A new study, conducted by a team of researchers from Aston University in Birmingham, UK, suggests that the food choices of the friends on social media have a significant influence on people’s own eating habits.
For the study, the scientists asked 369 university students to estimate the amount of fruit, vegetable, ‘calorie-dense snacks’, and sugary soft drinks their Facebook friends consumed every day and cross-referenced this information with the participants’ own eating habits.
The analysis results showed that those who thought that their social network friends ate more junk food, consumed more this type of food themselves. At the same time, those people who thought that their friends ate a lot of healthy food, fruits and vegetables, integrated more of it to their own diets.
Study leader Lily Hawkins, a PhD student in health psychology, says: “This study suggests we may be influenced by our social peers more than we realise when choosing certain foods. We seem to be subconsciously accounting for how others behave when making our own food choices.”
Citrus fruits provide a wide range of nutritional benefits, reducing the risk of developing many chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and hypertension. These are the healthiest options among citruses and a good reason to include them into your diet:
Clementines, or tangerines, are packed with vitamins A and C, fiber and flavonoids providing anti-inflammatory benefits.
Lemons contain vitamin C, fiber, folate, potassium, and flavonoids.
Limes contain about 2 grams of fiber and have a daily intake of vitamin C.
Oranges are loaded with vitamin C and have a range of other nutrients such as thiamine, folate, fiber, and riboflavin.
Grapefruit contains approximately 47 milligrams of vitamin C and plenty of vitamin A.
Pomelos have enough vitamin C for several days and can be a good source of potassium, protein, and fiber.
The avocado oil is widely used in many types of creams, moisturizers, and sunscreen, as it is full of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D, and E. Below you can find how exactly this oil can benefit your skin:
Moisturizes and nourishes the skin.
Relieves inflammation from psoriasis and eczema.
Prevents and treats acne.
Accelerates wound healing.
May ease symptoms of a sunburn skin.
Help the skin to stay elastic.
Improves nail health.
Improves scalp health.
Here you can find more information about these benefits for your skin.
The latest research, published in the journal Nutrients, explained how pecans may improve heart health and described the numerous benefits of consuming this nut. The study was executed by the team of scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Medford.
For their study, the researchers recruited 26 men and women, who were overweight or obese but otherwise healthy. The participants spent 4 weeks on one diet and then switched to another diet for the remaining 4 weeks. One of the diets was a control diet where 15% of the total calorie count were pecans. The researchers found that adding pecans to the participants’ diets improved insulin sensitivity.
Lead researcher Diane McKay, Ph.D., explains: “Pecans are naturally high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, so replacing a portion of the saturated fat in the diet with these healthier fats can explain some of the cardioprotective effect we observed.”
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