Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

What you eat when you’re sick may determine if you’ll get better

In short, if you have a viral infection, go for glucose;  bacterial, ketogenic diet.

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What you eat when you’re sick may determine if you’ll get better

By Debora MacKenzie | 15 September 2016 | New Scientist

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October 24, 2016 Posted by | diet, health | , , , | Leave a comment

What to eat for less smelly farts

Aside from the embarrassment, smelly farts increase the risk of bowel cancer.  According to new research, protein (meat, eggs, dairy, etc) is a main culprit. But you can reduce their smelly effects by mixing them with resistant starch and fructans, found in such foods bananas, legumes, wheat, asparagus, etc. That goes against the conventional wisdom of avoiding fibre.

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These are the foods you should eat if you want less smelly farts

Alice Klein | 14 October 2016 | New Scientist

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The scientists who make apps addictive

A must-read.

The scientists who make apps addictive

Ian Leslie | October/November 2016 | The Economist 1843

Tech companies use the insights of behaviour design to keep us returning to their products. But some of the psychologists who developed the science of persuasion are worried about how it is being used

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October 24, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, psychology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment