Dark chocolate may lower stress hormone levels

Nutritional Health, Obesity
Under the "it sounds too good to be true" category, comes a new study, concluding that "a dose of dark chocolate could cheer you right up by lowering your stress hormone levels." The study is published online in the October issue of the Journal of Proteome Research. HealthDay reported that after following 30 "volunteers who said they were highly stressed," researchers found that "a daily consumption of 40 grams [1.4 ounces split into two 0.7 ounce servings twice a day] during a period of two weeks is sufficient to modify the metabolism of healthy human volunteers" by helping "correct other imbalances in the body that are related to stress." Reuters reported, “The study . . . comes amid growing scientific evidence that antioxidants and other beneficial substances in dark chocolate…
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Debate: Do calorie counts on fast-food menus gives diners pause?

Nutritional Health, Obesity
In my book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, I suggest: "We believe Congress and state or local legislatures should require 2 food-service chains with ten or more units to list the calorie, satu- 3 rated and trans fat (combined), and sodium contents of standard 3 menu items. Where space is limited, restaurants that use menu 3 boards should be required to provide at least calorie information 3 next to each item on their boards." I also write, "We also believe that labeling should be required for foods and bever- ages sold “to go” at food retailers such as cookie counters in shopping malls, vending machines, drive-through windows, and convenience stores. Further, nutrition information should be required to be listed as prominently as price and…
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Study points to chewing gum as weight loss aid

Nutritional Health, Obesity
The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/10/AR2009111001029.html reports that for anybody trying to lose weight, "taking up gum-chewing might not be a bad idea," as "there's actually a bit of scientific evidence showing that chewing gum helps fight fat in a number of ways." The research, sponsored by the Wrigley Science Institute, has suggested "that chewing gum may help reduce cravings, particularly for sweet snacks, and spur people to cut their daily intake by about 50 calories." The findings were presented at the annual scientific meeting of the Obesity Society last month, and "showed that gum-chewing people consumed 67 fewer calories at lunch and didn't compensate by eating more later in the day." For anybody trying to lose weight, a new report says that "taking up gum-chewing might not be a bad idea,"…
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