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The Prettiest Argument for Eating Breakfast That You’ll Ever See

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day — everything from the comfortable flavors and aroma to the immense amount of hunger that often builds after a long multiple hour stretch of not eating, aka, sleeping. But let’s face it, a good amount of us simply don’t eat it.

It doesn’t matter how many times we’re bombarded with the message, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” it’s not enough of an incentive for us to be late to work, or wake up a couple minutes earlier and prepare something.

I’m not sure if a pretty infographic will have any more effect on your eating habits than your mother’s timely morning suggestions — but it’s worth a shot, don’t you think?

OnlineColleges.net did their own research on the matter to further relate the effect skipping breakfast has on all aspects of your well being: from your ability to perform at school, your ability to stay fit, and your chances of developing several worrisome diseases in the future.

Here’s a very, very pretty look at why you may not want to skip that breakfast tomorrow morning:

 

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Science Proves That 2 Divided by 2 Equals 5, At Least When it Comes to Portion Control

When I was a kid, my economical little brother discovered a way to make his fast food give him more bang for his (or our parents’) buck. By tearing up his five measly chicken Mcnuggets into dozens of smaller pieces, he deduced that he would eventually end up having more chicken and therefore, a bigger meal.

At the time, I chalked it up to his embryonic math skills, but a new study suggests eating smaller pieces actually results in greater feelings of fullness and satisfaction in both humans and animals.

So guess what little bro? Turns out you were right.

The study, led by Davina Wadhera of Arizona State University, tested both rat and human responses to whole and cut food portions. Rats that were offered 30 (10 mg) food pellets vs. one (300 mg) food pellet seemed to prefer and “ran faster” toward the group of 30. Humans who were offered a choice between a whole bagel and a cut-up one ended up eating more in a later test lunch if they chose the whole bagel over the bagel pieces.

“This shows that food cut into multiple pieces may be more satiating than a single, uncut portion of food,” researchers said. This phenomenon in turn, they suggest, can be attributed to the fact that smaller pieces “may perceptually look more and therefore elicit greater satiation than the same portion presented as a single, large piece.”

So next time you’re trying to cut down on your meal portions, treat yourself to a little optical illusion magic and suspension of disbelief. At least your brain will think you’re eating more, even if you know you aren’t.

[Via Food Navigator]

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Substance Found in Celery and Parsley Can Fight Cancer

In the battle against cancer, it’s good to know what can and cannot help you prevent it. Cause let’s face it, everything gives you cancer nowadays. In this case, studies show that a substance known as apigenin, which can be found in celery and parsley, is known to help in a substantial way in cases of breast cancer.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri showed that apigenin is known to slow and reduce the production of cancer cells.

According Salman Hyder, professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, who co-authored the study:

“We do know that apigenin slowed the progression of human breast cancer cells in three ways: by inducing cell death, by inhibiting cell proliferation, and by reducing expression of a gene associated with cancer growth. Blood vessels responsible for feeding cancer cells also had smaller diameters in apigenin-treated mice compared to untreated mice. Smaller vessels mean restricted nutrient flow to the tumors and may have served to starve the cancer as well as limiting its ability to spread.”

A group of mice that were specially bred for this study were implanted specifically with breast-cancer cells. Then the mice were divided up with some given medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) and others given apigenin. The group of mice that received MPA developed tumor growth, while the others given apigenin actually caused tumors to decrease in size.

The rest of the study published can be found in the journal Hormones and Cancer.

via: Huffington Post and MU News Bureau

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Hate Cilantro? Blame Your Genes!

Ever wonder why some foods are just universally adored while others seem to have a more polarized set of opinions? Take cilantro for example. Proponents of this pungent green garnish are usually passionately approving of its taste whereas others (such as yours truly) simply abhor the flavor entirely.

Up until now, we’ve generally accepted a ‘different-strokes-for-different-folks’ explanation for this difference in taste and shrugged off this discrepancy as a matter of preference. It would now seem, however, that there is evidence to support that one’s cilantro disposition could be genetic.

A Study conducted by the University of Toronto of a sample of over 1,400 young adults showed a correlation between cilantro preference and certain ethnic groups. The study showed that individuals of an East Asian background (the segment in which I fall into) tend to dislike the garnish more than most with 21% expressing their dislike of cilantro. People of  Middle Eastern ethnicity appear to be more fond of cilantro with roughly 3% of that segment declaring their distaste for the herb.

While there appears to be a definite correlation between ethnic background and a propensity toward cilantro, it has still yet to be determined whether or not there is a specific gene that creates an aversion to cilantro in certain individuals.

[via Gizmodo, Flavour]

[THX and Photo Credit to Wikimedia Commons]

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Eating Chocolate Can Lower BMI?

No, it’s not Easter magic. It’s science. A study that was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine that states among a group of 1,000 Californians, ranging from the ages of 20 to 85, the inviduals who eat more chocolate tend to have a lower BMI (Body Mass Index) than those who don’t eat the sweet stuff as often. Though there is no direct correalation between stuffing yourself with chocolate and losing weight, chocolate does show to provide lots of antioxidants

One of the study’s authors, Dr. Beatrice Golomb, from the University of Califonia, San Diego states that chocolate is rich with antioxidants that protects us from oxidative stress, which can harm cell metabolism.

While the study does not find a direct link between chocolate and weight loss, it does provide a strong argument for the theory and allows for further research.

Note: Body Mass Index is the measurement of height to weight.

via: Huffington Post

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Are Big Macs Cheaper Than Salads?

An article posted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine states that according to the Farm Bill, government funding favors the production of meat and dairy products over fruits and vegetables.

The current bill, which was passed in 2008, controls what’s fed to children in schools and decides what food assistance programs can give to recipients, and subsidizes billions of dollars to businesses that produce feed crops that are fed to animals. By subsidizing these businesses, it also directly funds the production of meat and dairy products, which the government buys in surplus for school lunches. With less than 1 percent of government funding given to fruit and vegetable farmers, their article suggests that a salad costs more than a Big Mac.

Below is a side-by-side comparison courtesy of the PCRM of why it’s more cost efficient to buy a Big Mac over a salad. However, the graph doesn’t necessarily represent salads (or other healthier options) outside of government subsidized meal plans.

While ordering a Big Mac could technically be cheaper than a government-assisted meal, what does it mean for budget shoppers who hunt their own deals for groceries? Although it shows that fruits and vegetables receive the least of government funding, there are always alternative options in meeting the federal nutrition recommendations. Unless there’s hard evidence that proves that a McDonald’s classic costs less than a salad overall, we’re gonna remain skeptical on this one.

(Thx: Fast Food News)
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Nosebleed? Stick Some Bacon Up In There!

I’ve stuck my fair share of things up my nose and I’ve gotten my fair share of nosebleeds. I’m sure we all have. But can putting raw bacon in your nose stop a nosebleed? According to Annals: Yes.

A case study shows that the placement of cured pork firmly inserted into the nasal passages will stop hemorrhaging. The subject, a 4 year-old suffering from Glanzmann thrombasthenia (a hemorrhaging disorder mostly from the nose), was successfully treated with the method.

I guess next time I have a nosebleed I now have an excuse for picking up some bacon.

Note: Bacon should not be cooked in order to prevent nosebleed. Cooked bacon should only be inserted into one’s nose for aromatic purposes or if on a dare. We are not doctors, nor scientists. 

via: Annals

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Fast Food

Mouse Found In Bag of Burger Buns at McDonald’s [VIDEO]

A now ex-employee of a McDonald’s on Stenton Avenue in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane section has leaked some footage of a mouse nibbling away inside a bag of buns. Grossly enough, this wasn’t the first time that the incident has happened, according to the former employee.

“That wasn’t the first time. That was about the sixth or seventh time. That’s what made me like, I got to get video of this,” said Karruim Demaio, the man behind the footage.

Prior to the video, Demaio was told to simply brush off any droppings from the rodents, and to continue serving customers with the same bread. Gross.

MyFoxPhilly was first to investigate the incident and confronted the general manager at the location about the incident. To no one’s surprise, the accusation was denied and taken to corporate, who states that further investigation will be underway.

What about the health department, you ask? Turns out that after some digging around, this particular McDonald’s has had at least a year and half’s worth of reported health violations, such as live flies in the food prep area, perishable food not kept cool enough, and refrigerators in bad condition. There were no reported incident of rodents, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Check out the video:

(Thx: A Hamburger Today & MyFoxPhilly)