For a Sharper Mind in Middle Age, Try Running in Your 20s

Reason #34,857 that exercise is important: getting your pulse up when you're 25 can make for a better brain at 45, according to a newly published study out of the University of Minnesota, the first to examine how exercise in young adulthood affects cognition later in life. » 4/03/14 10:04pm 4/03/14 10:04pm

Scientists Fail To Find A Link Between Saturated Fat And Heart Disease

For years we've been told to reduce our consumption of saturated fats as a sure-fire way to prevent heart disease. But a recent analysis of 45 studies and 27 trials involving over 600,000 participants is forcing a rethink of this long held — and apparently erroneous — assumption. » 3/18/14 8:00am 3/18/14 8:00am

Why a healthy lifestyle could save your sanity

We know that adopting a healthy lifestyle, like not smoking, exercising regularly, and keeping our weight down, yields long term benefits. But a recently concluded 35-year study is showing just how extensive these health benefits can be — and not just to our bodies, but our minds as well. » 12/11/13 12:00pm 12/11/13 12:00pm

Eating too much corn turns you into a vampire (without the blood…

A diet of too much corn, and not enough everything else, can give you the condition that inspired vampire legends. Learn about the corn-fed vampires who stalked the American west at the turn of the last century. » 3/17/13 8:00am 3/17/13 8:00am

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 or … » 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" of… » 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