food science

A specific circuit in the brain that alters food impulsivity has been identified by researchers[1], creating the possibility scientists can someday develop therapeutics to address overeating. Impulsivity, or responding without thinking about the consequences of an action, has been linked to excessive food intake, binge eating, weight gain and obesity, along with several psychiatric disorders… Read more

Urges to binge can come in the form of strong desires to eat large amounts of food in a short period of time. They are characterized by a sense of loss of control, excessive food consumption, and often followed by disappointment and shame. One doesn’t have to have a binge eating disorder or any eating… Read more

For a long time people have been told that caffeine is a diuretic. For some, this translates into advice to avoid or remove caffeinated beverages from the diet of people at risk of dehydration, or during periods of extreme summer heat. While possibly well meaning, this advice is wrong. By definition, a diuretic is a… Read more

This week a small study found that the food spread Marmite had an effect on electrical activity in the brain, but there is no evidence this would prevent dementia, as was reported by some media outlets. The study involved 28 people in their early 20s. Researchers looked to see whether eating Marmite affected the brain’s… Read more

“Bloating”, the feeling of a full and swollen belly, is one of the most common complaints we hear about in medical practice from patients, with 10 to 30% of people experiencing it. The term is used by patients to describe a wide variety of abdominal sensations, usually associated with abdominal discomfort (feel like one’s going… Read more