Category Archives: Parasites

Antibiotics disrupt gut flora in infants: Recovery still incomplete after eight weeks

Eight weeks after antibiotic treatment of infants, the diversity of gastrointestinal flora remained diminished, although the number of individual bacteria was back to normal, according to a paper in the November 2012 issue of the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Additionally, the potentially disease-causing Proteobacteria were now the d

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The Hidden Truths About Calories

How Many Calories in a Food? You Might Be Surprised

One in three Americans are obese. Processed foods, microbes, one’s immune system, and cooking methods all play a role in how many calories are derived from our food. 

One study found tha

t humans who ate 600 or 800 calorie portions of whole wheat bread (with nuts and seeds on it) and cheddar cheese actually expended twice as much energy, yes two times, in digesting that food as did individuals who consumed the same quantity of white bread and a “processed cheese product.” The end result? The net number of calories the whole food eaters received was ten percent less than the number received by the processed food eaters (because they spent some of their calories during digestion).

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