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Digest - Eggs, Caffeine, Horsey ADHD, Childhood Nutrition, and…Hot Pockets?

Posted Sep 08 2008 5:03am

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:


Truly incredible and edible. Adults who eat eggs for breakfast lose 65 percent more weight

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. [1] 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. [2]

Conditioning Research had some more breakdown of this.

Want to know what kind of post-exercise shake to have to recover quickly? How about coffee? Post-exercise caffeine helps muscles refuel

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?

And With Respect To Healthy Children…

It makes young humans hard to teach as well. Sweets make young horses harder to train in Montana State study

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.

Note to parents: feed your kids well. Early-life Nutrition May Be Associated With Adult Intellectual Functioning

Adults who had improved nutrition in early childhood may score better on intellectual tests, regardless of the number of years they attended school, according to a new article.

Seriously, how could it not make a difference? Childhood is when the body is forming and growing and proper nutrition is tantamount.

Speaking of feeding your kids well, they’re learning it from you! Parents shape whether their children learn to eat fruits and vegetables

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.

As if the fake ingredients weren’t bad enough…but here’s something I don’t have to worry about with real food. I hope this isn’t what you’re feeding your kids. Pepperoni Hot Pockets Recalled For Containing Plastic

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.

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