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Gut bacteria drive yo-yo dieting

The American reality show "The Biggest Loser" features obese contestants that are competing for the strongest weight loss within the duration of one season of the TV series, which is rewarded with a cash prize. A wide audience has followed the show, and its concept... click to read more

  • Eran Elinav | Professor at Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Views 385
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 3, 2018
Environmental sustainability of nationally recommended diets

It has long been understood that what we eat impacts not only our health, but our environment too. Despite this food-sustainability awareness, very few national dietary recommendations (NRD) make any consideration of sustainability. For example, the USDA's Dietary Guidelines for Americans has a lot of... click to read more

  • Paul Behrens | Assistant Professor at LUC The Hague & Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, Netherlands
Views 602
Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 14, 2018
A new paradigm for metabolic health: reduced intake of dietary branched-chain amino acids

Obesity is an increasing problem worldwide. While even a modest reduction in weight can improve the health of overweight and obese people, and reduce the risk of developing associated diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, most people have trouble losing weight by cutting... click to read more

  • Dudley W. Lamming | Assistant Professor at Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Healt, Madison, USA
Views 1909
Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 22, 2018
Howler monkeys: living a life in colour helps finding better food

In terms of their ability to see colours, primates are unique compared to other mammals. Many primates have trichromatic colour vision and can see differences among red, orange, yellow, and green hues. What is particularly fascinating, however, is how much variation there is among primates... click to read more

  • Amanda D. Melin | Professor at Department of Anthropology and Archaeology & Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute University of Calgary, AB, Canada
Views 878
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 3, 2017
Lower calorie intake allows monkeys to live long and prosper

The recent report in Nature Communications settles a persistent controversy in biology of aging research; namely, whether or not caloric restriction (CR), reduced calorie intake without malnutrition, confers health and longevity benefits in nonhuman primates. The University of Wisconsin-Madison and the National Institute on Aging... click to read more

  • Rozalyn Anderson | Associate Professor at Department of Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin Madison, & Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison WI
Views 813
Reading time 3 min
published on Mar 24, 2017