Obese mice lose a third of their fat using a natural protein

To the great surprise of cancer researchers, a protein they investigated for its possible role in cancer turned out to be a powerful regulator of metabolism. The Georgetown University-led study found that forced expression of this protein in a laboratory strain of obese mice showed a remarkable redu

Mediterranean diet could prevent depression, new study finds

A Mediterranean diet — rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts and fish — could help lower a person’s risk of depression, a new study says.The research, published recently, analyzed 41 studies on the topic and found a link between people’s diet and their chances of developing depression.People who followed

Low carbohydrate diets are unsafe and should be avoided

Low carbohydrate diets are unsafe and should be avoided, according to a large study presented at ESC Congress 2018.Study author Professor Maciej Banach, of the Medical University of Lodz, Poland, said: “We found that people who consumed a low carbohydrate diet were at greater risk of premature death

Prickly pears… A quick view on its benefits and serving

– Prickly pears is a fruit that is moderately caloric; each 100 grams of prickly pears contain around 54 calories.– It is a fruit rich in beneficial antioxidants which contribute in enhancing the body’s immunity and help it resist many diseases.– Prickly pears contain a significant amount of mineral

Broccoli, cabbage and kale may protect against colon cancer

Chemicals produced by vegetables such as kale, cabbage and broccoli could help to maintain a healthy gut and prevent colon cancer.The early-stage mouse study, from scientists at the Francis Crick Institute and Imperial College London, is published in the journal Immunity.The research shows that mice

Ways to maximize the nutritional benefits of tomato

– Eat whole tomatoes and do not peel off their skin or remove their seeds unless you have a health condition or any other necessity for doing so. The tomato contains a good quantity of fibers which contribute in facilitating the intestinal transit. Such fibers are essentially concentrated in the ski

Glaucoma drug stops weight gain even on a high-fat diet, study shows

Intestinal gateway which allows fat to be absorbed can be shut with drug already approved to treat blindness-causing condition and could be useful in treating obesity.A drug used to treat the eye condition glaucoma could be part of the recipe to gorging on fatty foods without gaining weight, a new s

Did you know that an excessive intake of these foods makes them toxic?

– Apricot seeds: These seeds enclose a small nucleus that many of us eat or add to some types of jam. This nucleus contains a large amount of amygdalin which is transformed to toxic cyanide during the digestion process. Therefore, the French Food Safety Agency (AFSSA) advises that the daily intake o

Researchers identify brain area linked to binge eating

Scientists at Rutgers Brain Health Institute have discovered that a small group of brain cells in the hypothalamus called ‘orexin’ neurons could be a promising target for medications for controlling binge eating episodes in individuals with obesity. These neurons, named for the chemical messenger th

All what you need to know about Yerba Mate

– The yerba mate belongs to the family of hot drinks classified as stimulants. – It contains caffeine in a quantity that is higher than that in tea but lower than that in coffee. A cup of yerba mate contains about 80 mg of caffeine. – It may have a slight effect on weight loss, especially if accompa

Single injection could cure both obesity AND type 2 diabetes

A single injection could cure both obesity and type 2 diabetes without any side effects, new research suggests.Injecting a hormone, known as FGF21, into obese mice causes weight loss and greater insulin sensitivity for more than a year, a study found.Insulin resistance is the reduced ability of cell

New insulin pill approach from Harvard successful in animal study

An insulin pill has shown to have positive results in new rodent studies, with Harvard scientists optimistic the pill could one day be offered to the public.The concept of insulin pills isn’t new; several research teams have worked on developing an effective insulin pill, but a number of problems ha

Can reheating rice cause food poisoning?

It’s important to know how to reheat any food to avoid the symptoms of food poisoning. Rice is a staple in many people’s diets, and with it being a popular takeaway food, what’s the advice when it comes to heating it back up again – can you keep it for your next meal or should you throw it away?Rehe

What to have babies? Have seafood

Couples who eat a lot of seafood may have sex more often and get pregnant more quickly than those who shun the shellfish and sardines, a U.S. study suggests.Researchers followed 500 couples in Michigan and Texas for one year, asking them to log their seafood consumption and sexual activity in daily

Fresh, dried, or jam… all you need to know about apricots!

Fresh apricot – Fresh apricot is a moderately caloric fruit; one portion equals around 3 medium-sized pieces which contain about 60-70 calories. – Apricot contains many vitamins and it is rich in minerals as well, especially potassium and iron. – It is very rich in antioxidants, and may help in the

Mangoes helped improve cardiovascular and gut health in women

A new study conducted at the University of California, Davis found that two cups of mangos a day had beneficial effects on systolic blood pressure among healthy postmenopausal women. Mango consumption helped relax blood vessels in as little as two hours after intake. Additionally, some of the partic

3 nutrition strategies to survive your summer trip

What comes to mind when you think of healthy nutrition while you’re traveling? If you’re like most people, you might be wondering, “Isn’t that an oxymoron?”We’ve all been there before. When on vacation, it’s usually a food free-for-all. You’re either starving or completely uncomfortable because you

Foods combining fats and carbohydrates are more rewarding…

Researchers show that the reward center of the brain values foods high in both fat and carbohydrates — i.e., many processed foods — more than foods containing only fat or only carbs. A study of 206 adults, to appear in the journal Cell Metabolism, supports the idea that these kinds of foods hijack o

Lentils significantly reduce blood glucose levels

Replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 per cent, according to a first-ever University of Guelph study.Prof. Alison Duncan, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, and Dan Ramdath of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, found that swapping

Coffee May Do Your Liver Good

More good news for coffee lovers: Having three or more cups of “joe” each day may help ward off serious liver ailments, new research suggests.The 26-year study of more than 14,000 Americans couldn’t prove cause and effect. However, participants who drank three-plus cups of coffee a day were 21 perce