caption Iceman’s stomach was full of fat. source South Tyrol Archaeology Museum Eurac M. Samadelli Scientists are probing the stomach of Otzi, a 5,300 year old mummy who was found in the Alps between Austria and Italy in 1991. They’re finding new clues about what his diet consisted of: a well-balanced mix of meat, leaves and wheat. Roughly half of Otzi’s stomach contents were fats, a “remarkable” proportion, according to researchers. They think he probably planned it that way to better survive the harsh alpine conditions. Some 5,300 years ago, Otzi (aka “frozen Fritz”) was murdered in the Alps with a simple one-two punch move: an arrow to the chest, and a blow to the head. But first, the roughly 45 year-old iceman fueled up, enjoying one last hearty meal. Fortunately for science, his dead body was neatly preserved in a rock hollow and naturally mummified as the glaciers moved in and slid right over him, … [Read more...] about After 5,300 years, the last meal of an ancient Iceman has been revealed — and it was a high-fat, meaty feast
caption The Thai boys made it out alive, rto. source Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images The Thai soccer team that got stuck in a cave for more than two weeks has made it out alive. Since the boys and their coach didn’t eat anything for more than 14 days, doctors are reintroducing them to food slowly and keeping their diets bland. Reintroducing starving people to food too quickly can be deadly. After spending more than two weeks in a dark, wet cave, the Thai soccer team is out. The boys reportedly want to eat spicy chicken and barbecued pork after their ordeal. But for now they’re being fed a lot of white, bland foods, like soft rice porridge. That’s because people who haven’t eaten for days can suffer a deadly condition called re-feeding syndrome if they eat too much too quickly. The soccer team went nine days without food, until rescue divers found them and brought energy gels. According to CNN, they were given one meal of sticky … [Read more...] about The rescued Thai boys want spicy chicken and barbecued pork, but foods are being reintroduced carefully — here’s how that works
source Melia Robinson/Business Insider For years, Silicon Valley has tried to engineer methods for living better, longer and easier, with mixed results. Some have even opted out of real food altogether, instead relying on products like Soylent – a bland but nutrient rich liquid. But for those looking to not just simplify their eating, but also lose weight and curb their appetite, the ketogenic diet (“keto” for those in the know) has become something of a cult-favorite eating plan, even attracting the likes of the Kardashian sisters and LeBron James. People credit the fat-fueled diet craze with helping them lose weight and stay full, because it turns on the same metabolism mode (called “ketosis”) triggered by starvation. It moves the body into a fat-store-burning state, instead of relying on carbohydrates for energy. But as I recently discovered, the keto diet is not easy to follow. It’s true that by sticking to a … [Read more...] about I tried Silicon Valley’s favorite diet using a meal-replacing keto shake — here’s the verdict
The ketogenic diet is skyrocketing in terms of popularity, slipping past quite a number of other notable approaches to dieting. This diet itself has been utilized by a spectrum of practitioners ranging from people who simply want to lose some weight and retain muscles, to people who suffer from diabetes. It also treats people suffering from epilepsy, pain, and many more. So, what is the ketogenic diet? Normally, the body runs on carbohydrates that it converts into glucose for energy. For the ketogenic diet, carbohydrate consumption is kept low to force the body to utilize fatty acids to convert into ketone bodies as an energy source. This process is known as ketosis, which is the main objective in a ketogenic diet. Ketosis is a natural body function that happens when a person is starving, where the body is forced to use reserve energy and "switches" the energy source from sugar to fat. This means eating a lot of fat, up to 70 to 80 percent, followed by 20 to 25 … [Read more...] about Ketogenic diet: More benefit or harm?
caption Many people say they experience an energy boost while doing intermittent fasting. source Jacob Lund/Shutterstock It’s odd to think that depriving yourself of a necessity for life might be one of the most powerful ways to transform your health. Yet there’s more and more evidence for the idea that fasting could have powerful health benefits for both the body and brain. There are many different forms of fasting, ranging from going extended periods without food to consistently eating less (perhaps cutting caloric intake by 20%) to intermittent or periodic fasting. But of all these different kinds of fasting, intermittent fasting is very likely the most popular and certainly the trendiest one. Celebrity adherents include Hugh Jackman, Tim Ferriss, and Beyonce. In Silicon Valley, whole groups of self-optimization-obsessed biohackers meet to collectively break their fast once a week, and executives at companies like Facebook say fasting has … [Read more...] about The amazing ways intermittent fasting affects your body and brain