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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...