Why You’re So Confused about What to Eat

Everyone’s a nutrition expert these days. Wherever you turn, you’ll find a legion of pundits lining up to tell you what to eat, from your co-worker to your latest Internet guru. Then there are the official experts. They have all got something to say — and it’s all different.

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When eating junk is the best thing you can do for your health

To know what optimal mental and physical health feels like, you have to first experience the alternative. There’s no light without shade, after all. And that is the first principle of junk food therapy. Ignore all the media drivel about the New Year bringing in the New You. This isn’t the new you, it’s the real you, the one who’s been there all along, but standing in the dark.

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Vegetable cooking oils: the cancer connection

Today, those cancers most associated with high consumption of vegetable cooking oils are those of the breast, prostate and colon. How can something so seemingly innocuous, so deeply insinuated within our food culture, be in any way involved in the development of such serious disease?

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You only need one diet

Along with chronic diseases, something else is starting to surface, something less visible but arguably more sinister. The human brain is shrinking, as confirmed by a body of research that has been accumulating since 1988. This shrinkage — atrophy — began during the Epipaleolithic period, which was the transitional period between hunter-gathering and agriculture, and remains an ongoing phenomenon. Over the last 20,000 years, average brain size has decreased by 10%. What’s even more alarming is that the last 4,000–6,000 years have witnessed an acceleration of this atrophy.

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Alcohol: the bad news followed by the surprisingly good news

The demon drink poses a devil of a conundrum. Good doc says alcohol is medicine, and a shot of brandy or whisky will calm nerves, alleviate shock and provide a tonic when under the weather. Self-medication seems a responsible approach. Bad doc says alcohol is poison and causes disease and even death. Temperance is the truth and the way.

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The Secret Diet Ingredient That Protects Your Skin From Sun Damage: Carotenoids

Plants contain carotenoids, antioxidants that protect them from sun damage. When we eat these plants, they pass on this protection. Eating lots of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables protects skin from the harmful effects of the sun.

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Why vegetable cooking oils are as bad as sugar

After years of quietly evading justice, sugar has now been outed as the arch-enemy of human health. But hiding in plain sight, and just as harmful, are the refined vegetable cooking oils most people use to cook their food. It’s time they too had their comeuppance.

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Seven Steps to Identifying a Food Intolerance

Sometimes you know something is making you ill, but you’re not sure what. What’s more, your doctor can’t find anything wrong. The chances are you have a food intolerance. This article outlines seven simple steps to identifying the culprit, and lists the most likely offenders.

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