Friday, May 15, 2009

Got a Craving? Forget Moderation!

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Chocolate
Just a tiny taste of a treat and you’ll be able to put the craving out of your head for good, right?

Nope. Leave the ice cream carton in the freezer. Put the bag of mini chocolates down. Don’t even look at them. In a study, just one taste of a treat triggered more indulgences a mere 25 minutes later.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Chew More, Weigh Less?

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Smoked almonds

Next time you grab a handful of nuts to snack on, count to 40.

A recent study revealed that when people ate a small serving of almonds, 40 chews quelled hunger better than 10 or even 25 crunches of the same amount of nuts.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Sugar That Staves Off Hunger

Grain products: rich sources of complex and simple carbohydrates
Sugar is sugar, right? Maybe not. Turns out that there is one type of sweetener that helps fill you up, while another leaves you craving more.

The two sugars in question: glucose and fructose. Glucose appears to quell hunger, and fructose seems to ramp it up.

The sugars may affect your appetite differently because of the unique ways in which they affect malonyl-CoA, an important appetite-suppressing molecule in the brain.

Most dietary carbohydrates contain glucose. Foods high in carbohydrates include breads, pastas, beans, potatoes, bran, rice and cereals. The primary food sources of fructose are fruits, vegetables, and honey.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Try the Camera-Phone Diet

Mike's Christmas dinner.
Could your camera phone help you lose weight? One study seems to suggest so.

When people in a small study snapped a picture of everything they ate for 1 week, something interesting happened. They took better stock of their meals -- and ate less or ate more healthfully because of it.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Don’t Burn Healthy Cooking Oils!

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Olive, canola, peanut, sesame, grapeseed . . . these five heart-smart plant oils have one terrific thing in common: They’re rich in monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated fats, which have cholesterol-lowering benefits. But overheat them and those healthy perks may go up in smoke. Cooking at high enough temperatures to set off smoke means the oil’s breaking down, losing nutrients, and releasing potentially carcinogenic free radicals. And when oil hits its “smoking point,” food cooked in it tastes off. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t cook with these healthful oils. Just pick and choose what you use.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Quick Easy Blood Sugar Workout

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Turns out short and sweet could be a good strategy when it comes to reducing your risk of blood sugar problems like diabetes.

If we're talking about exercise, that is. Men in a small study who added short, intense bursts of activity to mini workouts seemed better able to metabolize sugars.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Nuts About Your Eyes

Regardless of their shape, size, or type, fatty foods may be bad for your eyes. With this exception: nuts!

Yep, eating nuts at least once a week may help protect your peepers from vision-stealing conditions like macular degeneration.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

How to Elevate Oatmeal to Superfood - RealAge

"Drink a glass of this with your oatmeal to help elevate your breakfast to superfood status: orange juice. Why? The nutrients in oatmeal and OJ work synergistically to provide double the benefits you'd expect from simply adding their powers together."

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