BAIT AND SWITCH
The conservation group Oceana conducted DNA tests on seafood in New York City and found that 39% of the fish sold in grocery stores and restaurants was mislabeled. Farmed salmon was labeled “wild,” high-mercury tilefish was “red snapper” or “halibut,” and sushi bars were selling escolar – a fish that can cause diarrhea – as tuna. Download the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch app to locate restaurants that offer responsibly sourced seafood.
THE DARK SIDE OF SNORING
According to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, snoring may raise your risks of heart disease and stroke; even without sleep apnea. Snorers without sleep apnea were more likely than non-snorers to have thickened, narrowed carotid arteries, a precursor to atherosclerosis and blood clots. One theory: Your palate vibrates when you snore, inflaming carotid arteries nearby, says study author. If you’re a snorer, get checked out.
OBESITY GENE MYTH
An international study showed no link between the so-called obesity gene and a persons ability to loss weight. Researchers found that people with that gene can still lose weight if they go on a diet and exercise.
FITNESS TRACKER FALLACY
According to a study from University of Pittsburgh, a fitness tracker may not be enough to stay in shape. Researchers found that regular dieters did better than those who used a technology. The reason: Trackers may get people moving, it may encourage them to overeat, says researchers.
DO THIS, NOT THAT!
DON’T DO bench dips
DO close-hand push-up
With your arms behind you bench dips creates extreme tension in the shoulders, increasing the risk of injury.
DID YOU KNOW
Only 1.4 percent of the people in the United States meet the dietary guidelines for potassium (4700 milligrams a day)
NOT A SWEET SPOT
According to a Georgetown University study, a “sugar rush” could take on a whole new meaning. Mice on a high-glucose diet showed faster cancerous tumor growth than mice that ate a small amount. High glucose levels make certain mutant proteins grow more aggressively, the scientists say. More studies may find an effect in humans.
STRESS AND BREAKFAST
According to researchers at Ohio State, stress can erase the benefits of a healthy breakfast. Researchers discovered that stressful events from the previous day can undo any benefits from a healthy breakfast. The study suggests that stress effects the way the body processes food. The results showed that even those who eat a heart healthy diet need to manage their stress, says study author.
GRAB A BAR
Of chocolate, that is. A study published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research found that after eating a dose of dark chocolate, men showed better blood platelet function that those who didn’t eat any The reason: Flavanols in chocolate may help keep platelets for sticking together, resulting in better protection against heart disease and stroke. The effect lasted up to 6 hours, the scientist found. They suggest eating it in moderate amounts on a regular basis may provide a continuous heart-health benefit.
EXERCISE STOPS CRAVINGS
According to a new study, ask you have to do to curb your cravings is exercise. Researchers say short 15 minute bursts of strenuous exercise can make hunger go away. Researchers found that any kind of mental work utilizes brain energy, which makes people want to have food. In the study one group rested after studying and the other group performed interval training on a treadmill. Those who did not exercise increased their food intake by 100 calories.
MORNING SICKNESS, GOOD?
According to a study from the National Institute of Health, morning sickness may be good for you. Looked at a group of women before they got pregnant, then followed them for 3 to 6 weeks. The result: The women who reported nausea and vomiting were less likely to miscarry by the eighth week. Researchers believe there is a link, but more research will be needed for the answer.
An Italian study reports, brief workouts with heavy weights may be best for losing fat. In the study, one group of men did 32 minutes of interval-style lifting (heavy weights with 20-second rests between sets). Another group did 62 minutes of lighter weight using a more traditional approach (3 sets of 12 to 14 reps, shorter rests between sets). Over the next 22 hours, the heavy lifters burned an extra 363 calories. The reason: Your muscles work harder with intervals, so they have to do more post-workout rebuilding.
Herbs that can protect the stomach and intestines and counteract excess acid include dandelion, fennel, and slippery elm. Kelp and Irish Moss are also effective antacids. Consider adding these herbs to meals, or taking them as supplements when excess acid is problematic.