This was a big year for health discovery — more disease risk factors have been found, obesity is still on everybody’s brain, and the consensus on fats fluctuated more than ever. Often, health news can contradict itself. First, something causes cancer, then it helps reduce the risk of it. This has happened with coffee, wine, and some of our other favorite foods and drinks time and time again.
It was a big year for food. This year paved the way for new and exciting food inventions that could revolutionize the way we eat. An ice cream brand even made it onto Time’s annual list of best inventions worldwide. But at the same time, sugar is being condemned for causing all kinds of health problems. Come on, science. Can we eat dessert or not?!
Conflicting health news is frustrating; it can be hard to keep up with. But for those of you who want to get caught up on everything that happened this year, we combed through our top news stories from January until now to come up with the stories we consider to be the best news, followed by some stories we thought were a bit of a bummer.
We know Americans don’t eat well, but would they really be better off just eating dog food? Get the full story here on how one study proved that Americans put more thought into their pets’ nutrition than their own. Hopefully this means most dogs are getting fed the healthiest dog foods on the market, instead of some other junk that could make them sick.
Even though Americans are putting more thought into their pets’ foods, apparently it’s not working. Banfield Pet Hospitals released a full report on how more pets than ever are becoming overweight. Get all the details here, and if you have a pet of your own to worry about, learn how to safely put your dog on a diet.
Whole Foods used to be notorious for their ridiculously overpriced items. Then, Amazon bought the grocery chain for a crazy amount of money this year. While at first the fans were divided, now it seems that Whole Foods is using the merger to lower their prices on some of the healthiest staple items.
You’d think companies would get the picture, already, and stop putting such an emphasis on calories. But Google seems to be behind the times, and they messed up really badly with this cupcake calorie-counter fail. Sure, walking is healthy, but we don’t want to be reminded of the calories we aren’t burning every time we get in the car.
We knew seafood was healthy, but this discovery added a huge new perk to ordering fish at dinner. Learn why these foods could help erase arthritis pain here.
This study revealed a dismal case of ecological karma. The plastic we’re not recycling is being eaten by fish and ironically recycled back into our food — gross. It’s time we rethink the pollution we’re causing with our fast food and other industries.
One thing that got a little less terrible for the ozone this year — we’re all eating less meat. Thanks to the plant-based trend and the increasing knowledge about the health risks of red meat, Americans consumed 19 percent less beef per capita this year. Read more about how this could help fight climate change here.
Nestle admits it’s going to take a really long time to make the change. Plus, they’re not the first to improve their farming practices. Costco, Kellogg’s, and even some fast food companies have paved the way for this move by the international food conglomerate. Of course, there is some suspicion as to whether cage-free chickens are really much better off than the others… But we’re hoping for the best.
A few different studies came out this year with some alarming news — baby food isn’t as healthy or as safe as we thought. Some brands’ food contains arsenic, lead, and other contaminants. In response, other companies have begun to revolutionize the way we think about baby food with personalized, clean-ingredient baby food blends.
Back in the day, people thought all kinds of fats were bad. Then, people found out that healthy fats were a thing and started taking fish oil pills, eating avocados, and blending chia seeds in their smoothies. Now, more research has been released showing that all fats — not just the ‘healthy’ labeled ones — are good for you, and people who ate fats of both unsaturated and saturated varieties lived the longest in long-term studies.
It seems like people are finally getting the picture. Soda is really bad for you. In response to the many health dangers of sugary soda, some states introduced taxes on sugary beverages — and they worked. Now, even in states where the sugar tax doesn’t exist, people are drinking healthier drinks with their meals.
Well, this was disgusting. Fecal matter was found on the ice used at fast food restaurants in one horrifying study. Find out which restaurants were the guiltiest of this upsetting contamination here.
Calm down, people — it’s not like doctors are recommending it or anything. But according to this recent study, drinking in moderation isn’t bad for your health. The people who drank moderately lived the longest. We’re adding this to our growing list of reasons to go ahead and pour that glass of wine every night.
Coconut oil was probably one of the biggest fads of 2016. But then, the American Heart Association shocked us all with their denouncement of the oil, claiming it wasn’t as healthy as we’d thought it was. But after further review, people discovered that all they’d really said is that coconut oil has saturated fats — a fact people have known for quite a long time. Coconut oil is perfectly fine to use for cooking or in small doses. Just not the greatest idea to eat by the spoonful.
Fruit might be beneficial for our health (and could even make us happier), but according to recent news, we’re not eating it. A dismal report showed that less than 10 percent of all Americans claim to eat their vegetables. And that’s not even accounting for people who might be lying. The stats for fruit weren’t much better. Read the full report here.
So this means New Year’s Eve Champagne and oily appetizers are basically good for you, right? Sure, we’re good with that. Three glasses of Champagne proved to have the power to prevent Alzheimer’s. Olive oil, staple food of the famous Mediterranean diet, could prevent the disease as well, simply by preserving your brain functions.