Louisa is the Senior Health Editor at The Beet. She’s a BANT Registered Nutritionist in the UK and writes for several leading online publications, including Medical News Today and Plant Based News. Louisa has been plant-based most of her life and has bought up her family this way. She’s a firm believer that diet and lifestyle predict our health outcomes and wellbeing and enjoys educating people about the benefits of eating plant-based food. Louisa loves to cook healthy recipes, grow plants, and be outdoors but also enjoys the occasional vegan cupcake and glass of wine because moderation is key!
Exactly Which Carbs Lead to Weight Gain? A Nutritionist Explains
A new study has found that fast carbs – or high-glycemic foods – do not make you gain weight more than eating slow carbs – or low-glycemic foods. However, fast carbs such as white bread, pasta, and soda can still cause inflammation and lead to conditions such as heart disease. So if you're aim...
What’s In That Hotdog? It Could Take 36 Minutes Off Your Life, Study Says
Everyone wants to know: What's in a hotdog? But the more relevant question should be: How many minutes of my life is a hotdog worth? Now we know, thanks to a new study on the health and climate costs of the foods we eat. When we choose unhealthy foods over a diet of mostly whole plant-based foods like fruit, vegetables, nuts, and grains, how much of our longevity are we giving up? Unt...
Want to Stress Less? Here Are the Foods That Boost Mental Health
What we put in our mouths directly impacts our mood, according to a new study, and understanding the connection between diet and mental health can help us make better food choices and experience less daily stress. The gut and the brain are constantly communicating with each other, via what's called "the gut-brain axis," and nutritional compounds in the food we eat can have a dramatic inf
Should You Avoid Oxalates, Lectins and Tannins? An Expert Answers
If you're trying to eat more plant-based foods for your health, you may have heard about the importance of avoiding compounds such as lectins, phytates, tannins, and oxalates – which can inhibit the absorption of essential minerals. Someone eating a pl...
New Study Links Green Tea and Coffee to Lower Deaths in Diabetics
We know green tea is great for us, but now a new study has found that it can be a lifesaver, especially for diabetics. The study reveals that drinking four or more cups of green tea along with two cups of coffee (or more) can lower the risk of death among diabetics by 63 percent...
Not-So-Happy Meals: 2/3 of What Kids Eat Is Ultra-Processed Food, Study Finds
An alarming new study reveals that American children and teens consume more than two-thirds of their daily calories from ultra-processed foods, which has dire implications for their current and future health. The new study, published in JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association), showed that junk food consumption is going in the wrong direction, having risen from 61 percent in 1999 to