Wired: Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte Is Back to Mess With Your Brain
"Sure, it has caffeine, which is kind of habit forming. But the most important elements here are a heap of concentrated sugar, a bunch of warm, frothy milk fat, and a pinch of salt to get the dopamine flowing. A grande (16 oz) serving holds a whopping 40 percent of your daily value of saturated fat. Add to that 240 mg of sodium (10 percent your daily value) and 50 grams of sugar (of which there’s no recommended daily value), and you get a reaction in your brain that mimics the rush from certain addictive drugs." Read full story.
NY TIMES: The Hunger In Our Heads
"A busy brain can mean a hungry body. We often seek food after focused mental activity, like preparing for an exam or poring over spreadsheets. Researchers speculate that heavy bouts of thinking drain energy from the brain, whose capacity to store fuel is very limited. So the brain, sensing that it may soon require more calories to keep going, apparently stimulates bodily hunger, and even though there has been little in the way of physical movement or caloric expenditure, we eat. This process may partly account for the weight gain so commonly seen in college students." Read full story.
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BBC: Obesity Link To Cancer 'Not Well Known by Public'
"Three-quarters of people are unaware being overweight increases the risk of developing 10 different types of cancer, Cancer Research UK has said. It said the lack of understanding was "concerning" and criticised the government for its failed attempt to tackle childhood obesity." Read full story.