Study, poor hydration links to higher weight

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You know water is good for you. And a lot of the healthiest foods, such as fruits and veggies, are loaded with water. It’s common dietary advice, but how much does this nutrient matter when it comes to losing and staying a healthy weight?

Today a new study reopens the water-weight discussion suggesting that not having enough water — from any form — increases the likelihood of being overweight.

The study was published today in the Annals of Family Medicine and it simply shows a correlation between being hydrated and a healthy weight, not that less watery intake causes weight gain. Yet it adds to the research on behaviors that could help people with weight control. For lower cancer risk, staying a healthy weight is one of the most important steps you can take. Read more… “Study, poor hydration links to higher weight”

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    Study finds ads may help kids eat more veggies

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    Mom always said, “Eat your veggies!” – but these words may mean little to children regularly seeing fun cartoon characters and colorful ads promoting unhealthy foods. It’s important for kids to form healthy habits now, like eating vegetables, for long-term protection against cancer and other chronic diseases.

    A recent study suggests that using some of those same marketing techniques could have a powerful impact on helping kids to eat more vegetables.

    The study used a group of superhero vegetable characters in ads that were set up in schools. These characters represent a variety of vegetables – such as broccoli, spinach, onions, garlic, tomatoes, eggplant, mushrooms, and zucchini – with the goal to encourage kids to eat many different vegetables. Read more… “Study finds ads may help kids eat more veggies”

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      Can Pasta Help with a healthy weight – and cancer prevention?

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      The most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend the Mediterranean Diet as one way to eat healthfully. Yet pasta, a common food in this diet, is often seen as packing on the pounds. So scientists in Italy wanted to see if they could tease apart how pasta, as part of the Mediterranean diet, may affect a person’s weight and body shape.

      That’s important for cancer risk, because understanding how the food you and your family eat every day affects weight is one important key to lower risk. AICR’s evidence shows that having too much body fat links to higher risk for eleven types of cancer, including colorectal, liver and postmenopausal breast.

      In this study, researchers used data from two large studies in Italy to see if  people’s pasta eating linked to their weight and waist size. Read more… “Can Pasta Help with a healthy weight – and cancer prevention?”

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