When I prepare blog material, I often come across different curious or even outrageous statements about vegetarianism. One of them, very persistent, is that the World Health Organization (WHO) allegedly recognized vegetarianism as a mental disorder … And when I even wrote about it in the comments, I could not resist and decided to conduct a small investigation: where did this “news” come from and how does it compare with reality. So what I found out.
The news sounds something like this: “The World Health Organization (WHO) has expanded the list of mental illnesses requiring immediate intervention by a psychiatrist. Vegetarianism and a raw-eating diet were added to it (sic! I quote, keeping spelling. – Yu.K.), which, according to the classification of mental Continue reading
The myth of the dangers of breakfast
Many of us neglect breakfast, and the reasons seem obvious: in the morning we are in a hurry, we cannot get up early, we want to sleep, not eat. What breakfast is there! It seems that not a single bit will crawl into the throat, which means that it is not necessary or even harmful. But the arguments in favor of the decision to still have breakfast are impressively serious. I counted at least eight good reasons, finally making sure that the benefits of breakfast for the human body are undeniable. Let’s figure it out together.
Why do I need a morning breakfast?
1. When we woke up, we need to “turn on”, “start” metabolism, and for this we need breakfast. If you have no appetite, drink a glass of warm water with lemon juice in the morning: most likely, the taste of Continue reading
This spring, I lived in California, and I had the opportunity to attend a very interesting two-month nutrition course at Stanford University. The program was called Food Facts and Fads (“Food: Facts and Myths”) and, as the name implies, was supposed to teach students to understand a huge stream of scientific and pseudo-scientific information about nutrition.
I want to tell you about some of the topics that we discussed.
This article deals with the problem of oxidation, which our teacher, Dr. Clyde Wilson, raised literally in every lesson. What is oxidation? From a chemical point of view, this is a process during which a donor Continue reading