Drugstores are full of things that won’t necessarily heal us—vitamin C, homeopathic drops, probiotics—but we shrug and buy them anyway because, hey, they can’t hurt. But now we have some concrete evidence that probiotics can hurt, if they’re not exactly the right ones for the health condition you’re trying to treat.
When it comes to raising a healthy vegan kid, the challenges often aren’t so much nutritional as they are social. Raise your kid vegan, and you’ll hear everyone’s opinions and advice about it, whether you ask for them or not. And even within your own family unit, you’ll need to consider how to talk to your kids about…
Coconut oil has a great reputation as a healthy, natural, even miraculous substance—even though, as far as we can tell, it never really did anything to earn that reputation. Now a professor is making headlines for calling it “poison” in a lecture in Germany. What do you really need to know about coconut oil?
If you ate nothing but steak for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, would you die? Get scurvy? Have terrible poops? To be honest, the science isn’t totally clear on this, but we asked some experts anyway. (Spoiler: they think it’s a bad idea.)
Some (not all!) grain-free dog foods are getting extra scrutiny from the FDA, after several dogs who ate those foods developed a rare canine heart disease. You don’t have to ditch your dog’s favorite food just because it’s grain-free, but it’s worth taking a look at why you chose it and whether it’s really the best…
The dairy industry has been fighting for years to get the word “milk” off of the likes of almond milk cartons. Meanwhile, makers of non-dairy milks say that being able to call their product what they like is a free speech issue. Now, it looks like the FDA is planning to side with the cow milkers.
We all need protein, but meat isn’t the only place to find it. People who swap out animal protein for plant-based alternatives often end up eating healthier diets, but there are a few things you need to know before assuming that plant protein is always healthier.
Living a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent cancer. (No cancer is completely preventable, though; genetics and bad luck are factors, too.) But which lifestyle factors really matter? The World Cancer Research Fund has a handy graphic to point them out.
Is cage-free better than organic? Are omega-3 eggs worth the extra money? Let’s break down the terms you’ll see on egg cartons.
Healthy skin contains plenty of springy, elastic collagen, so it’s tempting to think that any product with “collagen” in the name is going to be good for your skin. But even though you can buy collagen powder to add to drinks, there’s little to no evidence that your skin directly benefits.
We all need vitamins, but that doesn’t mean you need to take a vitamin. This week, science gave us another brick for the giant “vitamin pills are useless for most of us” sign that’s been under construction for a while. (It’s a metaphor, but I imagine it as something like the Hollywood sign, except nobody looks at it…
It seems everybody knows someone who knows someone who got scurvy in college. So there was this guy, they say, who ate nothing but ramen for a month. Or pizza, according to one report from a Lifehacker staffer. Or porridge, according to one long-running Scottish legend.
Look, we don’t approve of scooping the insides out of your bagel, but you should know the truth: Scooping out the chewy insides of your bagel can subtract more than a third of the bagel’s calories.
When kids turn a simple trip to the bathroom into a marathon session, the question shouldn’t just be “What are they doing in there?” but “What aren’t they doing?”
Small amounts of peanut protein can stave off peanut allergies, according to a landmark 2015 trial that found this approach reduced the risk of developing a peanut allergy by 80 percent in susceptible kids. You can now buy expensive peanut powders for your baby, but you know what works at least as well? A 99 cent…
What happens if your picky-eating child doesn’t grow out of it? What if you’re begging a 15-year-old to just taste a green vegetable? After all, by the time they’re adolescents, kids have spending money, autonomy, and access to plenty of junk food. So what is a parent supposed to do when the strategies they used when…
If there’s a study that shows pasta in a good light, it’s hard to ignore. Everybody loves pasta, right? I do. Chances are you do, too. Barilla, maker of pasta, definitely does.
LDL used to be the “bad cholesterol” and HDL the “good cholesterol.” That’s the tidy story I learned in my grad school lipids class 13 years ago, but the science has evolved since then. High HDL is no longer automatically good, for example. Let’s take a look at what your cholesterol numbers really mean.
Coffee is the latest substance to earn a warning that it contains a chemical “known to the state of California to cause cancer.” (The chemical, acrylamide, is formed when beans are roasted.) But this is a legal designation, not a purely scientific one.
Store bought muffins are huge, and full of sugar and calories. That makes them a dessert, a treat, an indulgence—at which point you might as well get something tasty like a donut instead. Bonus: the donut probably has less sugar anyway.