According to research accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, a tomato-rich diet may help protect post-menopausal
women from developing breast cancer. Risk rises with increase in BMI. This study found that participants levels of adiponectin, a hormone involved in regulating blood sugar and fat levels, increased after consuming the tomato-rich diet although the effect was more pronounced in women who had a lower BMI. Here’s one more reason to enjoy fruits and vegetables more often.
Have you ever been told that eating while watching television for example can lead to overeating? A review of 24 studies and published in the April 2013 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirms the effect but was unable to explain the reason. But research published in Psychological Science appears to describe the mechanism behind it: mentally taxing tasks dampen our perception of taste causing us to eat more. The researchers believe cognitive load may compete with sensory input for our attention. Other studies have shown that by eating “mindfully” we are more likely to eat less. If you really want to enjoy that meal or snack, don’t multitask.