Diet

How to move away from a junk food diet for plants and ourselves

Elevated carbon in the atmosphere is the nightmare that keeps on giving as we head into a summer of fire and fury. This column and its predecessor outlined the changes we can make to try to stop carbon emissions. Choose renewable energy for your home. Change your diet. Consume less stuff. And maybe face the fact that a keep cup in your brand new diesel SUV is a misread of the situation.

Hopefully we will transition out of fossil fuel dependence. But we will be living with elevated carbon for the foreseeable future. One of the lesser known consequences is

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A fermented-food diet increases microbiome diversity and lowers inflammation, Stanford study finds | News Center

Microbe diversity stable in fiber-rich diet

By contrast, none of these 19 inflammatory proteins decreased in participants assigned to a high-fiber diet rich in legumes, seeds, whole grains, nuts, vegetables and fruits. On average, the diversity of their gut microbes also remained stable. “We expected high fiber to have a more universally beneficial effect and increase microbiota diversity,” said Erica Sonnenburg, PhD, a senior research scientist in basic life sciences, microbiology and immunology. “The data suggest that increased fiber intake alone over a short time period is insufficient to increase microbiota diversity.”

The study published online July 12 in

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Nine out of 10 people getting SNAP benefits struggle to access a healthy diet, new study shows

Almost 90 percent of people receiving SNAP — the federal food assistance program formerly known as food stamps — are struggling to access healthy food, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study released Wednesday.

The nearly 42 million Americans receiving SNAP benefits are one of the most food insecure populations in the country, and more than half responding to a survey said they simply can’t afford the kind of nutritious food that makes up a healthy diet, the study revealed. For others surveyed, the top barriers to access included a lack of transportation to a grocery store

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Junk food diet can lead to dangerous driving

A JUNK food diet may increase the risk of dangerous driving among truck/lorry drivers by boosting fatigue, which is often a key factor in vehicle collisions, suggests research published online in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

Some 1.35 million people die in road traffic collisions every year, with professional drivers at greater risk because of the time they spend behind the wheel.

There are several known contributory factors, among which gender, age, experience, driving skills and attitudes seem to be important, note the researchers.

But lifestyle may also be a factor, particularly as long distance driving often involves sleep

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Craving Junk Food On A Weight Loss Diet? Try These Healthier Versions Of Fast Food You Miss

Without a doubt, we all can agree that controlling calories and losing weight is one of the most challenging things to follow. We have to change our lifestyle, stick to rules of dieting and exercise daily. All these things, in the beginning, can be overwhelming for you, but once you get the hang of it, this challenge starts to ease out. While dieting, we give up many of our favourite goods, the greasy pizza, the tempting looking burger, and the delicious, sweet goodness of a cake. But what if we told you that you can still have these things and

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