Why There's So Much Confusion Over Health and Nutrition

If you believed the internet, you'd think there's huge debate over whether eggs, coffee, or salt are good or bad for you. In reality, there's significant agreement on diet and health issues among experts, but the general public is conflicted. So why are we so confused when experts agree? Let's clear the air. » 5/07/14 12:24pm 5/07/14 12:24pm

Scientists discover that eating Mediterranean food can prevent heart…

Eating a Mediterranean diet that contains olive oil and nuts can leave you with a healthier heart. In a randomized trial of nearly 7,500 people at risk of heart disease in Spain, researchers discovered that people who stuck to what they called the "Mediterranean diet" — supplemented either with extra virgin olive oil… » 2/25/13 4:18pm 2/25/13 4:18pm

The Historical Roots of Today's Diet and Exercise Fads

Long before the Atkins diet, Shaun T's Insanity Workout, and The Biggest Loser, people have been fascinated by what we eat and how to exercise, for optimal health. Take the famous quotation used by dieters of all sorts, "Eat to live, not live to eat": It was penned by the Roman philosopher Cicero. The field of sports… » 12/06/12 11:25am 12/06/12 11:25am

How a major ingredient in KY Jelly could help you lose weight

Methylcellulose is a pretty common additive in all sorts of food items and cosmetics. You've probably eaten it in the last few days in ice cream (and it's also has some insane applications in molecular gastronomy, and is a major ingredient in KY jelly). But by tweaking it slightly, it could become the "magic bullet"… » 8/21/12 1:20pm 8/21/12 1:20pm

New scientific studies reveal three effective weight loss strategies

With the huge amount of research invested into diet and weight loss, it's easy to become overwhelmed with trying to match your attitudes and diets to what publications seem to suggest. With that in mind, here are three suggestions from papers presented at this year's Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of… » 7/11/12 8:30am 7/11/12 8:30am

A low-carb diet may not be the best for you after all

If you're looking to lose weight, there are two major divided schools of thought. The first is that all calories are created equal, and as long as you use more energy than you take in, you'll do fine. The other is that our body handles and uses calories from different food sources in very different ways, so the actual… » 6/29/12 7:30am 6/29/12 7:30am

The next time you're stranded on an island with only one food source,…

What would happen if you tried to survive on just one type of food? The short answer: you would die. Of course, how you died (organ failure, muscle-wasting, rapidly spreading pustular wounds... some combination thereof) would depend entirely on which type of food you decided to ride out your last weeks/months/years of… » 1/27/12 1:20pm 1/27/12 1:20pm

Cheating on your low-carb diet helps you lose weight - and could…

Low carbohydrate diets go in and out of fashion for weight loss, but a new piece of research suggests that an occasional low carb day is better than traditional diets for helping to prevent breast cancer. The findings are set to be presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, where the researchers describe a… » 12/08/11 3:35pm 12/08/11 3:35pm