Health News You Should Know
A roundup of the latest and greatest research
A Caution on Energy Drinks: Sales of energy drinks have doubled in the past year. In 2009, we’re expected to down $700 million of “energy shots,” according to Consumer Edge Research. But buyers should beware. The caffeine in these drinks can raise your blood pressure by as much as 10 percent, according to a study at Wayne State University in Detroit, so if your blood pressure tends toward the high side, you should be wary of guzzling energy drinks. (But check out the peppermint research below.)
Peppermint for Weight Loss: In a recent study at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia, subjects who sniffed peppermint oil every two hours ate less – nearly 350 calories less – than a non-sniffing group. Researchers theorize that since peppermint increases alertness, you may be less tempted to nosh because of fatigue.