Bulletproof Coffee: Debunking the Hot Buttered Hype

People are putting butter in their coffee. And hey, if you're just craving a new flavor experience, more power to you. The problem is that Bulletproof Coffee, the company behind the trend, is claiming that drinking a mug of fatty joe every morning instead of eating breakfast is a secret shortcut to weight loss and… » 1/23/15 10:00am 1/23/15 10:00am

A Powder Made From Bacteria Waste Could Curb Overeating 

The bacteria living in our guts play in an active role is feeding us, whether it's breaking down nutrients our own stomachs can't handle, or synthesizing vitamins. Here's one more intriguing piece of the puzzle: a molecule excreted by the bacteria digesting fiber makes us feel more full. » 12/12/14 2:54pm 12/12/14 2:54pm

​Performance Food: Bison Liver Pate

Want a pre-workout snack that gives you a visceral energy boost and is packed full of protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats? It might sound fancy, but Bison Liver Pate is cheap and easy to make. And damn good. » 7/29/14 2:01pm 7/29/14 2:01pm

This video explainer makes a very convincing argument to eat bugs

Before I watched this video by the whip smart guys at AsapScience, I never considered eating bugs in my entire life. Now? Well. Damn. It actually makes a lot of sense. Raising bugs doesn't take nearly as much space as raising animals and it doesn't require the same amount of resources either. Heck, bugs may even be… » 6/24/14 11:13pm 6/24/14 11:13pm

Your "Gluten Intolerance" May Actually Be From Something Else in Wheat

Oh gluten, the least trendy protein of our time. As gluten-free has transcended science and exploded into diet fad, scientists increasingly suspect that gluten intolerance—apart from actual celiac disease—doesn't exist at all. The true culprit could be a group of carbohydrates, including one in wheat called fructan. » 5/24/14 10:00am 5/24/14 10:00am

Being gluten free is dumb—and gluten intolerance may not even exist

If you have Celiac, this obviously doesn't apply to you. Don't eat gluten. But if you don't have Celiac—and that's 99% of the human population, mind you—there's no reason to be gluten free. You're wasting your time. Even the scientist who started this gluten free craze thinks it's useless to be gluten free. Seriously.… » 5/15/14 8:00pm 5/15/14 8:00pm

Is Gluten Actually Bad For You?

These days, just casually strolling down a grocery aisle, one can find a multitude of gluten-free products. From gluten-free whole grain bread to gluten-free beer to gluten-free Betty Crocker chocolate brownie mix, the market for food items without gluten has exploded over the past decade. But is gluten all that bad… » 3/20/14 6:00am 3/20/14 6:00am

Spam, Silkworms, Hydroponics: The Speculative Future of Food on Mars

Last year, NASA held a recipe contest for cooking on Mars. Ordinary civilians like us were invited to submit recipes based on a list of available ingredients—heavy on freeze-dried produce and various meat-flavored "textured vegetable proteins"—to be cooked and judged by crew members of HI-SEAS. » 2/03/14 1:00pm 2/03/14 1:00pm

The Science Behind Why Fat Tastes So Good

It's the end of January, and that means New Year's resolutions swearing off chocolate and fries and all the other delicious fatty foods are just starting to bend. Who can blame you, really? Here's a rundown on the science of fat, and why it's so hard to resist. » 1/29/14 4:00pm 1/29/14 4:00pm

Our Best Fitness Articles of 2013

Listen to me now and believe me later, 2013 was no year to just sit around eating buffalo-wing-flavored-pretzels-flavored-biscuits. Or maybe it was. But it was also the year we got down to the nitty gritty of of health and fitness. From bionic knees to six-pack science, here are our favorite Fitmodos of 2013. » 12/25/13 2:00pm 12/25/13 2:00pm

What Does 200 Calories Look Like?

The answer to the question of how much can you eat of different foods before you hit 200 calories varies, depending what you're consuming. Two hundred calories is a whole lot of apples, but less than half of a Big Mac. It's a plate full of broccoli, but more like a spoonful of peanut butter. But it's a lot easier to… » 6/24/13 2:20pm 6/24/13 2:20pm

What 2000 Calories of Food Actually Looks Like

Inspired by WiseGeek's what 200 calories of food looks like, BuzzFeed made a video that extrapolated those calories into 2000. Which would roughly be the amount of calories you should be eating on a given day plus or minus a few hundred (though who the hell would eat 2000 calories of the same food, right). The best… » 3/27/13 8:30pm 3/27/13 8:30pm

How Many Calories Does a Mouse Click Burn?

For those of us who spend the best part of our day hunched over a keyboard starting at a computer screen, any physical exertion—however small—has to go some way towards constituting exercise. So how many calories does a mouse click burn? » 3/11/13 7:51am 3/11/13 7:51am

What 200 Calories of Food Actually Looks Like

One of the best things to do if you're watching your weight is to just be careful of portion sizes. Eating a whole bag of Doritos? Not good for you. Eating a small handful? Less worse! Something even better to do is to eat more low calorie foods and less calorie dense items. Less bang for your buck can actually be… » 2/19/13 1:00am 2/19/13 1:00am

This Is Why You Can't Stop Eating, Fatty

High fructose corn syrup is in practically everything we eat these days, and doctors and health nuts have been waxing poetic about its dangers for years. Now, a new study from Yale University School of Medicine may finally prove them the right: fructose is making us fat. » 1/02/13 6:20pm 1/02/13 6:20pm

Why Eating When You're Depressed Makes You Eat More

In Austin Powers, Fat Bastard explains that he eats when he's depressed, and he's depressed because he eats. Turns out, these kinds of vicious circles of eating are due to a drug-like hit-and-comedown response in your brain, activated specifically by rich foods. » 5/23/12 10:20am 5/23/12 10:20am

Chocolate Keeps You Slim

It sounds whack, but a new scientific study suggests that people who eat chocolate regularly tend to be thinner. Sadly, that doesn't quite mean that you can run out and stuff your face full of candy all day to keep your weight down—but it does mean you probably should be eating some chocolate regularly. » 3/27/12 7:14am 3/27/12 7:14am

The Stronger Food Smells, the Less You Eat

The smell of a favorite food can literally make your mouth water. But a new study suggests that the stronger a food smells, the less of it you'll eat—so it might be time for dieters to reach for the cured fish and curry. » 3/21/12 8:37am 3/21/12 8:37am

Is CO2 Making You Fat?

There's a never-ending stream of scientific explanations for obesity. The latest suggests that CO2 contributes to our weight gain and that as we pump more of it in to the atmosphere, the fatter we become. But can that really be the case? » 3/14/12 8:57am 3/14/12 8:57am

Stop Complicating a Simple Obesity Solution: Eat Less, Exercise More

Today an article in The Atlantic discusses "obesogens:" environmental contaminants that some researchers believe are making people fat. Obesogens? Great, another meaningless buzzword Americans can discuss at dinner parties instead of facing facts: eating too much and not exercising enough is what's making them fat.… » 3/08/12 3:40pm 3/08/12 3:40pm