Snack attack!

Snacking is a dieter’s worst enemy.

Research suggests that the influence of bigger portions and excessive snacking overtakes the high calorie foods.

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If you’re trying to lose weight and tone up for the summer swimwear seasons, eating foods such as pizza, chips, chocolate, cookies and candy aren’t going to help.

From the University of North Carolina, data numerous factors were involved in energy intake including, the number of calories (energy) in a specific amount of food (energy density), portion size and how many meals and snacks a day eaten. Researchers say that the increases in the number of eating occasions and portion size seem to account for most of the change. Thus, ideas have been discussed to focus on reducing the number of snacks and meals a day and also the portion size.

Generally, when you eat something the number originates from kilocalories in a food and is then referred to as calories. According to the NHS, the recommended daily calorie intake is 2,000 for women, and 2,500 for men. The vital factors are the influence energy intake such as the portion size, energy density, number of meals, snacks and drinks consumed each day.

The study is trying to focus on balancing energy intake for men and women. Meanwhile, Dr Áine O’Connor, a scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation said: “Many factors influence total energy intake that can lead to [being] overweight and obesity but it is possible that having more eating occasions through the day, by frequent snacking, would increase calorie consumption and so lead to weight gain. This study also looked at portion size and studies have shown that having larger portions of food leads to an increased intake.”

The BBC recognizes that it’s important to focus on controlling weight by reducing and managing how much and  how often you eat to tackle weight issues.

Gluten free products

There’s a new label for gluten-free foods going around as the products are facing strict standards for them to receive a quality stamp

Many students have tried to eat gluten-free products as a means of a healthy diet.

Reading University student, Jack Ashton, 21, said, ” I don’t have a strong opinion about gluten-free foods. I would eat them but it’s hard to know if companies are misleading customers.”

Through research, it became evident that few students were closely interested in their diets while others would eat whatever they found while grocery shopping. This issue is that a new label will make it simpler for people to choose foods that are actually gluten-free. This is important because sometimes certain products falsely advertise as gluten-free to copy the trend.

However from the NY Daily News, Quality Assurance International and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness announced that this new label last week is to be as a rigorous, science-based stamp which shows an approval for gluten-free foods.

It is vital seeing as the food items that are free of gluten, a protein found in barley, oats, rye and wheat, will be labeled with a black and white stamp of certification.

Therefore the next time you are out shopping, read the labels carefully.

Calling all olive oil lovers

Olive oil is popular among students when cooking and for salad dressings.

A recent study has shown that olive oil is beneficial for the heart as it can help prevent strokes.

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As students are struggling with the rise in food prices, this is a thrifty way to live as those who use olive oil in their diets have shown less risks relating to heart conditions.

According to the BBC, the most used extra virgin olive oil is common in France. From the research group for neurology, Sharlin Ahmed of the Stroke Association, said: “Olive oil has long been known to have potential health benefits. It is believed that it could protect against conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease and so it’s promising to see that it could have a similar protective function against stroke.”

Therefore, it would be a good idea to use olive oil instead of other cooking fats. Also, it’s important to remember not only to substitute the other cooking materials but pay attention to the fact that olive oil is used as an additive for other foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish. ABC reported that the consumption of those particular foods may already have health-promoting potential.

Students should note that this study is most effective for older adults at the moment. Although many countries use olive oil in that daily diets including France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Yet Reuters made it clear that, this is an observational study which requires more research and evidence.

Killer cucumbers

Reports have shown that the e. coli outbreak is traveling across the globe to countries including Britain, France, Czech Republic,  United States and Germany.

The cucumbers were contaminated while being transported to various supermarkets.

More than 1,000 people have been infected and 18 dead according to the New York Daily News.

From the Telegraph, food stores have been removing the killer vegetables from their shelves to prevent further health risks.

Scientists have linked the source of this outbreak to beansprouts growing at a northern German farm. Therefore, students should be aware while doing their shopping if vegetables were imported.

Speed dial cancer

Students using their cell phones frequently should be aware of the alleged cancer risk still being tested by scientists worldwide.

Almost every minute of the day at university, students text, call and play games on their mobiles at their leisure.

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According to the World Health Organization, there has been a warning issues that cell phone could cause brain cancer as the electronic devices are maybe carcinogenic, meaning that they contain radiation which could harm people.

There is evidence to indicate that the increased rick of the malignant brain cancer glioma might be linked to mobile usage. Although research experts and cell phone companies deny any direct relation which is a commercial viewpoint to the public.

Often people are losing brain cells from the constant figiting with the popular phones including Blackberry, iPhone , Nokia and Samsung but they will not give it up. Mobiles are a form of communication. For those times when we are not able to reach a laptop or computer, our cell phones become quite useful.

It’s a threat to our bodies being exposed to that many electromagnetic fields each day. Those who have headphones or ear pieces are less likely to pick up anything.

At the moment, there is no specific data to connect cell phone usage and cancer but it’s important to recognize the risks out there.

CNN posted six ways to reduce cell phone radiation including getting wired, using speaker phone, not wearing your bluetooth all the time, avoiding radiation hot spots, reading safety manuals as well as texting friends instead of calling them. These are a few things to think about the next time you decide to use your mobile.