Entries in Snack (2)


Study: Snacking Midday Can Hurt a Woman's Diet 

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Women who munch on snacks between breakfast and lunch may be doing a disservice to their weight loss efforts, according to researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

The study, set to be published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, found that women who opted for a mid-morning snack lost an average of 7 percent of their total body weight in a year's time, compared to non-snackers who lost lost an average of 11 percent.

Anne McTiernan, the lead researcher of the study and director of the research center's prevention center, explained the findings, saying it "may not relate necessarily to the time of day one snacks, but rather to the short interval between breakfast and lunch.  Mid-morning snacking therefore might be a reflection of recreational or mindless eating habits rather than eating to satisfy true hunger."

The 123 women who participated in the study were either overweight or obese and ranged from 50 to 75 years old.

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Hungry Judges More Likely to Withhold Parole

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The United States judicial system is ostensibly built on laws and hard facts. But new research lends weight to the trope that "justice is what the judge ate for breakfast."

A judge's willingness to grant a prisoner parole wanes with time after a lunch or snack break, according to an observational study.

Researchers from Columbia University in New York City and Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Israel, analyzed more than 1,000 parole decisions made during 50 days by eight experienced judges in Israel. The proportion of favorable rulings fell from about 65 percent to nearly zero during each session separated by the two food breaks, leaping back to 65 percent immediately after the breaks.

The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, suggest that prisoners whose cases were heard at the start of the day or soon after a break have an advantage over other prisoners, and that the rule- and fact-based judicial system is biased.

"It shows that experts are subject to psychological factors in their decisions just like anyone else," said study author Jonathan Levav, associate professor of business at Columbia Business School. "Judicial decision making is no different than human decision making. Judges are people."

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