How Foods Are Tested for Depression

How Foods Are Tested for Depression

What is the science behind the marketing of foods for antidepressant effects? If you go online, you can see claims about “coconut water being beneficial for depression,” and studies are even cited. You can see it yourself in black and white—“Young coconut water...
Facing Prediabetes, I Ditched Fast Food for Plant Foods

Facing Prediabetes, I Ditched Fast Food for Plant Foods

I used to live off highly processed snacks and fast food, often eating entire pizzas and boxes of fried chicken. You name any fast-food chain, and I can tell you exactly what my go-to order was. As much as I loved eating that stuff, I didn’t love how I felt afterward....
Grind Your Chia Seeds

Grind Your Chia Seeds

The secret to unlocking the benefits of chia seeds may be grinding them up.  When recently reviewing the literature on the health-promoting properties and therapeutic applications of chia seeds, I ran into a lot of studies discussing, for example, “strategies for...
Should You Avoid Nightshades? A Look at the Research

Should You Avoid Nightshades? A Look at the Research

While the name might seem ominous and call to mind the contents of a sorcerer’s cauldron, nightshades are among the most common fruits and vegetables, and you likely already have some in your kitchen. So, what are nightshades, and are they good for you? What Are...