Study: Eating Beef Jerky Might Be Linked to Manic Episodes in Some People

There is no singular cause of mental illness. Any number of things – our genes, environment, and even social mores – play a role in determining whether someone’s mental health will deteriorate to the point of being diagnosable as a disease. But researchers from Johns Hopkins have stumbled onto a possible trigger for manic episodes they didn’t expect to find: beef jerky. Read More >>

The Experiment That Made Chinese Takeaway Healthier

As anyone who’s made a habit of ordering late-night delivery well knows, these meals typically aren’t too healthy. And when it comes to heaping amounts of salt in these foods, there’s perhaps no greater culprit than Chinese takeaway. But a new study published last week in Public Health Reports details a strategy that helped Chinese restaurant owners and chefs in the US city of Philadelphia cut back on sodium without sacrificing taste. Read More >>

The World Health Organization Just Declared War on Trans Fats

The World Health Organization has announced a comprehensive plan to eliminate industrially produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply by 2023. It’s a good idea — but the five-year plan may be overly ambitious. Read More >>

Scientists Reckon Your Personality May Be To Blame For Your Crappy Diet

Okay, so almost two in three adults are overweight or obese. We should work out why, right? Sure. Read More >>

High Carb or High Fat? Experts Weigh in on the Diet Debate

People with high carb diets are more likely to have poorer health than people with high fat diets, according to an international study of over 135,000 people from 18 countries. Read More >>

Ancient Humans Didn’t Eat Each Other For the Calories

Humans have been eating other humans since the beginning of time, but the motivations behind this macabre practice are complex and often unclear. Some anthropologists say prehistoric cannibals were just trying to grab a nutritious snack, but new research shows that human flesh—as tasty as it is—doesn’t pack the same caloric punch as wild animals. In other words, cannibalism wasn’t worth the trouble given alternatives. Read More >>

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Eight Futuristic Foods You’ll Be Eating in 30 Years

We ate some weird shit in 2016. A person born in the year 1000 AD definitely wouldn’t comprehend a Dorito. He certainly wouldn’t understand why Frosties are 'grrrreat', and if you showed him a Twinkie, he’d probably burn you at the stake. But the way things are headed, our food is bound to get a lot weirder. Read More >>

Ancient Stone Tools Hint at the Real Paleo Diet

Archaeologists have discovered a treasure trove of ancient stone tools at a dig near Azraq, Jordan, some of which still contain traces of animal residue. A number of food items on this bona fide palaeolithic menu will be familiar to the modern eater, while others, well, not so much. Read More >>

We Can Finally Stop Demonising Butter

An analysis by Tufts University researchers has failed to find a link between butter consumption and cardiovascular disease. And hallelujah to that. The ongoing hysteria against butter can now finally come to an end. Read More >>

Ireland Tipped to Top Europe’s Obesity Scales by 2030

A World Health Organization report on the dwindling health and expanding waistlines of the EU population has singled out Ireland as one of the worst offenders, suggesting that a staggering 89 per cent of all Irish men may be overweight or obese by the year 2030 if they don't stop with the crisps and biscuits. Read More >>

A Powder Made From Bacteria Waste Could Curb Overeating 

The bacteria living in our guts play in an active role is feeding us, whether it's breaking down nutrients our own stomachs can't handle, or synthesising vitamins. Here's one more intriguing piece of the puzzle: a molecule excreted by the bacteria digesting fibre makes us feel more full. Read More >>

Supermarkets Selling “Healthy” Juice Drinks With More Sugar Than Coke

The bizarre trend of forcing as much sugar as possible into our children is being led by the supermarkets, with Tesco offering one brand of banana and apple smoothie that contains a disastrous 16.1g of sugar per 100ml. Read More >>

Would You Budget 10p a Day for a Life-Extending Wonderdrug?

Forget about aspirin, the future may all be about metformin -- a widely used diabetes treatment that's said to work wonders. It's cheap and could help people live an average of three years longer if administered to the healthy. That's three more years to spend alone and sad on the internet worrying about money! Read More >>

Five-a-Day Veg Ruling Upheld by International Study

Scientists are now saying completely the opposite to the thing they said a few months ago, with a new study suggesting that eating more than the recommended five bits of non-processed organic matter a day might have no extra effect on our wellbeing. Read More >>

Your “Gluten Intolerance” May Actually be From Something Else in Wheat

Oh gluten, the least trendy protein of our time. As gluten-free has transcended science and exploded into diet fad, scientists increasingly suspect that gluten intolerance—apart from actual celiac disease—doesn't exist at all. The true culprit could be a group of carbohydrates, including one in wheat called fructan. Read More >>