By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: October 1, 2018 at 5:13 pm | UPDATED: October 2, 2018 at 6:11 am By Jae Berman | Special to the Washington Post Fasting is an ancient practice sparking new interest in both pop and scientific culture. Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and a variety of celebrities have extolled its virtues in helping them lose weight, while medical experts are intrigued by the possibility that it may enhance cognitive functioning and longevity and help treat and prevent some diseases. As researchers study the different fasting mechanisms to determine the ideal protocol for a variety of outcomes in a variety of populations, however, the general public must proceed by trial and error. That leaves dietitians such as myself concerned that the hype around fasting could encourage people to follow harmful plans that severely restrict nutrients, cause stress or unsuccessfully treat serious conditions. And there are many plans, because there are many schools of thought … [Read more...] about Thinking of fasting? First, you must answer these 9 questions
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source mimagephotography/Shutterstock Weight Watchers has long assigned a point system to foods for dieters. The idea is to encourage people to stay away from less healthy items, like a slice of cake, by making those account for more of a person’s daily food-intake total. Foods that are perfectly healthy to eat in abundance, on the other hand, get a low point value. According to the the weight-loss giant’s rubric, some vegetables have always counted for zero points. But now Weight Watchers says dieters need not count points anymore when it comes to many other fruits, veggies, and nutrient-rich proteins. In December, Weight Watchers released an updated list of more than 200 zero-point foods that followers of the diet plan can eat in unlimited quantities. The list of zero-points items even includes things like eggs and fish. That idea might seem counterintuitive, since many people assume that dieters are at risk of overeating. “These foods form … [Read more...] about The most surprising foods Weight Watchers considers zero points — and why
Contaminated irrigation canals may have helped spread the E. coli bacteria that spoiled fields of romaine lettuce and made the crunchy salad green off-limits to millions of Americans for weeks this spring, the government said on Thursday.The outbreak of E. coli disease killed five people and sickened at least 210 in 36 states, making it the largest outbreak of the killer bacterial infection in a decade.It was traced to romaine lettuce grown around Yuma, Arizona. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration cautioned people to avoid romaine lettuce unless they could be sure that it wasn't grown in the Yuma area.The CDC and the FDA said the outbreak was over weeks ago, but the investigation into how so much lettuce got contaminated will take months. No single farm was implicated in the outbreak.The FDA said Thursday that it found one possible explanation — contaminated canal water.See more on food and health: 17 PHOTOS 17 healthy foods … [Read more...] about Dirty canal water may have tainted romaine lettuce with E. coli
source Erin Brodwin / Business Insider I tried the Mediterranean Diet, a healthy whole foods meal plan based around vegetables, fish, healthy fats like those from olive oil and avocados. The plan has been linked with benefits that range from a reduced risk of disease to a healthier mind. I learned a lot while trying the regimen, and I’d like to stick with it for a long time. You could say I’ve been around the diet block. I’ve been vegan, restricted my eating to an 8-hour window as part of an intermittent fast, and given ketogenic and vegetarian meal plans a spin – all in an attempt to give myself more energy, feel healthier, and power through the various activities I enjoy, like yoga, hiking, and rock climbing. The one regimen I’ve never tried, however, is the one I write about the most: the Mediterranean Diet. The plan’s cornerstones are vegetables, fish, … [Read more...] about I tried a science-backed eating plan tied to a better memory and longer life — and never felt like I was ‘dieting’
Could the no-calorie sweetener you rely on to replace sugar in your diet actually cause weight gain instead of the weight loss you were expecting?The answer may be yes, according to a new study."Artificial sweeteners are not risk-free," said Brian Hoffmann, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University, and a lead author of the study. "They are a very controversial topic when it comes to health and nutrition ... but they're so prevalent in society that I think we owe it to ourselves to try and figure out what's actually going on."Hoffmann presented his new research Sunday at the annual Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego. Relying on rats and human cell cultures, his team identified a number of pathways linking artificial sweeteners with metabolic changes at the genetic level that could lead to diabetes and obesity. Specifically, the researchers found that three weeks of exposure to … [Read more...] about Artificial sweeteners: Where do we stand?