A high-fiber diet may help reduce inflammation linked to COVID-19, study suggests

Up to 50 percent of patients with COVID-19 report experiencing gastrointestinal problems, such as abdominal pain and diarrhea. Research also shows that patients tend to have lower levels of gut bacteria that make short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) by fermenting fiber from foods. SCFAs play a key role in maintaining the integrity of the intestinal barrier. They … Continue reading A high-fiber diet may help reduce inflammation linked to COVID-19, study suggests

Just 2 days of increased sugar intake can harm your gut health, warn researchers

A common trick to maintain a low-sugar diet is to indulge your sweet cravings from time to time. You might adhere to a strict diet during the weekdays and loosen up a bit over the weekend as a reward for dieting. But a study shows that it takes only a couple of days to ruin good … Continue reading Just 2 days of increased sugar intake can harm your gut health, warn researchers

Are low salt diets doing more harm than good?

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), death from cardiovascular disease could be reduced by 1.2 million people over the next decade if Americans limited their sodium intake to just 1,500 milligrams. Dieticians and health experts are quick to recommend a low sodium diet. Doctors often say that salt intake is a leading cause of … Continue reading Are low salt diets doing more harm than good?

Intermittent fasting found to boost health, lower diabetes risk

A recent study revealed that intermittent fasting can help with heart health, improve blood chemistry and reduce the risk of diabetes. The study, published in Nutrition Research, looked at the benefits of time-restricted feeding – in particular, the 16:8 intermittent fasting method – in healthy college men. “What we are doing is time-restricted feeding. It is a way … Continue reading Intermittent fasting found to boost health, lower diabetes risk

Can diet soda kill you? Studies show that some people can’t digest aspartame

Diet soda, despite the name, is not better for you than regular soda. In fact, it can even be deadly for certain people. Diet soda contains aspartame, an artificial sweetener that’s 200 times sweeter than table sugar. While both table sugar (or sucrose) and aspartame have the same amount of calories, manufacturers need only a small amount of the … Continue reading Can diet soda kill you? Studies show that some people can’t digest aspartame

Shirataki noodles, a low-carb and low-GI superfood perfect for vegans

Noodles and pasta are filling, but eating them too frequently may be bad for your health, especially if you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight. If you love regular noodles but want to use a healthier ingredient, try cooking with shirataki noodles, a low-carb superfood. Shirataki noodles, a low-carb superfood Shirataki noodles are becoming more popular both … Continue reading Shirataki noodles, a low-carb and low-GI superfood perfect for vegans

The Consequences of a Poor Diet Could Epigenetically Persist Despite Improving Eating Habits

A majority of people know that improving your diet will lead to an improvement in your health. But not everyone knows that the consequences of eating poorly can actually persist even after you’ve changed your dietary habits for the better. New research on mice suggests that even following the treatment of atherosclerosis – the build-up … Continue reading The Consequences of a Poor Diet Could Epigenetically Persist Despite Improving Eating Habits

Vegetarian health and nutrition: 7 Nutrients you can’t get from plants

Eating only plant-based foods as a vegan or vegetarian confers numerous health benefits, including improved heart health and a decreased risk of various diseases. But humans have been eating both plants and meat for thousands of years. In fact, many nutrients that are important for overall health can only be found in meat, fish and dairy products. … Continue reading Vegetarian health and nutrition: 7 Nutrients you can’t get from plants

Being Overweight Adds Distinct Epigenetic Marks to DNA

Extra weight that you may have put on during the holidays could not only appear around your belly, but also add epigenetic tags to your DNA, suggests a new study. Having a high body mass index (BMI) was linked to additional methyl tags found at more than 200 areas on the genome, which affects gene expression and … Continue reading Being Overweight Adds Distinct Epigenetic Marks to DNA

Bisphenol A Can Reprogram Liver’s Epigenome and Result in Disease in Rats

There has been growing literature that suggests how environmental chemical exposure can lead to birth defects but the majority of the studies are association based. A fraction of those studies have shown how ambient chemical exposure affects insulin sensitivity and lipid metabolism1  or affecting gut-microbiota2. But how early life chemical exposure can affect epigenetics—or change the epigenome … Continue reading Bisphenol A Can Reprogram Liver’s Epigenome and Result in Disease in Rats