1. Gluten-free diets are all the rage, but they can be dangerous if not done right.

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  2. Meet the real Paleo diet.

    The benefits of eating bugs

     

  3. Does this handful of horse pills resemble your daily cocktail of vitamin supplements?  

    Sorry to tell you, but they’re useless.

    How the vitamin-industrial complex swindled America

     

  4. Burger King’s new low-cal, low-fat fries took 10 years of research. Will they revolutionize the fast food industry?

     

  5. A new study of fossil evidence from Central Africa suggests that our early ancestors had a taste for grass 3.5 million years ago, and were equipped to consume it. Though they walked upright, these early hominins — Australopithecus bahrelghazali — were hairier and smaller than modern humans, looked more like apes, and possessed “big, impressive teeth” that could endure a diet that included grass. In the new study, published in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers identified grass’ molecular signature in the teeth of three specimens.

    Researchers say that this evolutionary move from fruits and leaves to tropical grasses represents a “major shift” in early human eating-habits. “No African great apes, including chimpanzees, eat this type of food despite the fact it grows in abundance in tropical and subtropical regions,” co-author Julia Lee-Thorp said in a press release. Grazing on grass (and the roots and bulbs at the base of plants) allowed early humans to emerge from our ancestral forests, colonize new terrain including treeless grasslands, and, in theory, adopt a broader diet — including, eventually, protein-rich animal meat.

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  6. "As weird and stringy as panda meat sounds, those cute black and white critters of prehistoric times were not quite the same as the gentle, giant bears we know today."

    According to one Chinese scientist, ancient remains of pandas suggest that prehistoric man used to brutally hunt them — and then eat them.

    Photo: Li Qiaoqiao/Xinhua Press/Corbis

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  7. Some elite athletes can burn through 15 to 20 calories in a single minute, and have to consume piles of junk food to ensure they have enough fuel in the tank

    In 2008, gold-medal-winning swimmer Michael Phelps made headlines when details of his 4,000-calorie breakfast were made public: Three fried-egg sandwiches, a five-egg omelet, a bowl of grits, three slices of French toast, and three pancakes with chocolate chips.

    The insane junk-food diets of high-endurance Olympians

     

  8. "If you’re looking for a reason to quit buying those less-than-tasty fat-free salad dressings," says Beth Fontenot at The Atlantic, “this could be it.”  

    Doctors may say that fat-free balsamic on your salad is better for you than something with more fat and flavor, but striking new evidence from Purdue University suggests that such thinking might be flawed. It turns out that fat-free dressings don’t maximize the nutritional firepower you get from eating veggies the way a regular dressing might. 

    Why fat-free salad dressings might actually be bad for you

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  9. Just in time for lunch: The healthiest meal ever. Food experts from England set out to determine what the healthiest, most nutrient-packed meal in the world would actually look like. 4,000 health claims later, they’ve boiled it all down to one simple meal.

    The meal starts with a salmon terrine, which is smoked fish served with olive oil and a dusting of fresh herbs, alongside a mixed leaf salad with an extra-virgin olive oil dressing. Up next is a chicken and lentil casserole, accompanied by mixed veggies and a high-fiber multigrain roll on the side. Dessert is a vanilla-pudding-like blancmange, which consists of yogurt topped with walnuts and sugar-free caramel sauce.

    Not bad. But what makes this meal so healthy?

     

  10. While wearing “diet glasses” that made snacks appear 50 percent larger than their actual size, research subjects consumed 10 percent less of the snack.

    Researchers developed camera-equipped goggles that beam images of what you see to a computer, which magnifies the apparent size of the food you see using augmented reality — all while ensuring that your hand looks normal. That makes the food in your hand look bigger than it actually is.

    It gets crazier: The goggles were able to fool an incredible 80 percent of subjects into thinking they were eating something sweet, when they were really biting into plain biscuits.

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  11. In ancient history, eating was for survival. Food was tough to come by and we consumed what we needed. Food was a necessity. In today’s America, it is an addiction … To combat this epidemic, we may have to start with the brain, not the stomach.
    — From Bill Frist’s newest column: How to wean America from its dangerous food addiction
     

  12. If you loathe choosing between a pepperoni pizza and a foot-long hot dog, Pizza Hut UK has your number. One-upping America’s cheese-stuffed crust, the British chain is cramming a juicy hot dog into the edges of a pie. The only thing more disgusting, says Mat Honan at Gizmodo, is that we Americans didn’t invent this monstrosity first. Fear not.

    Here are 8 other fast-food combos that may put us back on the fat map.

     

  13. Each American eats, on average, 18 pounds of bacon per year. Now, the obsession is reaching a new level. Bacon lovers can be buried in their favorite cured meat. While J&D’s Bacon Coffin ($2,999.99) isn’t actually made of bacon, it’s painted with bacon and pork shading and comes equipped with a “bacon air freshener for when you get that buried-underground, not-so-fresh feeling.”

    We thought this was the perfect opportunity to update our bacon slideshow. Here, 10 other bacon-inspired products:

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