Flashback Friday: Which Foods Increase Happiness?

Flashback Friday: Which Foods Increase Happiness?

“Which Foods Increase Happiness?” Thousands of papers have been published on the important topic of what determines people’s happiness and psychological health, but what about the potential influence of the different kinds of foods that people eat? The rising prevalence of mental ill health is…

Are Vegetarians at Risk for Eating Disorders?

Are Vegetarians at Risk for Eating Disorders?

“Are Vegetarians at Risk for Eating Disorders?” At the turn of the century, if you would have asked teens why they chose to eat vegetarian, most might say they do it because they don’t want to kill animals, followed by wanting to eat a healthier…

Benefit of Dates for Colon Health

Benefit of Dates for Colon Health

“Benefit of Dates for Colon Health” Dates are one of the healthiest sweeteners. That’s what we use in The How Not to Die Cookbook. You can blend them with water to make date syrup or use date sugar, which is a whole food—just dried dates…

Treating Reflux in Babies with Diet

Treating Reflux in Babies with Diet

“Treating Reflux in Babies with Diet” There has been a longstanding problem among zookeepers of the gorilla. Latin name: Gorilla, gorilla gorilla. The problem is that they were throwing up all the time. We’ve never seen wild gorillas barfing, but it had unfortunately been accepted…

Flashback Friday: Which Vegetable Binds Bile Best?

Flashback Friday: Which Vegetable Binds Bile Best?

“Which Vegetable Binds Bile Best?” To lower the risk of diet and lifestyle-related premature degenerative diseases and to advance human nutrition research, relative bile acid–binding potential of foods needs to be evaluated. Since the bile acids are absorbed back into the system they may increase…

Is It Best to Drink Tap, Filtered, or Bottled Water?

Is It Best to Drink Tap, Filtered, or Bottled Water?

“Is It Best to Drink Tap, Filtered, or Bottled Water?” Though many distrust the safety of tap water, a study of 35 brands of bottled water did not find them to necessarily be safer, cleaner or of higher quality than water straight out of the…

The Best Diet for Diabetes

The Best Diet for Diabetes

“The Best Diet for Diabetes” There are all sorts of different scoring systems to rate diet quality. My favorite, for its simplicity, is the dietary phytochemical index: a fancy name for a simple concept. It’s just the percentage of your calories from whole plant foods,…

How to Cook Greens

How to Cook Greens

“How to Cook Greens” “The main purpose of cooking vegetables is to make them more edible, palatable, and digestible.” The downside, though, is that “cooking may adversely affect the levels of nutrients, especially the heat-sensitive and water-soluble ones.” But even if you boil greens for…

Flashback Friday: Cooked Beans or Sprouted Beans?

Flashback Friday: Cooked Beans or Sprouted Beans?

“Cooked Beans or Sprouted Beans?” Beans, chickpeas, split peas, and lentils are packed with nutrients, and play a role in the prevention of chronic disease, but most can’t be eaten raw. Boiling is the most common cooking method, which is what’s used to make canned…

Flashback Friday: How to Counter the Inflammation of Aging

Flashback Friday: How to Counter the Inflammation of Aging

“How to Counter the Inflammation of Aging” One of the most recognized consequences of aging is a decline in immune function, illustrated by vulnerability to dying from the flu, poor response to vaccinations. But about 20 years ago a paper was published showing that the…