The FDA Finally Has a Definition for ‘Healthy’ Food

Photo: Linda Hirzmann (Shutterstock) What does “healthy” mean, exactly, when applied to food? It’s a tougher question than you might think. The FDA has been trying to answer it for years now, and they announced that they finally have a rough definition. The origin story here is wild: The FDA sent a letter years ago … Read more

Obesity should be reclassified as a brain disorder: doctors

A new study has prompted some doctors to reconsider how obesity is classified. Currently, it is treated as a behavioral disease, but doctors are now suggesting that it be considered a brain-development disorder such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (also known as ADHD), autism and Asperger’s syndrome. The study, which was published on Science.org, was … Read more

‘They’re just as healthy—and cheaper than fresh’

1. Berries Use it for: baked desserts, smoothies, yogurt toppings, breakfast bowls Berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries, are one of nature’s best sources of antioxidants. Studies show that antioxidant levels in berries remain stable long after they’re frozen. Some of the best stores to find frozen berries at a bargain include Trader … Read more

Drink these types of coffee to live longer, study says

CNN  —  Drinking two to three cups a day of most types of coffee may protect you from cardiovascular disease and an early death, a new study found. “The results suggest that mild to moderate intake of ground, instant and decaffeinated coffee should be considered part of a healthy lifestyle,” said study author Peter Kistler, … Read more

Timing of Food Intake a Strategy for Treating Mood Disorders?

Shift workers who confine their eating to the daytime may experience fewer mood symptoms compared to those who eat both day and night, new research suggests. Investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, created a simulated nightwork schedule for 19 individuals in a laboratory setting. Participants then engaged in two different meal timing models … Read more

The Next Frontier in Psychiatry

Over the last decade, we have seen an exponential increase in research relating diet quality to mental health. The typical Western diet of ultra-processed foods does not adequately meet the brain’s nutritional requirements and is a proven risk factor for the subsequent emergence of mental disorders in both adults and children.1 Given the strength of … Read more

Commercial Weight-Loss Program May Outperform DIY Approach

A widely available commercial weight-management program led to greater reductions in weight than an unstructured, do-it-yourself (DIY) approach, according to new data published recently in JAMA Network Open. In a randomized clinical trial that included almost 400 adults from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, participants who were assigned to WW, formerly known … Read more

How to eat the right food for your age

These can be the plate-spinning years. Our careers and relationships are falling into place and with that comes the stress of mortgages and family commitments.  We’re not as young as we were and it’s harder to bounce back as fast as we did. If your food mountain to this point has been a lighter shade … Read more

Experts Express Caution Over Type 2 Diabetes-Tea Drinking Claim

A claim that drinking tea might protect people against developing type 2 diabetes has been met with caution from multiple experts ahead of the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. The claim is that people who drink four or more cups of tea every day – specifically green, Oolong, or … Read more

Ultra-processed foods are harmful for our health — here’s why

Sugary drinks and many breakfast cereals are ultra-processed foods, as are more recent innovations, such as so-called “plant-based” burgers, which are typically made of protein isolates and other chemicals to make the products palatable. The intense industrial processes used to produce ultra-processed foods destroy the natural structure of the food ingredients and strip away many … Read more