Small Bites from Around the Country: May 16

By ABC May 16, 2012

Viewers’ Choice Week on The Chew continues and yesterday we were all about comfort food – or as Carla calls it, “food that will hug you.”

We thought people turned to comfort food when they were feeling down, but research from Cornell University shows just the opposite – that 84% of people seek out comfort foods when they are happy! Read more here.

By the way, did you know that hugging is heart healthy? The BBC reports that a “study showed hugs increased levels of oxytocin, a ‘bonding’ hormone, and reduced blood pressure - which cuts the risk of heart disease.”

Speaking of things that are healthy, we all know fish is brain food – but it also fights cancer! Eating plenty of seafood reduces your risk for colon cancer says a new study. Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

Here’s a wild new finding that is hard to believe – apparently one third of Americans are sleepwalkers! Now, before you start strapping yourself or your loved ones into bed, it should be known that “sleepwalking” apparently refers to “sleep talking” as well, so it’s not just people getting up and raiding the fridge in their sleep. Anyhow, we still found the news surprising. You can see the surprising details here.

Not all diets are created equal as we all know. Some doctors are warning against low-fat diets for middle-aged men because the fat tends to be replaced with carbohydrates and sugar which can end up counteracting the good intentions of eating low-fat. This isn’t an excuse to pig out on fatty foods, but it does bring to light the importance that all diets must be balanced.

And here’s some good news for your hump day – red wine isn’t just good for your heart, it’s also good for your stomach! It’s true! Red wine is naturally filled with probiotics – described as “live micro-organisms” – that improve digestive health. If you’re not a drinker, probiotics can also be found in yogurt. Uncork a bottle and read more about it here.