I don’t know about you, but when I hear “gut bacteria,” I get a little grossed out. Anything with the word “bacteria” has to be bad, right? Wrong.
Aside from their name, gut bacteria are pretty awesome.
“Why are they awesome?” you ask. They are microorganisms in our intestines that help our digestive and immune system, says Dr. David Dragoo, M.D., a health expert at Money Crashers. In fact, we can’t survive without gut bacteria, says Kristi King, senior dietician at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Gut bacteria, a.ka. gut flora, also help make B vitamins and vitamin K. “You can think of it as another ‘organ’ in the body – it is just as important to keep healthy as the [...]
I get it. I’m not a kid anymore. It’s more important for me to take better care of myself now than when I was in college and assumed myself to be invincible – or at least that I had plenty of time to get food right. I’ve looked around at my gene pool and taken notice. It tells me pretty much all the same things other gene pools should be telling any male in his late 30s or older: Now is the time to get this right. Eat well. And if you’re smart enough to get that message then you’re smart enough to know that eating well doesn’t mean eating like a centenarian.
We need most of the same vitamins and nutrients, and need to keep our food as free of pesticides and processing as [...]
This week was a huge win for Americans, whether health-conscious or not. On June 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has officially determined that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the source of artificial trans fats, are not Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) for human food. The FDA made this preliminary decision in November 2013, though this latest action-oriented version requires that food makers completely phase out PHOs by 2018.
This is a tough decision to swallow for the food industry, which has been using PHOs/trans fats since the 1950s to improve foods’ texture, stability and shelf life inexpensively. The change will be costly and [...]
Sugar … baaaaaaad – a simple premise that we can all get behind (until confronted with that giant chocolate chip cookie someone evilly left on the break room table at lunch, that is). But when you start thinking about it, it’s not so simple.
Doesn’t fruit have sugar? Are we not supposed to eat fruit – ever? Gulp.
Or, how about agave nectar? That was all the rage for a while then the hype sort of died down… What’s up with that?
What are the alternatives? Or are we destined for a life of food without that sunny bit of flavor? Unsweetened sweets? That’s a sad thought.
OK, a little dramatic. But we do love our sweets and need to have some viable alternatives. [...]