How the American diet leaves people both overfed and undernourished at the same time

More than half of American’s calories come from ultra-processed foods, a new study finds. The data also indicates close to 90% of total added sugar intake can be traced back to these foodstuffs.

Green tea and iron don’t go well together

Rightfully touted for its many health benefits as an antioxidant, green tea doesn’t really play well with iron.

Using tools to process raw meat may have altered the course of human evolution

Imagine spending half of your day chewing food like our cousins, the chimpanzees. You’d never get anything done. Strikingly, human teeth have evolved to become smaller over the past million years or so. This begs the question: how did we become such efficient eaters? There are two answers. For one, human ancestors started eating higher quality food (meat) and, secondly, they employed food processing. By applying tool use to anything outside slicing and cutting meat, these early ancestors may have opened the flood gates of innovation.

Peanut allergy risk reduced by up to 80% by consuming peanuts as an infant, study finds

A new study confirms previous findings: the best way to fight peanut allergy is by consuming peanuts as an infant.

This is Tomatan, and he will power you through a marathon — with tomatoes

Awesome? Undoubtedly. Useful? Well, according to Kagome, which claims to be Japan’s largest supplier of ketchup and tomato juice, people taking part in the Tokyo marathon really need this.

Bringing back forgotten vegetables: the skirret

Ignored for centuries, this vegetable might be slowly making a comeback in England.

How long drugs stay in your body

Who hasn’t wondered at one point how long different drugs stay in the body?

Sharks usually eat meals smaller than one of yours

The voracious reputation of sharks might soon change as marine biologists uncover that most coral reef sharks eat pray smaller than a cheeseburger.

Light-moderate drinking is good for your heart

Beer, liquor and wine lovers – rejoice!

Study finds clear differences between organic and non-organic milk and meat

Organic animal products seem to be significantly healthier than their non-organic counterparts.

What is Kombucha and is it good for you?

Many label it as a magic drink that cures anything from constipation to cancer. Is there any truth to these claims?

France becomes the first country to ban foodwaste

A few months after it was proposed, the law was approved in December and it’s now official.

Is pizza really like crack? A rhetorical question for the media

Here we go again. A new study which investigated so-called addictive effects of food got picked up by the media with moronic headlines. The study in question found similar pharmacokinetic properties (e.g. concentrated dose, rapid rate of absorption) between highly processed foods and drug of abuse. The most rewarding food was found to be pizza, but in fact the researchers found cheese is actually the proxy. Apparently, cheese contains a concentrated amount of a protein known to bind to opiate receptors in the brain. Unsurprisingly, here are some of the headlines we’ve seen since: “Cheese really is like crack: Study reveals the food triggers the same part of the brain as drugs” (Daily Mail) or “Cheese really is crack. Study reveals cheese is as addictive as drugs” (LA Times). It goes without saying that cheese is not crack, and such headlines could be actually demeaning to crack addicts.

New enzyme could be used as an insulin alternative, to treat diabetes and obesity

University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) scientists have identified a new enzyme that could protect the body from toxic levels of intra-cell sugar. When there is too much sugar in the body it gets processed to glycerol-3-phosphate, a buildup of which can damage internal organs. The team behind the study proved that G3PP is able to extract excess sugar from cells.

Nestle’s cocoa linked to child slavery

The world’s largest food and water producer will be sued for allegations that it used child slaves to harvest cocoa beads in the Ivory Coast in Africa.

Study finds why New Year’s resolutions to lose weight fail

Throughout our hunter-forager days, humans have developed a subconscious urge to over-eat and became less and less psychologically equipped to avoid obesity, especially during the winter months, a University of Exeter study recently found.

A pocket-sized gadget uses spectroscopy and tells you what’s inside food

One of the most exciting gadgets we’ve seen at CES this year comes from a French startup called┬áDietSensor, which collaborated with an Israeli company called Consumer Physics. Their latest product called┬áSCiO is a pocket-sized device that uses near-infrared spectroscopy to tell you how many carbs or calories are found inside your food.

NASA wants to grow potatoes on the red planet. Just like Mark Watney from ‘The Martian’

Scientists want to grow potatoes on Mars to study crop resilience in the face of climate change. Brilliant or stupid?

Trying to lose weight? (of course you are) — fish oil to the rescue

The fatty acids in fish oil have been proved to help with a wide range of conditions, with WebMD detailing benefits ranging from improving the health of the heart and circulatory system all the way to fighting dyslexia, kidney disease and improving your child’s IQ. Now, scientists from the Kyoto University found that feeding fish oils to lab mice made them gain considerably less weight than their fish-less counterparts.

How feeding pigs with leftovers can save the rainforest

In 2001 a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in the United Kingdom was traced back to a farmer that illegally fed uncooked waste to his pigs. It left the country’s agricultural industry in tatters — over 10 million sheep and cattle were killed in an effort to contain the disease. Later that year EU legislators banned the use of human food waste (or swill) as pig feed, a decision that is now coming under a lot of fire from disgruntled livestock farmers and the scientific community.