To Ditch Dessert, Feed the Brain

If the brain goes hungry, Twinkies look a lot better, a study led by researchers at Yale University and the University of Southern California has found.

Brain imaging scans show that when glucose levels drop, an area of the brain known to regulate emotions and impulses loses the ability to dampen desire for high-calorie food, according to the study published online September 19 in The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

“Our prefrontal cortex is a sucker for glucose,” said Rajita Sinha, the Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry, and professor in the Department of Neurobiology and the Yale Child Study Center, one of the senior authors of the research.

The Yale team manipulated glucose levels intravenously and monitored changes in blood sugar levels while subjects were shown pictures of high-calorie food, low-calorie food and non-food as they underwent fMRI scans.

When glucose levels drop, an area of the brain called the hypothalamus senses the change. Other regions Continue reading

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FREE RANGE AND ORGANIC CHICKENS

With an increase in consumer health awareness comes an increase in unfamiliar or poorly defined terminology relating to healthy aspects of food.  We have probably all heard of “free range” and “organic” chicken, but what exactly do those terms refer to specifically?  To answer that question, let us first examine how chickens are farmed commercially.

How Chickens Farms Operate

Currently, traditional techniques used to raise poultry for meat and eggs focuses on intensive farming practices.  Although this technique produces a greater quantity of product  Continue reading