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Pandas descend from carnivores, despite vegetarian diet

Pandas descend from carnivores, despite vegetarian diet

Science
May 3 (UPI) -- Today, pandas largely feast on a vegetarian diet dominated by bamboo, but they descended from carnivores and their bodies still operate that way, a new study says. While the panda's diet is plant-based, it's protein and carbohydrate intake looks more like a hypercarnivore, which gets more than 70 percent of its those nutrients from eating other animals. The findings were published Thursday in Current Biology. "Based on what they eat, giant pandas absolutely belong to the herbivores -- but considering the macronutrient composition of the ingested and absorbed diets, they could also belong to the carnivores," Fuwen Wei, a researcher from the Chinese Academy of Science and study author, said in a news release. Throughout their evolution , giant pandas acquired herbivore trait...
Mediterranean diet tamps down overeating, study says

Mediterranean diet tamps down overeating, study says

Health
April 23 (UPI) -- Eating a diet largely based in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts may keep people from eating unhealthy amounts of other types of food, new findings show. Primates that consumed a Mediterranean diet ate less of any other available food and lost weight, according to a study published Tuesday in Obesity. "By comparison, the animals on a Western diet ate far more than they needed and gained weight," Carol Shively, a researcher at Wake Forest University and the study's principal investigator said in a news release. " For close to nine years, researchers observed female primates that were split into two groups. One group ate a diet with foods that primarily consisted of fat and protein and the other group ate a largely plant-based diet. Each group, however, ate the sa...