Turns out, bothering a singing gorilla is associated with poor health outcomes. Also, do you believe there are 6 rules of nutrition that everyone can agree upon? The LA Times does. Plus, "all natural" probably doesn't mean what you think it does...and more top food news of the week.
1) Did you know gorillas hum and sing to themselves when they eat? But if you stumble upon a singing, snacking gorilla, please don't attempt to harmonize. Singing is probably a signal for you to leave him alone.
2) This week, FiveThirtyEight ran a series of articles on the microbiome and gut science. This story deals with how microbes in the gut affect our moods. For more articles in this fascinating series, check out the Gut Science collection.
3) A new study says eating potatoes 4 or more times every week may raise the risk for developing hypertension. The reason could be related to the way potatoes cause quick spikes in blood sugar.
Potatoes Tied to High Blood Pressure Risk https://t.co/OVY0GYIxrW— NYTimes Well (@nytimeswell) May 17, 2016
4) Chronic inflammation is thought to play a role in cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases. A new study identified polyphenol-rich foods that may help prevent chronic inflammation, including onions, red grapes, turmeric, green tea, and açai berries.
5) When it comes to the "rules of nutrition," everything seems open for argument. The Los Angeles Times, however, suggests there are at least 6 rules of nutrition that we should all be able to agree on.
6 nutritional rules that everyone can agree upon https://t.co/EG8h6aersY— L.A. Times Health (@latimeshealth) May 14, 2016
6) If you think "all natural" means food made without hormones, pesticides, artificial ingredients, or genetically modified organisms, time to guess again. The FDA is finally taking steps to define the term "natural." It's going to be a big task.
Is your food ‘natural’? https://t.co/O80ig5fGPX— NYTimes Well (@nytimeswell) May 18, 2016
7) Sip the smoothie or skip it and eat the fruit and veggies instead? When you blend fruits and veggies up into a smoothie, you're likely to get more sugars and calories. Here's why.
Ask Well: The Downside of Smoothies https://t.co/86J6lP1R1X— NYTimes Well (@nytimeswell) May 13, 2016
8) Want the "healthiest" weekday breakfast? TIME Health tracked it down -- with an assist from the chair of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. It's a breakfast you can take on the go and that combines quick preparation with satiating satisfaction -- or satisfying satiation, one.
You Asked: What's the healthiest weekday breakfast? https://t.co/szx1lu7S1R— TIME Health (@TIMEHealth) May 11, 2016
9) Pregnant women who drink diet soda every day may be at increased risk of giving birth to babies who become overweight by their first birthday -- but the babies won't necessarily be born overweight.
10) Take the weekly health quiz from The New York Times.
The Weekly Health Quiz: Potatoes, a Penis Transplant and Zika in Europe https://t.co/7QUopVMnRg— NYTimes Well (@nytimeswell) May 20, 2016