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Big Whales Eat a Whole Lot More Than We Thought
Big Whales Eat a Whole
Lot More Than We Thought
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Big Whales Eat a Whole Lot More Than We Thought

We're talking up to 50M calories a day—the equivalent of about 80K Big Macs

(Newser) - It's no surprise that big whales are big eaters, but we may have underestimated just how much the largest varieties are actually consuming. According to new research, baleen whales—which include such species as humpbacks and blue whales—ingest three times more than we previously thought, with some able...

'Big Meal' Can Replace 3 Squares a Day—With Snacks
Our Routines May Not Fit
3 Meals a Day Anymore
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Our Routines May Not Fit 3 Meals a Day Anymore

Experts say not to worry about changes in our pre-pandemic eating patterns

(Newser) - The three-meals-a-day habit is fully engrained. But it may not suit us anymore, Amanda Mull writes in the Atlantic . People working at home during the pandemic have less reason to eat when the clock tells them to, and some are finding themselves less committed to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our...

A Diner's Menu Offer Sparks Debate: Is It Really Sexist?

Mama D's Diner lets people order a little extra for the 'girlfriend'

(Newser) - A restaurant's special "girlfriend" offer is lighting up the Internet and sparking debate about possible sexism. It all began June 28 when Nick Chisler posted the "My Girlfriend is Not Hungry" listing from an Arkansas diner on Facebook , per CBS News . The cheeky menu option at Mama...

Scientists Discover Gross Way Sea Slugs Get 2 Meals in 1

They call it 'kleptopredation'

(Newser) - Quartz describes it as "theft-meets-murder-in-a-meal," but we think it sounds more like nature's turducken. In a study published Wednesday in Biology Letters , marine biologists from the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Portsmouth in Britain describe a heretofore unobserved method of eating and coined...

Chinese Toddler's Route to Fame: Her Appetite

Meet internet sensation Xiaoman

(Newser) - She's not yet 3, but Bai Cairan already has an agent and a diapers commercial under her belt. Why? Because the toddler in China loves to eat. The Wall Street Journal catches up with the odd phenomenon of little Bai, better known to legions of fans as Xiaoman. In...

Poland Delivers Ultimate Diss to France— About Forks

It's getting nasty

(Newser) - Note to self: Don't anger Poland's deputy defense minister, or he'll remind you about your country's uncouth eating habits from the 1500s. That was Bartosz Kownacki's reaction after France apparently rescinded Poland's invite to the Euronaval maritime defense fair next week, the Guardian reports....

Soul-Crushing Video Shows Guy Fieri Eating

While Johnny Cash's melancholy cover of Nine Inch Nails' 'Hurt' plays in the background

(Newser) - Guy Fieri has become a laughingstock of sorts for his panned NYC restaurant , over-the-top personality, and overall Guy Fieri-ness , but the celebrity chef ascended to temporary cult status this week thanks to a video that's gone viral. Mayor Wertz, whose website says he makes "hip-hop about sweet things,...

Study: Dining in Silence Could Reduce Overeating

It seems hearing yourself chew is actually important

(Newser) - The hot new dieting fad could soon be eating in complete silence. A new study from researchers at Brigham Young and Colorado State found that people who can hear the sounds of their own eating—chewing, swallowing, and so forth—tend to eat less. Ergo, listening to music or watching...

In the Presence of Women, Guys Stuff Their Faces

Women, meanwhile, feel more rushed when eating with men

(Newser) - In what is likely an attempt to "show off," men eat more in the presence of women than in front of other men, according to new research out of Cornell University . In fact, in the study published this month in the journal Evolutionary Psychological Science , researchers say that...

Your Picky Eater Might Be Depressed

 Your Picky 
 Eater Might Be 
 Depressed 

NEW STUDY

Your Picky Eater Might Be Depressed

Moderate to severe fussy eaters show symptoms of anxiety, depression

(Newser) - Think your child’s picky eating is just a phase? There might be more going on than what isn't meeting his or her mouth. In a new Duke University study, scientists who analyzed 917 children aged 2 to 6, then interviewed parents about kids' eating habits and signs of...

Midnight Snacks Could Hurt Your Memory
 Midnight Snacks 
 Could Hurt Your 
 Memory 
study says

Midnight Snacks Could Hurt Your Memory

It's not just poor sleep that affects memory—odd eating hours don't help, either

(Newser) - Flying for the holidays? Eating and sleeping on an odd schedule? Jet lag and disrupted sleep have already been shown to impede memory in both humans and mice, and trans fats have also been shown to "eat away" at memory, reports Time . Now UCLA researchers say they're seeing—...

Why You Should Gamble Before You Chow Down

Hungry people might make better long-term decisions, researchers say

(Newser) - You know not to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. But making complex decisions while your stomach's rumbling? Go for it, Utrecht University researchers say, claiming that hungry people might delay gratification and make better long-term choices, Pacific Standard reports. A study published in PLoS One conducted three...

Roman Gladiators' Diet May Surprise You
 
 Roman Gladiators' 
 Diet May Surprise You 
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Roman Gladiators' Diet May Surprise You

Fighters were vegetarians, drank ashes after training as a tonic

(Newser) - You'd figure a typical Roman gladiator to be a real meat-and-potatoes guy, right? You'd be figuring wrong—at least if you were talking about gladiators from the city of Ephesus. Anthropologists have found that bones uncovered from a gladiator graveyard in the ancient city (once the capital of...

There's No Such Thing as 'Comfort Food'
 There's No Such Thing 
 as 'Comfort Food' 
STUDY SAYS

There's No Such Thing as 'Comfort Food'

Favorite foods don't lift moods, researchers find

(Newser) - Your favorite food hasn't really got the power to chase the blues away after a bad day, researchers say. A University of Minnesota team took a group of volunteers—most of whom were confident that their favorite "comfort food" could help lift their mood—showed them movie clips...

'Comfort Food' May Be a Myth
 'Comfort Food' 
 May Be a Myth 
study says

'Comfort Food' May Be a Myth

Study suggests it's time, not food, that improves our mood

(Newser) - Feel better after that bowl of ice cream? It might not be the food itself that's responsible; instead, it could just be the passage of time that's lifting your mood, researchers say. They had study participants name their favorite comfort foods; the participants were also asked to identify...

Sleeping Less Tied to Eating More
 Study: Sleep Less, Eat More 

Study: Sleep Less, Eat More

Yet another reason to take sleep seriously: researchers

(Newser) - The way you eat, it seems, is tied up with the way you sleep. Researchers recently found that women who slept fewer than six hours a night took in more daytime calories than did women who slept seven hours, LiveScience reports. And the food consumed by the six-hour sleepers wasn'...

Our Memories Can Keep Hunger at Bay
 Our Memories Can 
 Keep Hunger at Bay 
study says

Our Memories Can Keep Hunger at Bay

Study: It's memories, not calories, that make you feel less hungry later

(Newser) - Hours after eating a big meal, you'll feel more full than you would have had you eaten a small meal, right? Not necessarily, according to a new study. While how much you eat determines how full you feel right away, hours later it's actually the memory of that...

Strange and Scary Things We Do While Sleeping

Sleepers have been known to eat, text, and make whoopie

(Newser) - So you think mumbling in your sleep is weird? Hold on to your pillow, because the BBC reports on some of the truly weird things people do while sleeping:
  • Sleep texting: If you're glued to your smartphone during the day, you may end up sending incomprehensible texts while sleeping.
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Pro Eaters' Stomachs Work Differently

Researcher scans digestive tracts in action

(Newser) - Competitive eaters aren't just good at stuffing their faces: Their digestive systems actually function differently from everyone else's. A researcher at the University of Pennsylvania compared the eating habits of a leading competitive eater and a man who weighed 45 pounds more than the champion did. He scanned...

To Curb Obesity, Give Babies Finger Food

Don't feed them pureed meals: study

(Newser) - Babies may face a lower risk of obesity if they feed themselves finger food when they're first learning to eat solids, a study suggests. Researchers found that babies who were spoon-fed pureed food developed more of a propensity for sweets than did their finger-fed counterparts; the kids who munched...

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