News for Nerds - The 'Eat Your Veggies' Edition

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  • Posted by: Dom Testa|
  • 10/4/2013 |
  • 10:00 am
News for Nerds - The 'Eat Your Veggies' Edition

Welcome back to News for Nerds! This week we'll reveal the part of your brain that causes overeating, we'll check in with NASA, and we'll investigate whether or not humans can spontaneously combust. But first, here are your headlines.

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Everyone knows that eating a diet rich in vegetables is a healthy way to live. And any parent will tell you that getting stubborn kids to eat even one bite of broccoli can be like forcing medicine down the throat of an angry Doberman.

Fortunately, this is not a lost cause. A recent study has revealed a few tips that will help frustrated parents. One of the most effective tricks is simple persistence -- in other words, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. There really is a correlation between how frequently you offer veggies to your kids and how much they like them. This is especially true if you keep at it while they're still young, preferably before their first birthday.

Another interesting tidbit is that children are more likely to enjoy vegetables that their mothers like. The most commonly consumed varieties are carrots, broccoli, peas, sweet corn, and cucumber. How they're prepared doesn't really matter, although the research does show that veggies are served differently in various parts of the world. Danish moms boil them, French moms puree them, and moms from Texas dip them in chocolate and deep fry them.

All kidding aside, finding a way to get your munchkins to eat well is important. There's a ton of evidence that getting kids hooked on fruits and vegetables at a young age contributes to healthy eating habits in adulthood . . . which is crucial, because diets rich in fruits and veggies lowers your kids' risk of developing all sorts of diseases, including diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

Open wide.

- from LiveScience

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Does it seem like beautiful people get their way more often than average-looking people?

Well, that's because we do -- er, I mean, because they do. They also tend to give off a vibe that makes people think they are friendlier, smarter, and have more integrity than they necessarily do. What gives?

As usual, science is to blame. Check out this video from Discovery News that explains what the silver fox and your hypothalamus have to do with giving pretty people a free ride:

- from Discovery News (via Yahoo!)

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Here are a few other cool science stories you might enjoy:

  • Worldwide, more than 200 cases have been reported involving spontaneous combustion -- that is, someone catching on fire for no apparent reason. Is this a real thing? Are you at risk of spontaneously combusting? LiveScience has the answer . . . sort of.
  • The big news story of the week is the government shutdown. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, we all have to be a little sad to see all the trouble this is causing for our space program. Things aren't looking good for NASA.
  • And finally, scientists have made an interesting discovery that could help millions of people struggling with obesity. It seems that overeating is very similar to drug addiction, and that it might have something to do with a faulty line of communication between the brain and the stomach. Experiments in laboratory mice provide a glimmer of hope.

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That's all for now! I'll be back with more News for Nerds next week, but be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter, and to sign up for the free e-Newsletter so that you can properly get your nerd on every single month! And please send any juicy News for Nerds tips to me right here!

2 Responses to "News for Nerds - The 'Eat Your Veggies' Edition"
  • Katie October 4, 2013 6:04 am
    Hey Dom, just saw that the government has made an exception for the MAVEN launch because it is seen as a protector of US government property on Mars. Good stuff!
  • Dom October 4, 2013 6:04 am
    Katie, that's great news! Thanks!

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