This week's collection of scientific papers from the fitness, exercise and nutrition science world revolves mostly around nutrition, mental health and lifestyle conditions. There's an exciting paper on chocolate, a promising development on battling migraines and also some evidence on breathing practice positively affecting blood pressure.
Potato and rice protein shakes may be a viable vegan alternative to whey protein shakes, research suggests
A new study found that plant-based protein shakes may be potential viable alternatives to milk-based whey protein shakes, particularly in people with need of careful monitoring of glucose levels.
Source: University of Westminster
Starting the day off with chocolate could have unexpected benefits
Researchers find time of day eating milk chocolate can impact regulation of body weight
A new study of postmenopausal women has found that eating a concentrated amount of chocolate during a narrow window of time in the morning may help the body burn fat and decrease blood sugar levels.
Source: Brigham and Women's Hospital
A promising new pathway to treating type 2 diabetes
Researchers believe the liver may hold the key to new, preventative Type 2 diabetes treatments.
Source: University of Arizona
Eating disorder behaviors alter reward response in brain
A new study found that eating disorder behaviors alter the brain's reward response process and food intake control circuitry, which can reinforce the behaviors.
Source: NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
The Southern diet - fried foods and sugary drinks - may raise risk of sudden cardiac death
Participants in a large-scale study who more commonly consumed a Southern-style diet - high in added fats, fried foods, processed meats and sugary drinks - had a higher risk of sudden cardiac death than people who had lower adherence to a Southern-style diet.
Source: American Heart Association
Consuming a diet with more fish fats, less vegetable oils can reduce migraine headaches, study finds
Frequency, intensity of monthly migraines declined among those on higher fish oil diet
A diet higher in fatty fish helped frequent migraine sufferers reduce their monthly number of headaches and intensity of pain compared to participants on a diet higher in vegetable-based fats and oils, according to a new study.
Source: NIH/National Institute on Aging
5-minute breathing workout lowers blood pressure as much as exercise, drugs
'Strength training for breathing muscles' holds promise for host of health benefits
A new study shows that a breathing exercise known as Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training can reduce blood pressure in weeks, with benefits on par with daily exercise or medication.
Source: University of Colorado at Boulder
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