Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health

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Change Your Microbiome?

Spherical bacteria

Recent attention to the microbiome has supported the premise that we depend on a vast army of microbes to  protect us against germs, help us digest and assimilate food,  release energy, and produce vitamins. Can we change it to further give us additional health benefits?


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Turmeric: The Facts

Turmeric originated in India or nearby Southeast Asia For 400,000 years it has had a wide range of medicinal, religious and culinary applications especially in South Asian cultures. Medically it has been used as an antiseptic or antibacterial agent. Turmeric contains iron, vitamin B6, fiber (1.4 g), and potassium. It also contains the polyphenol, curcumin.

The claims may be exaggerated  but what actually are the health benefits of this often talked about spice?


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Does Exercise Increase Weight Loss?


This study tells us that there is a limit on the amount of exercise that will increase energy expenditure. However, it offers some good information on what else exercise can do for us physiologically.  Therefore, eat less and move more may not be the whole solution for  weight loss, but it is still good advice for a healthy lifestyle.



Fruit Flies and Organic Food?

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organic Heirloom tomatoes at Slow Food Nation’s garden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love this article and the simple experiments done by this great kid in middle school.  This is certainly not the last word on the ongoing controversy about the health differences of organic food vs conventionally-grown food, but her results are certainly  intriguing.  I know the methodology of  this study will be criticized but for now, on my next shopping trip, I am more likely to reach for the organic version, just in case she may be right.  I know about the Stanford meta-analysis study  that states there are no nutritional differences between organic vs. non-organic and will more than likely invalidate her conclusion, but it was fun and refreshing to read about this young girl and her interest in science.


Here is the study.

Here is the skeptical side.

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