Diet

What Is a Fast?

What Is a Fast?

Fasting is a great way to energize the body and mind and to tune it in for the changing seasons. With spring’s longer days and longer to-do lists around the corner, I could use a push-and-a-shove and would happily fall face first into a pile of motivation. Fasting is that push-and-a-shove and what follows is a period of increased motivation. Before getting into the core and science of what fasting... »

The Terrible Truth About White Bread

The Terrible Truth About White Bread

In theory, bread should be a healthy, whole-grain food. But the process that transforms healthy whole grains into the white bread found on most grocery store shelves destroys their nutrients and adds a variety of dangerous chemicals. The Terrible Truth About White Bread Most breads are produced from flour; they are not natural forms of whole-grain wheat. They require yeast cells to expand them wit... »

‘Love Hormone’ May Help Those With Anorexia

‘Love Hormone’ May Help Those With Anorexia

A small, preliminary study hints that a hormone connected to positive feelings could help ease obsessions with food and obesity in people with anorexia. “Patients with anorexia have a range of social difficulties, which often start in their early teenage years before the onset of the illness,” senior study author Janet Treasure, of the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College Lo... »

10 health benefits of honey

10 health benefits of honey

There is something undeniably enchanting about honey; the product of flower nectar transformed by bees, as if by alchemy – but in fact through the far less-poetic act of regurgitation – into a sweet, golden elixir. Honey has held sway over humans since ancient times. But aside from honey’s seductive color and flavor, it has some scientific superpowers that add to its appeal. Honey has an unusual c... »

Scientists find the origin of ‘bad’ fat linked to heart disease and cancer

Scientists find the origin of ‘bad’ fat linked to heart disease and cancer

Scientists have discovered the origin of the “bad” kind of fat found in the body which is linked with heart disease, cancer and other serious obesity-related illnesses, even though people carrying it can look slim. The fat that builds up around abdominal organs such as the heart, kidney and intestine – known as visceral fat – is considered a silent killer because it’s... »

Chemicals in ‘Western’ Diet Show Alzheimer’s-Like Effects in Mice

Chemicals in ‘Western’ Diet Show Alzheimer’s-Like Effects in Mice

Common compounds in the “Western” diet seem to promote Alzheimer’s-linked brain deposits and memory problems in mice, researchers say. Scientists found that when they added the compounds — called advanced glycation end products (AGEs) — to the lifelong diets of laboratory mice, the animals developed greater amounts of beta-amyloid in the brain. Beta-amyloid is the pro... »

Weight loss: Strategies for success

Weight loss: Strategies for success

Hundreds of fad diets, weight-loss programs and outright scams promise quick and easy weight loss. However, the foundation of successful weight loss remains a healthy, calorie-controlled diet combined with exercise. For successful, long-term weight loss, you must make permanent changes in your lifestyle and health habits. How do you make those permanent changes? Consider following these six strate... »

Vegetarian diets may lower blood pressure

Vegetarian diets may lower blood pressure

People who eat a vegetarian diet tend to have lower blood pressure than non-vegetarians, according to a new review of past studies. Researchers said for some people, eating a vegetarian diet could be a good way to treat high blood pressure without medication. Vegetarian diets exclude meat, but may include dairy products, eggs and fish in some cases. They emphasize foods of plant origin, particular... »

Could Multiple Sclerosis be Triggered by a Foodborne Illness?

Could Multiple Sclerosis be Triggered by a Foodborne Illness?

Multiple sclerosis–an inflammatory disease that causes the body’s immune system to destroy healthy tissue in the central nervous system–may be caused by a common foodborne illness. New research by Dr. Jennifer Linden, a microbiologist at Weill Cornell in New York and presented at the 2014 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting in Washington, D.C., suggests that the cause of the debi... »

Eat to Cleanse Your Body

Eat to Cleanse Your Body

These days, you can’t swing an organic celery stalk without hitting someone on a juice cleanse. Touted as a natural way to detox your system, jumpstart weight loss, and inoculate yourself against disease, the gemcolored beverages have expanded beyond Whole Foods to places like Safeway, Groupon and even the Williams-Sonoma catalog. According to industry data, the kale-and-whatever cocktails make up... »

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