Snacking on Almonds Reduces Appetite

A study at Purdue University has provided evidence that snacking on almonds may be the ideal way to control cravings and hunger.

Individuals in the study were told to continue all their normal eating habits and physical activity, except:

(A) in one control group, participants were told not to have any seeds or nuts during the study

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(B) in several snack groups, participants were asked to eat a handful of almonds (about 250 calories) daily, at designated times, in addition to their usual food intake.

At the end of the four week study, the people in the snack groups, despite ingesting about 250 additional calories per day from the almonds, did not gain any weight.In addition, the folks in the snack groups reported the most significant appetite suppression throughout the day.

This study suggests that almonds may be an ideal snack option, which is not only healthy, but can also help reduce food cravings and weight.

Increased Height Increases a Woman’s Risk of Cancer

A study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention has demonstrated a greater risk for all types of cancer in taller women over the age of 50.

It was an unexpected, but across the board, finding.None of the taller women showed a decreased risk of cancer when compared to shorter women.

The risk of developing a host of different cancers, including melanoma, breast cancer, blood cancers, etc. increased significantly (by 13%) for each 10 centimeters – or almost 4 inches – of height in this group of almost 21,000 postmenopausal women.The women were divided into five groups according to height, starting below 5 feet 1 inch.

This association between cancer and height raises some interesting questions regarding the role played by environmental, nutritional and genetic factors, all of which help determine adult height.

Actually, some earlier studies have demonstrated a similar association between cancer and height.

It may be that hormones which influence height may also affect cancer risk.It is also possible that, since taller people have a larger number of cells, their odds are increased of having some cells develop abnormally into cancer.

In any case, it is a somewhat unsettling finding for tall women.