Your Healthy Tip for the Day
GOT A SWEET TOOTH? Indulge in moderation and then cleanse your palate with a mint to ward off cravings for seconds.
Science Daily: Drinking Just One or Two Alcoholic Drinks a Day Linked to Liver Disease
"Most studies assessing the prevalence of alcohol abuse as a risk factor for alcoholic cirrhosis focus on total annual amount drunk per person. However, the researchers highlight that clinical studies suggest that it is a high daily consumption which is the strongest predictor of alcoholic cirrhosis. This new research concluded that heavy daily drinkers most significantly and independently influence a country's cirrhosis burden." Click here to read the full story.
The Atlantic: What 'Food Porn' Does to the Brain
"But what happens when eating with the eyes is the only step, rather than just the first—when the image isn’t a bridge to smelling and tasting a dish, but the entire experience? Some scientists believe—like Simpson—that images of food only trigger the desire for the real thing. A 2012 study, for example, found that just looking at pictures of food may be enough to cause an uptick in ghrelin, a hormone that causes hunger." Click here to read the full story.
Science Daily: Fat Tissue Controls Brain's Response to Food Scarcity, Helping Regulate Optimal Amount of Body Fat for Brain Function
"An enzyme secreted by the body's fat tissue controls energy levels in the brain, according to new research. The findings, in mice, underscore a role for the body's fat tissue in controlling the brain's response to food scarcity, and suggest there is an optimal amount of body fat for maximizing health and longevity. The findings may help explain the many studies that show a survival benefit to having a body mass index toward the low end of what is considered overweight." Click here to read the full story.