Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Does Drinking Water Make You Smarter? Plus 6 Benefits of Staying Hydrated
By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., EatingWell.comWater accounts for 60 percent of our body (or about 11 gallons or 92 pounds inside a 155-pound person) and is essential to every cell. So it’s not to surprising that new research—reported on at the recent British Psychological Society Annual Conference in London—found that college students who brought water with them into an exam scored higher marks than their counterparts who didn’t have water.
Unfortunately, the researchers didn’t look into whether the students actually drank the water. Nor did they investigate the reasons behind the study findings. But the researchers hypothesized that drinking water could improve students’ thinking and/or help students stay calm and quell their anxiety—both of which could hinder their test performance.
Their thinking makes sense to me: other research has suggested that staying hydrated keeps your memory sharp, your mood stable and your motivation intact. You can also think through a problem more easily.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
New York City seeks to ban big sodas from restaurants, food carts
By Josh Levs, CNN(CNN) -- New York City officials are proposing banning the sale of large-size sodas and other sugary beverages at restaurants and food carts.
"More than half of NYC adults (58%) are overweight or obese," Mayor Michael Bloomberg tweeted Thursday. "We're doing something about it."
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The ban would outlaw such drinks larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, food carts and any other establishments that receive letter grades for food service. It would not apply to grocery stores.
Critics -- including McDonald's and Coca-Cola, which stand to be hurt by the proposal -- quickly assailed it as "misguided" and "arbitrary."
The New York City Department of Health will submit the measure to the Board of Health on June 12. There will then be a three-month comment period before the board votes on the proposal, officials said.
"If approved, the city's proposal would take effect six months after Board of Health approval and would be enforced by the city's regular restaurant inspection team," a statement from Bloomberg's office said. "Restaurant owners will have nine months from the adoption of the proposal until they face fines."
Fines will then be $200, the statement said. Read more...