January 23, 2014

Began with Halloween

1 Superbowl Marks End of US "Eating Season”

Why does dieting in the US peak in mid-March? According to the NPD Group, which analyzes our eating habits, it's because our national “eating season” begins with Halloween and doesn't end until our final food-heavy event, the Superbowl. As with all festive dining, the Superbowl menu isn't exactly healthy: 22 percent of us will eat chips, 18 percent will eat pizza, and 13 percent will drink alcohol on that day. But don't despair: 16 percent of us will have soup, five percent will eat nuts or seeds, and more of us will eat vegetables, 27 percent in fact, than any other food item. Still, nutritionists caution that typical Game Day fare -- a slice of pizza, a half dozen wings with dressing, some chips with dip, and two beers -- can equal the entire recommended 2,000 daily calories.

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

Tags: Superbowl Food, Parties and Calories, Holiday Food, New Year's Diets, Eatingg Season, NPDPD Group on Holiday Dining

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Placebo Sleep to the Rescue

2 Thinking You Got Good Night's Sleep Helps

Just being told you slept well could improve your memory and attention skills, suggest researchers at Colorado College. Published in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, the study involved 164 students. They were told that a new technique could measure the quality of sleep the night before, but it was all a ruse. Some students were told that they had above average sleep quality the night before, while others were told that REM sleep had been below average. Students also listened to a lecture on importance of sleep quality for cognitive function. Students told that they had a good night’s sleep had significantly better results on tests for memory and attention compared to students who were told they slept poorly. Researchers call this “placebo sleep.”

More at Colorado College | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Adequate Sleep Correlates with Vegetable Intake

Tags: Improve Memory, Memory and Cognition Tests, Power Positive Attitude, Improve Attention, Sleep Placebo, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognitio, Colorado College

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California Fights Brown Coloring

3 CA Against 4-Mel Caramel Coloring in Sodas

California now limits food and beverage makers to 29 micrograms of daily exposure for the average consumer to the chemical 4-methylimidazole (4-Mel), better known as caramel coloring. It’s the stuff that makes sodas brown. The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer joins California in concern over the chemical that may cause cancer. CNN reports that tests by Consumer Reports indicate that Pepsi and Malta Goya purchased in California exceeded levels permitted without the warning label. Foods that exceed the set limit for caramel coloring should have the label: "WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer." The FDA doesn't believe current caramel coloring levels in food and beverages present a risk.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Caramel Color in Soft Drinks May Cause Cancer

Tags: Caramel Color May Cause Cancer, 4-Mel, 4-Methylimidazole, Health Dangers of Caramel Coloring, Why Soda Bad for You, Malta Goya Caramel Coloring

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Marshmallow Crispy, Cookie Dough

4 Oreo: Soon Tempting You with Two New Flavors

Oreo is introducing two fresh varieties to tempt cookie lovers everywhere: cookie dough and marshmallow crispy. Is this the first time a sandwich cookie has had a cookie dough center? Perhaps. Time staffers conducted some taste tests on the two new cookies. They decided that while the cookie dough Oreo is tasty, “it doesn’t really taste like cookie dough.” So, what does it taste like? Reportedly, coffee or caramel. As for the marshmallow crispy Oreo, Time staffers deemed it “delicious, but a bit more divisive.” In other words, it may not be for everyone! Time reports that the marshmallow crispy Oreo is “clearly based on a Rice Krispies Treat.” The new flavors will hit store shelves on February 3, and will be available for up to eight weeks.

More at Time | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: South Korean Ad Uses Breast Milk for Oreos

Tags: New Oreo Flavors, Cookie Dough Oreo, Marshmallow Crispy Oreo

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