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This Interactive Shows How Far Your Food Traveled to Get to You

This Interactive Shows How Far Your Food Traveled to Get to You | Food and Health | Scoop.it
We know our food is incredibly well traveled, but just where does your food come from? A new set of interactive charts help you trace the often serpentine route from farm to table.
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Diet Advice That Ignores Hunger

Diet Advice That Ignores Hunger | Food and Health | Scoop.it
Researchers say, cut calories. But they don’t take into account what that means over the long term.
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Implicit in many discussions of how best to lose weight is the assumption that hunger, which is a consequence of caloric deprivation, is not an issue. Health and government organizations tell the obese and overweight, who now make up just over two-thirds of our adult population, to do what the study’s subjects did: Eat less, cut back on calories.

That advice implies that the ensuing hunger will be an easily bearable burden (no depression, lethargy, irritability — no tantrums, please!). And bearable not just for 24 weeks, but a lifetime. The Minnesota experiment tells us that when semi-starvation ends, the refeeding period will not end well.

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The food blogger who hid an eating disorder - BBC News

The food blogger who hid an eating disorder - BBC News | Food and Health | Scoop.it
Blogger Gemma White didn't think she had a problem with food. But behind the pictures of luscious cakes and scrumptious meals on her blog, she was hiding a secret that was spiralling out of control.
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"I'd cook anything and everything for anybody, but I won't eat that myself"

 

 

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Michael Pollan: 5 Reasons the Paleo Diet Is B.S. — And How to Eat Right

Michael Pollan: 5 Reasons the Paleo Diet Is B.S. — And How to Eat Right | Food and Health | Scoop.it
The celebrated food author dishes on how to eat well: less meat, more microbes, and cook it yourself.
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Monsanto and EPA knew of glyphosate cancer link in 1981

Monsanto and EPA knew of glyphosate cancer link in 1981 | Food and Health | Scoop.it
Research by GM-Free Cymru shows that studies carried out for Monsanto and submitted to the US's Environmental Protection Agency in 1981 provided ample evidence that glyphosate caused cancer and other health problems. But the key documents were classed as 'trade secrets' and never published.
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Our Water-Guzzling Food Factory

Our Water-Guzzling Food Factory | Food and Health | Scoop.it
While we associate extravagant water use with swimming pools and verdant lawns, the biggest consumer is agriculture.
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Sauerkraut Might Be The Secret To Curing Social Anxiety

Sauerkraut Might Be The Secret To Curing Social Anxiety | Food and Health | Scoop.it
Can you eat your way to an anxiety-free existence?

It might sound outlandish, but the idea that your diet can have a huge effect on your emotions has become the focus of an exciting new area of ps
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'I wouldn't buy them' Scientists blast 'waste of money' probiotics that do NOTHING

'I wouldn't buy them' Scientists blast 'waste of money' probiotics that do NOTHING | Food and Health | Scoop.it
BRITONS are wasting millions of pounds a year on probiotic drinks and supplements that probably have no health benefits, experts said yesterday.
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The University College London researchers investigated whether the probiotics contained as many live bacteria as claimed on the label, which are good for the body.

 

They also tested whether the bacteria survived when it passed through the stomach and whether they then flourished in the gut.

Four – Align, Bio Balance, Bio-Kult and Probio7 – did not pass a single one of the tests.

 

Yoghurt drink Yakult contained enough bacteria at first but failed in the next two stages while its rival Actimel also fell short on the number of bacteria surviving in the stomach.

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Great Gut Extinction: Has modern life destroyed our health? - BBC News

Great Gut Extinction: Has modern life destroyed our health? - BBC News | Food and Health | Scoop.it
Our modern lifestyle is often blamed for the explosion in conditions like asthma, diabetes and obesity - but the evidence that our predecessors didn't suffer such ailments has been hard to come by - until now.

In 2008 a military helicopter chanced upon a previously uncharted group of huts in the remote Amazonas region in southern Venezuela, home to 15,000 Yanomami people.

Thought to have been completely isolated since their ancestors arrived in South America after the last ice age, the semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers have never been exposed to modern civilisation - therefore neither have their guts.

The community hunts for small birds and mammals as well as frogs and fish and the occasional tapir. They also eat wild bananas, plantain and cassava.

Water is collected from a stream about five minutes' walking distance from the village.

An international team of scientists has studied the group - whose exact location has been protected - to see what micro-organisms (microbes) lived in and on them.

Some microbes cause disease but the majority are completely harmless but humans couldn't live without them,

The microbes we are born with - which mainly come from our mother's birth canal - form the basis of our lifelong microbiome.

We are literally covered in them, inside and out. But modern life can alter the microbial composition.

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Most liver transplants by 2020 will be 'linked to over-eating, not alcohol'

Most liver transplants by 2020 will be 'linked to over-eating, not alcohol' | Food and Health | Scoop.it
Most liver transplants are expected to be linked to over-eating rather than alcohol abuse by 2020, an expert has said.

Dr Quentin Anstee, a consultant hepatologist at Newcastle University and the Freeman hospital, warned that the UK faced a “major and growing challenge” as increasing numbers of Britons are diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

A third of Britons are thought to have the condition, according to researchers, which is caused by people eating more than their livers can cope with.

Newcastle University is set to be the centre of a new Europe-wide research programme into liver disease, with Britain among the worst-affected countries.

Anstee said: “Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is one of the major and growing challenges facing the UK.

“With such a large proportion of the population at risk, the challenge is identifying which individuals we need to home in on.

“There has been a shift in the entire population. The truth is that the man in the street is carrying a few more pounds than a decade ago. The rate of liver disease has increased 400% since the 1970s.

“It’s predicted that by the end of this decade, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease will be be the most common underlying reason why people are required to have liver transplants, overtaking alcohol.”

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How Do They Get Caffeine Out of Coffee Beans?

It's one of those questions I've always wondered about. And maybe you have too. Just how do they extract caffeine from coffee beans? In the first episode of a new Mental Floss series, 'Big Questions,' a guy named Craig, rocking a tight t shirt, gives us some answers.
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The Evolution of Diet

The Evolution of Diet | Food and Health | Scoop.it
Could eating like our ancestors make us healthier?
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"In other words, there is no one ideal human diet. Aiello and Leonard say the real hallmark of being human isn’t our taste for meat but our ability to adapt to many habitats—and to be able to combine many different foods to create many healthy diets. Unfortunately the modern Western diet does not appear to be one of them."
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How it feels when white people shame your culture’s food — then make it trendy

How it feels when white people shame your culture’s food — then make it trendy | Food and Health | Scoop.it
My family's food went from 'Chinese grossness' to America's 'hottest food trend.'
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"The best meals are more than the sum of their ingredients; their flavors tell the stories of the rich cultures that created them. When the same respect is afforded to immigrant food as traditional “American” food, eating it will sate us in more ways than one."
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New antibiotic found in 'horse poop' mushroom - Futurity

New antibiotic found in 'horse poop' mushroom - Futurity | Food and Health | Scoop.it
A fungus that grows on horse dung contains a protein that can kill bacteria.

The substance, known as copsin, has the same effect as traditional antibiotics, but belongs to a different class of biochemical substances. Copsin is a protein, whereas traditional antibiotics are often non-protein organic compounds.

The researchers led by Markus Aebi, a mycology professor at ETH Zurich, discovered the substance in the common inky cap mushroom Coprinopsis cinerea. Aebi and colleagues were interested in understanding how this fungus and various bacteria affect each other’s growth.

This involved cultivating the fungus in a laboratory along with several different types of bacteria. It was found that C. cinerea is able to kill certain bacteria. Further research demonstrated that the copsin produced by the mushroom is responsible for this antibiotic effect.

Copsin belongs to the group of defensins, a class of small proteins produced by many organisms to combat microorganisms that cause disease. The human body also produces defensins to protect itself against infections. They have been found, for example, on the skin and in the mucous membranes.

For Aebi, the main focus of this research project was not primarily on applications for the new substance.

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My town calls my lawn 'a nuisance.' But I still refuse to mow it. - Washington Post

My town calls my lawn 'a nuisance.' But I still refuse to mow it. - Washington Post | Food and Health | Scoop.it
Manicured lawns are ruining the planet.
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The Truth About Coconut Oil: 10 Facts You Need To Know

The Truth About Coconut Oil: 10 Facts You Need To Know | Food and Health | Scoop.it
It's difficult to determine what's healthy and what's not anymore with all the food claims out there from the mega-food companies jumping on the healthy bandwagon. We're a big fan of coconut oil so we rounded up some evidence...
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Modern nutritional science should be called "guide to angelizing and demonizing". Coconut oil is off the hook. Nay, now it's super-food already? 

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Quinoa’s Dark Secret

Quinoa’s Dark Secret | Food and Health | Scoop.it
Foreign demand, soil erosion drive up the crop’s price and threaten its future—and the future of those who grow it.
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Study finds decreased social anxiety among young adults who eat fermented foods

Study finds decreased social anxiety among young adults who eat fermented foods | Food and Health | Scoop.it
Psychologists have traditionally looked to the mind to help people living with mental health issues. But a recent study led by William & Mary researchers shows that the stomach may also play a key role, suggesting that the old adage 'you are what you eat' is more than a cliché.
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Tortilla Reform

Tortilla Reform - Natural Resources Defense Council - Medium
Critics of Chipotle’s new GMO-free menu claim the restaurant chain is pandering to paranoia and that GM foods are perfec…
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In defense of Chipotle's GMO-free menu. Some very important points ... 

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Are probiotics really that good for your health?

Are probiotics really that good for your health? | Food and Health | Scoop.it
While a huge number of us have been persuaded by advertisers that we need our daily 'nutraceutical' dose, the benefits they claim have yet to be verified by the European Food Standards Agency
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How To Prevent The Most Common Home Cooking Mistakes

How To Prevent The Most Common Home Cooking Mistakes | Food and Health | Scoop.it
Failure's a cruel teacher, particularly in the kitchen, but it's often what separates cooks from the chefs and the pros from the amateurs.
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Many of these are around cooking meat, but very interesting. 

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Why you'll never cook from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Anyone weary of the nonstop hype over Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia this summer had to be happy with this week's news that the fuss has not all been in vain: Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking has finally hit the top of the best-seller list, almost 48...
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An interesting dampener on all the hoopla around Julia Child's books after the movie: "Julie & Julia" 

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Have You Eaten the Food of the World's Fourth-Largest Country?

Have You Eaten the Food of the World's Fourth-Largest Country? | Food and Health | Scoop.it
This Boston pop-up serves a healthy portion of Indonesian culture alongside its sweat-inducing cuisine.
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