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Mediterranean Diet Associated With Reduced Risk of Depression

A Mediterranean diet may be protective against some kinds of mental illness, according to a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

FA070 – Anatomy of Three Things

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about three recent stories from the familyanatomy.com website, including: Food ads lead to snacking, and some portray drug-seeking behaviour Caffeine reduces memory loss, at least in mice Ritalin works better for bad sleepers Listen here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] You can get your free podcast subscription in…

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Food as a drug: Advertising increases snacking

Most people have heard obesity being described as an epidemic. Although one study suggested that childhood obesity has peaked, many parents remain concerned about their children’s eating habits. Two recent studies looked at food advertising and their potential impact on kids, and the results suggest that a focus on the “drug-like” properties of snacks might…

Fat Intake Can Disrupt Sleep

Researcher Cibele Crispim of the Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil conducted a study to find out how fat intake is related to sleep. She studied 52 volunteers between 20 and 45 years old. She had her participants record what they ate over a three day period. Polysomnographic recordings were also taken to evaluate their…

Smart Gerbils Eat Good Food – How About You?

Researchers from MIT conducted a study this past summer to look at whether healthy food intake was related to increased intelligence in gerbils. The researchers gave one group of gerbils beets, choline and fish oil products. The other group of gerbils did not get these nutrients. Four weeks later they tested them for increased learning…

Kids Preschool Eating Habits Determine Likelyhood of Obesity as Teens

New research out of England that is to be published in the journal Paediatrics, indicates that you can predict whether or not your child will be obese as a teenager by knowing their weight at age 5. These finding suggest that the focus on school aged children‚Äôs television viewing, computer use, school meals and physical…

Diet has little impact on ADHD symptoms

The May issue of Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition contains a review of studies linking diet to hyperactivity. Parents report that their children are distracted and fidgety an hour after eating sugary foods, but this is related to their expectations rather than the behaviour being observed. Only a minority of kids showed a…