We eat a lot of ultra-processed food, and these foods tend to be sugary and not so great for us. But the problem isn't necessarily the fact that they're ultra-processed. This is a weird and arguably unfair way to categorise foods, so let's take a look at what "ultra-processed" really means.
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We don't often discuss the mental impact of restrictive diets such as Whole30 (no "inflammatory" foods), keto (low carb, high fat) or paleo (foods supposedly eaten during the Palaeolithic era). People like to tout the weight loss and mood-boosting effects of these diets, but experts say they can push some of us toward disordered eating.
Dear Lifehacker, My friend keeps telling me to stop drinking fruit juice because "it's basically just sugar". She also claims it's just as bad as Coca-Cola. I've done some online research but can't find a definitive answer on this. Surely juice is healthier than sugary colas? Or do I really need to quit? (I mainly drink bottled '100%' apple juice and OJ.)
Bright and beautiful fruits. Hearty whole grains. Vitamin packed vegetables in the most delicious of sauces. Are you ready for this? Here are some of our best tips, tricks, and advice on eating healthy.
My oldest child will only eat one vegetable: carrots. (It used to be broccoli, but he's switched.) His little brother will only eat corn. Since veggies are good for kids, it would be great if we knew some foolproof way of getting kids to eat them. Science doesn't have solid answers, but it does give us some clues.
Diet usually matters more for weight loss than exercise, but it turns out that Biggest Loser contestants who managed to keep the weight off have to exercise a lot. But if you and I aren't Biggest Loser contestants, does that mean anything for us?
Coconuts have been a valued food in tropical areas for thousands of years, traditionally enjoyed as coconut water from the centre of the coconut, coconut flesh, or coconut “milk” (made by steeping the flesh in hot water).
But are the touted health benefits of "coconut oil" all they're really cracked up to be? Or is it just another fad? Here are five claims you shouldn't believe.
I worked in a bakery once. If a biscuit broke, we couldn't sell it, so naturally I would dispose of the evidence in the most delicious way possible. Sometimes I'd be filling doughnuts with icing and it would smell so good and at the end there would be some leftover icing. A little taste couldn't hurt, right?
We asked, and you delivered -- how do you work near junk food without pigging out? From bringing a sensible lunch to developing weird habits, here are the strategies that worked for you.
There are many ways to eat healthy, but most experts would agree that candy, french fries, beer, and bacon are things to be kept to a minimum. Belgium's new food pyramid puts those items in time out, while veggies and whole grains get the spotlight.
Nobody brags about eating junk. A healthy diet includes veggies and eschews too much sugar, and if you eat that way, you can feel satisfied that you are eating "clean". But you know what? Eating clean is a trap.
If you eat a plant-based diet, you don't get an automatic get-out-of-heart-disease-free card. (There's definitely such a thing as vegan junk food.) But a new study that supposedly confirms some plant-based diets are better than others... actually wasn't comparing plant-based diets to each other at all.
Last year, when I was reviewing food researcher Brian Wansink's book about ways to trick yourself into eating better, I noticed that the way he did some of his research seemed fishy. A statistician agreed with me. But I posted the book review anyway.
Do you hate vegetables? You’re not alone. About 20% of the population are “super-tasters”. Super-tasters have more taste buds than other people and are super sensitive to the bitter compounds found in some food and drinks, even at low concentrations. If you have inherited super-taster genes then cruciferous vegetables (flower vegetables in the cabbage family) like bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, radish, swede, turnip, and watercress will taste disgusting.
Now that the chaos of the holiday season is over, a lot of us are vowing to make changes for our health -- but we know that ambitious resolutions don't always work out so well. So instead of saying you'll "lose weight" or "eat better", try one or two of these simple, concrete changes.