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Economic Disaster Means You Need a Stair Master

  In a recent study carried out by researchers at the University of Miami, they found that when an individual has a perception of “tough times”, meaning mostly of economic insecurity, they tend to indulge on higher-calorie foods that will keep them satisfied longer. They found that when people hear phrases such as “live for today” or pictures relating to unsettling news, this causes them to consume 40 percent more food compared to people exposed to neutral words, phrases, and pictures. According to the investigators people behave this way because they sense that food resources are limited, so food with more calories, they place a higher value on.  In one study, researchers had participants taste test a new kind of M&M and half of them were given a bowl of the candy and … Read entire article »

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Sugar: A Problem or Not?

Sugar: A Problem or Not?

Is sugar becoming a problem for Americans and people from other Western countries?  According to the CDC obesity rates have skyrocketed in the last decade, and so has the consumption of sugary foods and drinks.  In this article, I intend to explore whether sugar-loaded foods are becoming a health-problem.  The obesity epidemic is no joke.  Diabetes and obesity have become ubiquitous across the United States. Statistics indicate that by the year 2040 one-hundred percent of Americans … Read entire article »

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Possible New JFAA Fellowship – Junk Food Addicts Anonymous?

We all know bacon drenched in gravy and a side of biscuits probably isn’t your healthiest breakfast choice. However, when we bought the container of bacon at our local Stop ‘n Shop, would we have thought twice about buying it if the package had contained a warning indicating the addictive potential of the bacon? Scientists’ emerging research shows a parallel between the brain’s reactions that occur with substances such as morphine, cocaine and heroin and reactions that occur with junk food such as candy, chips, sodas, fast foods — anything that tastes really, really delicious and releases dopamine in the brain upon consumption. Scientists used rats to study affects on the brain when junk food such as icing, chocolate, and sausage were eaten. The rat’s resulting brain were almost duplicates … Read entire article »

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