Nutrition's posts - Chinese uPOST

Octopuses on Ecstasy, Weight-Loss Scams, and Neutron Stars: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Octopuses on Ecstasy, Weight-Loss Scams, and Neutron Stars: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

The tech and science world has had a very interesting week: Researchers have discovered what happens when you give our favorite tentacled, ocean-dwelling friends MDMA, landed rovers on asteroids, confirmed the oldest known animal fossil on the planet, and found something very weird going on with a distant neutron star…

Is Breakfast Cereal Any Good for You? Is Breakfast Cereal Any Good for You?

Wrangle up the right studies and you can make anything look deadly. Breakfast cereal—at least, the kind without cartoon mascots—might seem innocuous, and might be marketed as healthy, but that’s no reason to think that every naturally-flavored bite isn’t speeding you towards the grave. Nothing, in this world, is above…

Could Rising CO2 Levels Trigger a Nutritional Crisis? Could Rising CO2 Levels Trigger a Nutritional Crisis?

A new analysis is reigniting a concern agricultural scientists have been voicing for years: That rising carbon dioxide could exacerbate malnutrition by reducing the nutrient content of staple crops.

Keto Diets Might Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk—at Least in Mice Keto Diets Might Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk—at Least in Mice

Ketogenic diets (keto for short) have become the fad health trend of the moment, with adherents claiming that they can help you lose and keep off weight faster than anything else, as well as provide a bevy of health benefits. But a new mouse study out of Switzerland suggests that keto diets might have an unintended…

Nutritional Supplements Don't Improve Heart Health, Study Finds Nutritional Supplements Don't Improve Heart Health, Study Finds

People who use vitamin and mineral supplements to keep their heart in tiptop shape probably aren’t getting much out of it, suggests a new review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The study found that most popular supplements, such as vitamin C and calcium, seemed to provide no benefits in…

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…

More Nutrition's posts »

Language