Nutritional Supplements Don’t Improve Heart Health, Study Finds

People who use vitamin and mineral supplements to keep their heart in tiptop shape probably aren’t getting much out of it, suggests a new review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The study found that most popular supplements, such as vitamin C and calcium, seemed to provide no benefits in preventing cardiovascular disease or early death. Some even appeared to slightly raise the risk of death. Read More >>

The Sad Truth Behind Taking Vitamin C and Zinc for Colds

Cold season has descended upon us. You’ve got to shake these chills. You’ll do anything if there’s hope of some release from the discomfort of your booger-filled face. Read More >>

Antioxidants Will Not Stop You From Dying

When you hear something is chock-full of antioxidants, the mental conclusion is often: That’s it—that’s the elixir of life, I have to eat a lot of that. But why do we all assume that loading up on anti-oxidants will somehow be the key to infinite youth? Read More >>

That New Pro-Vegan Documentary on Netflix Made Me Want to Die

If there’s one thing you should always remember about science, it’s that fact and truth are established after multiple studies converge on an answer. Even after that, further research might turn over what you thought was true of the other studies, because you were looking at it through too narrow of a lens. Single papers offer evidence, but rarely do they offer firm truths. Read More >>

This Is the Last Word on Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has had quite the week! The supposed health food has turned into a pariah thanks to the American Heart Association reviewing existing evidence and deciding it advises against the oil’s use. Read More >>

Can We Make Kids Eat Healthier By Making Healthy Food Sweeter?

The battle for children’s taste buds is old news now, but I’ll recap it for you. Kids like sugar. Companies know this. They put sugar in everything, even supposedly cereal. They put games and cartoons on the boxes. Now we’re left with lots of obese kids, some of whom have never eaten a dang blueberry. Read More >>

If You’re Going to Go Gluten Free Don’t Be Dumb About It

Gluten is incredible for its ability to piss off a diverse spectrum of people: folks who are giving it up for a diet, folks who say it’s stupid to give up gluten, and folks with coeliac disease who probably just wish they could avoid their symptoms and their gluten in peace. Read More >>

Quinoa Shouldn’t Be a Rich People Food

Superfoods are bullshit. It feels like every time someone realises an under-eaten or foreign food is high in nutrients and gluten-free, be it kale, quinoa or açai berries, marketers slap the “superfood” label on it and suddenly, it’s on grocery store shelves with jacked-up prices, catering to wealthy folks who fall for these kinds of tactics. Read More >>

Oh Great, Another Study Says Cured Meat is Bad

Another study came out today reminding us that something you probably assumed wasn’t that healthy probably isn’t that healthy: cured meat. In a word, the study concluded that cured meat and worsening asthma symptoms go hand-in-hand. But like many nutrition studies, this one’s conclusions come with some major caveats, and are already generating controversy. Read More >>

New Food Labels Would Tell You How Long It Takes to Burn Off Calories

Food labels are notoriously confusing—but what if they simply told you how long it might take to burn off the calories you’re about to consume? Read More >>

A Health-Tracking App Analysed My Blood and Told Me I’m 31 Going on 54

It sounds like a pretty damn good deal: Pay a hundred quid for a blood test and get five simple personalised nutrition tips that promise to shave years off your life. Sold! I tried it. I found, as with any data-based health app, its claims need to be taken with a hulking heap of salt. Read More >>

Are Insects the Future of Food?

Emily Anthes braves locusts, beetles, mealworms and more as she asks whether eating insects is the answer to feeding ever more humans and livestock. Read More >>

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What are Artificial Sweeteners Really Doing to Our Bodies?

They're what stimulate your sweet tooth without adding girth to your waistline; they give diet colas and sugar-free snacks a saccharine kick without the consequences. At least that's the idea. But these sweeteners have been the subject of hoaxes and misinformation for years, slowly discrediting their wondrous health claims. Read More >>