Words Matter When Choosing Foods

Seventy college students were presented with the same popcorn labeled as either "healthy," "unhealthy," or "nourishing." Each was asked to order as much popcorn as  needed to not be hungry until the next meal. Students ordered and ate more of the "healthy" popcorn compared with those who ordered the "unhealthy." Those who choose the "nourishing" popcorn…

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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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Fructose-sweetened Foods May Lead to Obesity

Researchers found that normal weight women who consumed fructose-sweetened beverages lowered their 24-hour insulin and leptin levels as well as increased the post-meal triglyceride levels as compared to glucose-sweetened beverages. The hormones insulin and leptin help control satiety levels, and the authors suggested that high fructose intakes might lead to obesity.PositiveTip: Most soft drinks and many…

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Fatty Foods Appear To Lessen Feelings of Sadness

Using MRI technology, brain researchers may have found why fatty foods such as ice cream, french fries, twinkies etc, seem to comfort us when we are feeling down. Fats appear to decrease brain activity in the areas associated with sadness. Participants were infused with either saline or fatty acids. The saline produced no change in…

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Fast Meals May Make You Fat

Many people today feel so pressed for time that they eat so rapidly their brains don't get the "I am full" message until they have eaten more than they should! A Greek study found when adult males were given a leisurely 30 minutes to eat one cup of ice cream containing 675 calories, they had…

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