CARBS AFTER WORKOUT
An Australian study showed that loading up on carbs after a workout may help you avoid getting sick. The researchers say we’re temporarily more vulnerable to disease immediately after longer or more intense workouts. Carbs can apparently ward off post-workout bugs by keeping our blood sugar levels stable.
FOOD ADDITIVE MAY RAISE CANCER RISK
A study from Sweden found a common food additive may raise your cancer risk. Men with the highest blood levels of phosphates – compounds occurring naturally in some foods and added as preservatives to others – had a higher risk of developing several types of cancer than men with lower levels. The reason: Excess phosphates may amplify a cell-signaling pathway that helps cancerous cells develop, says study author. Look at the ingredient list on food labels for added phosphates.
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Recent research has shown that eating a lot of fruits and veggies can prevent an early death. Researchers found that those who ate up to 10 servings a day greatly reduced the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, and early death.
The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research reported that the use of battling ropes has intensity markers similar to those of interval sprinting or cycling. Ropes also set your shoulders on fire. Chains may be less ubiquitous but offer similar (and louder) benefits.
SELL-BY DATES AND DEATH
According to researchers at Harvard University, eating food past the expiration date could shorten your life span. In the study, mice that were fed a diet older meat had a 13 percent shorter life span than mice who died on a diet of fresher meat. A similar effect was seen in fruit flies that were given older food. Experts suggest this could also translate to food that has been left too long after being farmed. The reason: The nutrients deteriorate over time and cause cellular damage when eaten, say experts.
ONE-TWO PUNCH FOR WEIGHT GAIN
According to a study in the journal Appetite, your past experiences pairing sweet drinks with calorie-rich foods – like soda and pizza – make the combo more tempting. People in the study were more likely to say soda went well with foods like pizza and fries than with lighter options like steamed vegetables.
DIETS AND HEART HEALTH
According to a recent review of 40-years of scientific data on healthy eating, diet fads are not the answer for a healthy heart and waistline. Researchers say the ideal diet consists of primarily green leafy vegetables and whole grains. They warn that trendy diets consisting of juicing and coconut oil can lead to an intake of unhealthy amounts of sugar and fat. The review did find that almonds and other nuts can be part of a healthy diet, but must be consumed in moderation because of their high fat content.