We differ from animals in a lot of ways, but what is it about us that got us to where we are? Most might say it is the utilization of tools, but a lot of animals use tools. So what is it then?
It’s our brains. This may be unsurprising, but how did our brains grow to be much bigger than our closest relatives? According to Richard Wrangham, a primatologist, it was cooking our food!
Cooking our food granted us access to a greater amount of energy than raw food would. This freed up more time for other activities such as language development, social interaction/cooperation, and tool making.
Watch Richard Wrangham’s lecture on this topic below
Joe Hanson from It’s Okay To Be Smart explains how and why we as a species have changed our primary energy sources throughout the centuries. Will we be able to transition to cleaner sources in the near future and will be able to do so before it’s too late? The jury is still out.
Nutrition research is complicated. One study doesn’t overturn all previous studies. Most studies concerning nutrition have small sample sizes so their conclusions should be taken with a grain of salt.
That isn’t to say that making scientific statements about nutrition is impossible! It’s just that grandiose, click-baity headlines like “Honey is Better for You Than Other Sweeteners” (pot, meet kettle?) are probably misrepresenting or overstating the actual findings of the research and don’t consider how robust (large enough sample size, proper and meaningful statistics, etc.) the study is.
Aaron Carroll explains the pitfalls and difficulties of nutritional research in the above video!
Gluten has been a hot topic lately. But what is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein that is found in grain products such as wheat, barely and rye. Approximately one percent of Americans suffer from Celiac disease, a condition in which gluten triggers an allergic reaction in the small intestine, interfering with the absorption of food. This is a serious disease which can, if left untreated, lead to serious illness and even death. It’s a good thing it’s relatively easy to treat, especially now that gluten-free diets are the new fad.
Though, as the title suggests, most (non-Celiac) people don’t need to be on a gluten-free diet; even those who claim to have a “gluten sensitivity.” Those people are most likely responding negatively to FODMAPS, rather than gluten. Diets low in FODMAPS have been shown to help treat the symptoms of irritable bowl syndrome, which may be confused with symptoms of Celiac disease.
Today, November 15th is America Recycles Day! A great day to remind us of just how important recycling is to our environment. Look around you – the disposable coffee cup you’re drinking out of, the newspaper on your coffee table, even the ceilings and walls that make up the rooms in your house – it’s all made, at least in part, with recycled materials!
Sadly, only 34.3% of our nation’s waste gets recycled. This means more and more trash fill our landfills, pollute our waterways, and litter our streets. An easy way to help pitch in is to think about what can be recycled throughout your home.
For example, think about your workspace. You could recycle almost all of the paper you use or sort through such as letters, notes, and catalogs. Did you know every ton of paper that gets recycled: