It’s a job for Veggie-Man!
As parents know, it can be difficult to get children to eat their green vegetables. But a new study says the methods marketers use to sell junk food to kids can be used to force them to eat fruits and vegetables. For the to study, elementary school children were divided into groups that received no intervention, had banners featuring vegetable superheroes displayed near their cafeteria salad bars, were shown (really pretty cute) TV cartoons depicting these same vegetarian superhero characters, or both the TV cartoons and the banners were shown.
The TV segments alone barely budged vegetable consumption, but the banners increased it by 90.5%. And when the kids saw both the banners and the TV commercials, their vegetable intake increased 239.2%. “You can use marketing techniques to do good things,” study author David R. Just of Cornell University, Recount The New York Times.
Probiotics and weight loss
Consuming probiotics – healthy bacteria that can be found in yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods, as well as in supplement form – can help you lose weight and lower your body mass index ? A new research journal concluded that yes. Researchers at the Taizhou People’s Hospital in Taizhou, China, examined the evidence from 25 studies and determined that consuming probiotics may help reduce body weight and BMI. Additionally, they found that overweight adults and those who took more than one type of probiotic for eight weeks or more lost the most weight. It sounds intriguing, but before you start buying probiotics, check out these useful tips.
To eliminate belly fat, the diet does it
Raise your hand if you feel like losing the excess fat around your abdomen. Lots of hands there! The BBC set out to determine the best way to lose belly fat. Recruiting 35 volunteers, the researchers divided them into four groups. Group 1 members were told to stick to their usual diet, but were given step counters and exercises to increase their activity. Group 2 was given the task of doing sit-ups. Group 3 was told to drink three glasses of milk per day. Participants in Group 4 – “the diet group” – were asked to reduce their portion sizes and eliminate snacks between meals and were supported by a dietitian.
After six weeks, Group 1 was healthier but had not lost belly fat. Those in Group 2 were neither lighter nor healthier, but had cut almost an inch from their waistline. Group 3 did not lose weight and showed no signs of improving health. Group 4 – “the diet group” – was considered the “clear winner”, having lost an average of 8.2 pounds each and 2 inches in waistline and showing signs of improvement in overall health.
Amy reiter is a New York-based writer and editor. A regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, she has also written for The New York Times, Washington Post, Glamor, Marie Claire, The Daily Beast and Wine Spectator, among others, as well as Salon, where she was a long-time editor. and lead writer.