‘You’re really going to eat THAT?’

You may have heard of patient-centered approaches to healthcare, but what about consumer-specific approaches to nutrition? That’s the direction food giant Nestle wants to take with their Nestle Wellness Ambassador program. Users send pictures of their food through an app, and then Nestle recommends lifestyle changes and supplements. So if you want a more objective source instead of your Mom or significant other criticizing your food choices, you can enroll in the program for $600 a year. You also get access to those special supplements, as well as DNA and blood testing which Nestle outsources to outside companies. The program is currently limited to Japanese participants, but we could see an expansion of it in the future as Nestle tries to focus on wellness instead of sweetness.

No more coffee studies for a while

Here at InsightCity we’ve tossed around the idea of including a semi-regular section called Coffee, Alcohol or Chocolate. It essentially would just cover whatever substance of those three is the latest to blame for cancer, early death, superpowers, etc. Well, we’re calling for a moratorium on the coffee studies at least, because we want this one to be the last one. A study of half a million UK citizens has found that drinking coffee is good for you, hands-down. The study looked at a wide range of coffee factors like amount consumed, sub-types (e.g. decaf, instant,) and participants’ caffeine metabolisms. Essentially, even if you’re drinking 8+ cups of coffee a day, you’re still getting the health benefits of the world’s favorite bean soup in the form of decreased mortality. Cheers.

I’m just big-boned

Results from a study published in the journal Obesity indicate that overweight and obese people in the UK are getting worse at estimating their actual weight. Men, lower income, and lower education folks are particularly bad at it. The authors posit that it may have something to do with the cultural push to normalize larger body types and lower the stigma associated with culturally less attractive body types. But the decreased stigma, they suggest, is having an unintended consequence. Those who underestimate their weight are 85% less likely to try to lose weight than those who correctly estimate their weight. This begs a difficult question: Can people simultaneously not feel bad about being overweight and also be motivated to attain a healthier body? Here are 24 other Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey. You’re welcome.

Crap food linked to pregnancy delays

In men, too much fast food means lower fertility because they get fat and nobody wants to, you know, get with ‘em. But there’s a downside for women, too. A study published in the Journal of Human Reproduction identified a link between women’s pre-pregnancy diets and the length of time it took them to conceive. Among the over 5,000 women surveyed, those who ate fast food 4 or more times per week (holy cow!) took about a month longer to conceive than those who rarely or never ate it. Similarly, women who ate fruit fewer than 1 to 3 times a month (what the…?) took longer to conceive than those who reported eating fruit 3 or more times per day. Many other foods were examined for effect, but fast food and fruits showed the largest impacts. Can we all just agree that McDonalds is terrible and move on? Also, here’s a recipe for the best burger ever. Mixed messages much?