Dark chocolate is safe to eat. Protein-rich diets have positive metabolic effects and support the gut microbiome. Fasting boosts the immune system in fighting cancer. Eating small fish increases life expectancy.

Every week we discover inspiring, informative, and sometimes shocking health-related news. From new studies to insightful analysis, here is what you need to know this week:

  • Dark chocolate¬†is safe to consume. A recent comprehensive assessment evaluated over one hundred dark chocolates in the market and confirmed that mineral contents are generally within a safe range for regular human consumption. Food Research International
  • A protein-rich diet creates immediate positive metabolic effects and improves the gut microbiome. New mice-based research indicates that branched-chain amino acids, found in foods such as meat, fish, eggs, and dairy products, were particularly beneficial. American Society for Microbiology
  • Fasting supports the immune system in fighting cancer. Emerging research from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center confirms that fasting boosts the natural killer (NK) cells in their ability to target and destroy cancer. Immunity
  • Eating small fish can increase life expectancy. A new study from Japan shows that regular consumption of whole small fish reduces all-cause and cancer mortality, particularly in women. Public Health Nutrition