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Can something as small as a candy wrapper help you lose weight?

Can something as small as a candy wrapper help you lose weight? | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it
Even small obstacles to snacking, such as wrappers on candy, can help people who want to lose weight. A study suggests eating is an automatic behavior that can be disrupted when any additional effort is required to serve oneself.
Seth Bilazarian, MD's insight:

The food industry has done a fantastic job lowering barriers to food and this has contributed to the obesity epidemic.  Even healthy foods like fruits now have less obstacles:  no seeds in grapes,oranges, watermelon and the serving size of foods including fruits has significantly increased and the fruit growers have bred fruits with higher levels of sugar to appeal to the American diet.    Reducng obstacles has been a win for the food industry (manufacturers and agri-business) but taken a significant toll on American health.

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Healthy Food Is a Better Deal Than Junk, USDA Says

Healthy Food Is a Better Deal Than Junk, USDA Says | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it
Healthy food isn't necessarily more expensive than junk food, according to a new government report.

 

The finding contradicts long-held conventional wisdom that it’s cheaper to snack on potato chips than carrots, and bolsters the Obama administration’s fight against rising obesity levels in the U.S.

Food economists traditionally measure the amount of calories you get for your money. By that measure, you still get more when you buy pizza, French fries or other foods high in sodium, salt and saturated fat.

But the USDA study looked at a food’s worth from new perspective and concluded there’s better value in fruits, vegetables, lean meat and low-fat milk. You may get fewer calories per dollar, researchers say, but you get more food when you’re measuring based on price per weight, or price per portion.  By the food-portion metric, romaine lettuce is much cheaper than ice cream sandwiches and 1% milk is cheaper than soda.

 

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Addicted to ... Food?

Addicted to ... Food? | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

A study of 12 men found that glycemic load—distinct from calories or sweetness—can alter brain function and promote overeating. Is there such a thing as food addiction? A study using brain imaging suggests that high-glycemic foods may trigger the same brain mechanism as substance abuse.

Seth Bilazarian, MD's insight:

The benefit of the diets which reduce sugar and carbohydrates such as Glycemic Index, Atkins, South Beach, Belly Fat Cure are in part due to the reduced sugar effect on the brain.

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This study narrows the difference to one variable only—the glycemic load—and indicates that this factor, distinct from calories or sweetness, can alter brain function and promote overeating. “These findings suggest that limiting high-glycemic index carbohydrates like white bread and potatoes could help obese individuals reduce cravings and control the urge to overeat,

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shelbylaneMD's curator insight, August 18, 2013 11:53 AM

Addiction and dopamine.  "these foods contain chemical compounds that stimulate the brain's secretion of opiate-like, "feel-good" chemicals like dopamine, which drive our cravings for them....."