Beware the Snack Trap
We’re more likely to overeat when foods are considered snacks rather than meals, according to a study of 80 people at the University of Surrey in the UK, where appetite for candy was compared after people ate pasta. Even though all pasta dishes were identical, some were labeled as snacks, came in a plastic dish with a plastic fork, and were eaten while standing, while others were labeled as meals and were eaten off a ceramic plate with a real fork, sitting at a table. When offered candy afterward, those who had the snack version ate up to twice as much.
“Those who are consuming snacks are more likely to overeat as they may not realize or even remember what they have eaten,” says lead study author Jane Ogden, PhD. She recommends:
- Eat food as a meal rather than a snack.
- Sit down when eating.
- Pay attention to the food instead of other activities.
Egg White Myths Busted
Bodybuilders have traditionally viewed egg whites as superior to whole eggs for muscle growth, and many people believe that the fat content of yolks isn’t healthy. But a study led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign labelled both ideas as “unsubstantiated.” After comparing the effects of egg whites and whole eggs on 10 weight lifters, researchers concluded that whole eggs were more effective at supporting muscle recovery and growth. For overall health, they noted, a variety of essential nutrients and about 40 percent of an egg’s protein are in the yolk, and “its removal seems counterproductive for meeting protein recommendations.”
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In a British study of 298 overweight people with type 2 diabetes, nearly half were cured — meaning they regained normal levels of blood sugar without taking any medication — by losing weight. Slightly over 30 pounds was an effective amount of weight loss.