Family blurbs and statistics
Family blurbs and statistics
If you eat 15 percent of your daily calories between 11 p.m. and 5¬ a.m., you’ll gain an average of 14 pounds over 3 years, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. So eat a healthy dinner and then close the fridge until morning to ward off the extra pounds.
Compared with men, women lose more sleep because of job and family worries, according to a study by David Maume, a sociology professor at the University of Cincinnati. When they’re stressed or worried, women tend to cut back on sleep, while men still find time to get their zzzzs.
Tasty hunger suppressant
It’s time to switch up your breakfast toast. Swedish researchers found that people who ate rye bread with their breakfast were less hungry 8 hours later compared with those who ate wheat bread. Researchers believe compounds in rye bread’s fiber ferments inside your colon, which helps you feel fuller. If you don’t want to make the total switch, simply make sure your bread contains rye bran.
It’s very important that kids ages 4 to 8 use a booster seat instead of only wearing a seat belt, according to research from the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In fact, they’re 45 percent less likely to be seriously injured in an accident if they’re in their booster seat.
Watch your man
Single women find attached men more attractive than single men, researchers from Oklahoma State University found. In the study, women looked at photos of men’s faces and were told if they were single or taken. The women who were told that the men were taken were more likely to be interested. Researchers believe the women might think a man who is attached has already shown his ability to commit.
Eat your veggies
The entire family can benefit from eating fruits and vegetables with their meals. Researchers in Germany found that people who ate four or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day scored higher when taking cognitive tests than those who ate less than a serving a day. So the trick to getting smarter could lie inside your broccoli.
More reasons to stop smoking
Fifteen percent of pregnant women still smoke, but doing so will more than double your child’s chances of getting ADHD, according to a study published in Pediatrics. The tobacco causes long-term changes in the dopamine and norepinephrine in the baby’s brain. If you need support to quit, check out Parentsquitforgood.com.
If you’re depressed, chatting with a psychologist through an instant messaging service could help. British researchers found that depressed people who spoke with a psychologist online for four months had significant mood boosts. The study’s author, Dr. David Kessler, believes it’s because some people are too embarrassed to see a psychologist in person.
Going to the bar? Eat some asparagus first, South Korean researchers say. They found that asparagus may reduce hangovers because the veggie suppresses free radicals and metabolizes alcohol more quickly.
You may not be able to get to Europe this summer, but you could raise your spirits by adopting a Mediterranean diet, according to a study from the University of Navarra in Spain. Eating a diet rich in nuts, fish, vegetables and whole grains leads to improved brain function and lower risks of depression, the researchers say.