Your Healthy Tip for the Day
DAMN YOU, JIMMY FALLON! Staying up late can lead to an additional two pounds a month in weight gain, says Northwestern University study.
SCIENCE DAILY: Eat Dark Chocolate to Beat the Midday Slump?
"An EEG study shows chocolate can increase brain characteristics of attention and significantly affect blood pressure levels. Historically, chocolate has been recognized as a vasodilator, meaning that it widens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure in the long run, but chocolate also contains some powerful stimulants. Researchers wanted to investigate if people who consume chocolate would see an immediate stimulant effect." Click here to read the full story.
WEB MD: Vitamin D Supplements Might Help Some Lose Weight
"For obese Americans who are low on vitamin D, taking a supplement of the nutrient might help them lose weight, a new study suggests. According to an Italian team, led by Luisella Vigna of the University of Milan, prior research has shown that vitamin D deficiency is associated with a higher risk of obesity and obesity-related complications." Click here to read the full story.
NPR: Promises, Promises: Is Big Food Marketing Less Junk To Kids On TV?
"The food industry has been policing itself on this front. Through a collaborative known as the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative, which was launched at the end of 2006, companies pledged to cut back on marketing unhealthy foods to children under 12. Lots of the biggest names in food are part of this initiative: from Kraft Foods and Kellogg to McDonald's USA and The Coca-Cola Company. And from their perspective, there's been lots of progress. But it's too soon to give the industry a congratulatory high-five, according to Dale Kunkel, a professor emeritus of communications at the University of Arizona and one of the authors of the study. He tells us that the companies' efforts 'have barely moved the needle in terms of shifting food advertising to children to genuinely healthy products.'" Click here to read the full story.