What's the buzz

What's the buzz

Diet high in protein lowers stroke risk

A new study suggests that people with diets higher in protein, especially from fish, may be less likely to have a stroke than those with diets lower in protein.

“The amount of protein that led to the reduced risk was moderate—equal to 20 grams per day,” study author Xinfeng Liu, MD, PhD, of Nanjing University School of Medicine in Nanjing, China said.

“Additional, larger studies are needed before definitive recommendations can be made, but the evidence is compelling,” Liu said.

The meta-analysis looked at all of the available research on the relationship between protein in the diet and the risk of stroke. Seven studies with a total of 254,489 participants who were followed for an average of 14 years were included in the analysis.

Overall, the participants with the highest amount of protein in their diets were 20 per cent less likely to develop a stroke than those with the lowest amount of protein in their diets.

The results accounted for other factors that could affect the risk of stroke, such as smoking and high cholesterol. For every additional 20 grams per day of protein that people ate, their risk of stroke decreased by 26 per cent.

“If everyone’s protein intake were at this level, that would translate to more than 1.4 million fewer deaths from stroke each year worldwide, plus a decreased level of disability from stroke,” Liu said.

The findings are published online in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Single parents have obese kids: Study

Kids who are raised by single parents are far more likely to get fat, as revealed by new finding.

According to the study that measured children’s health and learning, more than 35 per cent of children with a lone parent were overweight or obese, compared with 24 per cent of kids those living in couple families, News.com.au reported.

Terese Edwards, spokeswoman of NCSMC (National Council of Single Mothers and their Children) said that annual sporting fees were several hundred dollars and then one needed footwear and shin guards and petrol to get the kids to training and games and food was also a big issue.

Childhood obesity expert Sydney University Professor Louise Baur said that part of the link with single parent households could be the link to lower income as well.According to the study, more than 96 per cent of 5-year-old students now read at or above the national minimum standards, up from 91 per cent in 2008.

It’s the last bite rather than the first that matters!

A new study has revealed that the last bite of food rather than the first bite plays an important role in influencing the memory of people and determining when they have the craving to eat more be.

The memory of people for food is often vivid, especially when they experience food that are terrifyingly bad or delightfully good.

The findings from this research shed light on how memories for food are formed and how they guide the decisions about how soon people are willing to eat a food again.

The study established that this so-called 

“recency effect” might be explained by memory interference induced by the repetitiveness of eating, so, if a person takes a lot of bites of the same food in succession, the memory for the last bites may interfere with the ability to accurately remember the initial bites of that food.

Emily Garbinsky of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business said that the findings are important, as they suggest that large portions may be somewhat harmful to companies because they extend the amount of time that passes until repeat consumption occurs and it’s also important to the public, as eating too much of a favourite or healthy food may increase the delay until one wants to eat it again.The research is published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.