URGE TO SPLURGE
Another reason to measure out your dessert: Chowing down just because it feels good—which scientists have dubbed “hedonic hunger”—often leadsto overeating. Why?
Levels of certain chemicals rise when people eat their favorite foods, reports The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, indicating that the food may turn on the brain’s reward system, which overrides signals that you’ve had enough.
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67 PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN WHO CHANGE THEIR ORDER TO SOMETHING MORE HEALTHFUL AFTER SEEING A FOOD’S FAT AND CALORIE CONTENT ON A MENU
Source: Technomic Inc.
SNEAKY FAT ATTACK
You’ve probably heard that the chemical bisphenolA (BPA) is linked to a slew of health issues, including ticker trouble and infertility. But a new concern has surfaced: BPA is likely a breakdown product of another, more potent chemical, bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (BADGE),
which could contribute to weight gain. Researchers found that stem cells exposed to low amounts of BADGE turned into fat cells. Since BADGE can be found in many bottles, aluminum cans, and lined cardboard boxes, study author Bruce Blumberg, Ph.D., of the University of California at Irvine, recommends buying and storing goods in glass or stainless-steel containers, and limiting the use of plastics.
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