November 25, 2013

Water Good, Chewing Gum Bad

1 Appetite-Curbing Ploys Get Mixed Reviews

Pre-Thanksgiving reality check: The notion that if you chew gum before meals you will eat less turns out to be closer to the opposite of the truth. University of Buffalo researchers studied persons who chewed gum before meals and snacks and found that they consumed no fewer calories per day and actually ate unhealthier food. It seems that gum's particular aftertaste gives vegetables and fruits a bitter flavor, but leaves sweet and salty snacks tasting just fine. Studies conducted at Virginia Tech and Purdue give other supposed appetite-reducers mixed reviews: drinking water before meals does seem to dampen caloric intake, especially for the middle-aged, but eating spicy foods has a similar effect only temporarily, until people get used to the spiciness.

More at Sfchronicle.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Olive Oil Scent May Help Curb Appetites

Tags: Curbing Appetite, Diet Aids, Pre-Meal Appetite Curbs, Eating Less During the Holidays, Chewing Gum to Lose Weight

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Only Vaccinated Person Is Safe

2 Whooping Cough Vaccine May Not Stop Spread

Current whooping cough vaccines may prevent illness in the patient receiving the vaccine, but may not prevent the patient from spreading whooping cough, finds a new government study. The research explains a possible reason for the recent increase in cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis. While whooping cough can affect people of any age, it's especially dangerous for children. According to health officials in the U.S., last year was the country's worst year for whooping cough in 60 years with 48,000 cases and 18 deaths. The study is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

More at NBC | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Whooping Cough Outbreak in California

Tags: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Whooping Cough Vaccine, Whooping Cough Vaccine Problems, Spread of Whooping Cough, Pertussis Outbreak, Whooping Cough Outbreak

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