Eating & Nutrition

Whole Grain

When it comes to dietary recommendations, few are as regularly repeated and widely agreed upon as the superiority of whole grains over their refined, processed alternatives. But what exactly is a whole grain? Why are whole grains so significant? And perhaps most importantly, how do you make sure you have plenty of whole grains in …

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Superfoods

Do they wear capes and swoop in to rescue you from evil salt, sugar and fat? Not exactly, but it seems that pretty regularly, some other fruit or vegetable will be christened with the label “superfood”. So just what powers do they have – or is it all an exaggeration? This is a tricky one …

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Nutrition Recovery

Nutrition is always important, but there are times in your life when you need to think about it extra hard. Either your body is in a particularly vulnerable state, or you’re preparing for something difficult. Either way, nutrition is a vital part of recovery. Clearly, exercise uses up a lot of nutrients. After you’ve exercised, …

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Bitterness

If you can drag your mind back to your biology classes at school, you may remember learning about how we taste food. The tongue has different receptors for the five main categories of taste: sweetness, sourness, saltiness, umami (savory) and bitterness. For a lot of people, sweetness and saltiness are a lot more enjoyable than …

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A Long Life?

It’s one of the great questions of organic foods: Can they improve your longevity? When you consider that the growing popularity of organic food is a pretty recent thing and the research is still relatively new, it’s a difficult question to answer. For one thing, it’s a bit difficult to tell if people are living …

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Vitamin E

When we talk about the different vitamins that you need for healthy, glowing skin, A and C tend to receive most of the attention. There’s lots of evidence documenting their powerful effects. Perhaps less prominent, but no less important, it seems vitamin E also plays an important role in skin health. Exactly how vitamin E …

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Cadmium

The debate on the healthiness of organic food compared to its non-organic counterparts is an ongoing one, and it’s not likely to be resolved soon. The research is still ongoing, and when so many things can impact how crops grow, it’s a complicated area to identify specific data. What we can do is try to …

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Malnutrition

I’ve talked before about the dangers of individual nutrient deficiencies, like when a lack of vitamin C leads to scurvy. What’s received less detail is the broader category of malnutrition, a condition that may affect as many as 1 in 3 people all around the world. Malnutrition does, at its most basic, mean you’re not …

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