In many cultures, breakfast is deemed the most important meal – for good reason. This assumption is now backed by scientific evidence, more of which is being accumulated. A recent study has showed that it can help burn more carbohydrates if it precedes exercising, and even post-workout metabolism can be boosted by eating breakfast.
It has long been a staple for Americans, but now it’s being edged out by healthier varieties. American cheese, praised for its low melting point, texture and mild taste and stigmatized as one of the symbols of the obesity epidemic (for good reason), is now in everyone's bad books. More companies are ditching it in favor of unprocessed alternatives. While it may seem like a product worth keeping in the menu, the change is really welcome.
Like all things fad, the title of a superfood is a vague notion. Regardless of whether it is something exotic or good old cucumbers, the properties ascribed to them are nothing short of a miracle. But do these claims stand up to scrutiny? Do acai berries and chia seeds really have all the effects they are praised for? Is there scientific evidence supporting the trend?
The consumption paradigm that used to rule the market in the previous decades is now living through a shift. It is rather slow yet steady. Dairy products, milk in particular, have long been considered a staple, but now it is being toppled from its throne by plant-based alternatives. According to a recent study, nearly half of Americans regularly purchase both kinds of milk.
So English, so nourishing. Oatmeal is one of the most popular choices of millions of people all over the world. A delicious and beneficial way to start your day, oatmeal is an example of a simple yet ultimately comforting breakfast. Not only does it taste good, but it also has a number of health benefits.
Ok, today I’ll indulge in this small piece of cake, and tomorrow I’ll make up for it by sweating in the gym for another 30 minutes. Sounds familiar? For those on a diet, every meal becomes a torture, because they cannot help craving the fried potatoes everyone’s eating, but reach out for a carrot salad. This approach to losing weight is often fruitless, and it is mindful eating that can help lead a healthy lifestyle.
It is natural for a parent to want to provide their baby with the best they can find, and food is no exception. It is widely believed that baby food is strictly regulated and supposed to undergo more rigorous safety testing. However, it appears that the industry leaves much to be desired: heavy metals were detected in many baby foods, and the levels are concerning.
As the cold war between Big Dairy and plant milk producers is raging, it might be a good idea to look into the issue of whether ‘milk’ is really not the right term for substances derived from plants. Soy, almonds, hazelnuts and other plants do not lactate, but does it render the term unsuitable? What is it that makes us want to call a liquid milk? And why the war?
A fave among many Americans, both youngsters and those who remember Pamela Anderson running on the beach in a red bathing suit, diet coke is something that does not cease to spark heated debates. Its advocates say it is so delicious that they simply cannot wean themselves off it; others say it is detrimental to health. Here is what happens to the body once you’ve ingested it.
From yoghurts to special pills, probiotics have long been touted as a good way to boost your immune system and bowel performance, especially if you have recently taken antibiotics. However, a new piece of research challenges the assumption: according to scientists, not only are probiotics often useless, but they also can slow down the recovery of your microbiome after antibiotic exposure.
Foods commonly eaten for breakfast, such as oat cereals and granola snacks, may be dangerous to consume, a new study suggests. Having analyzed samples of popular oat-based products, researchers reported that in most of them glyphosate, a widely used herbicide, was detected. The levels varied, but many of them were higher than the ones considered safe for children.
The Internet is teeming with articles advising you to munch on superfoods, such as snacks with chia seeds, matcha tea, coconut oil, etc. All of them are actually not that worthy of being called “super”, but there is one which has recently been called “pure poison” by a Harvard professor. The news echoed the recommendation issued by the AHA last year to avoid coconut oil.
Low-fat dairy, including milk, cheese, butter and other foods of the same kind, are usually perceived of as healthier options, mostly due to the previously published studies suggesting that saturated fats, in which full-far dairy is rich, are to be avoided. A new study exonerates it: eating and drinking such foods is not that dangerous after all.
It appears that when you get a lot of money, you just cannot stop wasting it on things that are not only useless, but also ridiculously expensive. A new trend that now holds Silicon Valley inhabitants captive is raw water, or drinking spring water that was not treated in any way. And yes, it is sold in designer globe jugs under alluring names like “Fountain of Truth”.
It is really difficult to find where the border between eating healthy and being obsessed with eating clean lies. Several decades ago, we used to enjoy every chocolate bar and bread we could have without thinking about trans fats and gluten. Today, many foods that used to be normal are demonized. Is there any reason to avoid gluten and be afraid of using salt? Let’s find it out.
Humans have to drink water every couple of hours to support the body and help it maintain its functions. While the lion’s share of water intake is, well, drinking it, solid foods can also be a good source of liquid. Some vegetables are over 90% of water. Supplied in this form, water is absorbed slower, which makes it a good option to boost your daily fluid intake.
Yes, there is no mistake in the headline. Bacon, which has been part of our traditional breakfast for a long time, is now accused of being as harmful as cigarettes, and so are other types of processed meat, including sausages and ham. Actually, it was announced in 2015 and caused the reaction known as the bacon panic, but then the fear abated. This year, the issue has been highlighted again as more evidence is accumulating.
Seeds and nuts are an essential part of any healthy diet. Walnuts are among the nuts that are most beneficial to health, and they produce a variety of effects on the body. Funny appearance (braaains!), exquisite flavor, and plenty of nutrients to make it worthy of the superfood title combine to form a nut that is one of the champions of the nut kin.
Some of the things we do while cooking are done automatically, either because we don’t know how to do it properly and are too lazy to find it out, or because we think it is the way it should be done. Is calamari supposed to taste like rubber bands? Can infants be given food with spices? And is it really reasonable to let hot food cool before putting it into the fridge?
The recent demonization of gluten led many people to believe they are intolerant to gluten, while they actually aren’t. However, those who find it hard to digest common bread made with commercial yeast can opt for an alternative that is flavor-rich and easier for your digestive tract to process: that is the sourdough bread people have been doing for millennia.