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The most and least addictive foods

PizzaAccording to new research the most addictive foods are:

  1. Pizza
  2. Chocolate
  3. Chips
  4. Cookies
  5. Ice cream
  6. French fries
  7. Cheeseburger
  8. Soda (non diet)
  9. Cake
  10. Cheese

And the least Addictive foods:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Corn (no butter or salt)
  3. Salmon
  4. Banana
  5. Broccoli
  6. Brown rice (no sauce)
  7. Apple
  8. Beans (no sauce)
  9. Carrots
  10. Cucumber (no dip)

Source: PLOS

One simple dietary change may be enough to lose weight, improve health

Dietary advice that emphasizes just one rule – consume at least 30g of fiber a day – is nearly as effective as advice to follow the more complicated American Heart Association (AHA) diet plan for inducing weight loss and improving metabolic symptoms, according to an article published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

The AHA diet is proven effective for preventing and treating metabolic syndrome, but the diet’s many rules may make adherence a challenge for some. Researchers hypothesized that a more permissive diet that focused on one dietary change would be superior to the AHA intervention for weight loss, dietary quality, metabolic health, and adherence. The researchers randomly assigned 240 adults with metabolic syndrome to follow either the AHA diet plan (eat more fruits and vegetables; eat whole grain/high fiber foods; eat fish twice weekly; consume lean proteins; minimize sugar and sodium intake; limit alcohol; aim for a specific ratio of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats; and limit saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol) or to increase their daily fiber intake to at least 30g a day. Patients in both groups were given instructions on their diets but had no exercise requirements.

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Words used in Chinese books illuminate how a nation's values changed during reforms

A new analysis of words used in Chinese-language books reveals China's changing values. CREDIT Chan Zhou

A new analysis of words used in Chinese-language books reveals China’s changing values.
Chan Zhou

Rong Zeng, a graduate student at China’s Beijing Normal University and a visiting researcher at UCLA, and Patricia Greenfield, a UCLA distinguished professor of psychology, analyzed the words used in 277,189 Chinese-language books published between 1970 and 2008. Their findings are published in the February issue of the International Journal of Psychology.

The researchers chose 16 words that they determined represent a cross-section of values in Chinese culture, and then used the Google Ngram Viewer, a free online tool, to determine how frequently they were included in the texts.

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