Raw food eating is one of today’s hottest dietary trends. So does this mean you should pause and think twice before obliterating the nutrients in your food every time you cook it? Fear not – on the scales of health, there is little to be concerned about.Cooking food is something we have done since the first caveman threw a mammoth steak on the fire. While it is true that … [Read more...] about Steam, boil or fry? How cooking affects nutrient losses from foods
Last week, a major study came out apparently calling into question current advice about carbohydrate and fat recommendations. The Internet and media organisations went into meltdown with claims that too many carbohydrates could be sending you to an early grave. Scrolling past the headlines (and actually reading the paper) gave a healthy dose of boring because what makes … [Read more...] about Are carbohydrates trying to kill you?
Telomeres are the protective cap at the end of DNA which protects our chromosomes. The length of telomeres shortens with age which raises the intriguing possibility that telomere length forms a key part of the ageing process. Now scientists are looking into how much diet can influence telomere length.Telomeres are one of today’s hottest topics in science. Top researchers … [Read more...] about Eating your way to longer telomeres
Saltiness is a taste that can be very desirable in foods. When combined with fat, salt can override the normal ability of fat to promote a feeling of fullness, leading to passive overconsumption. This could explain why salty, high-fat snack foods are so moreish.Weight gain is a complex issue. But there is little doubt that the current food environment in Western countries – … [Read more...] about “You can’t stop at one” – how salt promotes passive overeating
The larger the serving size of food, or the container it comes in, the greater likelihood a person will eat more of it. This effect, called portion distortion, can easily lead to passive over-consumption and with that, real increases in the risk of obesity and its connected diseases.It has been a fascinating field of research that has advanced over the last few decades that … [Read more...] about Portion distortion and how it makes us overeat