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Study finds popular Chinese herb activates energy-burning brown fat

Study finds popular Chinese herb activates energy-burning brown fat

A newly published study details an investigation into ginseng, a traditional Chinese herb used for medicinal purposes, and its alleged ability to help reduce obesity. The findings are positive, suggesting that ginseng may help manage body weight by activating brown adipose tissue, more commonly called 'brown fat,' and trigger the formation of a similar energy-burning tissue called 'beige fat.'

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High-protein diets may be dangerous for people trying to lose weight

High-protein diets may be dangerous for people trying to lose weight

High-protein diets are trendy right now, but they may not be healthy. According to a new expert editorial, substituting the majority of carbohydrates with protein is hard on the kidneys, something that's particularly risky among the morbidly obese and individuals who have diabetes. At the core of the matter are people who are unaware they're at higher risk when they start the diet.

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Replacing some salt with MSG can help protect blood pressure levels

Replacing some salt with MSG can help protect blood pressure levels

Monosodium glutamate, more commonly called MSG, is the often maligned food additive used to enhance flavor and make dishes more savory without making them too salty. This same ingredient may be key to reducing dangerous sodium consumption in nations that are eating too much salt, according to researchers, who say that replacing some salt with MSG may help reduce blood pressure and protect heart health.

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Cannibal wood ant colony survives years sealed in nuke bunker, plus a happy ending

Cannibal wood ant colony survives years sealed in nuke bunker, plus a happy ending

A new study expanded on a seemingly impossible scenario in which wood ants survived while trapped for years in an abandoned nuclear weapons bunker in Poland. The wooded area around the former Soviet nuclear base at Templewo, Poland contained (and still contains) large colonies of the wood ant (Formica polyctena Först). In the year 2012, volunteer researchers entered the bunker (one of two, actually), to ascertain information about bats that'd found their way in to hibernate. In 2012 they found bats, but they also found a massive amount of ants - and so they started gathering data on the ants as well as the bats.

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Study identifies the sneaky ‘hyper-palatable’ foods that fuel cravings

Study identifies the sneaky ‘hyper-palatable’ foods that fuel cravings

It's no secret that many food companies have deliberately engineered their processed food products to be 'hyper-palatable,' meaning they light up the reward centers in the brain, fueling overconsumption and cravings. Many foods fall into this category, but it has remained unclear exactly how many, as well as the precise definition of a hyper-palatable product. Here with the solution -- as well as some surprising discoveries -- is a new study from the University of Kansas.

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CDC says unusually severe salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef

CDC says unusually severe salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a salmonella outbreak in six states involving a strain that is 'more severe than expected.' Ten people infected with this particular strain have been reported, according to the agency, eight of whom where hospitalized. In addition, the CDC says that one person in California has died as a result of infection from this outbreak.

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Free Amazon Fresh grocery delivery is the latest Prime perk

Free Amazon Fresh grocery delivery is the latest Prime perk

Amazon is making some big moves today with Amazon Fresh, its grocery delivery service. The company announced that it's rolling Amazon Fresh into Prime, making it one of Prime's baseline benefits. Before today, Amazon Fresh cost $14.99 per month, so this is a pretty big perk if you happen to be subscribed to Prime.

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Eating diet high in fiber and yogurt may slash deadly cancer risk

Eating diet high in fiber and yogurt may slash deadly cancer risk

Eating a diet that contains high amounts of fiber and yogurt may help prevent lung cancer, according to a new study out of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The results build upon a growing body of research on the health benefits associated with eating both products, particularly the positive changes fiber and yogurt have on gut health.

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Study warns plant-based diets are risky without adequate variety

Study warns plant-based diets are risky without adequate variety

Plant-based diets are a big trend right now and for good reason. A growing body of research has found a number of health benefits associated with reducing or eliminating the consumption of animal products, including reduced inflammation and lower odds of developing certain serious health conditions. Plant-based diets aren't without risk, however, something recently detailed in a new study from Oregon Health & Science University.

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Pizza Hut Incogmeato pizza launches with plant-based sausage

Pizza Hut Incogmeato pizza launches with plant-based sausage

Pizza Hut is the latest fast-food franchise to test plant-based meat on a food product. In this case, Pizza Hut has unveiled its new 'Incogmeato' sausage pizza, a pie that features the company's 'Garden Specialty' toppings; it is served in a special round 'box,' as well, that can be composted when it's no longer needed. The pizza is offered as part of a test that is currently live in one of the company's Phoenix stores.

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Edible gelatin fibers may be the key to growing realistic meat

Edible gelatin fibers may be the key to growing realistic meat

Lab-grown meat holds a lot of promise for the future of food production, but there's one very big problem: texture. Because cultured meat is grown in a lab rather than sourced from animals, the muscle tissue that results is fairly different, resulting in an unrealistic texture that many people may find less than palatable. A newly detailed edible scaffolding may offer the solution.

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Intermittent fasting may ‘significantly’ boost exercise motivation

Intermittent fasting may ‘significantly’ boost exercise motivation

In addition to its other potential health benefits, intermittent fasting may cause hormone changes that boost one's motivation to exercise. The findings were detailed in a study recently published in the Journal of Endocrinology, where researchers explain that intermittent fasting -- as well as general meal restriction -- boosts the 'hunger hormone' ghrelin and its ability to boost exercise motivation.

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