Vanishing Calories! Really?

Steven Witherly, a food technologist from Chapman College, calls them "vanishing calories". This is when fat-laden, flavorful snacks just melt in our mouths. Fifty percent of calories from fat seems to be the key. When we think food has melted in our mouths, we are fooled into thinking the calories have disappeared too! Learn why…

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Sleep Habits Affect Your Food Habits

Night owls beware, if you're not getting enough sleep you increase your chances of choosing a junk food diet! Researchers from UC Berkely have found that sleep deprived participants were more likely to desire high-calorie junk foods compared to well-slept participants. Brain scans showed that sleep deprived people had less blood flow to the frontal…

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Junk Foods or Pathogens?

Canadian researchers have suggested high-calorie foods once considered "treats" be renamed "pathogens" because they are so readily available around the clock. Dietary patterns high in these sugary and salty foods are associated with hypertension, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. These authors believe that "junk food" is too mild a term for these deadly delights, and take the…

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Are You a Glutton?

Have you noticed how everyone is getting fatter? Nearly two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. I think we need to begin to use the words "glutton" and "gluttony" more. Gluttony was one of the church's seven deadly sins two or three hundred years ago. The entire list includes: Lust, gluttony, greed,…

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The Rush to Nutrient-Spiked Food and Drink

Have you noticed how once-demonized foods are being spiked with nutrients to give them a healthier glow? Candy bars and soda pop pumped with nutrients and minerals and promoted as "healthy" foods? A recent PriceWaterhouse Cooper report to the food industry predicts robust growth in this sector of the market. The real question is whether these…

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