You hit it like a wall at work. That drop in energy, accompanied by a deep need for a snack that is sugary, fatty and/or crunchy — it's the 3 p.m. snack slump. Have you ever wondered why it happens so predictably on weekday afternoons? Here's a look at the science that may help explain the late-afternoon slump, and why we crave snacks when it strikes.
No one expects good news to come from research on sugar, but a recent study revealed some particularly grim results. According to the report, eating excessive amounts of sugar as a child could severely impact a person's ability to deal with stress throughout their life. Shockingly, sugar's effects on a developing mind were so severe that they were found to be similar to the lasting effects of neglect and abuse.
Considering how nebulous an "organic" label can be, structuring your grocery budget around the available options isn't always easy. However, a recent study might provide some helpful direction. Using a statistical technique called meta-analysis, researchers in Europe found that organic meat and milk contain 50 percent more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally raised alternatives.
It's really tempting to reduce the sugar in a cake recipe. The average vanilla layer cake recipe is made with at least one cup of granulated sugar. A whole cup of sugar to make two layers of vanilla cake does seem like a lot, but that sugar does more than just sweeten the cake layers. Here are the most important ways sugar impacts your cakes.