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Eat chili peppers for a longer (and hotter) life

The next time you make dinner, throw some red, hot chili peppers into the dish. New research links them with improved longevity. For this new study, researchers at the University of Vermont analyzed dietary and lifestyle data on a cohort of more than 16,000 people and followed them for up to 23 years. Overall, they …

Digging for real answers about potatoes

Potatoes don’t get a lot of respect from nutritional scientists. Even the government can’t decide (as if that is any criterion) about the health benefits of potatoes. They go back and forth, taking them out and putting them back again, in school lunch programs and the Women, Infants, Children (WIC) program. I find — as …

The natural weight loss wonder backed by science, not hype

There is so much hype about weight loss supplements. And most of the time, that’s ALL it is — hype. As I reported back in 2015 in my Insiders’ Cures newsletter, most so-called weight-loss supplements fall short, according to the science. But some new research has revealed a very interesting exception to this general “rule.” …

Does healthier food always = more expensive?

Must healthy food cost more? Anyone who chooses to shop at Whole Foods would probably answer, “but of course.” After all, Whole Foods — nicknamed “whole paycheck” — places a higher priced premium on healthier foods for one main reason: because it can. In fact, a new series of studies conducted by U.S. researchers show …

Debunking detox diets

I hear a lot of celebrities talk about their favorite detox diets or weekend cleanses. But they are usually paid promotions. And the companies the celebrities stump for must spend more on advertising than on their actual products. In my view, no quick “detox” diet that you endure over one agonizing weekend, or week, will …

Is hunger all in our heads?

To paraphrase the 17th century French philosopher, René Descartes, “we think; therefore, we eat.” At least, that’s the conclusion of researchers from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, in a fascinating new study about why rigorous mental activity increases hunger. Cells in the brain are very different than cells in other parts of the body, which …

Bean there, done that

I often report on the important role of legumes (beans) in the diet. Legumes are highly nutritious foods that also benefit the environment. Bacteria that grow on the legumes’ root nodules fix nitrogen from the soil. The bacteria “feed” the nitrogen to the legumes. This extra nitrogen means that legumes have more amino acids, protein …

The diet “no-no” that might actually help you LOSE weight

You might be surprised that I actually think of pasta as one of the foods associated with Thanksgiving. And according to a new study, that’s good news for my (and your) health. The study of 23,000 people in Pozzilli, Italy, found that eating pasta is associated with lower risk of obesity.[1] And not just body mass …

Doctors prescribe fresh fruit and vegetables, instead of drugs

I find it interesting how different cities in the U.S. have different attitudes about natural medicine. For example, in Boston and D.C., the academic intelligentsia and government minions make good livings conducting good research about natural approaches to health and healing. But nothing ever comes of it because the health bureaucrats in the crony capitalist …

Zesty herb helps body flush toxins linked to cancer, dementia, and heart disease

One of my favorite things about preparing and eating fresh, homemade salsa is the cilantro. In fact, I enjoy finding fresh, fragrant bunches of it in the produce section at the local grocery store, and washing and chopping it to add to lots of dishes. Of course, not everyone shares my fondness for cilantro. But …


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