The idea of food addiction has gained traction in public consciousness, paralleling talk of the modern food environment and its highly palatable foods. But can we really become addicted to food in the same way we might become addicted to tobacco, alcohol or cocaine? It’s a controversial question that presents
It’s not just your eating pattern and your physical activity that affect how well your heart and blood vessels function. Other aspects of your lifestyle appear to intersect with your diet and activity level on the path to better cardiovascular health. Your sleep, for instance, can affect your quality of
The benefits of the DASH diet, Mediterranean-style diet, and other heart-healthy dietary patterns are clear. By adopting one of these eating patterns, or some variation thereof, you will eat the type of foods that support heart health while minimizing or avoiding those foods you’re better off without.
These dietary patterns can
It’s commonly accepted as fact that MSG, a.k.a. monosodium glutamate, is something we should avoid, the culprit behind the so-called “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” and contributor to myriad health problems. But is there any substance behind MSG’s bad reputation?
What is MSG? In 1908, Japanese chemistry professor Kikunae Ikeda noticed that certain
“Why am I always hungry?” Is that a question you often ask yourself, even after meals? Feeling hungry after eating could be due to leptin resistance. Leptin, a hormone produced by body fat, controls whether or not you feel full after eating.
Someone with normal leptin function will not feel hunger
Where do the healthiest, oldest people in the world live? That’s what Dan Buettner, a National Geographic magazine reporter, wanted to know. About 15 years ago, he scoured demographic research studies and discovered there were five places where people lived exceptionally long and healthy lives. Dubbed as “Blue Zones,” they
Many of us can recall the excitement of opening our lunch box at school and discovering that Mom packed our favorite sandwich—peanut butter and jelly. That classic combination of creamy, sweet, and sometimes crunchy flavor is an American childhood favorite. And even if you’re no longer eating PB&J sandwiches for
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Oct. 18, 2018) indicate that just over 40 percent of seniors had tried to lose weight in the previous 12 months. This likely reflects the fact that about the same percentage of older Americans are obese:
It’s now one month since the turn of the New Year, a time when many of us seize the opportunity to start afresh by making New Year’s resolutions that often center on our health goals for the next 12 months. Many people resolve to get more exercise, or give up
What is serotonin? It’s is a powerful brain chemical that profoundly affects your mood, so knowing whether you’re deficient is a key first step to overcoming troubling mood and impulse control problems. Having one or more of the eight serotonin deficiency symptoms discussed here will be a strong clue that