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WIN 2014

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H E A L T H C E N T R A L D I E T Sleep well, eat well? T eens need to get enough sleep to function well, and that includes their ability to make healthful choices about the foods they consume. Sleep-deprived teens, on average, eat less food that's nutritious and more food with minimal value, suggests research from the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Examining sleep habits and food choices of more than 13,000 teens nationwide, researchers found that those who reported sleeping fewer than seven hours per night were more likely to consume fast food two or more times a week and less likely to eat fruits and vegetables. It's possible that lack of sleep affects teens' decision-making about food, but more studies need to be done, according to researchers at the New York-based school. • Milk benefits by the glass Caffeine and liver disease If sweetened dry breakfast cereal is your child's nonnegotiable breakfast, make sure he or she washes it down with a glass of milk. When your child eats sugary breakfast cereal, bacteria in the dental plaque on tooth surfaces produce acids that could damage tooth enamel, suggests new research from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Milk, however, reduces those acids, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. But how the milk is consumed makes a big difference. Combine sugary cereal and milk in a bowl, and the result is similar to a syrupy sugar solution. Chasing the cereal with milk is more beneficial for dental health. • SPI RIT O F WOM EN W I N T E R 2 014 A victory for healthy eating fat on the Monday following their team's victory. Narrow losses did even more damage to diets, as viewers noshed to cope with the stress of the game, according to the research. • Cubs fans, take note: Supporting a losing sports team can be bad for your physical health. Recent research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that watching your team circle the drain may lead you to self-medicate with saturated fats and sugars. Comparing two seasons of NFL games with food choices around the country, researchers discovered that on the Monday after a game, people in cities with a losing team consumed 16 percent more saturated fat than they typically would. Winning citizens, on the other hand, ate about 9 percent less saturated w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m SHUTTERSTOCK 28 reduce fatty liver if you've been diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), reports the journal Hepatology. About 30 percent of U.S. adults have the condition, and diet and exercise are currently the only effective treatments, say researchers at the Duke University School of Medicine. But consuming the equivalent caffeine intake of four cups of coffee or tea a day may help prevent and protect against the disease's progression. • Caffeinated coffee and tea may do more than just energize you. Increasing your caffeine intake might

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