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Entomophagy - dining on insects

Entomophagy is the practice of eating insects as a food source. Over 1000 species of insects are eaten around the world by traditional human societies in Africa, the Americas and Australasia. The Food and Agricultural Organisation estimated that two billion of the worlds population regularly dine on insects.

When we hear the expression hunter-gatherer we immediately think of meat, seafood, vegeta...


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Nutrition can be quite simple, given a chance

One favourite way of getting an answer to a nutrition and health question is to gather all the most recent published studies, put them in a data melting pot, and see if you can extract a "truth". One review did this recently and found pretty much what you might expect, depending on your personal nutrition mantra or affiliation. They compared various foods groups and types to the risk of ...

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Saliva - a very useful fluid

Saliva - a very useful fluid

A quarter of a century ago saliva was described as: " ..not one of the popular bodily fluids. It lacks the drama of blood, the sincerity of sweat and the emotional appeal of tears".

Despite that, saliva is critical to the taste of foods and the health of your teeth. The salivary glands are located near the back of the mouth (at the sides) and under the tongue, producing a fluid that is ...

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Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Come a certain age you begin to take an interest in supplements that aid the memory of car key placement, prevent buttock sag and make joint pain disappear. Glucosamine and chondroitin are meant to help in the latter category, especially regarding osteoarthritis. Both glucosamine and chondroitin are naturally occurring in cartilage and connective tissue in and around joints, so you can see the log...

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Alcohol and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Alcohol and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Health advisors often have differing views on alcohol. Is it a healthy drink to help avoid heart disease or is it an insidious and evil beverage that causes social turmoil? I agree with the words of Abraham Lincoln, or maybe his speech writer, who said: "It has long been recognised that the problems with alcohol relate not to the use of a bad thing, but to the abuse of a good thing." Wel...

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