Nutrition researchers examine restaurants’ calorie counts — New study suggests lower calorie foods purchased in restaurants contain more calories than listed – Disclosing the calories in restaurant foods to customers holds promise as a strategy to lower the nation’s obesity rate. However, a new study of food items from national chain restaurants found that while stated calories on restaurant menus and websites were accurate on average, 19% of individual samples differed from laboratory measurements by more than 100 calories and lower calorie foods tended to contain more than listed.
Size matters: Why do people eat less when they have big forks? – Larger portion sizes usually mean we eat more food, but according to new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, bigger bites lead to eating less-in restaurant settings.
When a salad is not a salad: Why are dieters easily misled by food names? – Dieters are so involved with trying to eat virtuously that they are more likely than non-dieters to choose unhealthy foods that are labeled as healthy, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. It seems dieter focus on food names can work to their disadvantage.
Eating healthier means living longer — According to new study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association – The leading causes of death have shifted from infectious diseases to chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. These illnesses may be affected by diet.
Fast food menus with calorie information lead to lower calorie selections for young children — Few areas currently mandate nutritional information on chain restaurant menus. – In a new study, the amount of calories selected by parents for their child’s hypothetical meal at McDonald’s restaurants were reduced by an average of 102 calories when the menus clearly showed the calories for each item.
Mood improves on low-fat, but not low-carb, diet plan – A low calorie, low fat diet appears more beneficial to dieters’ mood than a low carbohydrate plan with the same number of calories, revealed by researchers.
Whole grain cereals, popcorn rich in antioxidants, not just fiber, new research concludes. – Snack foods like popcorn and many popular breakfast cereals contain “surprisingly large” amounts of healthful antioxidant substances called “polyphenols”, revealed by researchers at the 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Do high-fat diets make us stupid and lazy? — New research in the FASEB Journal shows that high-fat diets are just as unhealthful in the short term as they are in the long term – Short-term memory getting worse? Exercise getting harder? Examine your diet. Eating a high-fat diet may decrease ability to exercise and cause short-term memory loss.
Organic food not nutritionally better than conventionally-produced food — Systematic review of literature over 50 years finds no evidence for superior nutritional content of organic produce. – A systematic review of literature over 50 years finds no evidence for superior nutritional content of organic produce. Researchers revealed that organic food is not nutritionally better than conventionally-produced food.
Fat to make you feel fuller — UK scientists have designed a fatty formulation that can make you feel fuller for longer. – Scientists have designed a fatty formulation that can make you feel fuller for longer. When the fat remains stable in the acid environment of the stomach, it empties into the small intestine more slowly and increases satiety.