5 Things You Need To Know Today (May 16, 2018)
1. Here's a strong case for eating more slowly.
If you're pretty sure you eat a few too many meals at lightning speed, consider this: A recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that the slowest eaters also have the lowest risk of obesity. This is likely because when we eat slowly and mindfully, our brains get the cue from our bodies that we're full—whereas when you eat quickly, your body doesn't register how full you are, and you end up eating more. (WRAL)
2. How great are electric cars for the planet, really?
As electric fleets gain traction in America, there are questions over how much they will actually cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. Experts are saying that introducing a bunch of new cars to the road—no matter how much greener they are than traditional vehicles—will still pollute the air. "[Based on] the number of new electric vehicles, the net reduction in CO2 emissions between 2018 and 2050 would be only about one-half of one percent of total forecast U.S. energy-related carbon emissions," says one projection. Biking, anyone? (Politico)
3. Can you imagine a life without colds?
Researchers at Imperial College London can! They’re conducting research on a human protein called NMT, which helps the cold virus replicate in the body. If the protein is blocked soon enough after exposure to a virus, the host doesn’t fall ill—at least in preliminary studies. (BBC)
4. Not all exercise is good for you.
A new study shows that exercise done on the job might not be that good for you—highly active laborers are more likely to die early than people who have desk jobs. "If you go out for a run for half an hour in your leisure time," the study's author explained, "that increases your heart rate and you feel well afterward, but when you are physically active at work, it’s a very different type of activity. You are working for eight hours a day and have limited rest periods. You are lifting, doing repetitive movements, and manual handling. Our hypothesis is that these kinds of activities actually strain your cardiovascular system rather than help you to improve the fitness of your cardiovascular system." (The Guardian)
5. The World Health Organization wants to eliminate industrially produced trans fats out of the global food supply—for good.
This preventive measure follows the FDA's 2015 decision that labels trans fats—aka partially hydrogenated oils—as generally unsafe. The WHO's new plan ladders into the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals, a global effort to decrease premature death by a third for noncommunicable disease by 2030. At present, it's estimated that trans fats are responsible for 500,000 cardiovascular-related deaths worldwide. (National Law Review)
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