Did you ever wish there was a place where you could go to get the latest scoop on study findings without a heavy layer of spin and media hype? Well, now there is! A group of young scientists from all branches of research recently started posting 5-second summaries of interesting studies (with links to the full study if you’re interested) on a new website, Useful Science. Some samples hot off the presses from their “Nutrition” section:
- “A breakfast of eggs enhances weight loss and leads to greater satiety than a breakfast of bagels.”
- “Eating at least two servings of seafood per week during pregnancy has beneficial effects on child development, including higher IQ in children.”
- “Eating a tailored diet based on your blood type (i.e. O+) provides no health benefits, despite a popular naturopathic belief.”
This promises to be a great place to stay on top of the latest research without wading through the jungle of misleading headlines. The site also features several other sections on different interesting topics: go take a look!
Once you’re done browsing through the latest in science, check out what else has been going on this week:
- If you enjoy maple syrup, you should know that the names are about to change: Grade B (that’s the good stuff) is getting a makeover because too many people thought it was lower in quality. Instead of looking for Grade B, now you’ll want to look for Grade A Dark.
- Stefani Ruper at Paleo for Women has a very healthy perspective on some necessary weight gain: a great read for any woman struggling to come to terms with a healthy weight that doesn’t necessarily fit the social standards of thin.
- Continuing the saga of factory farms abusing their antibiotic privileges, the FDA recently found that 18 of 30 antibiotics commonly used for farm animals could potentially expose humans to drug-resistant infections.
- Here’s a clever reminder from a high-school chemistry teacher that phobia of “chemicals” in food is pretty silly: everything in the world is made up of chemicals, even whole foods like bananas! The point is not that processed food is good for you; it’s that we should judge foods based on their documented health effects, not the number of syllables in their ingredient lists.
- Do you really need 8 glasses of water a day? Nope! Find out why not here at Nerd Fitness.
- This experiment has been making headlines this week: two twins decided to see what would happen when one went on a very low-carb diet and the other went on a very low-fat diet. Unsurprisingly, both were pretty miserable! The moral of the story: it’s not fat or carbohydrates from whole foods that cause weight gain; it’s processed foods that rely on both to create an addictive product we can’t stop eating!