Can walnuts help with depression?

This is nuts, ladies and gentlemen. Findings from a recent epidemiological study suggest that “consuming walnuts may be associated with a lower prevalence and frequency of depression symptoms among American adults,” said a Eurekalert release, originally from Edelman Seattle. Researchers involved with this study assessed participants for depression. They discovered that “depression scores were 26 … More Can walnuts help with depression?

Food for thought: does what you eat influence your memory?

Who knew that what you consume on a daily basis could affect your memory? Well, Ajuriel Willette, an assistant professor at Iowa State University in the department of food science and human nutrition, along with his team of researchers, proved just that. Willette and his team unveiled a satiety hormone through research that could lower the … More Food for thought: does what you eat influence your memory?

Recognizing misleading animal activism (cough, PETA, cough)

Scrolling through my Twitter newsfeed the other day, I stumbled across a post from PETA that thoroughly pissed me off (no, I do not follow PETA on Twitter, don’t worry). The post was linked to an article titled “‘Game of Thrones’ Star Jerome Flynn: Reject Cruelty, Go Vegan,” and since I am a huge Game … More Recognizing misleading animal activism (cough, PETA, cough)

Hacks for eating gluten-free in restaurants

Whether you’re willingly gluten-free or it’s due to dietary reasons, for example, sensitivities or allergies, going out for dinner can be a bit of a struggle. You do a quick scan of the menu, struggling to recognize something, anything, you can consume without triggering an onslaught of diarrhea and pain, but your options are limited. … More Hacks for eating gluten-free in restaurants

McDonald’s to reduce antibiotic use in beef

McDonald’s has announced its plan for a “phased reduction” of antibiotic use in their beef products. The announcement came on Tuesday, a Phys.org article said. The chain detailed its three-stage process in which it will conduct a study “of its top 10 beef sourcing markets of current antibiotic use in livestock and by 2020 establish … More McDonald’s to reduce antibiotic use in beef

Could this gene prevent weight-gain while eating as much as you like?

Hang on to your hats, folks; an article via MedicalXpress discusses a topic some of us often dream of – a gene that could protect from obesity while consuming as much food as desired. When RCAN1, a single gene, was removed in mice, and the same mice were given a diet high in fat, they … More Could this gene prevent weight-gain while eating as much as you like?

Product review: Newton’s no gluten sugar cookie mix

When the holiday season rolls around, it’s nice to be able to enjoy some festive treats now and again. This can be tricky, though, if you had food intolerances. Good news, though; Newton’s no gluten sugar cookie mix has your back for all allergen-free baking this Christmas season. For all seasons, really. Not just Christmas. … More Product review: Newton’s no gluten sugar cookie mix

A solution for gluten?

An article from EMBO, re-sourced by Eurekalert, offers some potentially promising news for those of us who are intolerant to gluten, or, more seriously, celiac. Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can seriously damage the intestinal system, can appear in genetically pre-disposed people, however, it is triggered via environmental factors, the article explains. “When people … More A solution for gluten?

How prevalent are eating disorders amongst youth?

An article published via Eurekalert discusses a study conducted by Jama Pediatrics in an attempt to understand how common eating disorders are amongst children. Upon initial thought, most of us likely assume that eating disorders and children and two things that are not intended to be affiliated with each other. The Jama Pediatrics study, however, … More How prevalent are eating disorders amongst youth?

Why do we hate vegans?

Let me begin by stating that this post stems from an article from Medicalxpress and doesn’t encapsulate my own personal views of vegans. From my own perceptions, however, a lot of people have it out for vegans. the article explains how many vegans encounter criticism via social media for their dietary preferences, with some vegans … More Why do we hate vegans?

Studying ancient poop

If you were to read the title of this post and immediately close the tab, I wouldn’t blame you. It’s a bit odd for sure, but rest assured, this information is entirely scientific and comes from a reputable source; a Phys.org article. The article reports that researchers from the University of Oxford in the zoology … More Studying ancient poop

Have ‘gluten-free’ options made things worse for celiacs?

A study from a new Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics has explored how the expansion of the gluten-free food industry in terms of available options has impacted persons diagnosed with celiac disease. The study surveyed 17 celiac adults in Canada and found that participants referred to the booming gluten-free industry as a “double-edged sword.” Why? Despite … More Have ‘gluten-free’ options made things worse for celiacs?

Research shows quitting junk food is as hard as quitting an addiction

An article from the Medical Press reports that quitting junk food can result in similar withdrawal symptoms that occur when one quits an addiction, specifically in the first week of quitting. The University of Michigan recently did a study that is likely the first to examine withdrawal symptoms of people when they refrain from consuming … More Research shows quitting junk food is as hard as quitting an addiction