Halloween is here again boys and girls. As I get older, it’s essentially turned into an opportunity to dress in some ironic costume to try to show everyone how hilarious I am. I miss the younger days, though, where it was as simple as dressing like Mickey Mouse (true story) and dragging a pillowcase around the neighborhood. I miss the candy. Yes, I know I could buy it myself now, but it’s not the same. Scavenging all that sugar is a big deal to a kid. To prove it, I present exhibit A below.
Hilarious as it is, the prank really shows the depths of our candy obsessions. Perhaps we gain a modicum of control as we get older, but there are significant things going on in our brains that make us crave those sweets. Researchers at the University of Michigan recently published an article in Current Biologythat gives some insight into how the brain responds to these treats. Continue reading →
If I learned anything in college, it was how to study. A long night before a final involved a steady dose of Xbox breaks, deep conversations with roommates, and probably a couple of gallons of Dr. Pepper. And I guess a few notes as well, maybe a book or two. Yeah, let’s go with that. Perhaps not the most efficient techniques, but they worked for me.
Somehow, with those study habits, I made it through without too many scratches, but I couldn’t tell you how. And now, research from Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla’s lab at UCLA suggests that my diet may have been just as important as anything else. This study, published in the Journal of Physiology, describes how a steady diet high in fructose can impair normal learning and memory in rats.
As my wife can attest to, this little cup of heaven is one thing I can’t pass up. Even after two helpings on Thanksgiving, I will devour Blue Bell ice cream. Done and done.
But why keep eating when I’ve already satisfied my body’s nutritional needs? Recent research from the lab of Dr. Palmiero Monteleone at University of Naples SUN in Italy, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, shows that this pleasure eating stimulates reward systems in your brain to keep you coming back for more.
What a beast Popeye was. No time in the gym, no real effort whatsoever. Just pop a can of leafy greens and lookout. Maybe you’re of his ilk, but personally, I have to put a little work towards attempting a stunning physique.