Health and Nutrition Stuff
Controversial ground has been laid for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans with the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) releasing on February 19 its non-binding recommendations to the USDA and the Dept of Health and Human Services (including the FDA). Although consumers rarely pay direct attention to the guidelines, the first to be issued in five years, they will influence everything from school lunches to doctors’ dieting advice.
Food labels seem to provide all the information a thoughtful consumer needs, so counting calories should be simple. But things get tricky because food labels tell only half the story. A calorie is a measure of usable energy. Food labels say how many calories a food contains. But they do not say how many calories you actually get out of your food, which depends on how highly processed it is.
The Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, has published details of its research into a new diet pill called Fexaramine that, unlike anything before it, may well open the door to successful and safe global weight loss.
The problem with modern diets is that they rely too heavily on modern, processed foods. If only we emulated the eating habits of our paleolithic predecessors, we’d be healthier and less obese. That’s the premise of popular “paleo” diets. As this article debates, the truth is much more complex...
A simple potato extract may limit weight gain from a diet that is high in fat and refined carbohydrates, according to scientists at Montreal's McGill University. The results of their recent study were so surprising that the investigators repeated the experiment just to be sure.
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