October 30: Weekly Health Roundup

Chocolate and Pizza as Addictive as Drugs

If you’ve ever felt an uncontrollable urge to grab a few slices of pizza or indulge in an extra bar or two of chocolate – it may not be your fault. According to researchers, processed food is absorbed into our body in a similar manner as drugs like cocaine. Factors like refined carbohydrates and sugar levels add to a food’s addictiveness, meaning the more natural and organic you can make your diet the better off you’ll be, via The Daily Meal

Bacon Can Cause Cancer

Chances are you’ve probably heard the news – eating processed meats like hot dogs and bacon can cause colorectal cancer while red meat is also a likely cause of the disease. “Each 50-gram portion of processed eat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent” which is the equivalent of one hot dog or two slices of bacon, via Reuters

Married Patients Do Better After Heart Surgery

Being single has plenty of benefits but having a spouse can really boost your health. Researchers have found that married patients have a reduced chance of mortality after heart surgery. This has helped physicians identify those that may need additional support during their recovery and build programs that support each and every patient, via VOA News

More Fruit & Veggies in Youth Linked to Heart Health Decades Later

Think that what you’re doing now for your health won’t really matter all that much forty or fifty years from now? Think again. Young adults who “eat the most fruits and vegetables have the least calcified plaque buildup in their arteries decades later” helping to keep heart disease at bay. Just what does it take, you ask? The top third of young adults consumed seven to nine servings per day. Excuse us while we go down a green smoothie or five, via Philly Voice

TV Linked to Eight Major Causes of Death

On average, “80 percent of adults in the US watch at last 3.5 hours of TV each day” and supports an increasingly sedentary life for American adults. If you’re watching three to four hours of TV daily, you’re 15 percent more likely to die from diseases like diabetes, influenza, Parkinson’s disease and liver disease, via Youth Health

Time to Weigh In

Do you find yourself craving chocolate and pizza often? What are your thoughts on bacon and hot dogs causing cancer? Will it stop you from indulging? Good news is – if you’re eating your fruits and veggies, you’re helping your future self a lot! Do you get enough fruits and veggies? Share below and see where you stand!