Wednesday, February 24

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Is orange juice REALLY as bad for you as Diet Coke?
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Is orange juice REALLY as bad for you as Diet Coke?

You’ve probably seen the sensational media headlines in the last few days telling you to ditch the humble OJ and opt for a Diet Coke instead - and if you’re confused by it, I don’t blame you. So, I thought I’d throw in my own two cents to try and help you make sense of the whole conundrum. The cause of this ruckus is the impending changes to the algorithm the government’s Health Star rating system is based on. The changes will see 100 per cent fruit juice dethroned from its five star status to just three and a half stars, or less. To give you some context, that’s the same score given to Diet Coke. Keep reading at Body and Soul.
Plant-based diets critical to wildlife preservation: report
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Plant-based diets critical to wildlife preservation: report

The global food system is the biggest driver of destruction of the natural world, and a shift to predominantly plant-based diets is crucial in halting the damage, according to a report. Agriculture is the main threat to 86 per cent of the 28,000 species known to be at risk of extinction, the report by the Chatham House think tank said. Without change, the loss of biodiversity will continue to accelerate and threaten the world’s ability to sustain humanity, it said. The root cause is a vicious circle of cheap food, the report said, where low costs drive bigger demand for food and more waste, with more competition then driving costs even lower through more clearing of natural land and use of polluting fertilizers and pesticides. The report, supported by the UN Environment Programme ...
This Natural Food Coloring Packs a Seriously Vibrant Punch
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This Natural Food Coloring Packs a Seriously Vibrant Punch

Here’s my thing about food coloring: I don’t use it when I’m trying to be subtle. I think the whole point of adding dye to a baked good or cooking project is to create something bright and a little wacky, like swirly icing or ombre layer cookies, in surprising and unexpected shades. Cake the color of regular cake is great on its own, so if you’re going to add pigment, you might as well go big. This mentality kept me from jumping on the natural food coloring bandwagon for years, despite a desire to leave the artificial stuff behind. With plant-based dye, it seemed impossible to achieve anything other than muted pink, swampy green, and almost-orange—hints at color, little whispers of color, but nothing like the wild, punchy hues I'd hoped for. Read more at Epicurious.
The ‘healthy’ foods you should avoid if you want to lose weight
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The ‘healthy’ foods you should avoid if you want to lose weight

We all know that in order to lose weight we generally need to eat a balanced diet coupled with exercise. But those diets can often include “healthy foods” such as smoothies and brown rice, which one expert has said you should never eat if you actually want to lose weight. Australian dietitian Susie Burrell said many people overindulge on foods that are branded healthy options which often have lower calorie counts and are low fat, The Sun reports. Writing on her blog she said often the actual nutritional profile of these foods, such as the amount of sugar per serving, can often mean we are consuming more than we should be. She warned there are five foods that you should steer clear of if you want to lose weight. Find out what they are at news.com.au.
Stick to the real thing: 10 natural foods to eat instead of margarine
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Stick to the real thing: 10 natural foods to eat instead of margarine

Many government health organizations have advocated the use of margarine in cooking as a way to avoid the purported negative effects of butter on one’s health. But as it turns out, the reverse is actually true: margarine may in fact, cause more harm to the body than the product it was meant to replace. What is margarine? Margarine’s origins can be traced back to France, where it was developed by the chemist Hippolyte Mege-Mouries in response to an order by Emperor Napoleon III which called for the development of a cheap butter alternative that could be used by French workers and his armies in the Franco-Prussian war. But far from being the vegetable-based concoction we now know, Mege-Mouries’ original margarine consisted of beef tallow churned with milk. Keep reading at Food New...
Diet resolutions: 6 things to know about eating less meat and more plant-based foods
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Diet resolutions: 6 things to know about eating less meat and more plant-based foods

Many people are making changes to their diets to eat healthier or in a more environmentally friendly manner. They might choose to eat less meat, less sugar or even adopt an entirely vegan diet. A growing number, however, are choosing a plant-based diet that focuses on foods that come from plants, but may still include animal products, such as meat or cheese. American biochemist Thomas Colin Campbell coined the term “plant-based” in the 1980s to better explain his research on diet and nutrition. The term surged in popularity in 2016 when Campbell’s book The China Study was reprinted and alternative meat products such as Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger were launched. Since then, plant-based foods have taken the world by storm. They are everywhere: fast-food chains, restaurant menus...
The food myths my friends believe that drive me crazy
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The food myths my friends believe that drive me crazy

Food myths are plentiful, and it’s unsurprising we get roped into believing them when they’re packaged up into interesting and relatable bitesize ‘facts’ on blogs and social media. I’m not referring to harmless myths, like carrots help you see in the dark or chocolate is an aphrodisiac. It’s the myths that have a bigger effect on our daily diet – and that often have a grain of truth to them – that seem to really take hold. When did you last hear that natural sugars are healthy, that it’s important to drink protein shakes if you exercise, or that bloating means you’re almost certainly gluten-intolerant? I studied nutrition at uni, so most of the time I can separate fact from fiction (though I’m not judging – I’m renown for believing everything friends tell me). Here are the myths I hear ...
Does Natural Sugar From Fruit Cause Weight Gain? Explains This Research
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Does Natural Sugar From Fruit Cause Weight Gain? Explains This Research

Do natural sugars in fruit cause weight gain? Are you on a weight loss diet and often confused about your food intake? It is generally recommended not to eat junk foods and processed foods during the diet, as they increase weight. Instead, it is considered beneficial to eat dishes made of natural foods like fruits, grains, vegetables, and pulses. But some people believe that one should not eat fruits while following a weight loss diet (losing weight). The rationale behind this is the sugar is present in fruits, which increases weight. Is dextrorotatory sugar present in fruits harmful? Eating fruits is considered healthy (for health) as they contain a lot of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, which are beneficial for the body. Maximum fruits taste sweet! This sweetness of fruits...
Include These Natural Liver Cleanse Foods In Your Diet
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Include These Natural Liver Cleanse Foods In Your Diet

One of the largest organs in your body, your liver has the important function of removing waste products to take care of. It goes without saying that taking care of your liver is crucial for overall health.If you’ve heard a lot about liver cleanses and supplements for the same, but are worried whether or not they’ll help, why not turn to natural foods that you can include in your diet instead! Check out these foods to promote liver health. Leafy And Cruciferous Vegetables Bitter greens like mustard and kale are packed with several cleansing compounds that can stimulate bile production. Green leafy vegetables are also rich in chlorophyll that is known to soak up toxins from the bloodstream.Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli are a good source of glutathi...
The Mediterranean Diet might be the answer to your cravings
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The Mediterranean Diet might be the answer to your cravings

‘Your brain is a pig: How evolution has primed us to gorge ourselves on fattening foods’; this is the title of an article published on Canadian news site CBC.ca. It was written by Professor Gordon Orians, a professor emeritus of evolutionary biology at the University of Washington in Seattle. The pig statement may be alarming, but it really does help to explain why following a healthy eating pattern can be so difficult to sustain. It also explains how, despite good intentions, our brains will often guide us to make food choices that are high in energy (kilojoules), fat and sugar. Origins of our food cravings As humans, we evolved under conditions of food scarcity where our principal occupation was finding and consuming enough energy to stay alive. We are genetically engineered to pref...