FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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The Impossible Burger-Still Going Strong?

 

The sales of meatless burgers continues to rise. The Impossible Burger appears to be popular with those who have tried them. The taste of any  type of these meat substitutes will be the key to their acceptance.  Still, food industry continues  to invest in their production.  For a previous post, CLICK HERE.

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Do Weight Loss Supplements Work?

There are always new crops of weight loss supplements that all claim to be effective.  So far, most have only shown little effect when put to scientific scrutiny.  Supplements are generally relatively expensive, so save your money on these. That one magic pill that will melt off the pounds still has not yet arrived – unfortunately.

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Homeopathic Pseudoscience?

 

Homeopathic medicines have the unique quality of claiming they are formulated by the “idea that “like cures like.” That is, if a substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness.”  (WebMD)

However, skeptics doubt that this “memory” occurs and there is little evidence that they have any therapeutic qualities and only rely on the power of the placebo effect. These products as well as dietary supplements are not regulated by the FDA and consumers pay billions of dollars every year for these “magical” products.

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The “Magic” of Pseudoscience

I have been a student of pseudoscience and nutrition quackery for a number of decades now. After attending a couple of meetings of the National Council Against Health Fraud back in the day of my inquiries into this “magical” world, nothing much has changed. The definition of pseudoscience is: “a collection of beliefs or practices mistakenly regarded as being based on scientific method.” Unfortunately, pseudoscience is still very much alive despite all those years of fighting the “sense” and “nonsense” of it all. The following is an excellent essay on its allure and tactics on how many people (sometimes even myself) have been taken in by its often false promises and claims.

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Best Diets?

It is time for the U.S. News and World Report diet issue again. Rated by nutrition “experts,” this year the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH Diet hold honors as most popular.  There are couple of “new” diets on the list this year. Conventional wisdom? The best diet is one that can become part of your lifestyle rather than following some gimmicky or faddish approach.

Bon appétit

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