Are you trying hard to lose weight but all your efforts seem fruitless? Do not worry; this is a very common worry among those trying to make a difference. The problem may be more about mindset rather than individual practices. Therefore, the following is a brief outline to clear out some misconceptions people might have… Read More
The Number of Fast Food Joints
“Across England, there are 8.2 fast-food outlets per 10,000 people, and 11.6 in the poorest parts of the country, according to Public Health England, a government agency.” (The Economist, 2018, p.29). Parents concerned about paying rent and keeping the electricity on are less likely to think about cooking a healthy dinner. One experiment found that subjects who were asked to… Read More
Obesity-Prone & Obesity-Resistant People: Some Myths & Facts
Introduction We all know someone who eat like a horse yet remains as skinny as a rake, while one of your other friend’s seem to pile on the pounds just by thinking about food. At the heart of the difference is metabolism (the sum of the chemical reactions occurring in the body at any given time).… Read More
5 Kilograms of Broccoli A Day Keeps the Doctor Away!
“Broccoli extract lowers blood sugar EATING your greens just got even better for you. A substance found in broccoli can reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Anders Rosengren [and colleagues (2017)] at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden tested sulphoraphane, found in broccoli sprouts, in a trial of 97 people with type 2 diabetes. On average,… Read More
Linking Thermostats, Diets & Adipose Tissue…
“Why diets don’t work: An internal “thermostat” may be the reason diets don’t work. A set of neurons in the brain stops mice from burning calories when they are not eating enough. This might prevent people from burning fat while on a diet (eLife, doi.org/b7gk).” (New Scientist, 2017, p.5). This headline sounds great, but one must be careful when… Read More
Old Food, New Food & Lifespan: Any Link?
“YOU are what you eat – so does eating old food make you old? It sounds far-fetched, but experiments on mice, flies and yeast suggest that it might. The fundamental causes of ageing aren’t understood. One leading idea is that throughout life, our bodies accumulate cellular damage. Vadim Gladyshev at Harvard University wondered whether this damage can be acquired through food. Food… Read More
Total Fat Intake versus Healthy Wholefoods & Diet Patterns
The obsession with fat intake needs to end, say Dariush Mozaffarian and David Ludwig writing in the New Scientist. “For decades we have been fed official limits on the total fat in our diets. It’s time that ended, a position we have summarised in the journal JAMA (doi.org/ 6s2). Dietary policies have long emphasised limits. In 1980, the US recommended that no more than… Read More
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