January 13, 2014

Than Fast-Food Chains

1 Full-Serve Chain Restaurants No Healthier

More evidence that full-service chain eateries are not "healthier" alternatives to fast-food chains: researchers analyzing 2,600 menu items at such sit-downs as T.G.I. Friday's, Red Lobster and Olive Garden found that full-service meals contained more calories, saturated fat and sodium on average than the amount recommended in federal guidelines, with full adult meals including drink and dessert packing 2,000 calories, the total daily amount recommended for adults. Other studies have found higher calorie menus overall at full-service restaurants than at fast-food chains. This is the result of the fast-food industry having already begun to get out in front of consumer concerns with healthy eating by providing and advertising more low-calorie or otherwise healthy menu items.

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

Previously: Fast Food Chains to Offer Turkey Burgers

Tags: Healthy Restaurant Meals, Fast-Food Versus Sit-Down Food, Calories in Restaurant Meals, Healthy Eating and Chain Restaurants

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Fluids Are Good Enough

2 Moderate Coffee Drinking Keeps You Hydrated

There’s no evidence for a link between moderate coffee drinking and dehydration, say researchers from University of Birmingham School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, UK. The research, published in PLOS ONE, found that coffee contributes to daily fluid requirements. The study compared the effects of daily consumption of four cups of black coffee or equal amounts of water. Women were excluded from the study due to possible fluctuations in fluid balance resulting from menstrual cycles. Researchers found no significant differences in total body water or in blood measures of hydration between men who drank coffee and men who drank water. There was also no difference in 24-hour urine volume or urine concentration. According to researchers, fear of dehydration is no reason to hold back your joe.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Boiled Coffee May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer

Tags: Coffee Benefits, Coffee Consumption, Hydration, PLoS ONE, Coffee Does Not Lead Dehydration

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No Glam for Teen Moms

3 Reality Teen Pregnancy Shows Reduced Births

MTV's reality shows “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” helped to significantly reduce births to teens, say researchers from Wellesley College and University of Maryland. Published today by National Bureau of Economic Research, the study reveals that despite fears the shows would glamorize teen pregnancy, the shows actually had a big impact in the opposite direction. “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” led to a 5.7 percent reduction in teen births! The study, called "Media Influences on Social Outcomes: The Impact of MTV's 16 and Pregnant on Teen Childbearing," also found that the 5.7 percent reduction accounts for about one-third of the overall decline in births to teens in the year and a half following the show's 2009 introduction.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Teen Fakes Pregnancy for Six Months

Tags: 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mothers, Wellesley College, Teen Mom, Media Influences on Social Outcomes, Impact of MTV's 16 and Pregnant on Teen Childbearing, National Bureau of Economic Research

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