Forget the ‘Freshman 15’: Study shows students gain weight throughout college

Forget the ‘Freshman 15’: Study shows students gain weight throughout college

Small weight gains over time may not seem like a big deal, but a few pounds here and there can add up to an unhealthy lifestyle and associated health risks — especially for college students, who gain on average of 10 pounds over four years of school, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and …

Study: Black pepper can block carcinogens

Study: Black pepper can block carcinogens

Spicing up your grilled meats doesn’t just make them more flavorful. It makes them healthier, too. Kansas State researcher J. Scott Smith found that adding common black pepper nearly eliminates the formation of a carcinogenic compound called heterocyclic amines (HCA) from forming on the surface of meats and fish that are cooked at high temperatures. HCAs are formed when muscle …

What is a reducetarian? It’s a new diet aimed at ingesting less meat

What is a reducetarian? It’s a new diet aimed at ingesting less meat

When it comes to diets, “all or nothing” is a hard motto to live by. For example, think of the person who could be a vegetarian but just can’t give up bacon, or the vegan who occasionally slips up. A new movement — reducetarianism — aims to be mindful of eating less meat but not cutting it out altogether. The …

Friends don’t let friends diet

Friends don’t let friends diet

Losing weight and keeping it off is a challenge, and a new study has turned up an unexpected obstacle. “Friends and family can get in the way of successful dieting. They can be another barrier, especially if they feel threatened or jealous,” said Lynsey Romo, an assistant professor of communication at North Carolina State University. Romo is the lead author …

What is the DASH diet?

What is the DASH diet?

Trendy new diet plans garner annual attention. For those who struggle with weight cycling, it might be tempting to latch onto what promises to be a quick fix. With its catchy acronym, DASH might seem like one of those here-today-gone-tomorrow diets. However, it is endorsed and supported by such organizations as the Mayo Clinic for its legitimate nutrition and health …

Bonbon benefits – feel good about eating chocolate

Bonbon benefits – feel good about eating chocolate

In recent years, scientists and nutritionists alike have praised the health benefits of some types of chocolate. The higher the cocoa content — meaning the darker the chocolate — the higher the health benefits and the lower the sugar content. Milk chocolate is lower in cocoa and higher in sugar, while white chocolate has no cocoa solids. According to a …