By Tilman Nathaniel, Founder of Superfood Box
1. You Would Be Healthier If You Ate Foods You Don't Like
A Retrospective Study on Changes in Food Preferences of Japanese High School Students from Childhood to the Present Day, confusingly concluded that “decreasing the dislike for foods at present as well as no dislike for any food item during childhood may be crucial for developing future good food habits in high school students. In addition, to improve current food preferences, students may need to eat together."
So basically they said, it would be easier for people to eat healthy if they liked more foods today and grew up liking food more. Thanks for confirming that! Oh, and students should eat together to work on their food preferences. Skip to number 8 to see one alternative if you don't have something to eat with, or if you want to look at something else your date. Who needs eye contact when there's virtual reality?!
2. Adolescents Shouldn't Trust Junk Food Ads
Another study found that "the advertising and marketing of energy-dense, nutrient-poor (EDNP) food and drink has been cited as one contributor to unhealthy eating behaviors in adolescents…" and concluded "that the more adolescents agreed that they trusted food advertising, the higher the reported daily frequency of EDNP food and drink consumption.”
3. Mobile Apps Can Help Increase Veggie Consumption
This study tested the effect of a mobile app to increase vegetable consumption among overweight adults attempting weight loss maintenance. Their results demonstrated “the efficacy of a mobile app to increase vegetable consumption among overweight adults. Theory-based mobile interventions may present a low-cost, scalable, and effective approach to improving dietary behaviors and preventing associated chronic diseases.”
The authors were affiliated with Stanford University and University of Cambridge.
Mobile apps I would recommend are the Wholesome App for tracking micronutrient intake and finding recipes with nutrition content ratings and Health IQ to take take interesting quizzes on various health topics, including healthy eating.
4. Breast Milk and Fussy Eating
A study on Infant feeding and child fussy eating: The Generation R Study concluded that "breastfeeding does not predict fussy eating.”
5. Maple Syrup Urine Disease
In a research paper titled Maple syrup urine disease: mechanisms and management, they described the condition that adds a maple syrup odor to the cerumen and urine, and can lead to irreversible neurological complications. Well, it almost sounded like a cool disease to have!
6. 3D Printing Will Personalize Foods
In a study on the optimization of 3D chocolate printing they described how “3D printing is a new promising technology capable of creating intricate food shapes” and “through 3D printing, personalised food can be created in terms of shape and nutritional composition.”
7. Studying Overeating Gestures Using a Wearable
Researchers developed a motif-based machine learning framework to model overeating based on wrist-worn gesture sensing. In this truly revolutionary study they found that "feeding gesture count correlates with caloric intake; the more one eats, the more calories one is likely consuming.”
This sounds like it could lead to a wristband similar to the type of dog collar that zaps them when they bark. It may not be popular, but would be a hilarious invention.
8. Japanese Students Virtual Eating Buddy System
Research on the eating habits of Japanese college students revealed that they have a strong desire to communicate with others through co-eating.