Sound Bites: Turmeric and Depression, Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Pizza Crust & More

By Megan O. Steintrager

Missed some of the health updates in your news feed this week? Here’s what you need to know now:

TRADER JOE’S CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST SET TO BREAK THE INTERNET

In case you haven’t seen the news in your feeds, Trader Joe’s has introduced a new cauliflower pizza crust and the internet is pretty excited: There have been a boatload of blog, Instagram, and Facebook posts celebrating this new gluten-free crust since it hit shelves recently. Though we haven’t gotten our hands on the crust yet ourselves, if the enthusiastic response from people online is any indication, we think this might be on our next list of our favorite gluten-free products.

HOW GENES AFFECT FOOD PREFERENCES

Do you love kale and avocados? Or can you not understand what all the fuss is about? Your genes may be the reason for those food preferences, Science Daily explains. The researchers hope that understanding how genetics influence what we like to eat might make it easier for each of us to find and stick to our own personal optimal healthy diet.

SURPRISING SALT NEWS

Salt

We intuitively know that salt makes us thirsty, right? Just ask the cast of Seinfeld. Well, the results of a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation indicate that consuming more salt might make us hungrier, not thirstier. The study followed Russian cosmonauts in a tightly controlled environment with follow-up research on mice. “New studies of Russian cosmonauts, held in isolation to simulate space travel, show that eating more salt made them less thirsty but somehow hungrier,” The New York Times explains. “Subsequent experiments found that mice burned more calories when they got more salt, eating 25 percent more just to maintain their weight.” Does that mean you should amp up your salt intake if you want to lose weight? Not so fast, say experts: First, being hungrier is likely to make you consume more food; second, this research doesn’t negate previous research linking excess salt consumption with various health problems, including some you might not suspect, like osteoporosis.

RED MEAT DANGERS

Eating red meat “increases the likelihood of dying from most major causes,” according to a large new study published in The BMJ. The big bad list of diseases: cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, infections, and kidney disease. On the upside, the study found that eating white meat instead of red reduces risk. Maybe we’ll opt for grilled chicken for dinner tonight

COULD TURMERIC COMBAT DEPRESSION?

Turmeric powder

Curcumin — found in turmeric — has been a hot topic of research in the past few years, with some studies and articles touting its ability to cure just about anything that ails you (stomach problems, skin problems, joint pain) and others debunking its benefits. Now Mercola.com has an in-depth look at some of the most promising studies that indicate that curcumin (as well as saffron) might fight depression. While more research is warranted, we haven’t seen any studies that suggest that the tasty spice is harmful, so it’s worth giving it a try — if only to pep up your drinks, eggs, chicken, salmon, and more.

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Bio: Megan O. Steintrager holds a master’s in journalism from New York University and has been an editor and writer for Epicurious, Gourmet.com, TODAY, Food Network Magazine, and Zagat, among other outlets.


Originally published at Clean Plates.