Understanding the physiological aspects of food addiction is a first step in dealing with it, and studies show the pleasure centers in the brain triggered by drugs or alcohol also are affected by certain foods, said registered dietitian Cheryl Forberg. Food addiction triggers can include foods that are very sweet, refined or high in fat, and some evidence also shows pictures of food can trigger difficult cravings, Forberg said.
Japanese researchers looked at more than 60,000 children ages 7 and 8 and found that those who were exclusively breast-fed for at least six months were 45% less likely than were formula-fed peers to be obese and 15% less likely to be overweight. The findings were published in JAMA Pediatrics.
Chef Sarah Bogan chronicled a monthlong effort to prepare three healthy meals per day on a food-stamp budget of about $200 per month, and made it into a reality-television show. She says she wants to teach other Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program beneficiaries how to eat healthy on a limited budget, and to "hopefully make a difference in some people's weight and budget."
Data on more than 6,200 type 2 diabetes patients showed that those who consumed more than three servings of fruit per week and had the highest intake of total and animal protein had a lower risk of chronic kidney disease compared with those who ate less. Researchers also found a link between moderate alcohol intake and lower kidney disease and death risk in patients. The findings were published on the website of JAMA Internal Medicine.
A big breakfast coupled with a small dinner may be a good weight-loss strategy, registered dietitian Joan Salge Blake writes, adding that research showed that people who flipped their diet shed more pounds. She writes that avoiding snacks at night also helps, as does eating protein at each meal to help keep hunger pangs away.