Men’s height up 11 cm on average since the industrial age

A new study that surveyed through records of hundreds of thousands of men from 15 European countries found that the average height has risen by 11 centimeters since then 1870s. This remarkable surge in men’s height over the span of just four generations has been attributed to the advances in health care since, most notably antibiotics and a massive drop

Skip the juice, go for whole fruit

For some reason which continues to elude me, people are eating less and less fruit – but perhaps the increasing consumption of juice has something to do with this. Now, a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health researchers has shown that eating more fruits, particularly blueberries, grapes, and apples, was associated with a significantly lower risk of

Monsanto pulls GMO crops out of Europe, for now at least

Biotech giant, Monsanto, has been met with a wave of furious protests during the past year in Europe, as the company intended on introducing genetically modified seed crops in the EU. As opposed to the US, where despite the general public is nearly or just as adverse in the face of genetically modified crops, politicians in the EU actually adhered

Food advertised on children websites is unhealthy, study finds

A recent study released by the  Yale Rudd Center found that billions of food and beverage related ads that promote unhealthy products are being served to children visiting popular children’s websites like nick.com or cartoonnetwork.com. This is the first study that assess the content of banner ads and other related media advertising forms targeted on websites that are popular with children. The

Study measures how many calories you burn when you’re lazy

Western society is becoming ever sedentary, as more and more jobs have transitioned to the office and technology offers people all kinds of comfortable reasons not to leave their homes. It’s well documented how a sedentary lifestyle can affect health, exposing the body to a slew of diseases, still a careful assessment of sedentary energy expenditure are remarkably fundamental to

Eating bugs is a viable option for ending world hunger, U.N. report reads

With the world’s population hitting the magic seven billion a mere few years ago, new solutions are required to feed the growing number of hungry people, estimated at being almost one billion strong at the moment or one in every seven people being hungry, according to the World Hunger Education Service. A panel of experts advise for an alternate source

Organic label makes regular food taste better or about the “health halo effect”

In a society that attempts to pass from an opulent attitude towards consumption to a much more temperate, health-centered one, biases can easily make their way through and distort reality. It’s quite easy too, considering the amount of confusion that seems to be floating in the air. A good example for this is the “health halo effect”, underlined by a

Sugar, not fat the main culprit behind the obesity epidemic

I always find it funny when something says “zero fat”, but has tons of sugar in it. Sugar is addictive, it’s teeming in your cereal, it’s in your soda, it’s almost everywhere – and we need to get off of it; not to say we shouldn’t eat any sugar, but we really need to lower our consumption. Why? Because sugar