NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
July 27, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that chewing gum after surgery speeds the return of bowel function and shortens hospital stays? Chewing gum gets saliva going. Saliva starts the digestive process. Just make sure the gum is free of artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, and sugar. That leaves us with xylitol (birch bark source preferred) gum.

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Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
Artificial Sweeteners Ups Appetite
Bonnie and Steve: A new study in Cell Metabolism sheds light on the effects of artificial sweeteners on the brain in regulating appetite and in altering taste perceptions.

Researchers have identified a new system in the brain that senses and integrates the sweetness and energy content of food.

After chronic exposure to a diet that contained the artificial sweetener sucralose (Splenda), researchers saw that animals began eating a lot more.

They found that inside the brain's reward centers, sweet sensation is integrated with energy content. When sweetness versus energy is out of balance for a period of time, the brain recalibrates and increases total calories consumed.

When they investigated why animals were eating more even though they had enough calories, they found that chronic consumption of sucralose actually increases the sweet intensity of real nutritive sugar, and this then increases the animal's overall motivation to eat more food.

This is the first study to identify how artificial sweeteners can stimulate appetite. The pathway is part of a conserved starvation response that actually makes nutritious food taste better when you are starving. This effect is similar to to what happens when you eat monosodium glutamate (MSG). The food tastes saltier than it really is.

In essence, artificial sweeteners, like MSG, trick the brain.

Adding insult to injury, the researchers also found that artificial sweeteners promoted hyperactivity, insomnia and decreased sleep quality, behaviors consistent with a mild starvation or fasting state.

"These findings further reinforce the idea that 'sugar-free' varieties of processed food and drink may not be as inert as we anticipated," the lead researcher said.

I think that is an understatement!
Fruit, Veggies Up Our Happiness
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We are providing this article to all subscribers as a last incentive to sign up for NCI Well Connect Membership, which is 40% off until July 31.


Steve: A soon-to-be-published study in American Journal of Public Health indicates that eating more fruit and vegetables can substantially increase people's happiness levels.

The study is one of the first major scientific attempts to explore psychological well-being beyond the traditional finding that fruit and vegetables can reduce risk of cancer and heart attacks.

Happiness benefits were detected for each extra daily portion of fruit and vegetables up to 8 portions per day.

The researchers concluded that people who changed from almost no fruit and veggies to eight portions of fruit and veggies a day would experience an increase in life satisfaction equivalent to moving from unemployment to employment. The well-being improvements occurred within 24 months.

Eating fruit and vegetables apparently boosts our happiness far more quickly than it improves human health. People's motivation to eat healthy food is weakened by the fact that physical-health benefits, such as protecting against cancer, accrue decades later. However, well-being improvements from increased consumption of fruit and vegetables are closer to immediate.

Perhaps our results will be more effective than traditional messages in convincing people to have a healthy diet. There is a psychological payoff now from fruit and vegetables, not just a lower health risk decades later.
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