Health & Fitness

'Kitchen-counter diet' saves calories

Can eating less be as simple as leaving serving dishes in the kitchen and off the dining table? Findings by a group of researchers suggest it might.

Led by Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, the researchers recently shared findings of their "Serve Here; Eat There" study of 78 adults.

"We looked at whether serving foods from the kitchen counter, instead of at the table, would reduce the number of times a person refilled his or her plate," Wansink said.

"Quite simply, it is a case of 'out of sight, out of mind,' " he said. "When we kept the serving dishes off the table, people ate 20 percent fewer calories. Men ate close to 29 percent less."

Wansink is the author of "Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think."

—Eagle staff

Try these tips for treating sunburn

The best way to prevent sunburn or sun damage is to avoid the sun as much as possible. But with summer fast approaching, overexposure can easily happen.

Paula Begoun, author of "The Original Beauty Bible," suggests finding relief from sunburn pain by applying cool compresses of plain water or chilled green tea, or slathering refrigerated, pure aloe gel over affected areas. Taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, can help reduce pain and redness.

Wear a sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater daily, Begoun says. Make sure it contains one or more of these active ingredients: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone or ecamsule (Mexoryl SX).

—Eagle staff

Coconut water has pros and cons

Zico brand coconut water is billed as "Nature's Sports Drink," but is coconut water really the best beverage for the job?

Andrea Giancoli, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, said that coconut water is fine, "if you like the taste." As for claims that "it will cure everything from cancer to hypertension," Giancoli says, "there is no miracle food. Every time we 'miracle-ize' a food, we lose sight of its real benefits."

And those benefits are? "Coconut water is lower in calories than a Gatorade or juice," Giancoli says. Better yet, it's a good source of potassium, delivering nearly 700 milligrams per serving. We need potassium to, among other things, regulate our blood pressure.

—Washington Post