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Heroes Wanted: What Would Batman Eat?
2012-07-22 06:53:49

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The Baby Boomer generation had Popeye to inspire them to eat their spinach. However, today's children do not have role models when it comes to healthy eating habits and good food choices. According to Brian Wansink, Cornell professor of marketing, director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab: "Fast food patronage is a frequent reality for many children and their parents. Simply instructing a parent to order healthier food for a...

2011-08-08 13:24:42

A researcher from Cornell University has found that putting healthy foods at eye level in the fridge could help you lose weight because you eat what you see first. Changes like moving chocolate out of sight and putting more wholesome foods where they can be seen helps dieters eat better without even realizing they are doing it. According to the researchers, serving food on smaller plates and eating in the kitchen or dining room rather than in front of the television can help someone...

2011-06-24 16:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, June 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Walnut Commission's Food For Your Whole Life(TM) webcast presents a distinguished panel of experts who address new and cutting edge nutrition findings that have been discovered in the past year. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110621/SF23337LOGO) There are many nuances to health. However, the common thread throughout the insights and findings of the panel are prevention and moderation. To a large extent, your...

2010-06-04 13:19:31

How many more apples can a school cafeteria sell if the fruit is displayed in an attractive basket and placed in a well-lit area? That's the sort of question researchers from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab are exploring as part of their Smarter Lunchrooms Initiative"”an effort to discover and share low-cost changes that can be made in lunchrooms to subtly guide smarter food choices. Led by Professor Brian Wansink, the researchers observed a 58 percent increase in fresh fruit sales at...

2010-05-02 08:27:59

Overwhelmed by tons of daily diet advice? If only we knew which diet tips to follow. According to a new finding by a team of Cornell University researchers, dieters who focus on changing their surroundings find it easier to adhere to their diet. Understandably, they also report losing the most weight. The researchers, led by Brian Wansink, Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, presented their findings at this week's Experimental Biology conference in Anaheim, Calif. For the study, 200...

2010-04-29 13:19:54

Organic snackers underestimate calories, study shows Could organic labels lead you to overeat? These labels certainly appear to make people think their organic snack has a lot fewer calories than it really does. These findings were presented at this week's Experimental Biology conference in Anaheim, Calif. They showed that people who ate organic cookies labeled as "organic" believed that their snack contained 40% fewer calories than the same cookies that had no label, according to Jenny...

2010-04-27 09:30:00

Providing healthier food choices for our nation's schoolchildren is a hot-button issue in Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign. And a team of researchers from Cornell University have recently identified one simple solution to help schools serve more fresh vegetables and salad items. Laura Smith, a researcher at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, presented the findings of the study "Convenience Drives Choice in School Lunchrooms" at this week's Experimental Biology conference in Anaheim, Calif....

2010-04-27 09:12:40

Keep the pasta bowl off the table and eat 20 percent less Can eating less be as simple as leaving serving dishes on the stove and off the table? According to a team of researchers from Cornell University, it can. At this week's Experimental Biology conference in Anaheim, Calif., researchers led by Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, shared findings of their "Serve Here; Eat There" study of 78 adults. "We looked at whether serving foods from the kitchen counter, instead...

2010-03-23 12:40:00

While Jesus and the Apostles have always been larger than life figures for Christians around the world, it is the food that they ate at the Last Supper, not the Biblical figures themselves, that have become larger in size and stature over the years, according to a recent Cornell University study. The research, conducted primarily by Brian Wansink, the John S. Dyson Professor of Marketing and of Applied Economics as well as the director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, studied 52 paintings...

2010-01-05 10:40:00

Cornell study shows we pour too little or too much medicine, depending on spoon size A new study published in the Jan. 5 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine illustrates the dangers of using kitchen spoons to measure liquid medicine. Former cold and flu sufferers were asked to pour one teaspoon of nighttime flu medicine into kitchen spoons of differing sizes. Depending upon the size of the spoon, the 195 former patients poured an average of eight percent too little or 12 percent too much...

Word of the Day
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.