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Almonds best for reducing hunger

A new study has found that people who eat 1.5 ounces of dry-roasted, lightly salted almonds every day experience reduced hunger and improved dietary vitamin E and monounsaturated (“good”) fat intake without increasing body weight.

Snacking has become nearly universal behavior in the United States, with an estimated 97 percent of Americans consuming at least one snack per day.

In light of increasing snacking frequency and snack size among US adults, combined with continued increases in obesity rates and widespread nutrient shortfalls, it becomes increasingly important to identify snacks that pose little risk for weight gain while providing health benefits.

Snacking reportedly increases risk for weight gain, but this broad generalization may mask different responses to select foods.

The newly published randomized, controlled clinical study, led by researchers at Purdue University, investigated the effects of almond snacking on weight and appetite.

“This research suggests that almonds may be a good snack option, especially for those concerned about weight,” Richard Mattes, PhD, MPH, RD, distinguished professor of nutrition science at Purdue University and the study’s principal investigator, said.

“In this study, participants compensated for the additional calories provided by the almonds so daily energy intake did not rise and reported reduced hunger levels and desire to eat at subsequent meals, particularly when almonds were consumed as a snack,” he said.

Soon, you’ll be able to charge cell phones with car batteries

Engineers have developed a device that could help people easily and safely tap into the energy stored in car batteries to charge up their phones and other appliances. The Brooklyn-based team has created the gadget, named PowerClip, which recently won New York’s Next Top Makers award, a first-time competition from the New York City Economic Development Corp, the New York Daily News reported. After spending five months participating in a city-sponsored accelerator program, the team won and received a grand prize of 11,000 dollars.

The group decided to create PowerClip when they saw New Yorkers struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy without access to power, even though they were surrounded by a source of electricity, cars.

The device can attach to a car battery anywhere, not just one installed in a car, and users can plug in chargers for cell phones and other appliances into USB slots built into the PowerClip.

Green tea and fermented pawpaw prevents diabetes

Researchers at the Mauritius University suggest that green tea and fermented pawpaw are preventive means for diabetes.

Prof. Theeshan Bahorun, at the Center of Excellence for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research at the Mauritius University, said that the Mauritius green tea prevents an increase of sugar levels in blood while the fermented pawpaw helps to positively reduce the level of the reactive protein C and the uric acid, China Daily reported.

Bahorun said that the results are very significant because they show a reduction of risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases without medical intervention.

The researchers asked 77 participants who had reached a pre-diabetic stage to drink three cups of green tea before meals for 14 weeks.

Seventy-eight others took three cups of hot water everyday for the same period of time, followed by a two-week weaning period.

They were all then tested for the following bio-markers: the rate of glycemia and lipid, the immune system, the functioning of the liver and kidneys, inflammation and the ferrous toxicity.

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