If you’ve decided to lose weight safely by following a healthy diet, congratulations on taking an important step that can change your life forever. However, everyone knows that sticking to a diet can be difficult, and it’s easy to derail your weight loss plans before you even get a chance to see results.… Read more
Sadly, our bodies are designed to put on weight and keep it. Our biological systems use the calories we eat as efficiently as possible and then store whatever is left over as glycogen or fat. While this was great when food resources were scarce, Western societies are blessed (or cursed) with a tremendous number of calorie-dense food options.… Read more
No matter what kind of diet plan you’re on, it’s not keeping up with science. In some ways, this can be excused. After all, scientists have only started to understand the critical role that bacteria in the gut play in digestion, nutrition, and obesity — it was less than 10 years ago that the landmark study showing that obesity is linked to bacteria in the gut was published in Nature.… Read more
Splenda (sucralose), Sweet and Low (saccharin) and Equal (aspartame) are in the news today. A report in the most prestigous science journal, Nature, reports on an outstanding study on the above non-calorie sweeteners. Of course, we all have been using these non-calorie sweeteners (NCS) because they have no calories and we assumed they had no side effects, or so the manufacturers and the FDA said.… Read more
Fiber has become a buzzword in the fight against obesity in recent years. A surprising 95 percent of Americans correlate fiber with digestive health. This is because fiber-rich foods are generally high in nutrients and help to regulate your digestive track.
Prebiotic fiber shares many of these benefits and more. The addition of a prebiotic fiber supplement to your diet can spark impressive gains in digestive health, bone health and weight management, according to recent research from Beneo.… Read more
The most dangerous word in food production right now might be “artificial.” No one wants to ingest something without knowing where it comes from. If you’ve ever wondered what is in prebiotics such as inulin and oligofructose, this video is a great place to start.
Turns out they’re all-natural and made from vegetables.… Read more
Fermentable fiber foods and supplements play an essential role in maintaining not only the health of the lower gut but also overall wellness. Here is what you need to know about fermentable fiber, what foods contain fermentable fibers and how you can tell if you need to increase your intake of healthy dietary fibers.… Read more
Try to imagine 100 million of anything. It boggles the mind. Now consider this: There are more than 100 trillion microorganisms living in your body, most of them in your gut, your mouth and your skin. Taken altogether, these microorganisms make up the microbiome. Scientists are eager to find out what these microorganisms do and how to harness their power to improve our health, something that is a challenge simply because of the sheer volume of microorganisms.… Read more
If you don’t already know the benefits of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), you will soon. The beneficial effects of SCFAs may range from helping to fight depression and cancer to giving the colon a major boost. They were a major topic of conversation at the 10th annual Vahouny Fiber Symposium, held in March in Bethesda, MD, that Dr.… Read more
Only 15 years ago, if any scientist suggested that the bacteria in your gut play a direct role in the health of your brain, that scientist would have been laughed out the door. However, the latest research from the University of Oxford suggests that gut microbiota play a direct role in brain chemistry balance.… Read more