In the News: Fresh Fruit Linked to Lowered Diabetes Risk, Flying Associated With High Calorie Consumption, More States Allow Sunscreen at School

Fresh fruit linked to lowered diabetes risk. Love snacking on fruit? You may have another reason to bite into that Granny Smith. For diabetics, eating too much sugar can pose a slew of health issues, which is why fruit often came under scrutiny for those with this condition. But in a recent study that tracked the diets of 512,891 Chinese people, they found that those who eat fresh fruit daily had a 12 percent lowered risk of developing diabetes compared to the group that didn’t add any fruit to their diet. For those participants who had diabetes, they had a 17 percent lowered risk of mortality and disease-related complications. While the explanation for this effect is not yet uncovered, it seems to indicate that fructose is treated differently in the body than regular white sugar and that the other nutrients in these items may have related benefits as well. As it turns out, certain fruits may actually support weight loss too. Find out which ones here. (NYT)

Flying associated with higher consumption of calories. Ever noticed how much likelier you are to snack on junk food when flying? Turns out you’re not alone. Professor and author Charles Spence studied British flying habits and determined that people tend to eat around 3,400 calories from the time they set off to the time they arrive. He speculates that this phenomenon could be the product of stress-eating, since flyers tend to be anxious and are more likely to snack as a means of comfort or avoidance. Another reason could be linked to the noisy plane engines since loud sounds can block our sweet and salty sensors. As a result, 15-20 percent more sugar and salt is added to these foods to restore their flavors, which leads to extra calories consumed. Want to learn more about eating mindfully? Check out this clip to find out why it’s so important. (BI)

More states allowing sunscreen use at school without a doctor’s note. Many school systems throughout the U.S. consider sunscreen an over-the-counter medication, which means that children who need to take it with them have to have a special doctor’s note on hand. In recent years, many states have been pushing back on this law, stating that now allowing sunscreen use increases the odds of skin cancer. While many assume this problem is limited to the sunny regions, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that some of the highest melanoma rates are seen in New England and the Pacific Northwest. For children that tend to burn easily, not being apply to reapply throughout the day can have grave consequences. With summer fast approaching, read up on this sunscreen guide to stay safe outdoors all season long. (ABC)