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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 …

More reasons to stay away from Splenda and all artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners combine two of the most deadly ideas when it comes to our diet — “artificial” and “sweeter.” Plus, according to a recent study, which I’ll share with you in a moment, these toxic sweeteners can damage key neurotransmitters and cell membranes. People turn to artificial sweeteners to avoid the ills associated with sucrose …

AHA “heart-check mark” not worth the paper it’s printed on

The American Heart Association’s dietary guidelines have long been controversial, as I have reported for years. For decades, the AHA has had it out for saturated fats, found in healthy foods like butter and eggs. But in recent years, the AHA’s myth that saturated fat causes heart disease has begun to crumble like a chunk …

What’s going on with “organic”?

I find more and more people want to eat organic foods. They will seek out and pay more for the better quality, nutritional value, and safety represented by true, organically grown foods. From a business standpoint, organic foods represent much faster growth and higher profit margins than conventionally grown and packaged foods — which are …

Oils well that ends well

We have been hearing a lot about crude oil lately. After complaining about high crude oil prices for years, the pundits now say the sudden drop in oil prices is ruining the U.S. stock market and the entire economy. Our “allies” in Saudi Arabia are trying to put U.S. domestic oil production out of business …

Which new dietary guidelines should you follow?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture (USDA) just released the 8th edition of its Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Overall, I noticed some slow, but real advancement of science over dogma and political correctness. I also sensed some increasing awareness of basic human biology, diet and nutrition, and a pinch …


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