We get it, keeping up with the latest health news is hard. You’re busy already—it’s enough to fit into your packed schedule your daily workouts and food prep without also adding in time to wade through health research that’s actually applicable to you.
Rest easy, friend, because Dallas Iron Fitness has done the work for you. We’ve read through the articles to bring you 8 new health studies that you’ll definitely want to read up on. (Hint: you need to put down the wine bottle, but you can keep your coffee and chocolate.) No #fakenews here.
Here’s 8 new health studies you’ll definitely want to read.
1. Study Wants to Pay You to Eat An Avocado Every Day for Science
“A new study called the ‘Habitual Diet and Avocado Trial’ wants to pay people to eat an avocado every day for six months,” according to this Huffington Post article.
Um, where do we sign up?
Researches from universities across the U.S. are teaming up to determine if regular consumption of avocados can help people lose belly fat.
They’re looking for 1,000 research subjects from Loma Linda University, Pennsylvania State University, Tufts University and the University of California, Los Angeles. These people will then be split into two different groups: one group will get to eat an avocado daily for six months; the other group will be relegated to eating only two total avocados for each month.
This data will then be sent to Wake Forest University, which will then share the results with us. We’ll be waiting (and rooting for the avocado, obvs).
2. Restricting Food Intake to 10 Hours A Day Could Lead to Better Health
An intriguing new study from the Salk Institute in California found that mice with unhealthy metabolisms saw benefits when they were only allowed to eat within a 10-hour window.
According to the senior author of the released findings, "For many of us, the day begins with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning and ends with a bedtime snack 14 or 15 hours later. But restricting food intake to 10 hours a day, and fasting the rest, can lead to better health, regardless of our biological clock."
3. How can older people prolong life? Switch to a Mediterranean diet, study suggests
We’ve already probably heard the praises sung on high of the Mediterranean diet: fish, veggies, nuts, fruits, olive oil, wine and dairy, inspired by the European residents along the Mediterranean coast.
A recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition “analyzed a group of 5,200 individuals aged 65 and over from the Molise region of Southern Italy.”
The findings? Those who stuck to a Mediterranean diet were “25 percent less likely to die from any cause compared to those who didn’t stick to the diet.”
Of course, we don’t have to wait until we’re older to begin taking our diet seriously.
4. “There’s no safe level of alcohol,” major new study concludes
We’re sure many of you have seen this new study circulating around the various news outlets. NO alcohol amount?! But what about that “glass of red wine per day” rule we’ve become so familiar with?!
According to the report, “the harms of alcohol greatly outweigh any potential beneficial effects.”
The research reports that “alcohol is associated with 2.8 million deaths worldwide each year. … Just over 2 percent of women and nearly 7 percent of men worldwide die from alcohol-related health problems each year.”
The article provides a statement from one of the lead authors of the study:
“‘Previous studies have found a protective effect of alcohol on some conditions, but we found that the combined health risks associated with alcohol increase with any amount of alcohol,’ lead author Dr. Max Griswold, of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, said in a statement. ‘In particular, the strong association between alcohol consumption and the risk of cancer, injuries, and infectious diseases offset the protective effects for ischemic heart disease in women in our study.’”
Welp, you can't argue with science.
5. Dark chocolate consumption reduces stress and inflammation
So maybe the “glass of red wine per day” tip is out, but at least we can rest easy knowing there’s science to back up our love for dark chocolate.
“New research shows there might be health benefits to eating certain types of dark chocolate,” this article explains. “Findings from two studies being presented today at the Experimental Biology 2018 annual meeting in San Diego show that consuming dark chocolate that has a high concentration of cacao (minimally 70% cacao, 30% organic cane sugar) has positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity. While it is well known that cacao is a major source of flavonoids, this is the first time the effect has been studied in human subjects to determine how it can support cognitive, endocrine and cardiovascular health.”
Helloooooo Lindt Dark Chocolate, we’re coming for you.
6. An egg a day might reduce your risk of heart disease, study says
Scrambled, fried, boiled, over-easy: not only do eggs offer a million ways to enjoy them, but turns out an egg a day might keep the doctor away (well, it might lower your risk of heart disease, at least.)
According to a new study of 400,000 adults in China, “Eating an egg a day may lower your risk of cardiovascular disease."
The study continues, “Daily egg eaters had an 18% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, which manifests as heart attacks and strokes, compared with adults who avoided eggs.”
That’s just eggs-cellent! (Sorry, we had to.)
7. The Healthy Addiction? Coffee Study Finds More Health Benefits
Another sigh of relief from us: we can keep our daily cup of coffee (God bless).
According to a recent study in Germany, researchers have discovered in mice that the “molecular action of caffeine appears to enhance the function of heart cells and protect them from damage.”
Of course, we’re humans, not mice, so further studies on humans will be needed, but according to one of the lead researchers, “the old idea that you shouldn’t drink coffee if you have heart problems is clearly not the case anymore.”
Now excuse us while we make ourselves another cup of coffee.
8. Even a single mindfulness meditation session can reduce anxiety
Meditation isn’t just some woo-woo self-care tip from tie-dye yogis: there really is science to back up the health benefits of a meditative practice.
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And you don’t have to meditate for months before seeing benefits either: “new research suggests people can begin to derive psychological and physiological benefits from the practice after a single introductory session.”
Says the lead author of the study: "Our results show a clear reduction in anxiety in the first hour after the meditation session, and our preliminary results suggest that anxiety was significantly lower one week after the meditation session."
Suffering from anxiety? Maybe it’s time for you to give meditation a try!