Is Gluten Actually Bad for You?

These days, just casually strolling down a grocery aisle, one can find a multitude of gluten-free products. From gluten-free whole grain bread to gluten-free beer to gluten-free Betty Crocker chocolate brownie mix, the market for food items without gluten has exploded over the past decade. But is gluten all that bad for you? Should a normal person avoid gluten in their diet? What's the deal with the gluten? Read More >>

Animal Protein Added to Smoking/Salt/Sugar/Fat/Carbs Early Death List

Feeling smug about eating a high-protein diet? Too bad, you may still die young like the rest of the carb-bloated population, with researchers suggesting a diet loaded with animal protein can increase the likelihood of developing serious diseases to a similar level to that seen in smokers. Read More >>

Spam, Silkworms, Hydroponics: The Speculative Future of Food on Mars

Last year, NASA held a recipe contest for cooking on Mars. Ordinary civilians like us were invited to submit recipes based on a list of available ingredients—heavy on freeze-dried produce and various meat-flavored "textured vegetable proteins"—to be cooked and judged by crew members of HI-SEAS. Read More >>

giz explains
The Science Behind Why Fat Tastes So Good

It's the end of January, and that means New Year's resolutions swearing off chocolate and chips and all the other delicious fatty foods are just starting to bend. Who can blame you, really? Here's a rundown on the science of fat, and why it's so hard to resist. Read More >>

Drinking Up to Four Cups of Coffee Won't Dehydrate You At All

>The received wisdom is that coffee dehydrates you. Fact. Period. No arguments. But a new study shows that, actually, in moderation, coffee is no less hydrating than water. Read More >>

What Does 200 Calories Look Like?

The answer to the question of how much can you eat of different foods before you hit 200 calories varies, depending what you're consuming. Two hundred calories is a whole lot of apples, but less than half of a Big Mac. It's a plate full of broccoli, but more like a spoonful of peanut butter. But it's a lot easier to understand what that really means when you actually see the food in front of you in this video from ASAP Science. Read More >>

What 2,000 Calories of Food Actually Looks Like

Inspired by WiseGeek's what 200 calories of food looks like, BuzzFeed made a video that extrapolated those calories into 2,000. Which would roughly be the amount of calories you should be eating on a given day plus or minus a few hundred (though who the hell would eat 2,000 calories of the same food, right?) Read More >>

How Many Calories Does a Mouse Click Burn?

For those of us who spend the best part of our day hunched over a keyboard staring at a computer screen, any physical exertion — however small — has to go some way towards constituting exercise. So how many calories does a mouse click burn? Read More >>

What 200 Calories Actually Looks Like in Food

One of the best things to do if you're watching your weight is to just be careful of portion sizes. Eating a whole bag of Doritos? Not good for you. Eating a small handful? Less worse! Something even better to do is to eat more low calorie foods and less calorie dense items. Less bang for your buck can actually be good! Here's what 200 calories looks like in food. Read More >>

Why Eating When You're Depressed Makes You Eat More

In Austin Powers, Fat Bastard explains that he eats when he's depressed, and he's depressed because he eats. Turns out, these kinds of vicious circles of eating are due to a drug-like hit-and-comedown response in your brain, activated specifically by rich foods. Read More >>

Chocolate Keeps You Slim?

It sounds whack, but a new scientific study suggests that people who eat chocolate regularly tend to be thinner. Sadly, that doesn't quite mean that you can run out and stuff your face full of candy all day to keep your weight down—but it does mean you probably should be eating some chocolate regularly. Read More >>

The Stronger Food Smells, the Less You Eat

The smell of a favourite food can literally make your mouth water. But a new study suggests that the stronger a food smells, the less of it you'll eat—so it might be time for dieters to reach for the cured fish and curry. Read More >>

Is CO2 Making You Fat?

There's a never-ending stream of scientific explanations for obesity. The latest suggests that CO2 contributes to our weight gain and that as we pump more of it in to the atmosphere, the fatter we become. But can that really be the case? Read More >>

Stop Complicating a Simple Obesity Solution: Eat Less, Exercise More

Today an article in The Atlantic discusses "obesogens:" environmental contaminants that some researchers believe are making people fat. Obesogens? Read More >>

Men: Your Girlfriend Isn't as Fat as You Think She Is

It probably comes as no surprise to you that men underestimate their weight and women overestimate theirs. But it's both amusing and saddening to hear that men also tend to overestimate the weight of their partners. Read More >>

Eating Dessert for Breakfast Can Make You Skinny

Your mother, doctors and life lied to you. According to scientists (science, people!), combining a low-calorie diet that includes dessert for breakfast will help you lose weight. Sweets, cookies, creme brulee, cake. ALL OF IT will help you lose weight if you start your day off like that. I love breakfast now. Read More >>


Don't have a Gizmodo UK account?