Cold Brew Coffee Fans
Cold brew coffee fans, we see you: The U.S. market for cold brew soared 580% between 2011 and 2016. Some java lovers opt for cold brew coffee, believing it's less acidic and easier on the GI tract, but a November study in Scientific Reports found that both the hot and cold versions have similar acidity-and the piping-hot pours have higher levels of antioxidants.
77% of American adults drink coffee, according to the KRC Pulse Poll, an online survey of 1,000 people.
However, only 29% say they are happier after their first morning cup. Boomers are the most likely generation to view morning coffee as a sacred ritual.
Food Preservative Promotes Overeating
The popular food preservative BHT (short for butylhydroxytoluene) used in cereals and other mass-market packaged foods is stimulating overeating, according to research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), found in some nonstick cookware, carpeting, and cleaning products, and TBT (tributyltin) in paints, which can end up in water and seafood, had a similar effect.
“We discovered that each of these chemicals damaged hormones that communicate between the gut and the brain,” said researcher Dhruv Sareen, PhD. The toxins shut off signals that indicate we’ve eaten enough, resulting in overeating and weight gain. Among the three chemicals tested, BHT was the worst offender.
2-Minute Fitness Trick
Sitting is the new smoking.” We’ve been hearing that for a while now, but what’s the solution? Researchers in New Zealand have found that taking a 2-minute break, to walk around or do other movement, every half hour, reverses much of the damage caused by prolonged sitting.
But they still recommend walking a half-hour on most days, or other additional exercise.