Tag Archives: Diet

Are butter boards bad for you? An expert view on the latest food trend

Butter boards are sort of like a charcuterie board featuring artisanal butters. zarzamora/ Shutterstock Duane Mellor, Aston University In an unexpected twist, butter seems to be back on the menu. After years of being a maligned ingredient that many people shied away from, butter has now become the latest food trend on social media, thanks to the recent popularity of …

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Avocados may cut the risk of heart disease – new research

Krasula/Shutterstock Taibat (Tai) Ibitoye, University of Reading Eating two or more servings of avocado a week may cut your risk of cardiovascular disease by 16%, according to a new study. Researchers at Harvard University analysed data from two large US studies: the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and the Nurses’ Health Study. Between 1986 and 2016, researchers followed more than 41,000 …

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Black pepper: healthy or not?

Khunaoy/Shutterstock Laura Brown, Teesside University Everybody knows that consuming too much salt is bad for your health. But nobody ever mentions the potential impact of the other condiment in the cruet set: black pepper. Does it have an effect on your health? Certainly, people through the ages have thought so. Black pepper, the dried berries of the Piper nigrum vine, …

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You can’t outrun your fork. But that doesn’t mean exercise can’t help you lose weight or change your diet.

You can’t exercise away a poor diet. (Shutterstock) Cassandra J. Lowe, Western University Every January, millions of individuals make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or eat healthier, if not both. To achieve this goal, many individuals will begin strenuous exercise programs that incorporate too much exercise too soon, leading to fitness burnout or injury. Overtraining can actually prevent you …

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The dangers of eating raw meat

RossHelen/Shutterstock Colin Michie, University of Central Lancashire Rising energy and gas prices might make you think twice about firing up your stove for a roast or stew. Why cook that meat? After all, your menu could include trendy beef carpaccio, flavoursome wild boar’s liver, coppa or pancetta. If you learned to like raw meat, you might become a paleo-keto-carnivorous pilgrim, …

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Junk food and the brain: How modern diets lacking in micronutrients may contribute to angry rhetoric

Research reveals links between the irritability, explosive rage and unstable moods that have grown more common in recent years, and a lack of micronutrients that are important for brain function. (Shutterstock) Bonnie Kaplan, University of Calgary and Julia J Rucklidge, University of Canterbury Emotional, non-rational, even explosive remarks in public discourse have escalated in recent years. Politicians endure insults during …

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When you eat matters: How your eating rhythms impact your mental health

When the main circadian clock in the brain is out of sync with eating rhythms, it impacts the brain’s ability to function fully. (Shutterstock) Elena Koning, Queen’s University, Ontario and Elisa Brietzke, Queen’s University, Ontario Eating is an essential part of human life and it turns out that not only what we eat but when we eat can impact our …

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Fermented food: why eating sauerkraut helps your gut stay healthy

Elena Hramova/Shutterstock Manal Mohammed, University of Westminster For decades fermentation was used to preserve foods, enhance shelf life, and improve flavour. But many people are not aware about the health benefits of fermented food. Fermented foods are generally defined as “foods or beverages produced through controlled microbial growth, and the conversion of food components through enzymatic action”. That might be …

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Not all calories are equal – a dietitian explains the different ways the kinds of foods you eat matter to your body

Even if two foods share the same calorie count, there can be major differences in how they affect your body. Julia_Sudnitskaya/iStock via Getty Images Terezie Tolar-Peterson, Mississippi State University A calorie is a calorie is a calorie, at least from a thermodynamic standpoint. It’s defined as the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water …

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