Chew On This: Gum Helps Surgery, But Not Diets

Chewing gum fans won one and lost one this week: A new study found that chewing gum after colon surgery could help shorten your hospital stay. On the other hand, chewing gum failed to help dieters eat less in another study. People who have surgery for colon cancer – meaning a portion of the colon is removed –  typically spend several days in the hospital waiting for their intestines to start working again so they can eat normally. Previous studies …

Good News About 7 ‘Bad’ Foods

Stay away from gluten. Eggs will raise your cholesterol. Fruits have too much sugar. Wait, what?? These are just some of the nutritional myths that keep people from eating food that’s actually healthy for them, says Washington, D.C., dietitian and author Katherine Tallmadge. In a recent Washington Post article, Tallmadge shared a list of seven myths she often hears from her clients seeking nutrition and diet counseling. Of course, the oft-repeated wisdom about moderation goes without saying here, but her …

Unraveling the Mystery of Weight Loss

If you try to stay current on the latest insights on weight loss, you quickly realize how multifaceted the issue is. Like a three-dimensional kaleidoscope, the picture is constantly changing. The following items provide insight into obesity as the new social norm, the impact of yo-yo dieting, one person’s 300-pound weight loss and the surprising success of virtual weight-loss programs:

The Takeaway: Strict Diet Keeps Brain Young; Boomer Kids Outsaving Parents

Forget young at heart””eating less could keep you young of mind, and Italian scientists now think they know why. And are the children of boomers””members of Generations X and Y””better at saving for retirement than their parents?

The Takeaway: Do Morning Snacks Ruin Weight Loss?; Aging Out Of Health Care

Reason For Snacking-Not Timing-Matters Most: It’s 10 a.m. Breakfast was three hours ago. Lunch isn’t for another two. But your stomach is growling. Time for a mid-morning snack? Sure!-if you want to undermine your diet, researchers say. A 12-month study of women dieters ages 50-75, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, found those who avoided mid-morning snacks lost a greater percentage of their body weight than their snacking counterparts-11 percent on average, versus 7 percent. But I’d …

The Takeaway: Why Diets Fail (The ‘Blame Your Hormones’ Edition); Financial Strategies for Supporting Aging Parents

Hunger hormones may refuse to return to normal for up to a year after dieting. And what’s the best way for boomers to provide financial support to aging parents?