A truly healthy dessert topping
Researchers at the University of Lund found that a teaspoon of cinnamon sprinkled on a sweet food helps you digest it more slowly, staving off rapid spikes in blood sugar that can make you more prone to developing diabetes. Keep a cinnamon shaker around for those times when apple crisp or rice pudding is too hard to resist.
“B” happier with this vitamin
Researchers at University of York in England found that popping a vitamin helps chase the blues away. Adults with low levels of folate in their blood are 40% more likely to suffer depression.
Folate helps produce feel-good brain chemicals like serotonin (lead study author Simon Gilbody, M.D.). if depression runs in the family or you’ve been diagnose with it, Gilbody suggest talking to your doctor about whether supplement is right for you.
30 calories’ worth: the amount of chocolate it takes to lower blood pressure
German researchers found that when men and women with hypertension were given 7 grams of dark chocolate for 18 weeks, their blood pressure levels dropped enough to cut their risk of stroke by 8%. Some may even have normal levels by then.
They jazzed up salad and stir-fries. Bell peppers can be use in wider range of dishes if you roast them:
· As a dip
· As a side
· As a sauce
The breakfast mistake even smart women make
Rushing through breakfast can set you up for overeating all day long (Kathleen Melanson, PhD, R.D., Professor of Nutrition). When linger over the shake, women ate 40 fewer calories on average at lunch. That will make them less hungry at lunch.
Carve out at least 15 minutes for breakfast.
An easy way to make the veggies go down
A study from the University of Ulster in England found that women who didn’t consume at least 7 milligrams of zinc daily were more offended by bitter tastes. Boost your zinc intake with fish, lean beef, chicken, yogurt and nuts.
SHAPE, NOVEMBER 2007