Comfort-eating: People really do crave snacks and junk food when they are stressed, study finds

Stress really DOES make you crave snacks and junk food, study finds

  • Experts from Australia and NZ surveyed 137 adults about stress and their diets
  • Participants reported whether they felt anxious, nervous, panicky or worried
  • The team found people had more food cravings when they felt more tension
  • Furthermore, stress led to greater consumption of junk items and food overall 

People really do crave snacks and junk food to eat when they are stressed out by events in their lives, a study has confirmed.

Researchers from Australia and New Zealand surveyed 137 adults about their eating habits, feelings of tension and food cravings over the course of one week.

The subjects reported craving more food — and eating both more junk food but also more overall — the more tension they were

Read More

Study finds it only takes a bit of junk food to spoil a healthy diet

Healthy diets come with a variety of potential benefits, including everything from less brain fog to a lower risk of developing certain diseases and chronic conditions. If you generally eat healthily but occasionally indulge in some junk food, you may be sabotaging the benefits you’d otherwise get from your healthy diet, according to a new study from Rush University Medical Center.

The study focused specifically on the Mediterranean diet, which has been the subject of many studies linking it with positive impacts on health. The researchers used data on 5,001 ‘older adults’ who participated in the Chicago Health and Aging Project.

The project aimed to evaluate the participants’ cognitive health by testing them every three years using a cognitive assessment questionnaire. The participants also provided details about which foods they consumed from a list of 144 options.

By analyzing this data, the researchers behind this new study found that participants

Read More

Leading baby food brands knowingly sold products with high levels of toxic metals, investigation finds

CNN — Four leading baby food manufacturers knowingly sold baby food that had high levels of toxic heavy metals, according to internal company documents included in a congressional investigation released Thursday.

“Dangerous levels of toxic metals like arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury exist in baby foods at levels that exceed what experts and governing bodies say are permissible,” said Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois, who is the chair of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, which conducted the investigation.

Krishnamoorthi said the findings are “shocking” because they show evidence that some baby foods contain hundreds of parts per billion of dangerous metals. “Yet we know that in a lot of cases, we should not have anything more than single digit parts per billion of any of these metals in any of our foods,” he said.

Internal testing done by Gerber; Beech-Nut Nutrition Company; Nurture, Inc., which

Read More

Some Baby Foods Contain High Levels of Toxic Heavy Metals, Report Finds

As a parent, you only want the very best for your child, especially when it comes to the foods she eats. So it’s understandable that you may be concerned about a new congressional report finding that ingredients in a number of baby food products contain elevated levels of heavy metals like arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury.

Citing data from four major baby food companies — Beech-Nut, Gerber, Nurture (which makes Happy Family Organic and HappyBABY products) and Hain (producer of Earth’s Baby Organics) — the report by the U.S. Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy calls for stronger federal regulations and oversight when it comes to baby food products and their manufacturers.

But are these latest findings, which are similar to those of previous baby food ingredients studies, really something to worry about? Here’s what pediatricians have to say to parents about baby food purées and other snacks.

Should parents

Read More