Posts Tagged: ‘nutrition’

I typically steer clear of fast food restaurants, so when I find myself in line for a hamburger and fries, the last thing I want to look up and see is the atrocious calorie count staring me in the face. If I’ve made it into a McDonald’s or whatnot, there’s a good chance that it’s […]

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Most people are well aware of humanity’s constant struggle against famine and food insecurity. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), around 925 million people across the globe went hungry in 2010. The number is staggering, but it’s still down from over 1 billion in 2009.  To make this horrific number a little […]

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A new study from Northwestern University draws a connection between gender differences and infant nutrition. According to data from a group of 770 Filipino men who have been studied their entire lives, male infants with big appetites who gained the most weight during their first six months developed faster over time. The hungry men not […]

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Some days the thought of achieving the proper amount of vitamins and minerals in your diet can feel pretty overwhelming. For me, apart from being a vegetarian and dealing with the iron and protein challenges that involves, there’s the fact that I don’t eat a great amount to begin with, so packing in the seemingly endless list of necessary nutrients on a daily basis can really seem like tricky business.

Taking multivitamins helps some (when I remember to) but the human body can still only typically absorb about 10 to 15 percent of the nutrients in a multivitamin — it’s a much bigger fan of actual foods. So how do you improve your chances of absorbing all the vitamins and other nutrients that come your way? Well, there are a couple of things you can do.

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Although Cosmo is heavy on teaching readers how to be as conventionally pretty as possible, it also wants gal pals to eat, drink and be merry. To a point.  The body consciousness that echoes throughout fashion and beauty features naturally boils over to its food and drink offerings. Cosmo urges us to have buckets of […]

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The next time you’re dining Japanese and order a seaweed salad, maybe make it a double. A study from the University of Newcastle found that a fiber found in seaweed can potentially block more than 75 percent of fat uptake.

Instead of the body breaking down and absorbing dietary fats, a seaweed fiber called alginate appears to halt that process. Testing its effects in an artificial gut, the seaweed fiber also fat-blocked better than 60 other natural fibers and over-the-counter obesity medications.

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When researching the pros and cons of vitamin supplements a few weeks ago, my sources consistently said that the best way to get nutrients into the body is through the food we eat. Basically, if we maintain a healthy, balanced diet, then we shouldn’t need to take any vitamins.

This sounds straightforward enough, but there’s a subtle catch.

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