Food & Nutrition

Turmeric, and its constituent curcumin are widely touted to be one of the wonders of traditional Chinese medicine, treating or curing everything from ankle sprains to cancer. But a recent careful review of the scientific data undercuts all these claims, labeling these compounds  as IMPs — invalid metabolic panaceas. Enjoy turmeric in your curry, but don't expect it to save you life!
Could it be that the Mediterranean Diet works best for those individuals raised or genetically associated with the Mediterranean? Put another way,are traditional diets, the ones consumed by our genetic ancestors keep us healthier?
Summer campfires are fun; even more fun when you can roast some delicious marshmallows! But roasting the perfect marshmallow takes a bit of skill, and a whole lotta patience!
Sulphoraphane, found in broccoli and other vegetables of that group, has been touted as an anti-oxidant for years – but without much evidence that it has a real beneficial health effect. However, recent research suggests that it might actually be useful to help people with type 2 diabetes maintain normal levels of blood glucose.
In what can be considered nothing short of a scientific quantum leap, it's been discovered that when you add hot water to wax it melts. Who knew? But a cadre of internet idiots would have you believe that the viral video of boiling water being poured onto an apple is evidence of toxic pesticides being released from the fruit rather than plain old melting wax. D.U.H.
If you're tired of me ragging on Oz, Mercola, Weil and Adams, it's your lucky day. There is another miscreant in the phony world of Internet health. Meet Steve Carney. He is a real piece of work. 
WHO and International Diabetes Federation refuse to consider "prediabetes" a legitimate term. So why does the CDC want to convince 80 million Americans they have it?
When the anti-gluten craze dies down, there's another just waiting in the wings — the anti-lectin craze. According to food guru Steven Gundry, lectins are mostly what ails us. Unfortunately, they're in supposedly healthful foods such as beans, nuts and legumes. So what's a person supposed to eat? 
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.