Sunday, December 23, 2007

Candy Canes to the Rescue!

Originally uploaded by *PaysImaginaire*
I've been having trouble this weekend with the holiday goodies. Between the cookie potluck at work and all the things my wife has baked, my waist got a few gifts of it's own. Thankfully it seems that one treat may offer some help surviving the holiday season.

A study at the Wheeling Jesuit University recently revealed that the scent of peppermint may help control appetite. Results from the research indicated that participants who inhaled peppermint consumed significantly few calories and also rated their hunger lower. Bryan Raudenbush, Ph.D., the author of the study, gave a possible explanation for these results.
Smelling or eating peppermint seems to increase activity in the area of the brain responsible for alertness so you won't experience a slump that prompts you to seek out a snack.
While being full of peppermint, candy canes aren't exactly health food. A one ounce candy cane has a little more than one hundred calories, so it seems best to get a small candy cane to appease the holiday cravings.

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