Thursday, September 22, 2016

Starting the day right means a good breakfast -- or not?

Yep. Fido makes a great point.

Nutritionists favoring a daily breakfast say that skipping that first meal increases hunger throughout the day, making people overeat and seek out snacks to compensate for missing that first – and some would say most important – meal of the day. Is this a myth?

And does skipping breakfast lead to weight gain?  Not really.  Or maybe, it depends on the study and the confounding factors. Men that skipped breakfast also tend to drink and smoke more, which can be controlled for, but likely do other things differently from breakfast eaters, things still undetected by researchers.

Nutrition studies are often based on observations or self-reporting, so the science behind nutritional recommendations can be insufficient, biased, or based on false information. Transparency in interpreting results would help, though more gray area tends to confuse a public already uncertain of how and what to eat!

What, in fact, is a breakfast for champions?

All this talk of dogs and eating reminds me of the ultimate dog tease — enjoy:

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A snaccident waiting to happen

What is snacking?

Is it eating small portions of healthy foods or drinks between main meals to keep your energy level up?

Or just grazing on what's handy because your stomach is rumbling?

Or pigging out at night while you are working, writing your blog post, or uploading photos to your favorite social media site?

Debate continues on the health benefits vs threats from snacking:

It could stabilize your blood sugar or curb your appetite so that you eat less during the next meal. (but apparently, this doesn't happen that often)

Or it could lead to weight gain, depending on your portion and the energy density (calories) of the foods. Research on the topics suggests: