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Can Fast Food Affect Students’ Test Scores?

Before you head to McDonalds for dinner again this week, listen to this! A new study from Ohio State University suggests that the amount of fast food kids eat can be linked to their school performance.

If kids reported eating at fast food restaurants frequently in fifth grade, their test scores in reading, math, and science were lower when they reached eighth grade. Their scores were approximately 20 percent lower than classmates who didn’t eat fast food fries or burgers on a regular basis, according to an article on Science Daily.


This News About Sugar Isn’t So Sweet

While sweets are OK in moderation, new research suggests that certain types of sugars affect the brain differently. According to a study presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, fructose is worse for the brain’s reward center than glucose. In fact, fructose can even increase the brain’s desire for food and lead to overeating.

So what’s the difference between these sugars? Fructose is a simple sugar found in high-fructose corn syrup. Examples include soda, salad dressing, and processed snacks. Meanwhile, glucose is produced mainly through the breakdown of complex carbohydrates. Examples include most fruits, such as apples or pineapples.


Can This Method Help Teens Drink Less Soda?

It’s a story we’ve heard (and told) plenty of times before: Teens should drink less soda. But how can you get that message across without seeming redundant or getting tuned out? Researchers from Johns Hopkins University may have discovered a solution. When teens were told how much exercise they would need to do in order to burn off the calories in a sugary beverage, they were more likely to opt for a healthier option or smaller size.


Eating Dinner as a Family May Help Fight Obesity

Obesity is a major problem among American youth today. Childhood obesity has quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. While the statistics are scary-high, there are ways to fight obesity and help prevent it. A new study shows that eating dinner as a family lessens the likelihood of teens being overweight.


Celebrate World Vegetarian Day With These Meatless Meals

Here at Choices/TeenBeing HQ, we’re all about nutrition. But that doesn’t mean we all eat the same. Some of us are vegan, some of us are paleo, some of us are total carnivores, but we can all agree on one thing: No matter how you choose to eat, getting the right nutrition is vital. Good nutrition means choosing a colorful plate with fruits and vegetable—so no matter how we each choose to get our daily dose of vitamins and minerals, we can all agree on some delicious (and nutritious) recipes—many […]


Does Junk Food Change The Way The Body Craves Healthier, More Balanced Meals?

Oftentimes scientist conduct experiments on rats, as a way to test theories regarding the human body. In a new study, researchers decided to investigate what happens when consuming a diet consisting of junk food. The findings suggest that it leads to obesity (unsurprising), but also reduces the appetite for healthier, more balanced foods. While this was a study of animals, the same results may very well be true for humans.


Can Social Media Help Prevent The Spread Of Foodborne Illnesses?

Twitter is commonly known for 140-character updates about people’s lives. From celebrities to news sources, it’s a great way to be briefed on what’s happening in the world. The site could also have another beneficial function: tracking down foodborne illnesses. According to a post on Science Daily, new research shows that social media may be able to help experts keep surveillance on food-related illnesses.


Ramen Noodles May Be A Convenient Meal, But At What Cost?

Sure, sticking a package of Ramen noodles in the microwave is an easy solution for dinner. But a new study may make you think twice before consuming those cup-of-noodles so frequently. According to recent research, eating instant noodles two or more times a week is bad for your health.

The study found frequent noodle consumption is associated with cardiometabolic syndrome, which can increase the likelihood of developing heart disease or diabetes. It also increases the chances of having a stroke.


Can Sugary Beverages Impair Teens’ Memory? New Study Says Yes

Drinking sugary beverages every day doesn’t sound like a good idea to begin with. But did you know it can actually impair teenagers’ memory? Scientists used lab rats to test the effects of consuming drinks with high fructose corn syrup on a daily basis. The study found that after sugary beverage intake for a month, adolescent rats’ ability to learn and remember information decreased.


Do You Know How Much Sugar You’re Sipping?

Although you may be aware of the nutritional value of the foods that you’re eating, do you think as much about what’s in your drinks? This must-see photo series by CNN takes a look at the bittersweet reality of beverages and how much sugar they actually contain. It’s definitely an eye-opener, especially in light of the World Health Organization’s new guidelines! WHO’s recommendation is that only 5 percent of total daily calories should be from added sugar.