Food & Nutrition

Social facilitation of food consumption brings to mind groups of people seated around a dining table. But a new study by Japanese researchers suggests that a group, or even another person, might not be necessary if the eater can watch his or herself in a mirror.
We have been reading a bunch of nonsense about artificial sweeteners causing elevated blood glucose for years. A study out of Britain puts this to rest – and does so in no uncertain terms. 
When it comes to coconut oil, the greasy stuff is best used on your skin, not melted in a pan meant for eating. The 100% fat in this oil isn't healthier than olive oil, or any other cooking oil. Has mainstream media finally caught on?                  
We are a sleep-deprived country, and aside from more obvious downsides such as lack of alertness, sleep deprivation can induce too much eating and weight gain. Fortunately, catching up on sleep on weekends might ameliorate the impact of too little sleep on body size.
In what basically amounts to an exercise that combines psychology, marketing and food salesmanship in equal parts, researchers at Stanford University learned something fascinating: If you jazz up the names of vegetable dishes, more diners will eat them. And giving them healthy-sounding descriptions, like "light 'n' low-carb," discouraged consumption.
America has about the highest proportion of overweight and obese on Earth, but the rest of the world is hot on our heels. A massive meta-analysis of global data indicates that between 1980 and 2015 the prevalence of obesity doubled in more than 70 countries.
Multiplying an estimate with another estimate leaves you with imprecise information, no matter what the number. And naturally, using those imprecise numbers to drive policy is a bad idea. It's time to recognize that.
One way to motivate people to exercise is for them to get a dog. After all, unless you live in the outback and let the animal run free, having a dog means walking it — except in a few circumstances. Australian investigators described the owner- and pup-associated reasons for a person to increase their walking level.  
Does getting food assistance from the federal SNAP program mean that people improve their diets? Not so much — at least according to recent nutritional research. Is it even reasonable to expect it to do so?
Reducing sodium consumption to ward off hypertension, stroke and heart disease has been the goal of nutritionists for many years. They warned that much of the sodium intake comes not from the salt added at the table, but from processed foods. But a new study indicates that the sodium content of such foods has decreased over a recent 15-year period.
Orthorexia — "straight eating" — is the latest entry on the list of eating disorders that can afflict us. But so far it hasn't been acknowledged as a separate entity by the psychiatric professionals. Is it really something new, or an offshoot of an older type?
EWG warns the public about pesticide residues on produce, and tell people to buy organic instead. What they leave out is all of the organic pesticides, some even sprayed on the day food gets on the truck.