Society averaged around 450 grams (or about one pound) less body fat at 3 years of age.

If Sugar Is Addictive, How Do You Kick The Habit?

If Sugar Is Addictive, How Do You Kick The Habit?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.

How To Stop Your Lunch Break From Damaging Your Health

How To Stop Your Lunch Break From Damaging Your HealthEating out is bad for us. Studies have shown that food provided outside the home contains more calories and more fat, especially saturated fat.

How Marketers Target Poor Illiterate People With Unhealthy Food Ads

How Marketers Target Poor Illiterate People With Unhealthy Food AdsFood advertising strongly influences the eating choices of adults, adolescents and children alike. But TV and magazine adverts often carry misleading health and nutrition claims.

What Is A Balanced Diet Anyway?

What Is A Balanced Diet Anyway?I was recently asked: If my eating habits are half good and half bad, does that make my overall diet balanced?

Here's What To Eat To Recover From An Injury

Here's What To Eat To Recover From An InjuryIn January, many of us strive to be stronger, lighter, faster versions of ourselves. It is also the busiest time of the year for physiotherapists.

Do Calorie Restricted Diets Really Make You Live Longer?

Do Calorie Restricted Diets Really Make You Live Longer?A new study claims to have settled the debate on calorie restriction and longevity, but it is a complex read and far from definitive.

How Much Protein Do You Really Need?

How Much Protein Do You Really Need?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.

Does A Healthy Diet Have To Come At A Hefty Price?

Does A Healthy Diet Have To Come At A Hefty Price?Imagine you’re in the aisle of your favorite grocery store, bombarded with hundreds of the latest and greatest products on the market.

Is It Possible To Remove The Bad Parts of Wheat?

Is It Possible To Remove The Bad Parts of Wheat?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?

From Growing Edible Forests to Banking Heirloom Seeds, Solutions to Keeping Your Food Local

From Growing Edible Forests to Banking Heirloom Seeds, Solutions to Keeping Your Food LocalAround 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.

13 Ways To Keep Free Radicals Out Of Your Food

13 Ways To Keep Free Radicals Out Of Your FoodThe 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!

What's Driving The Worldwide Obesity Epidemic?

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.

Philadelphia Hospital Prescribes Fresh Food From Its Own Farm

Philadelphia Hospital Prescribes Fresh Food From Its Own FarmIn an industry usually focused on medicine and procedures, a Philadelphia-area hospital decided what its patients needed was a farm and advice about food.

Finding Healthy Alternatives To Salt This Holiday Season

Finding Healthy Alternatives To Salt This Holiday SeasonMost people consume way too much salt. Edelweiss Wentzel-Viljoen and Alta Schutte explain why it is important to watch your intake.

Do Humans Really Need Dairy?

Do Humans Really Need Dairy?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.

How You Don’t Always Have To Pay More For Healthy Food

How You Don’t Always Have To Pay More For Healthy FoodThe idea that healthy foods are universally more expensive can lead consumers to make choices that aren’t always necessary, a new study suggests.

Why So Many People Regain Weight After Dieting

Why So Many People Regain Weight After DietingAnyone 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.

Can Too Much Fatty Food Harm Young Brains?

Can Too Much Fatty Food Harm Young Brains?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.

Why Frequent Dieting Makes You Put On Weight

Why Frequent Dieting Makes You Put On WeightPeople who regularly go on diets tend to lose weight initially but bounce back and even gain weight after stopping the regime.

Can Eating Aged Cheese Help You Age Well?

Can Eating Aged Cheese Help You Age Well?Most people are interested in how to slow the ageing process, or at least they get more interested as the years tick by.

Is Cheese Good For You?

Is Cheese Good For You?It’s no wonder people are confused about whether it’s good to eat cheese, when even food experts are divided.

While Cranberries Are Healthy, They Don't Appear To Cure Urinary Tract Infections

While Cranberries Are Otherwise Healthy, They Don't Appear To Cure Urinary Tract InfectionsCranberries, 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.

This Cell Fat Discovery Could Ease Inflammation and Complications For Diabetics

This Cell Fat Discovery Could Ease Inflammation and Complications For DiabeticsInflammation 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.

Does A Pudgy Dad Bod Really Make Men Live Longer?

Does A Pudgy Dad Bod Really Make Men Live Longer?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.

High Protein Diets May Not Lower Diabetes Risk

High Protein Diets May Not Lower Diabetes RiskIn 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.

Not All Processed Meats Carry The Same Cancer Risk

Not All Processed Meats Carry The Same Cancer RiskEating 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%.

7 Things To Eat Or Avoid To Lower Your Blood Pressure

7 Things To Eat Or Avoid To Lower Your Blood PressureHigh 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.

Can A Mediterranean Diet Better Ward Off Heart Disease And Stroke Than A Statin?

Positive points accrue for protective foods such as fruits and vegetables. Sven Scheuermeier/Unsplash, CC BYIf 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.

Green Beans Are The Eco-friendly Option For Feeding And Saving The World

Green Beans Are The Eco-friendly Option For Feeding And Saving The WorldWe 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.

Is Too Much Good Cholesterol Linked To Early Death?

Is Too Much Good Cholesterol Linked To Early Death?

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.

Why Is It So Important To Distinguish Between A Good And A Bad Fat

Why Is It So Important To Distinguish Between A Good And A Bad FatFood, 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.

Will Burned Food Give You Cancer?

Will Burned Food Give You Cancer?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.

How A Varied Diet Can Prevent Diabetes

How A Varied Diet Can Prevent DiabetesIn a study of over 25,000 adults with detailed information about their eating habits, people with a greater diversity of foods in their diet showed a 30% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes over a ten-year period.

Why Do You Eat And Live The Way You Do?

Why Do You Eat And Live The Way You Do?When thinking about our health, most of us will only consider our weight and fitness level, but our lives are made up of so much more. When you understand what is actually going on in your life, you may develop clues as to why you eat and live the way you do.

A Healthy Diet Is Cheaper Than Junk Food

A Healthy Diet Is Cheaper Than Junk FoodMany people believe eating healthily is expensive – and more costly than buying junk food. But our new research, published in the journal BMC Public Health, shows this isn’t the case.

Cherry Concentrate Can Lower Blood Pressure As Much As Drugs

cherry juice 5 10Drinking cherry concentrate can lower systolic blood pressure for up to three hours, our latest study found. If tart Montmorency cherry concentrate was a drug, it would probably get FDA approval.

Hm, Can Eating Chocolate Every Day Protect Your Heart?

Hm, Can Eating Chocolate Every Day Protect Your Heart?People who ate 100 grams of chocolate a day—basically one bar—had reduced insulin resistance and improved liver enzymes. Insulin sensitivity is a well-established risk factor to cardiovascular disease.

Is It Impossible To Actually Be A Vegetarian?

Is It Impossible To Actually Be A Vegetarian?In case you’ve forgotten the section on the food web from high school biology, here’s a quick refresher. Plants make up the base of every food chain of the food web (also called the food cycle).

Intuitive & Conscious Eating: Listening To Your Body’s Wisdom

Intuitive & Conscious Eating: Listening To Your Body’s WisdomWe can all relate to scarfing down a burrito in the car during rush-hour traffic or gobbling down a snack bar. Nowadays, it is easy to neglect the sacredness of our food. One vital way to tap into intuitive eating is to simply...

Translations By Google

View All Articles