How Many Poppy Seeds Are Too Many?
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Overdosing on Poppy Seeds

The opium poppy used to make heroin is the same opium poppy used to make muffins and bagels. Does this mean that poppy seed muffin we may have had for breakfast contained a powerful narcotic? The idea that poppy seeds could serve as the source of appreciable amounts of codeine/morphine was not...

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Why Plant-Based Might be the Healthiest Diet for Weight Control
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The Healthiest Diet for Weight Control

We know that vegetarians tend to be slimmer, but there’s a perception that veg diets may somehow be deficient in nutrients. So how’s this for a simple study, profiled in my video Nutrient-Dense Approach to Weight Management: an analysis of the diets of 13,000 people, comparing the nutrient...

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Why Athletes Should Eat More Nutritional Yeast
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Why Athletes Should Eat Nutritional Yeast

Does powering up at the gym also power up our immune system? Research has shown that moderate exercise improves immunity and decreases illness rates. According to an article in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, “the most important finding that has emerged from exercise immunology...

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New Features on NutritionFacts.org

The new and improved NutritionFacts.org is here! Based on everyone’s comments and the mad skills of our web developer genius Christi Richards, the site has been redesigned for clarity, ease of use, and overall awesomeness. We want to make it as effortless as possible to find, watch, and share the...

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What Happens to Our Bodies After We Exercise & How to Boost the Health Benefits
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How to Boost the Benefits of Exercise

We all know exercise is beneficial to our health. Then why is it that ultramarathon runners may generate so many free radicals during a race that they can damage the DNA of a significant percentage of their cells? Researchers have looked at the exercise-induced increase in free radical production...

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Chronic Headaches and Pork Parasite
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Chronic Headaches and Pork Parasites

Neurocysticercosis is the sciencey name for an infection of the human central nervous system by pork tapeworm larvae. The invasion of baby pork tapeworms in the brain “has become an increasingly important emerging infection in the United States,” and is the #1 cause of epilepsy in the...

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Why the Egg Cancer-link?
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Why the Egg-Cancer Link?

Two million men in the U.S. are living with prostate cancer — but that’s better than dying from prostate cancer. Catch it when it’s localized and the five-year survival is practically guaranteed, but once it really starts spreading, chances drop to one in three. “Thus, identification of...

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How Eggs Can Impact Body Odor
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How Eggs Can Impact Body Odor

I previously lampooned the egg industry PR campaign that tried to promote eggs as a source of eyesight-saving nutrients such as lutein, by noting that a single spoonful of spinach had as much as nine eggs (see Egg Industry Blind Spot). The reason we’ll only hear that egg industry claim on...

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How the Meat Industry Designed a Highly Misleading Study
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How to Design a Misleading Study

Imagine working for the now defunct Twinkie division of Hostess and wanting to take the tobacco industry tact of not just downplaying the risk of your product, but actually promoting it as healthy. How would we do that? Our first problem is that each Twinkie has 2.5 grams of saturated fat, which...

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How Grapefruit Affects Prescription Drugs
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How Grapefruit Affects Prescription Drugs

Does grapefruit in particular help people lose weight? If someone eats half of a grapefruit three times a day before each meal for a couple months, they may lose about two pounds — but that’s no more than if they ate three apples or pears a day. In one study, the grapefruit eaters not only...

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