Here is a round up of latest health stories that have caught our eye as we enter 2018. As usual only members can see all of the content that we have linked to here.
Experts in nutrition, love, mental health and more, share their tips on how to tackle your 2018. 1. Eat better “The best way to lose fat is through improved nutrition, regardless of how much you exercise. Exercise certainly helps, but if you don’t eat well, your body composition will not improve much.” — Nutritionist and trainer Kyle Byron 3. Choose quality over quantity when it comes to indulgences “Too often, treats like chocolate get a bad rap. However, they frequently possess health benefits, particularly when they are higher quality products. 100 ways to have a happier, healthier and better 2018
Once associated almost exclusively with granola-crunching hippies, the vegan diet isn’t nearly as fringe as it was, say, 30 years ago (Beyonce’s dabbled in it, for crying out loud, while Brad Pitt and Ellen Degeneres have been vegan for years!). Still, it can continue to draw some blank stares or skeptical eyebrow-raises from those who aren’t entirely familiar with what it actually means. Some people think “vegan” is an abbreviated way to say “vegetarian.” Then there are others who are convinced that being vegan means eating salads three meals a day. Let’s start clearing some things up. A vegan diet focuses on plant-based foods and beverages and eliminates all animal products. What to consider before going vegan
Stirring the pot: Carol Banahan testing her organic vegetable stock. Photograph: Trevor McBride Carol’s Stock Market. Photograph: Trevor McBride Carol Banahan, a former equity trader, has no regrets about swapping the stock market for the stockpot. The Dubliner is used to a high-octane working environment. As the former head of equity trading for the investment management arm of Royal Bank of Canada, she was responsible for managing $50 million-$100 million in daily stock trades and used to starting her day at 4.30am. “It’s one of those crazy careers that you need to be extremely mentally fit and physically healthy to cope with,” she says. ‘Bone broth is nature’s Botox’: former trader joins a whole new stock market
The nutrition crusader credited with popularizing the phrase “junk food” looks exactly as one would expect: bespectacled, vaguely professorial – and very, very thin. Michael Jacobson, who retired in September as executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, hasn’t eaten a hot dog or drunk a soda since the 1970s. That was when, at the behest of consumer advocate and activist Ralph Nader, the recent MIT graduate began researching the food industry and publicizing his findings about the safety of food additives and the health costs of poor nutrition. Since then, Jacobson has helped lead the fight to ban trans fats from the food supply, push the government to standardize nutrition labels, and expose the dangers of everything from movie-theater popcorn to sulfites and artificial colorings. In the early ’90s, the food industry dubbed him “the great ayatollah” – because of his zealous opposition to soda, Quarter Pounders and sugary cereals. But the foods Jacobson included in his traveling “Junk Food Hall of Shame” in 1979 – full-sugar Froot Loops and Coca-Cola, Pop Rocks, fried potato chips – are now banned from schools, discouraged by the government’s Dietary Guidelines, and increasingly shunned by an ever more health-conscious public. How to fix the American diet, according to the man who coined the term ‘junk food’: analysis
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