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Although many people pay more than a third extra for organic food due to their belief that these food have more nutritional value than food grown with pesticides and chemicals, research by Dr Susanne Bugel and colleagues from the Department of Human Nutrition, University of Copenhagen, shows there is no clear evidence to support this.
This new research, published in the latest issue of the Society of Chemical Industry's (SCI) Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, suggests that organic foods ARE NOT healthier than food grown with the use of pesticides and chemicals. Save your money. Buy locally where possible, but don't go overboard on expensive organic foods.
We Eat What We See
Professor Brian Wansink believes it is nearly impossible for us to ignore the clarion call of the candy jar, the beckoning of the buffet or the summons of the snack cupboard.
The Cornell Food and Brand Lab researcher says, "We believe we have all the free will in the world. We believe we overeat if the food is good or if we're really hungry. In reality, those are two of the last things that determine how much we eat. Visibility and convenience are what really influences our eating."
"Something that's very visible, every time we see it we have to make a decision. Do I want to eat that? Do I not want to eat that? Do I want that candy on my desk, or do I not want it? We can say no 27 times, but if it's visible, the 28th or 29th time, we start saying, 'Maybe.' By time 30, 31, we start saying, 'What the heck? I'm hungry,' " Wansink reports.
Will eating a calorie of fat make you fatter than eating a calorie of carbohydrate?
Studies show that a fat calorie causes the same weight gain as a carbohydrate calorie. Long-term studies where people randomly ate a high-fat/low-carb diet or low-fat/high-carb diet have shown that based on what you put into your mouth, the source of the calories is really not important.
On the other hand, people who eat more trans fat seem to gain more weight, even when the total calories are the same. And, trans fat is particularly harmful with regard to type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
In addition, high intake of refined starch and sugar is related to a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes, whereas high-fiber whole-grain carbohydrates are related to a lower risk.
You'll eat more if you're eating:
- "family style" with the serving bowls on the table.
- directly from the bag or carton.
- on a bigger plate or from a bigger container.
- in front of the television, in the car, with friends.
"When it comes down to it, we're efficient people. We want something that's convenient. And if it's fruit or vegetables that's a whole lot more convenient than that cake that's wrapped up in the freezer, guess what's for snack today? Fruits and vegetables."
Excerpts from David S. Martin article, CNN.com
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