Gretel H. Schueller's Blog
Breakfast often gets the short end in the morning dash out the door. But skipping breakfast primes your brain to seek out high-calorie foods and means you’ll eat more later. While you probably know a breakfast sandwich from a fast-food chain isn’t a great option either, you’d be surprised by just how unhealthy it can be. A recent study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology found that eating even one typical fast-food breakfast sandwich can actually change how your arteries perform.
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Doctors at the Montreal Heart Institute had 28 men eat a sausage, cheese and egg sandwich with hash browns—loaded with 50 grams of fat, most of it saturated. Then they checked...read full post »
Probiotics are good bacteria found in fermented foods, such as yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, kombucha and kefir.
Popular theories claim extraordinary health benefits—such as better immunity and less stress—can come from eating probiotics and fostering the good bacteria in your gut.
But the research to support all this is sparse.
Some benefits science has shown, to date: probiotics can help with certain respiratory infections, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome.
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A growing body of research has shown that the teeming populations of gut bacteria within us have evolved complex connections that can affect our body’s basic functions — from metabolism to sleep to mood.
Changes in the makeup of the gut bacteria in the human digestive system have been associated with a growing number of diseases.
It’s important to remember, though, that the science is still young and evolving.
Here we highlight the most intriguing of the cutting-edge studies.
Some of the many beneficial compounds that certain gut bacteria produce for us are carotenoids—antioxidants that are believed to protect against stroke and angina.
In a 2012 study in Nature Communications, researchers in Sweden compared the gut microbiome of stroke...read full post »
The GMO labeling debate is hot!
This spring, Vermont became the first state to pass a no-strings mandatory GMO labeling law. (Connecticut and Maine have passed labeling laws, but they don’t go into effect until other requirements are met.)
Groups in at least 36 other states have efforts under way to pass state labeling bills.
GMO in Your Life: In 2013, 27 countries grew GMOs and even more imported them. In the U.S., genetically modified field corn (for oil, syrup, meal and starch), soybeans, canola, cottonseed (for oil) and sugar beets (for sugar) are used in processed foods.
In the produce section, you can find genetically modified Hawaiian papaya and small amounts of sweet corn, zucchini and yellow squash.
It’s estimated that about 75% of processed food in America contains genetically modified...read full post »
Our country’s most efficient pollinator, the domesticated honeybee, is in decline. We talked with Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Ph.D.—an entomologist at the University of Maryland and one of the first to see honeybees were in trouble 10 years ago—about why we should be concerned.
Why are honeybees in decline?
We continue to see high levels of mortality; whole hives are disappearing. Each year, we continue to lose an average of 30% of our colonies. We think it’s caused by the equivalent of bee flu. When bees are sick they leave the hive to prevent other bees from getting sick. The big question is, why are bees succumbing to flu and to a combination of other viruses and pathogens? The three biggest factors are increasing pesticides, varroa mites and poor nutrition; all weaken the bees’ immune systems. As land is developed, bees are...