Tag: TED-Ed

Are you Eating EGG WHITES For Weight Gain? (YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS RIGHT NOW!)

The egg is a wonderful food. But eating them excessively to gain weight may not be the healthiest and most efficient thing to do. Why? Many people will consume 10 or more egg whites daily when they are trying to increase their protein consumption to gain weight, but here’s the downfall of that practice –…


How do vitamins work? – Ginnie Trinh Nguyen

A, C, E, D, B, K. No, this isn’t some random, out of order alphabet. These are vitamins, and just like letters build words, they’re the building blocks that keep the body running. Vitamins are organic compounds we need to ingest in small amounts to keep functioning. They’re the body’s builders, defenders and maintenance workers,…


How do carbohydrates impact your health? – Richard J. Wood

Which of these has the least carbohydrates? This roll of bread? This bowl of rice? Or this can of soda? It’s a trick question. Although they may differ in fats, vitamins, and other nutritional content, when it comes to carbs, they’re pretty much the same. So what exactly does that mean for your diet? First…


How the food you eat affects your brain – Mia Nacamulli

Your Brain on Food If you sucked all of the moisture out of your brain and broke it down to its constituent nutritional content, what would it look like? Most of the weight of your dehydrated brain would come from fats, also known as lipids. In the remaining brain matter, you would find proteins and…


How the food you eat affects your gut – Shilpa Ravella

Trillions of bacteria, viruses, and fungi live on or inside of us, and maintaining a good, balanced relationship with them is to our advantage. Together, they form the gut microbiome, a rich ecosystem that performs a variety of functions in our bodies. The bacteria in our guts can break down food the body can’t digest,…


“The Nutritionist” by Andrea Gibson

Hi I’m Andrea Gibson and this is my poem “The Nutritionist.” The nutritionist said I should eat root vegetables Said if I could get down 13 turnips a day I would be grounded, rooted. Said my head would not keep flying away to where the darkness lives. The psychic told me my heart carries too…


How sugar affects the brain – Nicole Avena

Picture warm, gooey cookies, crunchy candies, velvety cakes, waffle cones piled high with ice cream. Is your mouth watering? Are you craving dessert? Why? What happens in the brain that makes sugary foods so hard to resist? Sugar is a general term used to describe a class of molecules called carbohydrates, and it’s found in…


How your digestive system works – Emma Bryce

Across the whole planet, humans eat on average between one and 2.7 kilograms of food a day. That’s over 365 kilograms a year per person, and more than 28,800 kilograms over the course of a lifetime. And every last scrap makes its way through the digestive system. Comprised of ten organs covering nine meters, and…


Sugar: Hiding in plain sight – Robert Lustig

Sugar is playing hide and seek with you. You’d think it would be pretty easy for you to win, considering all the sugar in sodas, ice cream, candy, and big white bags labeled sugar. People get about half of their added sugars from those drinks and treats, so it might seem like sugar is hiding…