Study, That Nutrient Claim on Your Snack Food May Lead You to Buy the Less Healthy Choice

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It’s no secret that marketing affects the foods we choose, including which foods we think of as more nutritious. Back in 2013, AICR wrote about how the so-called “health halo” effect can make people think organic cookies are lower in calories and all-around healthier than the exact same cookies not labeled organic.

A new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics finds that this effect may extend to claims about foods with added vitamins and minerals.

For this study, researchers surveyed over 5,000 people who were selected based on age, sex, race, ethnicity, and education to mirror the U.S. population.

Each participant who took the online survey was randomly assigned to view one package of vegetable and one package of potato chips. Chip packages varied in their health claims and in the amount of key nutrients they contained. Read more… “Study, That Nutrient Claim on Your Snack Food May Lead You to Buy the Less Healthy Choice”

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    Swap plant protein for meat, feel full and eat less later, study suggests

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    When you eat protein, the source of that protein can make a difference when it comes to cancer prevention: AICR recommends limiting red meat, avoiding processed meat, and eating a variety of plant foods including legumes such as beans.

    Now a study published in the journal Food & Nutrition Research suggests that getting your protein from plant-based foods may also provide benefits for appetite control.

    In this study, researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark fed 43 healthy young men who were normal weight or slightly overweight three different meals: a high protein meal based on legumes, a high protein meal based on meat, and a low protein meal based on legumes. Read more… “Swap plant protein for meat, feel full and eat less later, study suggests”

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      30 Seconds from Doctors May Help Overweight Patients Take Action to Lose Weight

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      Excess weight increases the risk for many chronic diseases, including 11 cancers, but physicians may not bring up weight loss with their patients because they’re pressed for time, fear patients may be offended, or worry that bringing up weight loss won’t make much of a difference.

      Now a new study published in The Lancet suggests that if primary care doctors take just 30 seconds to refer patients to a weight management program, physicians can help overweight and obese patients lose weight.

      This trial involved 1,882 adult participants categorized as obese (a BMI of at least 30 or 25 if they were Asian) with an elevated body fat percentage. Participants were recruited from primary care office waiting rooms in the south of England and randomized to either a support or advice group. Read more… “30 Seconds from Doctors May Help Overweight Patients Take Action to Lose Weight”

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