Childhood Obesity and Gut Bacteria

Childhood obesity has been an emotionally charged, near panic-inducing topic in the US and beyond for decades. New programs are repeatedly thrown at the issue in the hopes of “stemming the tide” of childhood obesity. Public policy on the issue has committed tens of billions of taxpayer dollars. In the media, in schools and even… Continue reading Childhood Obesity and Gut Bacteria

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Should You Use Protein Shakes In Your Diet?

Protein shakes. Once upon a time, they were the “secret weapon” of serious bodybuilders, weight lifters and physique enthusiasts. If you drank them, it was like you were a part of some secret society. Maybe the League of Extraordinary Gainers, or something like that. Then, little by little, the “secret” got out. Whispers about the… Continue reading Should You Use Protein Shakes In Your Diet?

Expensive Energy Gels Vs. The Humble Potato For Endurance Athletes

Are you an endurance athlete? Cyclist, runner swimmer or maybe even a triathlete? Do you swear by your expensive, “scientifically designed” carbohydrate energy gel to give you a performance boost? Turns out, your fancy energy gel might be no better than the humble potato when it comes to fueling your performance. There are, however, other… Continue reading Expensive Energy Gels Vs. The Humble Potato For Endurance Athletes

On The Keto Diet With Psoriasis? Choose Your Fats Wisely

The ketogenic, or keto diet, has been promoted as having positive effects on many physical symptoms, including skin quality and health. High in fats, the diet is claimed to provide high levels of the key nutrients for skin health. However, if a new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology is accurate, this may… Continue reading On The Keto Diet With Psoriasis? Choose Your Fats Wisely

New Research Says Red, Processed Meat Poses No Health Threat

TRIGGER ALERT! Just a warning to all my readers who are plant-based dieters, vegans, vegetarians and avoiders of red meat. If you’re trying to save the world or those of us who live in it by promoting plant-based eating or you just like crusading against meat for whatever reason, this article may not be for… Continue reading New Research Says Red, Processed Meat Poses No Health Threat

Diet Report Card: Excessive Low-Quality Carbs, Too Much Saturated Fat

An 18-year study looking at the diets of 43,996 Americans has resulted in a “report card” with some disappointing results: Americans eat way too many garbage carbohydrates and are still plowing in the saturated fat. For more years than I’d care to count, America has been getting a steady “diet” of nutritional advice and guidance… Continue reading Diet Report Card: Excessive Low-Quality Carbs, Too Much Saturated Fat

Want To Screw Up Your Fat Metabolism? Sleep Like An American

In a fascinating study by researchers at Pennsylvania State University, sleep restriction was once again shown to have remarkably negative affect on humans. In this case, only a few days of sleep restriction affected how full participants felt after eating, along with altering fat metabolism. A full night of recovery sleep wasn’t enough to reverse… Continue reading Want To Screw Up Your Fat Metabolism? Sleep Like An American

Getting Fatter as You Get Older? Here’s One Reason Why

If you’re getting older, you may have noticed something. Something disturbing is happening to your waistline and other parts. It’s very common for people to gain weight and body fat as they get older. So common, in fact, that it’s been largely an accepted reality, even though we really haven’t understood why. At least, not… Continue reading Getting Fatter as You Get Older? Here’s One Reason Why

Want to Get More Vegetables Into Your Kids? Offer More Variety!

If you’re a parent struggling to get your kids to eat vegetables, there’s hope! There is at least one way to get your kids to accept and even eat more vegetables. The good news? It doesn’t involve threats, punishment or banishment to the “naughty corner.” In fact, researchers in Australia may have hit on a… Continue reading Want to Get More Vegetables Into Your Kids? Offer More Variety!

Gut Bacteria and Alzheimer’s: Is There a Dietary Connection?

Alzheimer’s Disease is a devastating illness. It not only steals the memory, cognition, self-reliance and eventually the life of the victim, it has profound, painful and lasting affects on the victims friends and family. Nobody in the orbit of this disease escapes unscathed. Researchers and medical professionals have been searching for ways to predict, prevent… Continue reading Gut Bacteria and Alzheimer’s: Is There a Dietary Connection?