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Junk food cravings get worse if you don’t get enough sleep


Pulling an all-nighter might help when it comes to cramming for a high school chemistry test, but it can also make you reach for a Big Mac the next morning. When people don’t get enough sleep, they are more likely to eat junk food, say researchers.

A new study from the University of California, Berkeley found that people who did not get enough sleep had impaired decision-making skills and the reward center of their brain was heightened. So people who didn’t get a good night’s sleep were more likely to reach for an unhealthy snack than someone who was well rested. Continue reading →

Salt, Sugar, Fat and All That

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Take a trip down the aisles of your local grocery store and you’re apt to find an endless supply of pre-packaged food designed to keep you eating. Investigative reporter Michael Moss’s new book Salt, Sugar, Fat takes a hard look at the junk food industry and makes some startling revelations that has been getting serious attention in the press. Continue reading →

The Junk Food Addiction

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The New York Times magazine has an incredible article in this week’s issue about the addictive powers of junk food. It draws a frightening comparison between junk food and cigarettes. Like cigarettes, these foods are designed to be irresistible. The article also examines the junk food industry’s role in the obesity epidemic, and the lengths it will go to sell its product: Continue reading →