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03 Jan 2012 10:41


Culture: Researchers: Eating too much fat can injure parts of your brain

  • C is for Uh-Oh: Medical researchers have found that within 24 hours of a high-fat diet, there is measurable damage in the brains of rodents and humans. “Obese individuals are biologically defending their elevated body weight,” said Dr. Michael Schwartz, a professor at the University of Washington. The study indicates that eating fat leads to changes in the brain, and in the body, because it affects the hypothalamus, which regulates weight. source

10 Oct 2011 23:21


World: Study: Chocolate could help lower heart risk for women

  • claimEat more chocolate (in moderation), have a lower risk of getting a stroke? A Swedish study of 33,000 women seemed to come to that sweet confectionary conclusion. Dark chocolate had a better effect on heart health than other kinds.
  • rebuttal Doctors still haven’t recommended chocolate as the best way to reduce the risk of having a stroke, though. They do recommend “blood pressure medicine, quitting smoking, exercising more and eating a healthier diet.” source

21 Jun 2011 14:33


U.S.: Are your fruits and veggies laden with tons of pesticides?

  • Remember when that confusing food pyramid went away, and a plate replaced it? That incredibly informative plate tells you that half your diet at least should consist of fruits and veggies — but a new study might make you think otherwise. The Environmental Working Group has compiled a list called the “Dirty Dozen” that includes the twelve fruits and vegetables laden with the most pesticides. While the report suggest eating anything from the “Dirty Dozen” might be harmful, other experts say the pesticide levels on those fruits aren’t dangerous. “So far, there’s not a lot of research to support these claims,” said Holly Herrington, a dietitian at Northwestern University. And we’re pretty sure an apple is healthier than a candy bar any day, too. source

07 Jan 2010 11:12


Culture: Protip: Don’t take dietary advice from Megan Fox

  • not doctor Megan Fox has been suggesting in recent interviews to drink vinegar to cleanse the system and lose weight. It sounds friggin’ stupid.
  • doctor Dietician Lucy Jones: “The body, including the liver, is a well-oiled detoxing machine, which will not be improved by vinegar.” source

24 Mar 2009 09:50


U.S.: The red meat: Eat too many burgers, you die sooner.

A new study says too much red meat is bad for you. Duh. source

28 Jan 2009 16:06


U.S.: How much high-fructose corn syrup do people eat?

  • 12 teaspoons per day, on average; it’s higher for junk food eaters source