Healthy Tip of the Day
GAIN INSTAGRAMS, LOSE POUNDS Survey finds that people who see pics of healthy foods on social media are inspired to eat better!
Mediterranean Diet Cuts Heart Disease Risk by Nearly Half
Per Reuters: "Adults who closely followed the Mediterranean diet were 47 percent less likely to develop heart disease over a 10-year period compared to similar adults who did not closely follow the diet, according to a new study." For the full story, click here.
The World Health Organization Says Eat Less Sugar
Per NPR: "Sugar is sweet. But too much of it can expand our waistlines, rot our teeth and increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. So the World Health Organization has new advice: Limit sugars to less than 10 percent of total calories consumed each day. And capping your sugar intake at just 5 percent of your daily calories 'would provide additional health benefits,' the guideline says." For the full story, click here.
Salty Foods Could Have Protective Benefit: Study
Per Yahoo: "Dietary salt could defend the body against invading microbes, according to a new study. Overconsumption of salt has long been known to increase risk of heart disease and stroke however, researchers in Germany say it warded off skin-parasites from infecting mice." For the full story, click here.
More Children Eat Fruit in School, Study Shows
Per the New York Times: "The study found that from the time new nutritional guidelines went into effect in 2012 through last year, the percentage of students choosing fruits increased to 66 percent from 54 percent." For the full story, click here.
Obesity is Associated with Brian’s Neurotransmitters
Per Science Daily: "Researchers have revealed how obesity is associated with altered opioid neurotransmission in the brain. New research reveals how obesity is associated with altered functioning of brain's opioid system, which is intimately involved in generating pleasurable sensations. The researchers found that obesity was associated with significantly lowered number of opioid receptors in the brain. However, no changes were observed in the dopamine neurotransmitter system, which regulates motivational aspects of eating." For the full story, click here.
Your Gluten-Free Diet May Be a Tax Write-Off
Per ABC News: "Cutting bread from your diet could potentially save you some bread on your taxes, financial experts say. While diet gurus debate the health merits for the average person of avoiding the gluten protein found in wheat, rye and barley grains, no one disputes the extra cost. On average, the gluten-free versions of many foods were 242 percent pricier than the regular products in one National Institutes of Health study.But Mark Luscombe, a principal federal tax analyst for the tax publisher CCH, said some of the additional expense of going gluten-free may be a legitimate tax write-off. “If you have a recognized disease where gluten-free foods help manage the condition and you have a certification from your doctor, you may be able to take a deduction," Luscombe said. For the full story, click here.
The Firefighter Workout
Per the New York Times: "Four out of five firefighters nationwide are overweight or obese, and roughly half of all firefighters who die in the line of duty each year are killed by heart attacks. Now a group of firefighters is trying to change that with a fitness program called 555 Fitness." For the full story, click here.