The Week: Your Ancestors' Poor Diet May Have 'scarred' Your Gut Microbes
"That lack of fiber may not just be hurting our health, but that of our children and great-grandchildren, by way of their gut bacteria. Researchers found that mice's depleted bacterial diversity as a result of low-fiber diets gets passed on to offspring, and that loss of diversity cannot be easily reversed in future generations…" Read full story.
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TIME: The Two Ways Sugar Hijacks Your Brain
"Ask anyone who’s ever resolved to break up with sweets and then crumbled at the sight of a cookie: it’s tough to quit eating sugar. Now, a new animal study suggests that the reason why goes beyond the brain’s simple craving for sweetness. Sugar activates reward areas of the brain that are associated with both sweetness and the need for calories…" Read full story.
The Atlantic: Rethinking the Calorie
"The numbers logged in Nash’s Fitbit, or printed on the food labels that Haelle reads religiously, are at best good guesses. Worse yet, as scientists are increasingly finding, some of those calorie counts are flat-out wrong—off by more than enough, for instance, to wipe out the calories Haelle burns by running an extra mile on a treadmill. A calorie isn’t just a calorie…" Read full story.