Category: Dieting

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Should you eat less fat in your diet?

Whenever you go grocery shopping, its inevitable that you will find food products advertising being ”LOW FAT”. Companies often advertise their products in this way because it is a common conception that eating fat...

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Effects of Fasting on Metabolism

I”ve been doing IF (intermittent fasting) for two weeks strong now, and in that time, I’ve converted at least one of my friends. He was initially concerned over what havoc IF might wreck on...

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How does fasting affect brain function?

Intermittent fasting sounds like an attractive dieting scheme. A quick visit to bodybuilding forums reveals no shortage of people who will attest to its effectiveness. Yet as someone well versed in human physiology, I...

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What is glycemic index?

I’m sure we’ve all ran into these terms at some point and possibly seek out low-GI foods at the supermarket without really knowing why. I mean, what possible reason could I have for buying...

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Food you can eat a lot of without getting fat

Part of the feedback system for appetite include volume sensory neurons lining the stomach. Such receptors are activated by higher stomach occupancy and signal the brain to feel less hunger. WiseGeek put together a...

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Trans Fats — are we be wrong about them?

Trans fats have been so vilified that nutritional labels list how many grams of trans fats food contains. Whatever did they do to earn criminal status in the macronutrient world? Chemistry students should recognize...

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Hemp Hearts! A superfood review

I went Costco shopping last week, and picked up a bag of Hemp Hearts. The sample-provider was eager to tout hemp’s nutritional value and tell me just how much protein and macros I get...

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Dust might explain why kids are fat

We run on hormones; they make us hungry, they make us tall, and they make us fat. It’s no surprise that chemicals that mess with our endocrine systems (hormone modulation and release) also mess...

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Seaweed is Superfood! Fiber, Protein, Vitamin Galore!

Sushi seaweed is usually nori, paper-like cuts of edible red alga, typically Porphyra yezoensis or Porphyra tenera (that’s porphyra, not porphyria you vampire hunters). A typical finished sheet of nori is 7″ × 8″ in size and...

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Whey protein powder and shakes cause acne

Whey protein powder and protein shakes are popular dietary supplements for athletes and body builders. Whey is milk serum, the liquid left over from curdling milk to make cheese. Milk ingestion is known to be...

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Chef Scientist: master umani, the savory taste

Umani described the “savory taste,” joining the ranks of sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. The taste is considered distinct from saltiness since tongue sensory cells have distinct receptors for L-glutamate, a non-essential amino acid...

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Vitamin E Reverses High-Carb, High-Fat Diets

Carbohydrates get a quite a bit of bad media coverage; Atkin’s and ketogenic diets limit carbohydrate intake for efficient weight loss, at a price. High carbohydrate, high fat diets are known to induce cardiovascular...

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Say Hello to the Immune-Boosting Diet

Intense exercise can be suppress the immune system and leave athletes especially vulnerable to infection for a 3-12 hour window. Recent research suggests that diet can counteract some of those effects. Inadequate macro-nutrient intake can be...

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Want to lose weight? Try sleeping more

A calorie deficit is hard to maintain (just ask anyone on the Atkins!), but more and more research is suggesting that losing weight gets even harder without sufficient sleep. The American Heart Association in...

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Atkins beware! Ketogenic diet health risks

Low carbohydrate high protein (ketosis) diets are popular among dieters and body builders for very effective short term weight loss. Depleting the body’s carbohydrates stored as glycogen in the liver, our main energy source,...