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Interests Conflicted: A 'Wicked Problem' in Medical Research

A 'continuum of moral jeopardy' surrounds industry-sponsored funding of scientific research, especially in the field of obesity and nutrition. Why is that so?

5 Elements of Desire Formation

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in Science of Choice
Whether people will give in to the desire in any given time depends on two things: the strength of the desire and the strength of the self to resist the urge.

Caffeine Helps Prevent Memory Loss, Research Shows

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 06, 2016 in Cravings
If you're worried about memory loss, new research says caffeine may be your drug of choice.

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Nutrition in Recovery from Addiction

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Food Junkie
From a public health perspective, the addiction problem appears to be relentless with substances of abuse increasing in potency. Meanwhile highly accessible and highly palatable fo

The Science of Brown Fat

By George King M.D. on October 26, 2016 in The Health Chart
Enhancing glucose metabolism and fighting diabetes.

Are You Losing More Than Weight on a High-Protein Diet?

There's a reason you begin to ravenously crave carbohydrates on the high protein diet plan. Your brain needs serotonin synthesis and carbs make that a reality.

Nutrition Trauma and Traditional Foods and Medicines

Food is either medicine or it is poison, and people who experience traumatic stress require food that is medicine; food that is poison exacerbates the effects of trauma on the mind

How Should Our Diet Change as We Age? (Part 2)

Is there a special diet that will extend our lives?

A Wine-y Time of Year

Wine is a delicious and pleasing quaff on a fall day, the season of the grape harvest or crush. But what are the health benefits or detriments?

The Hidden Harm Behind Your Dinner

By Christopher Dum Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in Exiled in America
Paying for cheap and easy food? There's a true cost, and it's human.

Major Clinical Depression: A Cause of Inadequate Nutrition?

It is a long established fact that decreased nutrition prevents a speedy recovery from depression.

How Should Our Diet Change as We Age?

Are we what we eat, or what we digest?

Do Humans Need Meat?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on October 12, 2016 in The Human Beast
Environmentalists encourage us to cut down on meat consumption in favor of vegetable foods that are less damaging to the environment. Is that a good idea for our health?

Are Stress and Obesity Related?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 12, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Though the main causes of obesity are high food intake, lack of adequate exercise, and genetic susceptibility, researchers have long suspected that stress may play a role as well.

Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30... Oh My!

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in One More Bite
Can or should you keep to your special eating plan when your child has an eating disorder?

A Cue In on Coenzyme Q10

By Mark Borigini M.D. on October 01, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
A prominent reduction in generalized pain, fatigue, and morning tiredness, as well as an important reduction in the pain visual scale and a reduction in tender points.

Are You Ready for a New Taste?

Do pizza lovers know something we don't? Or is imagination the real limit of taste?

Biscuits Before Breakfast: Recovery in Microcosm

By Emily T. Troscianko on September 30, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
Eating a plain biscuit reminds me of how different healthy eating needs to be during recovery.

The Secret to Outsmarting Your Acne

By Georgia Ede MD on September 30, 2016 in Diagnosis: Diet
Learn how the foods you eat control the hormones governing your skin. Recent science reveals three powerful dietary strategies that get to the root of your acne problem.

The Evidence on Sugar and Heart Disease

The recent article raises serious questions about science and ethics. Find out what the evidence does say about the link between sugar and heart disease.
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5 Reasons Why We Crave Comfort Foods

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Science of Choice
Comfort foods give distinctive pleasure or make us temporarily feel better.

The Bacteria That Mold Your Brain

By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Brain Babble
New research shows that the microbiome plays a huge role in our behavior. Can changing our diet become a new health treatment?

The Mindspan Diet

By The Book Brigade on September 27, 2016 in The Author Speaks
America’s dietary recommendations may not be in the best interests of cognitive longevity.

When Food = Love, Saying "No" Can Be Tough

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 23, 2016 in Cravings
Whether it's a box of candy or a second helping of your grandma's famous lasagna, sometime you have to (carefully) refuse.

Are You Nourishing Yourself?

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that nourishing yourself is so much more than what you eat.

Fusion Cuisine

The FATT Initiative: Food as Tasteful Therapy. Why it is good eats and good medicine for us all.

Football Fan? if Your Team Loses You May Gain Weight

Snacking while watching football may not be the only reason you'll gain weight

How Volunteering Helps You

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 16, 2016 in Cravings
Want a long and happy life? Help someone else stay healthy.
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Why Do You Always Have Room for Dessert?

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Science of Choice
Research consistently shows that exposure to a variety of foods results in overeating and weight gain.

Is Extreme Childhood Obesity 'Nutritional Neglect'?

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on September 14, 2016 in The Gravity of Weight
By the latest statistics, about 17% of children and adolescents in the U.S. are obese and of these almost 6% are extremely obese. To what extent should parents be held accountable?

Why Is It So Hard to Lose Weight After Antidepressants?

You needed the help of medication. You gained weight. You don't need the medication anymore, so why are you still chubby?

Why Dieting With a Light Switch Mentality Can Be a Turnoff

By Gregg McBride on September 10, 2016 in The Weight-ing Game
Being "on" or "off" of a diet has become part of the weight loss industry vernacular. But this way of thinking can often lead to more weight gain than actual weight loss.

5 Reasons Why We Eat More Than We Realize

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 09, 2016 in Science of Choice
Human eating behavior is not solely regulated by homeostatic mechanisms but also by the food reward system.