In the News: This Is Your Brain on Coffee

By , SparkPeople Blogger
A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking healthy headlines of the week.

This Is Your Brain on Coffee
Several recent studies have linked moderate coffee consumption to various health benefits--including lowered risks of developing some cancers and staving off dementia. Get the scoop on what your morning cup (or two) does to help your health.

Hidden, Healthy Fast-Food Finds
It's the sign of a true foodie to order off the menu in high-end restaurants, but did you know that such secret menus exist at restaurant chains, too? These top-secret meals are healthier--you just need to know what to ask for.

Philly helps Chinese takeouts take out some of the salt
Most of the salt we consume comes not from the shaker but from restaurant and processed foods. In Philadelphia, the Department of Health is helping Chinese takeout restaurants slash sodium, partially as a way to help lower-income populations at risk for high blood pressure and heart problems.

Vegetarian diet tied to fewer deaths over time
Hold the bacon for a longer life? A new study found that those who eat mostly fruits and vegetables are less likely to die over a certain period of time. Another study found conflicting results, but it's still a good endorsement for eating your broccoli.

Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes
A cardboard box full of baby supplies offered to all Finnish mothers regardless of income is, some say, a key reason why the Scandinavian country has one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates.

Yoga for Bigger Bodies a Hit
Yoga for plus-size practitioners is catching on, with more classes popping up that are accessible to every body. Find out why--and where you can take these classes.

Sunscreen is not just for the beach: Daily use can protect skin, study says
I have super fair skin that is prone to sunburns, which I wrote about in the blog "Does SPF 100=100% Sun Protection?" I have worn sunscreen daily for years, but I have sometimes questioned whether it was necessary. Now a study has found that regardless of your motivation, be it vanity or cancer prevention, daily sunscreen application protects your skin. (If you're interested, here's a guide to the best sunscreens.)
More TV time equals more sugary drinks for kids, says study
A new study found that the more time children spend in front of the television, the more ads they see, which leads to higher consumption of sweetened beverages.

Nutritional fact or fiction? Dietitians weigh in on probiotics, the microwave and more

Is microwaved food less nutritious? Is sea salt superior to table salt? Is the "three-second rule" legit? Dietitians separate myths from reality.

Which stories topped your "must-read" list this week?

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