BREAK­ING CHEESE

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Chances are AMC’s hit se­ries Break­ing Bad won’t get a spinoff all about cheese, be­cause the—ad­mit­tedly ir­re­sistible—form of dairy has not been proven to be ad­dic­tive. Par­tic­i­pants of a two-part Univer­sity of Michi­gan study were sub­jected to the Yale Food Ad­dic­tion Scale, a ques­tion­naire that in­structed them to point out foods that elicit plea­sur­able feel­ings and foods that are prob­lem­atic.

They con­cluded that fatty and pro­cessed foods are more likely to cause “ad­dic­tion-like” be­hav­iors and may share phar­ma­coki­netic qual­i­ties (high dose, rapid rate of ab­sorp­tion) with com­monly abused drugs—not that cheese is a chem­i­cally ad­dic­tive sub­stance it­self. Har­vard re­searchers say the brain im­me­di­ately no­tices two things upon look­ing at a face: race and gen­der. Their study, pub­lished in PLoS ONE, re­vealed that dif­fer­ent pat­terns of neu­ral ac­tiv­ity cor­re­sponded to th­ese at­tribute of faces. You might want to get a speedome­ter to go with that pe­dome­ter. Re­search shows that dis­tance and walk­ing speed both play into heart health. Those who walked more than 3 miles an hour and 7 blocks per day en­joyed a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in risk of coro­nary heart dis­ease, stroke, and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease. Source: Cir­cu­la­tion eyes for faces // Do you ever won­der why celebri­ties’ faces are plas­tered across all types of me­dia and you have to oc­ca­sion­ally rep­ri­mand your­self for al­low­ing your eyes to wan­der in a crowded room? Ac­cord­ing to the Univer­sity of Oslo De­part­ment of Psy­chol­ogy, you can’t be blamed—our brains re­ward us for look­ing at pretty faces.

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