Posts Tagged ‘junk food’

Junk food may cause memory loss

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Junk food not only hurts your health but also your memory, according to a new study.

The study by Margaret Morris, the head of pharmacology at the University of NSW, has found that eating a diet loaded with saturated fat and sugar may have an immediate effect on the brain’s cognitive ability and may cause memory loss.

Morris examined memory in rats and found that exposure to junk food over just six days reduced spatial recognition or ability to notice when an object had been moved to a new location, Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Morris found that after consuming a high sugar and fat diet for one week, the hippocampus, the brain structure which is critical for learning and memory, had increased inflammation.

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Heavy TV viewing linked to more junk food intake in kids

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Commercial TV viewing in the home was found to be related to greater junk food consumption among children, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Michigan.

The researchers at the University of Michigan interviewed over 100 parents about a wide variety of home and family characteristics, including child and parent media exposure, and child dietary intake.

Kristen Harrison and Mericarmen Peralta, conducted separate interviews with children in preschools to get a sense of what children thought made up a healthy meal.

The aim of the research was to see how family characteristics were associated with children’s dietary intake and perceptions of healthy meals.

Using food security as a marker, Harrison found that the media-junk food link is very strong among food-secure people, and almost zero among food-insecure people.

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Tips to bash the cravings

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Get rid of that junk food addiction-try these super easy tips. Read on.

There’s been an exponential increase in the number of people suffering from lifestyle related disorders today. Diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular ailments are much more prevalent today, and the rapid boom in the processed food industry only intensifies the damage.Once in a while, it’s okay to indulge, but if you practically live on junk food, it’s time to make serious lifestyle changes to avoid getting crushed under the overpowering weight of different disorders that could affect you, not to mention your own weight too. And it’s not as difficult as it seems, infact, we’ve made it easier for you. Follow these easy steps to beat the binge.

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Don’t touch these foods post workout

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Post workout meal should help you refuel and recover, not pile on more fat. Here’s a list of what not to eat, post workout!

An intense workout always makes you feel great. But your first thought post workout is food! A right diet, being psychologically motivated and a regular physical activity is a must in your quest to lose weight. However, you might be surprised to learn that certain combinations of foods eaten post workout can actually sabotage your entire weight loss campaign!

Sweetened drinks and soda

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Nutrition Q&A: Working out not helping you lose weight?

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Nutrition and Dietetics expert, Parvathy Radhakrishnan answers readers’ questions on nutrition. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Wednesday.

This week’s answers:

MY AGE IS 56+ MALE. I WAS DIAGNOSED ABOUT 14 YRS BACK SUGAR LEVEL OF 314 PP. OVER APERIOD OF TIME MY WT. HAS COME DOWN TO 74–75 KG. MY SUGAR LEVEL FASTING IS–116— PP–130—–145. I TAKE REGULAR MEDICINES LOKE GLIMY FORTE 2 AND GLIMY FORTE–I000MG, ECOSPRIN 75, REMIPRESS –5, CAPSULE–NURACT PLUS, ROSULIP F–5 AND CALICIUM CALCIA SACHE ONCE IN 15 DAYS. BUT I TAKE DIABETIC MEDICINE DAILY. MY LEGS AND MY BUTTOCKS BACK HAS SHRUNK ALOT. IS THER ANY NEGATIVE EFFECT OF THESE MEDICINES. MY ALL TESTS OF SUGAR, COLESTROL, URIC ACID LIPID, LFT ,RFT ECG ARE IN LIMITS. I WANT TO ADD ON SOME FAT ON MY BUTTOCKS AND LEGS. PL ADVISE BEC– IAM GETTING THINNER AND MY PANTS ARE LOOSE. PL ADVISE , GUIDE ME.
vinod

Vinod, you have not mentioned your height.So I am not able to say if your weight is normal or or if you are actually underweight. You can try strengthening exercises specific for buttocks and legs. If you need to increase weight then you need to eat more but then medications also may need to be increased accordingly.

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Kids on junk diet develop lower IQs

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Children who eat more fast food meals will grow up to have a lower IQ than those who regularly eat freshly-cooked meals, a study has revealed.

Childhood nutrition has long lasting effects on IQ, even after previous intelligence and wealth and social status are taken into account, the study found.

The study examined whether the type of main meal that children ate each day had an impact on their cognitive ability and growth.

It looked at 4,000 Scottish children aged three to five years old and compared fast food with freshly-cooked food.

The study, undertaken by an academic at Goldsmiths, University of London, found that parents with a higher socio-economic status reported that they gave their children meals prepared with fresh ingredients more often, which positively affected their IQ.

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Longer sleep hours lower diabetes risk in teenagers

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Longer sleep hours could prevent the onset of diabetes among teenagers, besides improving their insulin resistance, suggests a new study.

“High levels of insulin resistance can lead to the development of diabetes,” said Karen Matthews, who teaches psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh.

“We found that if teens that normally get six hours of sleep per night get one extra hour of sleep, they would improve
insulin resistance by nine percent,” said Matthews, who led the study.

Insulin resistance is a set of metabolic dysfunctions linked with or contributing to a range of serious health conditions
that include type 2 diabetes (formerly called adult-onset diabetes), metabolic syndrome, obesity, among others.

The study tracked the sleep duration and insulin resistance levels of 245 healthy high school students.

Participants provided a fasting blood draw, and they kept a sleep log and wore a wrist actigraph for one week during the school year, the journal SLEEP reported.

Results show that higher insulin resistance is associated with shorter sleep duration independent of race, age, gender, waist circumference, and body mass index, according to a Pittsburgh statement.

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Daily cup of coffee adds 4.5 kg to weight annually

Monday, August 27th, 2012

A daily cup of latte coffee can add around 4.5 kg (10 pounds) to your weight a year, British experts have warned.

The boom in high-street coffee shops is helping fuel the obesity epidemic in Britain, the Daily Express reported, citing fitness trainers’ body the Register Of Exercise Professionals (REPS).

A small cup of latte with full-fat milk contains 153 calories while a cup of black coffee with semi-skimmed milk has only 35.

Even health-conscious people who avoid junk food do not realise how much fat and sugar they are drinking, said REPS, which carried out a dietary study of 2,000 British adults.

It added that half of Britons are now classed as overweight or obese, and warned that the number will rise higher.

Source: IANS
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Want to cut down on junk food? Simply get off that couch

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Simply ejecting your rear from the couch implies that your hand will spend less time digging into a bag of chocolate chip cookies.

That is a simple but profound finding of a new Northwestern Medicine study, which reports that changing one bad habit has a domino effect on others.

Knocking down the sedentary leisure time will mean that you’re no longer glued to the TV and noshing, which will automatically transform into a cut down on the amount of the junk food and saturated fats consumed.

Moreover, it’s a two-for-one benefit because the behaviors are closely related.

The study also found that the most effectual way to rehab a delinquent lifestyle requires two key behavior changes.

One is cutting time spent in front of a TV or computer screen and other is eating more fruits and vegetables.

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10 cheap shortcuts to good health

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

10 budget-friendly ways to improve your health and fitness

If you think getting fit and healthy will blow your budget, it may be time to think again. Luckily, many of the things that are best for our health are actually low cost or even free. To improve your wellbeing without the hefty price tag, check out our 10 cheap shortcuts for boosting your health.

Stay fit at home

If expensive gym memberships are out of your price range, luckily there are many other ways to get fit for free. Try incorporating exercise into your regular routine through everyday activities such as gardening and housework, and take up a free activity such as walking, running or cycling to stay in shape. For those who fancy taking up an exercise such as yoga or Pilates, it may be helpful to take a few classes to master the basics then you can continue to practise the poses at home for free.

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