Another reason to trust your gut
Why should we trust our gut? Because it knows the difference between real and fake sugar, even when we don’t. A new paper in Nature Neuroscience reports our gut releases different chemicals depending on what type of sugar we eat. Real sugar sends a satisfied signal to the brain. But when we eat sugar substitutes, the brain never gets the signal, causing us to eat more without feeling satisfied [Duke Today Article].
Excessive social media use linked to higher levels of protein that predicts serious illnesses
Social media is ruining our health, according to a study in Cyber-Psychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. Participants with excessive social media use have higher levels of a protein that predict serious illnesses, like cancer and diabetes. Researchers had also related high social media use with headaches, back pains, and more… as well as more frequent doctor visits. The study is one of the few to look at how social media affects physical health instead of our mental health.
Cancer research may have uncovered latest diet pill
Cancer research may have just found the latest diet pill. A mouse study investigating a new cancer drug has found that the drug also improves metabolism [Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis]. Researchers have discovered it mimics a fasting state in the body, where cells are forced to get energy from inside sources, like fat, instead of food. Mice taking the drug ended up weighing around 25% less than the mice that did not.
Positive encouragement beats forcing food on picky eaters
And finally… stop forcing food onto your picky eater. A paper in the International Journal of Eating Disorders says positive encouragement helps a lot more than a forceful approach. Introducing new foods as a cultural lesson or having your picky eater help with meal prep are ways to create positive encouragement. This helps foster an environment that feels safe to try new foods.