Diet Suggestions - November 2014

Do you worry that you won't resist holiday favorites? If you lose now you can eat more over the holidays, though you may be surprised what foods your body becomes conditioned to after a few weeks of eating healthy.

Juice Cleanses: Separating Fact from Fiction   Live Science - November 28, 2014
With nutritious ingredients and good-for-you health claims, juice cleanses and liquid detox diets have received plenty of buzz. The craze has caught on among celebrities who see doing a cleanse as a way to lose weight quickly and eliminate toxins from their bodies, giving them a fresh start. But many health professionals aren't fans of taking this approach to a better well-being, saying there's little scientific evidence that these restrictive eating plans actually remove harmful substances from the system or live up to their health-promoting promises.

The palaeolithic diet and the unprovable links to our past   PhysOrg - November 28, 2014
We still hear and read a lot about how a diet based on what our Stone Age ancestors ate may be a cure-all for modern ills. But can we really run the clock backwards and find the optimal way to eat? It's a largely impossible dream based on a set of fallacies about our ancestors. There are a lot of guides and books on the palaeolithic diet, the origins of which have already been questioned. It's all based on an idea that's been around for decades in anthropology and nutritional science; namely that we might ascribe many of the problems faced by modern society to the shift by our hunter-gatherer ancestors to farming roughly 10,000 years ago.

Brown versus white bread: the battle for a fibre-rich diet   PhysOrg - November 28, 2014
There are two main types of bread, wholemeal, or brown, and white. But most people in Europe prefer white bread. That is a problem because white bread contains very little fibres. And the lack of dietary fibres in the European diet causes serious diseases like diabetes, obesity and even cancer. The EU funded HEALTHBREAD project, which was completed in September 2014, came up with a solution: providing the nutritional benefits of brown bread, while retaining other sensory qualities that people love in white bread.

10 Tips For Healthier Grocery Shopping, From The Nutrition Experts Who Know Best   Huffington Post - November 20, 2014

Make A List
Don't Go Hungry
Pick (Even) More Produce
Stock Up On Canned Foods
Go Plain
Be Selective When Buying Organic
Read The Label
Try Something New
Don't Buy At Eye-Level
Do A Final Check

Here Are the Healthiest Chain Restaurants in the US   Live Science - November 20, 2014

A new website ranks popular restaurant chains in the United States based on the healthiness of their food, and aims to make it easier for people to find healthy options when they eat out. The website, called Grellin, uses nutrition information from meals at 100 of the nation's restaurant chains, and ranks the restaurants based on the proportion of their meals that qualify as "healthy." The researchers call this percentage the "Grellin grade." Some of the restaurants that ranked as the healthiest include Au Bon Pain, Rubio's and Subway, which had more than 50 percent of their menu items meet the criteria for healthiness.

  Obesity 'costing same as smoking'   BBC - November 20, 2014
The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change, research has suggested.

Want Weight-Loss Tips? Beware of Top Search Results Online   Live Science - November 20, 2014

If you're looking online for weight-loss advice, it might be a good idea to bypass the first page of your search results, a new study suggests. About one-third of Americans are overweight, so it's not surprising that around 40 percent of Americans search online for tips on weight loss and exercise, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. But the problem is that most of the links on the first page of a Google search lead to unreliable sources and commercial websites that market unrealistic weight-loss products and techniques, the study found. Seeing top results full of unreliable information poses a problem for consumers, who usually only click on the first few links they see in their search results.

US States Are a Lot Fatter Than We Thought   Live Science - November 19, 2014

The obesity rates of many U.S. states are actually higher than previously thought, a new study finds. The new findings are based on doctors' measurements of people's height and weight, whereas many previous reports were based on people's reports of their own measurements. But the problem is not that people underestimate their weight - surprisingly, it's that they overestimate their height.

The Easiest And Most Delicious Work Lunch Ideas You'll Find On Pinterest   Huffington Post - November 19, 2014

We turn to Pinterest to collect 24 fresh, creative lunch recipes to liven up your work week. Pinterest - the home of all things Mason jar - actually packs quite a punch when it comes to simple and tasty lunch ideas. From hummus wraps to flavorful salads, these recipes are sure to leave you feeling full and satisfied. So the next time you find yourself staring forlornly at your boring sandwich, think outside the (lunch)box and whip up one of these Pinterest-perfect recipes.

Mediterranean diet is best way to tackle obesity, say doctors   BBC - November 16, 2014

Writing in the Postgraduate Medical Journal (PMJ) doctors said a Mediterranean diet quickly reduced the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It may be better than low-fat diets for sustained weight loss. The article also says adopting a Mediterranean diet after a heart attack is almost three times as effective at reducing deaths as taking cholesterol-lowering statin medication.

What Are You Really Eating? Wearable Camera Tracks Your Meals   Live Science - November 14, 2014

A wearable camera that hooks around the ear could become a constant meal companion for people who want to accurately monitor their diet. Many fitness trackers and exercise apps include a diet component, but all of them require users to self-report how much they eat. That method can lead to unreliable data, as people may forget to report some meals, poorly estimate how much they're actually eating or underreport their meals on purpose.

11 Odd Facts About 'Magic' Mushrooms   Live Science - November 11, 2014

1. Mushrooms hyperconnect the brain
2. Slow it down
3. Magic mushrooms go way back
4. Magic mushrooms explain Santa ... maybe
5. 'Shrooms may change people for good
6. Mushrooms kill fear
7. They make their own wind ...
8. At least 144 species of mushroom contain the psychoactive ingredient psilocybin
9. Experimenting with 'shrooms
10. The counterculture cultivator
11. Animals feel the effects

Brain's taste secrets uncovered   BBC - November 10, 2014

The brain has specialist neurons for each of the five taste categories - salty, bitter, sour, sweet and umami - US scientists have discovered. The separate taste sensors on the tongue had a matching partner in the brain. The scientists hope the findings could be used to help reverse the loss of taste sensation in the elderly. It is a myth that you taste sweet only on the tip of the tongue. Each of the roughly 8,000 taste buds scattered over the tongue is capable of sensing the full suite of tastes. But specialized cells within the taste bud are tuned to either salty, bitter, sour, sweet or umami tastes. When they detect the signal, a message is sent to the brain. Although how the brain deals with the information has been up for discussion.