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Eating Less More Often Helps You Lose Weight

<p>Let's make something clear here: eating every 2-3 hours (about 6 smaller meals a day) will not make you gain weight. However, it will not <a href="https://www.eatthis.com/best-ways-to-speed-up-your-metabolism">speed up your metabolism</a>, either. The total amount of calories you eat in a day's time determines your body's metabolic response—not how infrequently or frequently you consumed them.</p>

Let’s make something clear here: eating every 2-3 hours (about 6 smaller meals a day) will not make you gain weight. However, it will not speed up your metabolism, either. The total amount of calories you eat in a day’s time determines your body’s metabolic response—not how infrequently or frequently you consumed them.

Fruit Has Too Much Sugar

<p>Rumsey has also confirmed that the fruit in sugar (fructose) is not credible for your <a href="https://www.eatthis.com/14-ways-lose-your-belly-14-days">stomach fat</a>. She emphasizes that fruit contains a multitude of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants whereas a candy bar, which also comprises sugar, solely provides calories and no essential nutrition. She also says that the fiber in fruit balances out the effects of its sugar in the body. Since fiber takes a longer amount of time to digest, it prevents a catastrophic spike in blood sugar and insulin from occurring. Have you ever heard of someone getting a sugar rush from a strawberry? Of course not, and now you know that fiber is the reason why. Rumsey continues to say, "That also means your body has more time to use this sugar as fuel for energy, instead of storing it as fat." Check out this list of <a href="https://www.eatthis.com/high-fiber-foods">high fiber foods</a> for inspiration and please, don't be afraid to eat fruit.</p>

Rumsey has also confirmed that the fruit in sugar (fructose) is not credible for your stomach fat. She emphasizes that fruit contains a multitude of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants whereas a candy bar, which also comprises sugar, solely provides calories and no essential nutrition. She also says that the fiber in fruit balances out the effects of its sugar in the body. Since fiber takes a longer amount of time to digest, it prevents a catastrophic spike in blood sugar and insulin from occurring. Have you ever heard of someone getting a sugar rush from a strawberry? Of course not, and now you know that fiber is the reason why. Rumsey continues to say, “That also means your body has more time to use this sugar as fuel for energy, instead of storing it as fat.” Check out this list of high fiber foods for inspiration and please, don’t be afraid to eat fruit.

Vegans Never Get Enough Protein

<p>According to the Vegetarian Resource Group, only about one calorie out of every 10 we take in needs to come from protein. In a protein-obsessed society, this may be hard to digest. Literally. Things that are coined <a href="https://www.eatthis.com/veganism-found-to-be-the-best-diet-for-weight-loss">vegan foods</a> like tofu, tempeh, whole grains, spinach, nuts, beans, and legumes are all chockful of protein. You just have to make sure you eat enough of them throughout the course of the day, which is what you should be doing anyway! Your body can only synthesize 30 grams of protein per sitting, so if you are chowing down on anything greater than that, consider it being stored as fat. The Harvard School of Public Health says it's the "protein package" that truly matters, as in the other nutrients that are packed in the food item. For example, a cup of cooked lentils delivers nearly the same amount of protein as 3 ounces of beef, but without any of the fat. Try slicing part of an avocado over your bowl of lentils for some <a href="https://www.eatthis.com/healthy-fats">healthy fats</a>!</p>

According to the Vegetarian Resource Group, only about one calorie out of every 10 we take in needs to come from protein. In a protein-obsessed society, this may be hard to digest. Literally. Things that are coined vegan foods like tofu, tempeh, whole grains, spinach, nuts, beans, and legumes are all chockful of protein. You just have to make sure you eat enough of them throughout the course of the day, which is what you should be doing anyway! Your body can only synthesize 30 grams of protein per sitting, so if you are chowing down on anything greater than that, consider it being stored as fat. The Harvard School of Public Health says it’s the “protein package” that truly matters, as in the other nutrients that are packed in the food item. For example, a cup of cooked lentils delivers nearly the same amount of protein as 3 ounces of beef, but without any of the fat. Try slicing part of an avocado over your bowl of lentils for some healthy fats!

Microwaves Cause Cancer

<p>Naturalists and hippies alike say that the intensity of heat produced by microwaves genetically morphs the food. Admittedly, I used to be one of those people. Others have also feared that the small amount of radiation that's emitted causes cancer. Fortunately, Eat This! has come to the bottom of this and concluded that microwaves are perfectly safe. Cancer Research UK has confirmed that microwaves do not make food radioactive; they merely heat the food by producing radiation, which is absorbed by the water molecules in the food itself. Ultimately, this makes the water molecules in the food vibrate and produce heat. The nutritional value of fruits and vegetables can be altered in the microwave, however, if they're cooked for too long and in too much water. Realistically speaking, any form of heat (i.e. cooking) often destroys some of the enzymes in produce, so just be mindful of that as you punch in the number of seconds! And to really feel better about your microwaving habits, find out the <a href="https://www.eatthis.com/foods-to-never-microwave">7 Foods You Should Never Nuke</a>.</p>

Naturalists and hippies alike say that the intensity of heat produced by microwaves genetically morphs the food. Admittedly, I used to be one of those people. Others have also feared that the small amount of radiation that’s emitted causes cancer. Fortunately, Eat This! has come to the bottom of this and concluded that microwaves are perfectly safe. Cancer Research UK has confirmed that microwaves do not make food radioactive; they merely heat the food by producing radiation, which is absorbed by the water molecules in the food itself. Ultimately, this makes the water molecules in the food vibrate and produce heat. The nutritional value of fruits and vegetables can be altered in the microwave, however, if they’re cooked for too long and in too much water. Realistically speaking, any form of heat (i.e. cooking) often destroys some of the enzymes in produce, so just be mindful of that as you punch in the number of seconds! And to really feel better about your microwaving habits, find out the 7 Foods You Should Never Nuke.

Coffee is Bad for You

<p>Harvard University has given us the lowdown on coffee—and not only does the beverage give you more energy for your workout, it also helps prevent against a variety of health issues. For example, a study that tracked the coffee consumption of 125,000 participants over the course of 18 years, indicated that women who drank more than six cups of coffee per day reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by almost 30 percent. If you can handle the <a href="https://www.eatthis.com/caffeine">caffeine</a> and have normal blood pressure, by all means, enjoy a mug or two.</p>

Harvard University has given us the lowdown on coffee—and not only does the beverage give you more energy for your workout, it also helps prevent against a variety of health issues. For example, a study that tracked the coffee consumption of 125,000 participants over the course of 18 years, indicated that women who drank more than six cups of coffee per day reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by almost 30 percent. If you can handle the caffeine and have normal blood pressure, by all means, enjoy a mug or two.

Vitamin C Cures Colds

<p>"Drink your orange juice!" Your mother may have said to you if you caught a cold growing up. For years, vitamin C has been the answer to treating colds. However, there is no scientific backing behind this theory. But that's not to say It doesn't aid in the body's absorption of iron; it can even help metabolize <a href="https://www.eatthis.com/protein-powders">protein</a>. But sorry, nothing about this nutrient zaps away that pesky cold.</p>

“Drink your orange juice!” Your mother may have said to you if you caught a cold growing up. For years, vitamin C has been the answer to treating colds. However, there is no scientific backing behind this theory. But that’s not to say It doesn’t aid in the body’s absorption of iron; it can even help metabolize protein. But sorry, nothing about this nutrient zaps away that pesky cold.

Low-Fat Diets Are Best for Weight Loss

<p>If you have ever read Michael Pollan's novel In Defense of Food, you will see that the low-fat diet is not the route you want to take. Supermarkets are laden in low-fat snacks and dairy products. But does that necessarily mean they are the best for you? Not at all. In fact, they are even worse for you. When you rid of a food's <a href="https://www.eatthis.com/healthy-fats">healthy fats</a>, you rid of a great deal of the food's natural nutrition stores. And what do you receive in return? A plethora of additives and fake sweeteners that provide no nutritional benefits to your body. Also, the lack of fat eliminates the satiety factor, which ultimately causes you to eat more it. By that point, you have already eaten double the calories, when you could have just eaten the full-fat version in the first place.</p>

If you have ever read Michael Pollan’s novel In Defense of Food, you will see that the low-fat diet is not the route you want to take. Supermarkets are laden in low-fat snacks and dairy products. But does that necessarily mean they are the best for you? Not at all. In fact, they are even worse for you. When you rid of a food’s healthy fats, you rid of a great deal of the food’s natural nutrition stores. And what do you receive in return? A plethora of additives and fake sweeteners that provide no nutritional benefits to your body. Also, the lack of fat eliminates the satiety factor, which ultimately causes you to eat more of it. By that point, you have already eaten double the calories, when you could have just eaten the full-fat version in the first place.

 

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UN FAO: Food prices jump in January.

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Food prices rose in January, and has become stronger for vegetable oils and sugar, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 164.8 points last month against 161.8 in December.

In spite of the rise, the index was still 2.2 per cent below its January 2018 level.



The FAO dairy price index jumped 7.2 per cent from December’s value, ending seven months of declines.

FAO said limited export supplies from Europe, caused by strong internal demand, was the main driving force behind the increase.

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FAO’s vegetable oil price index rose 4.3 per cent from the previous month, while its sugar index rose 1.3 per cent and its cereal index made marginal gains on December.

The meat price index was largely unchanged.

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FAO lifted its latest world cereal production forecast for 2018 to 2.611 billion tonnes, slightly higher than the December reading, reflecting upward revisions for maize, wheat and rice.

“Much of the projected growth is associated with expected increases in Europe, where beneficial weather has so far shored up yield prospects while also sowings are forecast to expand, largely driven by attractive prices,” FAO said.

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Cells that could prevent obesity, diabetes, hypertension found by American scientists.

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An American scientists has discovered a group of cells in the small intestine that slows down metabolism and increase fat accumulation.

The study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature  may lend a clue to prevent and treat obesity, diabetes and hypertension.



Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in the US found that mice lacking those cells called intraepithelial T lymphocytes or natural IELs could burn fat and sugar without gaining weight.

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When those cells are present, they suppress a hormone that speeds up metabolism and conserves more energy it gets from food.

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Such a mechanism used to be an evolutionary advantage when food was scarce in ancient time, but “with the food so abundant,this energy-saving mechanism can backfire and lead to unhealthy outcomes,” said the paper’s lead researcher Filip Swirski from Massachusetts General Hospital.

Swirski’s study can eventually contribute to cardiovascular disease and other metabolic ailments.

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