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The Sad Truth Behind Taking Vitamin C and Zinc for Colds

Cold season has descended upon us. You’ve got to shake these chills. You’ll do anything if there’s hope of some release from the discomfort of your booger-filled face.

Antioxidants Will Not Stop You From Dying

When you hear something is chock-full of antioxidants, the mental conclusion is often: That’s it—that’s the elixir of life, I have to eat a lot of that. But why do we all assume that loading up on anti-oxidants will somehow be the key to infinite youth?

We Need to Talk About Industry Funded Nutrition Science

Evidence is great—there’s nothing quite like a science study to help prove your point. But one thing frequently left out when presenting that evidence, especially in the news coverage surrounding it, is industry funding.

Bulletproof Coffee Announces Bottled Bullshit Launch at Whole Foods Bulletproof Coffee Announces Bottled Bullshit Launch at Whole Foods

If you agitate cream enough, you will make whipped cream. Continue agitating it and skim off the liquid, and you will make butter. Put that in your coffee, and you have now wasted a lot of energy to put cream into your coffee.

That New Pro-Vegan Documentary on Netflix Made Me Want to Die That New Pro-Vegan Documentary on Netflix Made Me Want to Die

If there’s one thing you should always remember about science, it’s that fact and truth are established after multiple studies converge on an answer. Even after that, further research might turn over what you thought was true of the other studies, because you were looking at it through too narrow of a lens. Single…

This Is the Last Word on Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has had quite the week! The supposed health food has turned into a pariah thanks to the American Heart Association reviewing existing evidence and deciding it advises against the oil’s use.

Please Calm Down: Coconut Oil Is Fine Please Calm Down: Coconut Oil Is Fine

Who doesn’t love logging on to the good old ‘net on a Friday morning to the headline “Coconut oil ‘as unhealthy as beef fat and butter.’” It’s got everything. Ah, you might think, my favorite health product is as bad as butter! Or you might even say to yourself, those coconut oil-huffing liberals are really getting…

Can a Biohack Trick Kids Into Eating Healthier? Can a Biohack Trick Kids Into Eating Healthier?

The battle for children’s taste buds is old news now, but I’ll recap it for you. Kids like sugar. Companies know this. They put sugar in everything, even supposedly healthy breakfast cereals. They put games and cartoons on the boxes. Now we’re left with lots of obese kids, some of whom have never eaten a dang…

Is Alkaline Water Just a Way of Making Expensive Pee?

Nutrition is a battlefield where everyone seems to have an opinion. Some of those opinions are science-based, and others are veiled quackery with little evidence to back them up. It can be frustrating if you’re simply trying to stay healthy. Do you spend three dollars on the expensive water bottle or just drink it…

A Fistful of Nuts Won't Cure Your Colon Cancer

Nutrition science rarely involves feeding people anything. It’s usually based on looking for correlations between questionnaire answers and people’s health. But somehow, it seems near impossible for folks to accurately report on what these (usually very easy to understand) scientific studies say without taking things…

Media Goes Apeshit After One Guy Gets Sick Off of Sushi Media Goes Apeshit After One Guy Gets Sick Off of Sushi

Sushi usually contains raw food. It is not cooked. Raw things are full of bacteria, and sometimes parasites, because animals have those things in their tissue. Sushi can get you sick. This should not be a surprise.

If You're Going to Go Gluten Free Don't Be Dumb About It If You're Going to Go Gluten Free Don't Be Dumb About It

Gluten is incredible for its ability to piss off a diverse spectrum of people: Folks who are giving it up for a diet, folks who say it’s stupid to give up gluten, and folks with celiac disease who probably just wish they could avoid their symptoms and their gluten in peace.

Trans Fats Are Bad But So Were the News Stories About This New Trans Fats Study Trans Fats Are Bad But So Were the News Stories About This New Trans Fats Study

As a purveyors of supposedly factual content, it’s the job of science journalists to make sure we’re accurate about how bad things like trans fats actually are. A whole lot of our fellow fact-farters seem to have dropped the ball on that one this week.

Ancient Humans Didn't Turn to Cannibalism For the Calories Ancient Humans Didn't Turn to Cannibalism For the Calories

Humans have been eating other humans since the beginning of time, but the motivations behind this macabre practice are complex and often unclear. Some anthropologists say prehistoric cannibals were just trying to grab a nutritious snack, but new research shows that human flesh—as tasty as it is—doesn’t pack the same…

Quinoa Shouldn't Be a Rich People Food Quinoa Shouldn't Be a Rich People Food

Superfoods are bullshit. It feels like every time someone realizes an under-eaten or foreign food is high in nutrients and gluten-free, be it kale, quinoa or açai berries, marketers slap the “superfood” label on it and suddenly, it’s on grocery store shelves with jacked-up prices, catering to wealthy folks who fall…

How Living Near the Starvation Point Can Extend Lifespan How Living Near the Starvation Point Can Extend Lifespan

Depriving ourselves of food to the point of near-starvation doesn’t sound very appealing, but it could prolong our lives and prevent the onset of age-related diseases. A combined analysis of two long-running studies shows that caloric restriction does indeed work in monkeys, hinting at its potential to work in humans.…

Oh Great, Another Study Says Cured Meat Is Bad Oh Great, Another Study Says Cured Meat Is Bad

Another study came out today reminding us that something you probably assumed wasn’t that healthy probably isn’t that healthy: cured meat. In a word, the study concluded that cured meat and worsening asthma symptoms go hand-in-hand. But like many nutrition studies, this one’s conclusions come with some major caveats,…

What Would Happen to Your Body If You Only Ate Candy Corn? What Would Happen to Your Body If You Only Ate Candy Corn?

Candy corn is garbage food, and it’s terrible for you, too. Still, as per tradition, millions of Americans purchased hefty bags of the stuff over the weekend to hand out to trick-or-treaters and snarf when their loved ones weren’t looking.

Watch How Your Diet Has Changed Over the Past 40 Years

Ever wondered how the food you eat has changed over time? This visualization plots the changing eating habits of the US between 1970 and 2013, allowing you to marvel at what you now put into your mouth that you didn’t a decade or two ago.

A Breakdown of How America Spends Every Food Dollar  A Breakdown of How America Spends Every Food Dollar 

You know how much money you spend on food, but just where does that money go once you spend it? The answer, right down to the fraction of the cent, is here.

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