Sweet Cravings Will Make Sugar Curbs Hard: Experts
Per AFP: "UN recommendations to curb sugar intake may face an uphill battle for acceptance, experts say — confronted by an ingrained human yearning for sweetness. Sugar is laden with energy, which we are genetically geared to want — a craving the food industry has cultivated to keep consumers coming back for more, they point out." For the full story, click here.
Nuts, Fat, Added Sugars: New Research
Per WEB MD: "Whether you’re young or old, it's a good idea to cut back on fat and added sugars and eat more nuts. That's according to three new studies, which say those habits may help you stay healthy, and lose pounds or maintain your weight. The studies were presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society. For starters, teens who eat a modest amount of nuts daily have a lower risk of getting metabolic syndrome, says researcher Roy Kim, MD, MPH. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions, such as high blood pressure and high blood sugar, that raises the risk of heart disease and diabetes." For the full story, click here.
Voluptuous Veg: Can Food Porn Seed Lust For Healthy Eating?
Per NPR: "Tempting-looking spoonfuls of chocolate are plentiful online. Beautiful Brussels sprouts? Not so much. A campaign aims to boost the number of these images and whet our appetites for healthy foods." For the full story, click here.
Losing 30 Minutes of Sleep Per Day May Promote Weight Gain and Adversely Affect Blood Sugar Control
Per Science Daily: "Losing as little as 30 minutes of sleep per day on weekdays can have long-term consequences for body weight and metabolism, a new study finds." For the full story, click here.
Experimental Drug Turns ‘Bad' White Fat into ‘Good' Brown-Like Fat
Per Science Daily: "An experimental drug causes loss of weight and fat in mice, a new study has found. Known as GC-1, the drug reportedly speeds up metabolism, or burning off, of fat cells." For the full story, click here.
Food for Thought on Healthy Dietary Guidelines
Per the Wall Street Journal: "American consumers have been confused by the concept of serving sizes for decades, and the federal government is partly to blame. Is a serving of pasta 1 ounce or 2? Is a helping of peanut butter 1 tablespoon or twice that amount? The answers depend on whether you are reading the dietary guidelines published by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture online and on educational posters, or the Food and Drug Administration labels printed on food packages. They don’t match up. If that isn’t frustrating enough, the government keeps changing its mind about what constitutes healthy eating." For the full story, click here.
For Upper-Body Warm-Ups, Stretch Multiple Muscles at Once
Per Reuters: "The review found that high-intensity dynamic stretching improved strength and flexibility while delaying muscle soreness. But low-intensity stretching had little effect on performance, which agrees with previous research on upper body warm-ups, McCrary said. 'Flexibility increases are generally unrelated to any type of performance improvements,' he noted." For the full story, click here.