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Practicing a little Zen before class can lead to better grades, according to a new experimental study by George Mason University professor Robert Youmans and University of Illinois doctoral student Jared Ramsburg.
The pair of researchers conducted three classroom experiments at a California university to see if meditation might help students focus better and retain information.
A random selection of students followed basic meditation instructions before a lecture, and the students who meditated before the lecture scored better on a quiz that followed than students who did not meditate. In one experiment, the meditation even predicted which students passed and which students failed the quiz.
Optimistic people less likely to suffer a stroke
We all like to feel needed. But new research suggests having a sense of purpose is good for our health, too, reports daily mail.
In a study of 7,000 people, those with the strongest sense of direction in life were over 70 per cent less likely to suffer a stroke.
The researchers accounted for other aggravating factors such as blood pressure and alcohol use and believe the effect comes through regulating the immune system.
Perceptions of taste, calories and value can be significantly altered when a food is labelled 'organic'- suggest the Scientists at New York’s Cornell University, reports Daily mail.
The researchers also found that Cookies and yogurt were estimated to have significantly fewer calories when labelled 'organic' and people were willing to pay up to 23.4 per cent more for them
When the food label suggest “organic” its seen and perceive as healthier and tastier – and millions of shoppers willingly pay more to enjoy it.
because the minty taste makes sugary food more tempting, The chemical responsible for the minty flavour in gum makes healthy food unappealing, reports daily mail.
Scientists have discovered that people who chew gum eat higher calorie sweet foods, because of the chemical that gives minty flavour to the gums makes salty foods especially fruits and vegetables taste unpleasant.
Co-author of the study, Christine Swoboda, a doctoral candidate in nutrition at Ohio State University, told LiveScience: ‘The chemical change is the same reason why when you brush your teeth and then drink orange juice, it tastes bad.
Eating more fiber may decrease your risk of first-time stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
Dietary fiber is the part of the plant that the body doesn’t absorb during digestion. Fiber can be soluble, which means it dissolves in water, or insoluble.
Previous research has shown that dietary fiber may help reduce risk factors for stroke, including high blood pressure and high blood levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) “bad” cholesterol.
Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but up to 60 percent of American young people consistently skip it. Now, Heather Leidy, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, says eating a breakfast rich in protein significantly improves appetite control and reduces unhealthy snacking on high-fat or high-sugar foods in the evening, which could help improve the diets of more than 25 million overweight or obese young adults in the U.S, reports medicalxpress.
Leidy is the first to examine the impact of breakfast consumption on daily appetite and evening snacking in young people who habitually skip breakfast.