The Wrong Eating Habits Can Hurt Your Brain

A longstanding idea is that the regulation of energy intake and body weight depends on the integrative control by external food-related cues in the environment and physiological signals arising from the internal milieu. In fact, according to several accounts the ability of such environmental food cues to evoke appetitive and consummatory responding is held in […]

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The share of ultra-processed foods and the overall nutritional quality of diets in the US

Recent population dietary studies indicate that diets rich in ultra-processed foods, increasingly frequent worldwide, are grossly nutritionally unbalanced, suggesting that the dietary contribution of these foods largely determines the overall nutritional quality of contemporaneous diets. Yet, these studies have focused on individual nutrients (one at a time) rather than the overall nutritional quality of the […]

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Low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet versus a low-fat diet to treat obesity and hyperlipidemia

Low-carbohydrate diets remain popular despite a paucity of scientific evidence on their effectiveness. Publimed: A low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet versus a low-fat diet to treat obesity and hyperlipidemia: a randomized, controlled trial. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet program with those of a low-fat, low-cholesterol, reduced-calorie diet. DESIGN: Randomized, controlled trial. SETTING: […]

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That Sugar Film – Learn The Truth About So-Called “Healthy Food”

One man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar… Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar […]

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Body Weight Regulation and the Effects of Diet Composition

Weight changes are accompanied by imbalances between calorie intake and expenditure. This fact is often misinterpreted to suggest that obesity is caused by gluttony and sloth and can be treated by simply advising people to eat less and move more. Gastroenterology: Obesity Energetics: Body Weight Regulation and the Effects of Diet Composition However, various components […]

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Hidden in Plain Sight

Added sugar is hiding in 74% of packaged foods. We tend to think that added sugar is mainly found in desserts like cookies and cakes, but it’s also found in many savory foods, such as bread and pasta sauce. And some foods promoted as “natural” or “healthy” are laden with added sugars, compounding the confusion. In […]

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Evidence for sugar addiction

    The experimental question is whether or not sugar can be a substance of abuse and lead to a natural form of addiction. “Food addiction” seems plausible because brain pathways that evolved to respond to natural rewards are also activated by addictive drugs. Sugar is noteworthy as a substance that releases opioids and dopamine […]

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