Granola: A Really Sweet Dessert!

Are you part of the majority of Americans who believe a mixture of oats, sugar, vanilla flavor, and maybe a few nuts and raisins is a healthy food? If so,  think again! Most commercial granolas tend to have enough sugar that they rival an ordinary slice of chocolate cake or a cup of ice cream. Read…

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Does Skipping Breakfast Make You Fatter?

Numerous studies have found links between eating breakfast and maintaining a healthy weight or skipping it and becoming overweight. But association is not causation. A U.K. study found breakfast seems to be a proxy for other factors like conscientious healthy eating and vigorous exercise. A very large study concluded the breakfast consumption theory was not consistently associated with…

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Why Breakfast?

Many, many people skip breakfast. Yet it is really the most important meal of the day. Scientists from many fields readily agree that breakfast is vital to learning, memory and feelings of well-being. Researchers examined the impact of breakfast on cognitive performance in elementary school children and the composition of the meal. A wholesome breakfast…

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Breakfast Habits May Predict Risk of Cardiovascular Disorders

A new study from Sweden adds more evidence to the importance of a healthy breakfast. Researchers surveyed 889 adolescents's breakfast habits and then checked their health 27 years later. They found that youth who missed breakfast or ate a nutritionally deficient breakfast were 68% more likely to have metabolic syndrome than students who ate a…

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How to Stay Full Till Lunchtime

Nutrition researchers gave 48 people two breakfast options. Both had 360 calories, including 110 calories from 1.5 cups of skim milk. One option was Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal, the other was General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios. Those who ate the oatmeal reported feeling less hungry over the next four hours. Researchers think the fibre that…

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Big Breakfast Helps a Smaller Waistline

Mother was right, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! In a study of 93 obese women, Israeli researchers found that women who had breakfast as their biggest meal lost more weight and experienced less metabolic syndrome risk factors than women who had supper as their biggest meal. They also had less cravings…

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Health Risks for Breakfast Skippers

A study of 26,902 men who were free of cardiovascular disease in 1992 revealed both skipping breakfast and eating late in the evening increased cardiovascular risk. Those who skipped breakfast had 27% greater risk, and those who ate late at night had 55% higher risk. These findings fell just shy of statistical significance after adjusting…

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High School Habits Build Stronger Bones

Japanese researchers examined the bone mineral density of the spine and hip in almost 400 high school males over a ten year period. After adjusting for the participants' age and weight, the researchers found that consuming breakfast and exercising for at least 10 hours per week was associated with peak bone mass. PositiveTip: Healthy habits…

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Breakfast Consumption Reduces Heart Risks

Recent research into the effects of breakfast on cardiovascular risk in Italians shows that individuals who eat breakfast have lower CVD risk, enjoy better physical health, and have nearly 40% lower risk of metabolic syndrome. Eating breakfast lowered the risk of having a higher BMI, abdominal obesity, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, blood glucose, triglycerides, total…

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Dessert for Breakfast?

It is sad that the top selling children's breakfast cereals are still loaded with sugar. In fact, one cup of the most popular contain more sugar than a Twinkie! According to the Environmental Working Group, less than a quarter of these cereals even meet the proposed federal recommendations. In addition to sugar, these cereals are…

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