How Can You Tell You’re Eating Real Chicken? And Is It Safe to Eat?

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  • KFC recently rolled out Original Recipe boneless chicken, and is considering      eliminating on-the-bone chicken from its menu altogether. Regardless of brand, processed chicken nuggets or shaped boneless “wings” are far more likely to contain less meat and more additives and fillers
  • Scientists have been working on bioengineering “cultured” lab-grown meat  Continue reading

How to Tell if You’re Eating Too Much

Achieving a manageable weight is something nearly all of us desire. However, only a small percentage of the population actually strives to improve their health. Nearly 159 million Americans are overweight, and 75 million of them are obese.

As we mentioned last time, these weight conditions result in numerous health problems that can be fatal.

The first step to weight loss and a healthier life is to know how many calories Continue reading

How Eating a Grapefruit Could Kill You

Grapefruit is one of the healthiest foods you can eat—except that it could kill you.

The familiar citrus fruit is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants. It is recommended not just as a food for optimum health, but also for weight loss. Not surprisingly, this has led to an increased popularity in grapefruit. But, Continue reading

Can Eating Tomatoes Lower the Risk of Stroke?

tomaEating tomatoes and tomato-based foods is associated with a lower risk of stroke, according to new research published in the October 9, 2012, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Tomatoes are high in the antioxidant lycopene.

The study found that people with the highest amounts of lycopene in Continue reading

Edible School Yards and Healthy Cooking Lessons – Growing Fresh Solutions for Childhood Obesity

Purple carrots, raspberry bushes and a bounty of schoolyard-grown vegetables are sprouting up around the nation. Edible schoolyards are teaching children about sustainability, nutrition and the fun of growing, cooking and eating their own food. As more of these gardens germinate from an idea to a full fledged classroom, children learn about wholesome food choices — helping to curb childhood obesity.

The blossoming of garden classrooms

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Olive and Fish Oil Found To Potentially Prevent Pancreatitis

There seem to be more and more reasons to consume oils that contain healthy fats. For example, researchers from the University of Granada in Spain have discovered that oleic acid and hydroxytyrosol, which can be found in virgin olive oil and fatty acids in fish, can prevent the development of acute pancreatitis.

Pancreatitis is a disease that is believed to be caused by an oxidative-inflammatory process happening in the body. Researchers found that the antioxidants inside olive and fish oils seems to prevent this process from occurring. According to the study authors, it all comes down to what a person is eating.

“There is increasing evidence that there are oxidative-inflammatory processes involved Continue reading

The Benefits of Slow Eating

Health secrets about nutrition are numerous and varied, but here’s one for you: eating slowly could keep the pounds off. A new study found it to be true. So it’s time to chew longer and make meals last.

Doctors’ advice has long been to chew food thoroughly for proper digestion (it starts in your mouth). But that doing this could have a true impact on your weight is another story. Two new studies found that the way you eat is linked to how much you consume. Among the findings: Men tend to eat far faster than women; heavier people eat faster than slimmer people; and refined grains are consumed faster than whole grains.

In one study, researchers found that fast eaters consumed about 3.1 ounces of food per minute, medium-speed eaters 2.5 ounces per minute, and slow eaters two ounces per minute. This work is the first to validate self-reported eating rates that have been used in large population studies, which have shown relationships between eating rate and body weight. There were also strong gender differences. At lunch, Continue reading

Jawbone’s new Up Health Wristband is Equal Parts Cool and Creepy

Jawbone-Up-iOSBluetooth headset maker Jawbone will soon release its new Up life monitoring wristband that’s designed to help you live a move healthy life by tracking every move you make, what you’re eating, how long you’re sleeping and how many calories you burn.

The Jawbone Up, in many ways, is a cool use of technology to tackle the problem of not being active enough. Using the wristband and an iOS app, you can get prompts to move when you sit at your desk too long, Continue reading

Why Eating Colorful Is Important This Flu Season

Forget treating the flu or shortening its duration; the best approach is flu prevention itself. For this, dietary measures are in order. A recent study uncovered a pattern of nutritious eating, and a bounty of health secrets for avoiding the flu in the coming months.

Most people report catching a cold or flu every year. And more than 30% say they’ll make lifestyle changes to avoid catching one next year. Still, 40% of Americans don’t plan to take what is arguably the easiest and tastiest step to help potentially prevent such viral illness: eat more fruits and vegetables.

A national report, “America’s Phytonutrient Report: Immune Health by Color,” found that adults  Continue reading

Cleanse your Digestive System the Easy Way by Eating Kitchari

If you’re a foodie wanting to clean your system out, but can’t stand the thought of a strict fast, try eating some kitchari. Ayurvedic doctors swear by this hearty dish made of basmati rice, mung dal, and aromatic Indian herbs; because it is super easy to digest, highly nourishing, and purifying, it is the ideal food for cleansing an overworked digestive system clogged up by fats and chemical-laden processed foods.

According to Ayurveda, India’s ancient holistic healing system, proper digestion is essential to good health. Eating kitchari for a period of time gives the digestive system the break it needs for it to devote itself to healing. This staple of the Ayurvedic diet is eaten regularly (as the sole food in a mono-diet cleanse) and as part of a Panchakarma (a comprehensive Ayurvedic detoxification program that uses techniques such as oil massage, sweating, Continue reading

Research Says Eating Walnuts Improves Critical Thinking

Walnuts have long been known to influence the brain and in the natural health world, they’re known as a key brain food. Now, according to research published in the British Journal of Nutrition, eating walnuts regularly can significantly increase critical thinking and especially what’s called inferential reasoning.

Inferential reasoning is the ability to infer truth from other known truth and it is also the ability to deduce information based on prior experience and context. It’s sometimes thought that there are two fundamental types of reasoning. So dramatically improving one is an enormous step in the right direction, and it’s nice that it can be done by an easy dietary addition. Continue reading

Why you’re Prone to “Eating it anyway”

A new study shines a light on something that people who love junk food should pay attention to. Anyone trying to stick to a diet should read on as well. Anyone wanting to shed some pounds, come closer. This study reveals why people eat out of habit, even when the food is stale, and offers health tips to fix mindless snacking.

Popcorn goes with movies, chips go with television. People eat in certain environments. The study showed why these eating habits occur even when the food doesn’t taste good. As for the health advice: there are surprisingly simple ways we can counter our bad eating habits.

The experiment: researchers gave people about to enter a movie theater a bucket of either just-popped, fresh popcorn or stale, week-old popcorn. Moviegoers, who didn’t usually eat popcorn at the movies, ate much less stale popcorn than fresh popcorn.

But moviegoers who said they regularly had popcorn at the movies ate about the same amount of popcorn whether it was fresh or stale. It made no difference whether the popcorn tasted good or not; it was a habitual act to buy it and eat it.

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Study: College Students not eating enough Fruits and Veggies

College students aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables – in fact, a new study shows students aren’t even eating one serving per day, far from the recommended five daily servings.

The study by Oregon State University researchers surveyed the eating habits of 582 college students, a majority of which were first-year students. The study, now online in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, compares male and female students, but found that both were not getting the proper amount of fruits and vegetables. Male students had about five servings a week, slightly higher than female students who self-reported eating about four servings of fruits and vegetables.

Female students had lower fiber intake, while males tended to consume more fat in their diet. Overall, the females had better eating habits, including skipping fewer meals, eating in the college dining halls more frequently, Continue reading

Eat your Apple with its Skin for Stronger Muscles

Many individuals — especially those with small children to please — will often peel their apples before eating them, discarding a part of the fruit that has been known to be rich in nutrients.

Now, researchers at the University of Iowa have discovered one more reason why consumers should opt to keep their apples intact: The skin apparently contains a compound that may stave off muscle loss.

“Muscle wasting is a frequent companion of illness and aging,” said lead author Christopher Adams. “It prolongs hospitalization, delays recoveries and in some cases prevents people from going back home. It isn’t well understood and there is no medicine for it.”

In a mouse model, the researchers found  Continue reading

Eating Fruit for Healing Power

The wonderful sweet berry is not just for dessert anymore; it has healing power. Berries contain large amounts of insoluble fiber (absorbent fiber); therefore, berries help prevent constipation. The blueberry is a powerhouse of nutrients that may improve memory as well as lower blood sugar. A cup of strawberries contains enough vitamin C for the day to fight against arthritis. Ellagic acid in black raspberries may help prevent the growth of cancer cells.

The healing power of apples is amazing; Apples contain, in their skin, Quercetin, an antioxidant that may fight Alzheimer’s disease. Apples are also full of pectin, a natural ingredient that can lower cholesterol. Apples are also full of soluble fiber which helps slow down glucose in the bloodstream.

Don’t forget the healing powers of papayas. They are full of beta cryptoxanthin, an antioxidant that may control arthritis in your knees. Heal a wound with papaya. Make a dressing of unripe papaya. It encourages new skin growth and reduces infection.

The healing powers of bananas  Continue reading