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Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food

While intelligence is certainly an important thing to grasp for early childhood education, Oliver argues a different kind of learning. A learning that will allow children to live healthy lives and combat some gruesome predictions. Our children are slated to live a full decade less than we will due to the unhealthy food choices we’ve predisposed them to and primed them to make. Oliver’s message? Teach kids about the reality of good diet to ensure a long lasting, bountiful life.

How Do Carbohydrates Impact Your Health? - Richard J. Wood

The things we eat and drink on a daily basis can impact our health in big ways. Too many carbohydrates, for instance, can lead to insulin resistance, which is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes. But what are carbs, exactly? And what do they do to our bodies? Richard J. Wood explains.

What is a Calorie? - Emma Bryce

We hear about calories all the time: How many calories are in this cookie? How many are burned by doing 100 jumping jacks, or long-distance running, or fidgeting? But what is a calorie, really? And how many of them do we actually need? Emma Bryce explains how a few different factors should go into determining the recommended amount for each person.

What’s the Big Deal with Gluten? - William D. Chey

If you've been to a restaurant in the last few years, you’ve likely seen the words gluten-free written somewhere on the menu. But what exactly is gluten, and why can’t some people process it? And why does it only seem to be a problem recently? William D. Chey unravels the facts behind celiac disease, wheat allergies and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

How Sugar Affects the Brain - Nicole Avena

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine -- an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.

Sugar: Hiding in Plain Sight - Robert Lustig

While sugar is easy to spot in candy, soft drinks, and ice cream, it also hides out in foods you might not expect -- including peanut butter, pasta sauce, and even bologna! Robert Lustig decodes confusing labels and sugar's many aliases to help determine just how much of that sweet carbohydrate makes its way into our diets.

What is Fat? - George Zaidan

As the narrative goes, fat is bad. Well, it's actually more nuanced than that. The type of fat you eat is more impactful on your health than the quantity. George Zaidan examines triglycerides, the varied molecules that make up fat, and how to identify which types of fat you are consuming.

What would happen if you didn’t drink water? - Mia Nacamulli

Water is essentially everywhere in our world, and the average human is composed of between 55 and 60% water. So what role does water play in our bodies, and how much do we actually need to drink to stay healthy? Mia Nacamulli details the health benefits of hydration.

How the food you eat affects your brain - Mia Nacamulli

When it comes to what you bite, chew and swallow, your choices have a direct and long-lasting effect on the most powerful organ in your body: your brain. So which foods cause you to feel so tired after lunch? Or so restless at night? Mia Nacamulli takes you into the brain to find out.

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