Drinking orange juice and tomato juice while pregnant has been shown to improve infant intelligence

Orange Juice is good for baby's brain

A new study explores in greater depth the effect on infant cognition of drinking fruit juice while pregnant. Results show that infants whose mothers had their diets supplemented with fruit juice – particularly orange juice and tomato juice – performed significantly better on tests of memory. “Our results show that there is significant cognitive benefit … Read more

Self-control does not mean sacrificing pleasure

happiness is pleasure without guilt

Carrot cake or carrot sticks? … sometimes it’s a difficult choice. … sometimes it’s an easy one. If we are trying to reduce our size and change our shape, choosing the cake may feel like a failure of self-control. But not always. Researchers at City University London have discovered that feeling of having “given in … Read more

Traditional vegetable diet reduces risk of premature babies

Traditional diet aids pregnancy

It turns out we should follow our parent’s advice when we’re thinking about becoming parents ourselves, with a study finding eating the traditional ‘three-veggies’ before pregnancy lowers the risk of a premature birth. We analysed the diets of nearly 3500 women and found high consumption of carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, pumpkin, cabbage, green beans and potatoes … Read more

Japanese doctors found seeds from a Southeast Asian tree may improve obesity and diabetes

Melinjo tree seeds

Medical researchers have known for a long time that the hormone adiponectin improves obesity and diabetes and that the compound resveratrol increases the production of this beneficial hormone. Researchers from Kumamoto University, Japan who study plants from around the world for useful medicinal properties have found that Melinjo seed extract (MSE) stimulates the production of … Read more

Yo-yo dieters’ brains and drug addicts’ brains have similar behaviours

Desperate for another hit?

Yo-yo dieters’ brains eventually show “drug-addict” like reactions. Compulsive eater eventually become immune to the reward of pleasurable food, and need a bigger and bigger “hit”, just like drug addicts. Compulsive eaters and drug addicts have similar brain reactions.