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Study Reveals How Food Labels Make Us Buy Certain Products

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University of Minnesota researchers say that people are more likely to purchase a healthy food if it is labeled with a symbol suggesting it is healthy, as opposed to having the actual word healthy on it.

Lead researcher Dr. Traci Mann of the University of Minnesota, had this to say:

“The word ‘healthy’ seems to turn people off, particularly when it appears on foods that are obviously healthy. The subtle health message, such as the healthy heart symbol, seemed to be more effective at leading people to choose a healthy option.”

One of Mann’s studies involved 400 adults in a lab setting, where 65% of the participants took an apple instead of candy if there was a heart symbol on it. Only 45% of adults chose an apple if the fruit was labeled with the word healthy.

Food Psychology: How Children Ate 4x More Broccoli

In another study involving 300 adults and carrots, Mann and her colleagues found just 20% of participants chose carrots over chips when the carrots had healthy on them. But when the carrots were labeled with a heart symbol, 30% of the adults chose them over candy.

The researchers also took their experiments to elementary school cafeterias. They found children were 4 times more likely to eat broccoli or red peppers if the vegetables were served first. The students were far less likely to choose the vegetables when they were served alongside other food offerings. The team got the same results when they tried the experiment in a lab setting and offered various snack foods alongside veggies.

The findings were presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s 17th Annual Convention in San Diego.

“What these results show us is that rather than leading dieters to make healthier choices, these food police messages are actually making unhealthy foods even more enticing to dieters,” said researcher Nguyen Pham of Arizona State University.

‘A Real Danger’

According to the team from Arizona State, there is “a real danger in using messages that convey only negative information about food.” One can only assume when researchers refer to “negative information,” they mean many people think healthy food is flavorless and unsatisfying.

Researcher Naomi Mandel said:

“Our work shows that negative messages about unhealthy food will backfire among dieters. If you want to change what they eat, a more even-handed message that contains both positive and negative information is the way to go.”

‘Tricking the brain’ can be a useful tool. I pulverize fresh spinach and put it in my spaghetti sauce to trick my leafy-greens-hating hubby into eating it. He thinks all that green stuff is just herbs and spices. If he saw me do it or I called it spinach pasta sauce, he’d never eat it.

It’s kind of like telling little kids they’re eating baby trees instead of broccoli. (It works with my nieces and nephews.)

 

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Research reveals that sugar is harder to quit than cocaine

A study conducted by Dr. Nicole Avena of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has found that sugar consumption and addictive behaviors are closely linked. Just how bad could a sugar addiction be, you ask? Sadly, the study suggests that it’s eight times more addictive than cocaine.

If that doesn’t make you want to skip that cola purchase, I don’t know what will.

Couple these findings with the fact that most Americans ingest approximately 22 teaspoons of sugar daily, and it’s clear that the findings are indeed highly disturbing. Even worse is the consumption by teenagers; it’s estimated that this age group consumes about 34 teaspoons of it every day. Soda has been eyed as the most common culprit behind so much sugar ingestion, with other junk food choices like cookies not far behind. Unquestionably, people are flocking to sugar like it’s going out of style, and now we know why – it’s an addiction.

Highly-processed foods alter brain, activating areas linked to addictions

Dr. Avena’s article on the topic was published in the journal PLOS ONE, which states the following:

… addictive substances are altered to increase the rate at which the addictive agent is absorbed into the bloodstream. For example, when a coca leaf is chewed, it is considered to have little addictive potential. However, once it is processed into a concentrated dose with rapid delivery into the system, it becomes cocaine, which is highly addictive. Similarly,highly processed foods, compared to naturally occurring foods, are more likely to induce a blood sugar spike. This is important, because there is a known link between glucose levels and activation of areas of the brain that are involved with addiction.

The published study, entitled, Which Foods May Be Addictive? The Roles of Processing, Fat Content, and Glycemic Load, elaborates as follows:

… the addictive potential of a food is likely to increase if the food is highly processed to increase the amount, or dose, of fat and/or refined carbohydrates and if the refined carbohydrates are absorbed into the bloodstream quickly (high GL). An essential next step in the consideration of “food addiction” is to determine which foods or food attributes pose the greatest risk in the development of addictive-like eating behaviors in humans.

Avoid pizza and these other foods, which are said to be the most addictive

According to Dr. Avena, pizza is the most addictive food. Just one slice contains more sugar than a few Oreo cookies, thanks to the hidden sugar in the tomato sauce. Now, we all know that most people don’t just stop at a mere slice. In fact, we’ve all probably seen folks devour an entire pizza on their own, which is likely akin to polishing off an entire box (or more) of Oreo’s … not good.

Furthermore, what do most people enjoy drinking with their pizza? You guessed it – soda! As mentioned earlier, people are downing such liquid sugar more today than ever before, demonstrating our collective dependency on the unhealthy substance.

After pizza, Dr. Avena explains that cookies, ice cream and chips also rank high among the most addictive foods. They too, have a sugar content that impacts the brain in a way that mimics drug and alcohol addiction.

The least addictive foods, according to the study? Eat more cucumbers, carrots and beans; they’re the least addictive, and therefore, are healthy choices to include in your diet.

These findings reinforce the importance of avoiding a junk food diet, and instead, enjoying one that consists of fresh, organic options. Fruits and vegetables, along with a variety of nuts, seeds and superfoods, are the best choices to keep your health on track and even reverse certain ailments.

Why feed your body a substance that’s eight times as addictive as cocaine, when you can take the better path and live the healthier, longer life you deserve?

8 health-promoting veggies that can easily be regrown over and over again

by: David Gutierrez – Natural News

People who are new to gardening sometimes feel intimidated by the leap of faith required to grow plants from seed. Others find it daunting to save seeds from their plants, but dislike the idea of purchasing new seeds for the same crops year after year.

Fortunately, there are a great number of food plants that can easily be regrown by saving and replanting just a small portion of the plant after harvest.

Like all vegetables, the following eight plants need light, water, air and nutrients (typically in the form of soil). Though many will thrive best outside, they can all be grown indoors, given sufficient light (five to six hours per day, including in winter), and good drainage.

Super herbs

Some of the easiest and most rewarding plants to grow are green onions. Nearly the entire plant is edible – the leaves taste like chives and the bulbs taste like onions – and if you submerge the inedible roots in water they will resprout into a full plant! So you can just grow the same onion again and again, and meanwhile add plenty of vitamin C and the super-antioxidant quercetin to your diet.

Cilantro, also known as coriander, can sprout from even a single leaf submerged in water. Once the plant has formed roots, it should be transplanted. In addition to providing a distinctive flavor to your dishes, cilantro is also a potent antiseptic and antifungal, aids digestion and helps remove toxic metals from the body.

Basil will also sprout into a full plant from just a single leaf, as long as the stem is just under two inches long. Once the new plant has doubled in size, it should be transplanted. Basil has been shown to lower levels of stress hormones, detoxify the liver, improve respiratory function, lower blood sugar and improve circulation. It is rich in iron and a potent anti-inflammatory.

Perhaps the greatest of the herbs is garlic, a superfood among superfoods. Garlic produces edible leaves, but it is most prized for its pungent bulbs. A single one of these bulbs, if placed in water, will sprout into a full plant.

Garlic is a potent immune booster and one of the broadest spectrum antimicrobial agents known. It has been shown to help prevent cancer and even shrink some cancerous tumors.

Perpetually growing veggies

You’ve heard that potatoes can be regrown from their eyes, but these veggies make that process look downright difficult!

You can regrow bok choy – which is an anti-inflammatory, lowers blood pressure and prevents cancer – by placing the roots in water. Transplant after one to two weeks and harvest again when it reaches full size.

Romaine lettuce needs a little more mass to grow back; save half the plant and place in water. It can be transplanted as soon as the leaves start growing back. You can pick and eat lettuce leaves as the plant grows, adding a rich source of vitamin C to your diet.

Carrots are famous for being rich in beta-carotenes that produce vitamin A, but did you know that beta-carotenes also have cancer-fighting properties? Best of all, carrots are incredibly easy to grow: Just save the top part that you are already cutting off and submerge it in water. Watch the roots and leaves grow almost at once!

You can use a similar trick with celery, submerging the base that is typically cut off and discarded. The celery can be replanted as soon as leaves appear in the center of the plant. While it may have a reputation as having limited nutrient content, celery is actually very rich in micronutrients. It has a long history of use as a medicinal plant, and contains plant compounds that have been shown to boost immune function and stop the growth of cancer cells.

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Eating These Foods Will Increase Your Risk of Developing Cancer and Heart Disease

 

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Today, there seem to be a growing amount of evidence that eating processed meats can increase your risk of cancer and heart disease. More people are turning to a vegan diet, to completely cut animal-related products from their diet. It turns out, ditching the meat in favor of healthy plant-based meals could be one of the healthiest choices.

According to a recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO), processed meats are one of the leading causes of cancer, ranked right next to cigarettes. Like cigarettes, meat contains carcinogens that could lead to various types of cancer, including colon cancer.

As part of this study, researchers concluded that eating just 50 grams of processed meat each day can increase your risk of bowel cancer by 18 percent. 50 grams of meat are equivalent to two slices of bacon or one sausage.

Processed meats are manufactured using sodium nitrite.

During the processing of certain meats, sodium nitrites combine with naturally present amines in the meat to form carcinogenic N-nitroso compounds.

When ingested, these compounds are associated with cancer, according to the study.

What meats are considered processed? Some you may not have considered. It includes any meat that has been preserved by smoking, curing, salting or adding preservatives. Meats such as:

  • Ham
  • Bacon
  • Pastrami
  • Salami
  • Hot dogs
  • Sausages
  • Luncheon meat
  • Some red meats

 

Eating Meat Can Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease

Across the developed world, meat-based diets are thought to be directly linked to higher rates of coronary heart disease. In the UK and the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death. In fact, one out of four deaths in the US can be linked to heart disease.

Eliminating meat from your diet could help lower your risk of various types of cancer, along with improving your overall cardiovascular health. If you want to switch from eating meat, especially processed meats, to following a vegan diet, now is the time to consider giving them up.

 

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Tropical Detox Juice Recipe

This delicious detox juice is easy on the digestive system and gently loosens any build up of mucus and waste that may have formed within the body overnight.

 
Ingredient:

1 medium ripe papaya, peeled, seeded, and sliced
1 small pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 (1-in.) piece peeled fresh ginger
1 medium kiwi, peeled
1.2 cup fresh young coconut water (stir in after juicing)

 

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