Healthy tip of the Day
Alcohol pulls the nutrient resveratrol out of grape skins, making red wine a more potent health drink than grape juice!
Sugar-sweetened Beverages Suppress the Body’s Stress Response
Per Science Daily: "Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages can suppress the hormone cortisol and stress responses in the brain, but diet beverages sweetened with aspartame do not have the same effect, according to a new study." For the full story, click here.
Mushrooms Boost Immunity, Suggests research
Per Science Daily: "Could a mushroom a day help keep the doctor away? Some early evidence indicates that the Shiitake mushroom boosts immunity. Of the thousands of mushroom species globally, about 20 are used for culinary purposes. Shiitake mushrooms are native to Asia and are cultivated for their culinary and medicinal value." For the full story, click here.
What is “Meat Glue”?
Per Nutritonfacts.org: "One of the reasons the industry uses meat glue enzymes is because, “restructured meat can be made from underutilized portions of the carcasses.” For example, you can get away with adding up to 5% tendons to beef, and some people can’t tell the difference. This has raised food safety concerns. There is a 'risk that otherwise discarded leftovers of questionable microbial quality could find their way into the reconstituted meat.'" For the full story, click here.
Do Health Apps Really Have the Capacity to Help The Healthy?
Per Yahoo: "Health apps and connected health devices are all the rage at the moment. Diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, weight loss… there seem to be almost as many smartphone health apps today as there are diseases. The mobile health market is booming, but are these applications all useful, especially for people who aren't sick? This is the question that two doctors attempted to answer, publishing their conclusions on April 14 in the British Medical Journal, each offering individual, and contrasting, responses." For the full story, click here.
Divorce May Be Bad for the Heart, Especially for Women
Per the New York Times: "Divorce may be linked to a higher risk for heart attack, especially in women. Researchers used a nationally representative sample of 15,827 adults ages 45 to 80, all of whom were married or had been previously. The study, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, began in 1992, and the participants were interviewed every two years through 2010. About one-third of the people in the study were divorced at least once in their lives. During the follow-up, 1,211 of the participants — about 8 percent — had a heart attack. For the full story, click here.
Men Strive To Give More To Charity When The Fundraiser Is Cute
Per NPR: "If you're wondering how to get more people to contribute to your online charity drive, consider a photo of you smiling. Even better if you're an attractive woman. Biology is to blame, researchers say." For the full story, click here.