Your doctor could prescribe a diet to get you healthy, ensure that’s the food that arrives on your doorstep, and monitor the results. Can prescription foods change your life? We all know that diet plays a huge role in overall health. Will doctors soon be providing grocery prescriptions to be delivered to our doors and prepared by smart appliances?
Food awareness… especially in Hawaii. The truth is hard to swallow. Netflix’s Rotten Is Mandatory Viewing for People Who Buy Food in the U.S. “Our food supply system is broken, corrupt, dirty, inhumane, and riddled with fraud.” – Amy Glynn, Paste Magazine.
Humans may be one step closer to finding the Fountain of Youth — sort of. Researchers will begin testing Metformin, a medication used to treat diabetes, as an anti-aging drug in a clinical trial next year.
When it’s used for treatment for type 2 diabetes, the drug reduces the amount of glucose produced in the liver, but researchers believe that it may also have the ability to slow down the aging process in individual cells by increasing oxygen released into each cell.
Obesity is a growing problem across the developed world. In the United States, it affects more than 36% of adults and, in the United Kingdom, it has been referred to as the “biggest threat to women’s health”. Obesity’s epidemic prevalence as well as its serious health consequences have led to a plethora of dietary interventions with varied efficacy.
In a new study published in the Journal PLOS ONE, a meta-analysis of seventeen randomized clinical trials provides insight into the relative benefits of low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets in terms of weight lost, cholesterol and the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) events. The seventeen clinical trials used for meta-analysis included a total of 1,797 patients over the age of eighteen who all lacked co-morbidities other than dyslipidemia. Each trial randomly assigned patients to treatment groups and included at least eight weeks of follow-up.
For the purposes of the meta-analysis, low-carbohydrate diets had a daily intake of no more than 120 grams of carbohydrates whereas less than 30% of daily caloric intake in the low-fat diets was derived from fat.
In their conclusions the authors of the study suggest that dietary recommendations, currently favouring low-calorie, low-fat, interventions in cases of obesity, should be revisited to consider more thoroughly the benefits of low-carbohydrate diets.
The way we fish for popular seafood such as salmon, tuna and shrimp is threatening to ruin our oceans. Paul Greenberg explores the sheer size and irrationality of the seafood economy, and suggests a few specific ways we can change it, to benefit both the natural world and the people who depend on fishing for their livelihoods. -by Paul Greenberg