--FREQUENT COOKING LINKED TO LONGER LIFE. A 10-year study of Taiwanese people aged 65 and over revealed that those who cooked most frequently (up to five times a week) were more likely to be alive at the end of the study period compared with those who never or rarely cooked. Those cooking the most and living the longest were typically non-smoking, non-drinking women who were either unmarried and lived alone or cooked for a spouse or family; used public transportation, walking and cycling; and ate more nutritious diets than other subjects. (Public Health Nutrition, March 30, 2012)
--ALMONDS HAVE 20 PERCENT FEWER CALORIES THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT. Using a new method of measuring calories, which gives a more precise determination of how many calories are actually digested and absorbed from foods, USDA scientists at the Agricultural Research Service determined a one-ounce serving of almonds has 129 calories, not the previously estimated 160 stated on nutrition facts panels. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, August 2012)
--CUTTING FOOD INTO SMALLER PIECES MAY AID WEIGHT CONTROL. Preliminary research by scientists at Arizona State University found that cutting energy-dense foods into smaller pieces may be perceived as more food and therefore provide greater satiety. Two groups of 301 college students were given equal portions of a bagel and cream cheese--one received a whole bagel, the other, a quartered bagel. Those with whole bagels ate more than the other group, and subsequently ate more of the free meal that followed. (Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, July 2012)
-- CALORIE QUALITY IS MOST IMPORTANT IN WEIGHT CONTROL. Researchers at the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children's Hospital compared three common diets for their ability to keep weight off. While study participants on the low-carb diet burned more calories per day than those on the low-fat diet, the low-carb dieters experienced increased stress and inflammation markers, which could put them at risk for heart disease and diabetes.
Those on the low-glycemic index diet burned more calories than the low-fat dieters without any impact on cholesterol levels or various hormones, making it, according to researchers, the ideal diet. (Journal of the American Medical Association, June 2012)
(Reprinted with permission from Environmental Nutrition, a monthly publication of Belvoir Media Group, LLC. 800-829-5384. http://www.EnvironmentalNutrition.com.)