Food & Nutrition

Despite the public health warnings about obesity, since 1999 its prevalence has increased markedly. And the latest CDC stats show that the trend continued for both adults and youngsters between 2014 and 2016. But amid the otherwise depressing statistics, there is a glimmer of hope buried within.
Can it be? What your mother ate when she was pregnant with you is the cause of your binge drinking? According to this study, yes, but she had to be a vegetarian or at least eat "healthy." Alright, consider us officially confused.
We often come across studies reporting that a diet or food is helpful, but shortly thereafter finding another stating the effect is either non-existent or even detrimental. So what's a person to believe? Strangely, sometimes both claims can turn out to be true – at least that might well be the case for soybeans and breast cancer.
Researchers from UCLA found that through mice experiments, decaffeinated black tea may promote some form of weight loss, which occurs when chemicals, known as polyphenols, produce changes in the gut bacterium.
The Centers for Disease Control notes that obesity-related cancers now comprise 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed. When scaremongering groups insisted chemicals were the problem, we noted this was happening.
Over-the-top rhetoric is not only prevalent in our political dialogue, it is also commonly adopted by epidemiologists and journalists. Instead of Hitler, they compare anything they dislike to smoking.
Researchers recently conducted a small study that showed promise for weight loss if you took part in a cheat day from your diet. Be careful, though, the plan can backfire.  
We expect physicians to give us scientifically sound advice on health. But some have taken the low road, leaving medicine for a career of quackery and self-promotion.
Someone considering bariatric surgery, specifically the so-called Roux-en-Y procedure, will be glad to know that the benefits are long-lasting, according to a new study. Those who underwent it not only maintained much of their weight loss for at least 12 years, they also were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than equally-obese people who didn't have that surgery.
Love it or hate it, kale is now omnipresent in modern life. And it may perhaps be the plague of the 21st century. Just because it's disgusting doesn't mean it's worthless, like some rather interesting chemistry that explains why you have to give this stuff a rubdown.
Texans who drank raw milk from a dairy near Fort Worth could be at risk of developing brucellosis — a bacterial infection that can have multiple deleterious effects. Raw milk is not better than pasteurized milk in terms of nutrition, and certainly not in terms of safety!  
We sometimes think that if you give people true, scientific information they will listen. But then that theory is blown away by a reality check, such as with the case of an Australian man who continued to take supplements derived from apricot kernels – that doctors told him was giving him chronic cyanide poisoning.