3 Little things to make you healthier

Skipping breakfast for just one day may negatively affect your metabolism, suggests a new, small-scale study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Over the long term, the authors speculate, this habit could lead to poor glucose metabolism and ultimately issues like type 2 diabetes that may not be attributable to only weight gain and overeating. (Men’s Health)

Two cans a day of soda consumption can lead to not only cause weight gain, but also cause your body to prematurely age by four years, according to research from the University of California at San Francisco. How does soda make you grow older before your time? Sugary beverages shorten telomeres, which are the caps on chromosomes that keep them from unraveling and in the process protect DNA from being damaged. As we age, telomeres naturally shorten so that their length corresponds with our biological aging. The shorter the telomere, the more at risk you are for diseases of aging, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The study found that sugar-sweetened soft drinks were the only beverage that had such an effect on telomeres regardless of age, race, income and education level.

They sound odd, but these bites have been all over social media and with good reason. The typically vegan and gluten-free snacks incorporate ingredients high in healthy fats, like nuts and chia and hemp seeds, which keep you satiated. “Chia seeds contain fiber, protein, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, which ave anti-inflammatory benefits,” says Frances Largman-Roth, RDN, a New York City based nutritionist and author of Eating in Color. (Health)