I have quite a long backlog of news articles that I’ve come across in the past few weeks. Since I was working on the Physiology of Fasting series though, I didn’t get a chance to post them. So here are a few:
A study published online today in the International Journal of Obesity shows that eating two eggs for breakfast, as part of a reduced-calorie diet, helps overweight adults lose more weight and feel more energetic than those who eat a bagel breakfast of equal calories.  This study supports previous research, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, which showed that people who ate eggs for breakfast felt more satisfied and ate fewer calories at the following meal. 
Glycogen, the muscle’s primary fuel source during exercise, is replenished more rapidly when athletes ingest both carbohydrate and caffeine following exhaustive exercise, new research from the online edition of the Journal of Applied Physiology shows. Athletes who ingested caffeine with carbohydrate had 66% more glycogen in their muscles four hours after finishing intense, glycogen-depleting exercise, compared to when they consumed carbohydrate alone, according to the study, published by The American Physiological Society.
Too bad the high level of carbs is still required, but if you’re one of the very few people that actually need a post-workout drink, this is something to keep in mind. As is the key phrase in that last sentence: very few.
But here’s an interesting thought: what if you workout fasted in the morning, then break your fast with a breakfast of eggs, fruit, vegetables, and coffee. Would that improve recovery and performance without using protein powders and sugar?
But the extra energy provided by sweet grain during the early stages of training made the horses in MSU’s study more disobedient and fearful than horses that only ate hay, Bowman said. The grain-eaters spent more time resisting the saddle. They startled easier. They bucked and ran more during training.
Providing fruits for snacks and serving vegetables at dinner can shape a preschooler’s eating patterns for his or her lifetime. …. Parents in the High 5 for Kids group ate significantly more fruits and vegetables, and a change in the parent’s servings of fruits and vegetables predicted a change in the child’s diet, too. An increase of one fruit or vegetable serving per day in a parent was associated with an increase of half a fruit or vegetable serving per day in his or her child. These parents also reported an increase in fruit and vegetable knowledge and availability of fruits and vegetables in the home.
What’s that tasty new flavor in your Hot Pocket? Maybe it’s plastic! Nestlé is recalling over 200,000 pounds of Hot Pockets after some pieces of what they suspect is a testing device turned up in the product.