Posts Tagged ‘beans’

You’re in your 2:00 p.m. class and you find yourself nodding off during the professor’s monotone lecture. But instead of reaching for your latte or a chocolate bar as a quick pick-me-up, opting for a spoonful of peanut butter might do a better job at helping you power through the rest of class.

Okay, so maybe it isn’t feasible to carry around a jar of peanut butter to stave off a midday slump, but what I’m getting at is that protein, rather than caffeine or sugar, will do a better job at keeping you awake.

According to a recent study, protein stimulates certain brain cells, not only keeping us awake, but also telling the body to burn more calories. Those specific cells, known as orexin cells, help regulate the body’s energy and wakefulness. In fact, the loss of orexin cells can result in narcolepsy and weight gain.

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To the delight of elementary school children and college frat boys everywhere, pizza can officially be considered a valid part of an everyday diet.

Congress declared pizza – or, more specifically, the tomato paste on pizza – a vegetable this past Monday, after it finalized a version of a spending bill that would reverse the Agriculture Department’s proposal of healthier school lunches.

Potatoes (read: french fries) were also on the edge of extinction in the Agriculture Department’s proposition for school lunches that would ultimately limit sodium intake and push children to consume more whole grains and actual vegetables.

Thank goodness for the Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee, who saw error in the Agriculture Department’s plan of keeping children healthy.

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