July 30, 2011

Chomp Down 40 Times

1 Chew More, Eat Less Finds Study

Chew your food 40 times instead of the typical 15 if you want to lose weight, says a study that found that the more people chewed their food, the fewer calories they consumed. Researcher Jie Li offered a typical breakfast to 14 obese men and 16 men of normal weight to assess if they chewed their food differently and if that affected hormones and food consumption. Researchers found that those who chewed more thoroughly reduced calorie intake by 12%, which translates to a weight loss of roughly 25 pounds per year for the average person. Detractors say that because so much of the typical diet consists of food that is not chewed, weight loss would be much less. However, say study researchers, the relationship between eating behaviors and obesity needs to be studied further.

More at LATimes.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Chokeberry Extract Controls Weight, Blood Sugar

Tags: Obesity, Chewing Food, Chew Food Longer to Reduce Consumption, Jie Li

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2 One Antibody Fights All Influenza A Viruses

Studies in mice show that the antibody FI6, isolated from plasma cells screened for that particular antibody, protects against all 16 subtypes of influenza A viruses. Vaccinated mice were protected from large viral doses and researchers believe this is a huge step towards a universal flu vaccine, eliminating the need to develop a vaccine against the strain likely to predominate before each flu season. The antibody targets a viral protein called hemagglutinin which often mutates and gets killer cells to the infected cells on top of neutralizing the virus. Although most strains are not pathogenic, some can be deadly for individuals with weakened immune systems. Researchers believe a universal flu vaccine may be available in 5 years.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Two Flu Shots May Protect Against All Strains, Universal Influenza Antibodies Discovered

Tags: Flu Vaccine, Hemagglutinin, Influenza, Universal Flu Vaccine, Influenza a Viruses, FI6 Antibody

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