Do you have a vague notion of chocolate, perhaps dark chocolate, as being good for you? It's good for your heart health, or something. On some level you know that a candy is not actually a health food, but it seems like there's always a headline saying it is.
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"I CAN GIVE YOU MASSIVE ARMS, BROAD SHOULDERS, AND A GIANT SIZED CHEST IN JUST FOUR WEEKS," the Body-Tone pamphlet promises. It is the "World's Fastest Strength and Muscle Building System". It cost $20 in the late 1950s, but today the program is available for free in the Stark Center Archives. I am ready to begin.
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.
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.
As you've no doubt noticed, Coke Zero is no longer a thing, replaced with a nearly identical drink that has nearly identical packing and a nearly identical ingredients list. Its replacement, Coke Zero Sugar, is a bullcrap drink, but Coke Zero was a bullcrap drink too.
Today's kids have thousands of apps and educational programmes that tell them how to eat healthily. When I was growing up, we learned the Food Pyramid. We categorised grub into four food groups and that was pretty much it. But look back a bit farther, and dietary advice gets a little weirder: in the early 1950s, there were seven food groups, and one was just for butter.
Is milk really good for your bones? Are all salty snacks unhealthy? Do you need to drink two litres of water per day? These are just some scientific food "facts" that aren't as concrete as you might think. We talked to a group of nutritionists and asked them to share the food myths they find most irritating and explain why people cling to them. Here's what they said.
For everyday lunching, whatever amount of protein you're getting is probably fine. But if you're trying to build muscle, or if you want to keep your protein intake high while losing weight, it can be hard to work enough of the stuff into your diet without chugging down gross smoothies. Don't worry, I'm here to help.
If you've ever experimented with food tracking, you probably know that it's really easy to track the kilojoules and nutritional macros in a can of chicken noodle soup or a box of chocolate chip cookies -- the information is right there on the package and it's often pre-loaded into apps like Fitbit and MyFitnessPal -- but it's a lot harder to track kilojoules and macros in the soup and cookies you make at home.
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.
Maybe failed dieters need therapy for overeating, not food restriction, argues Claire Zulkey in the Atlantic. She describes the cycle that many dieters fall into: A controlled eating plan -- this many grams of cheese, a deck-of-cards portion of meat, probably no Twisties -- and then the frenzy of overeating that ensues when the dieter gives in to temptation: A whole pizza, three breakfasts at McDonald's, many bags of Twisties. Frustrated and ashamed, they start an even more restrictive diet (often preceded by a final last-hurrah binge) and begin the cycle all over again.
Most of us can agree that eating your veggies is a good thing on the nutrition front. Still, simply knowing that vegetables are good for you isn't enough to suddenly turn disgust into undying love for broccoli. But give veggies a proper chance with these tips and you might just learn to love 'em.
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.