Today’s Headlines: How Mindful Chewing May Help You Lose Weight, the FDA’s Proposed Ban on Powdered Gloves, and How Veganism May Help the Future of the World

The louder your food is when you chew, the less likely you are to overeat it. A new study discovered that the “crunch effect” — how loud your food is when you chew it — may help curb weight gain. “The findings of the study suggest that you’ll eat less if you’re more aware of the noise your food makes while you’re chomping away… In one trial, one group of participants wore headphones playing loud music while they snacked on pretzels, and another wore headphones playing quiet music while they grazed. The result: The louder music disguised the sounds of mastication, and people in the first group ate more pretzels on average.” The crunch effect is another way to practice mindful eating, an effective weight-loss method. (Time)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a ban on powdered gloves from the medical market. While the purpose of the powder is to help put the gloves on and take them off easily, the FDA believes the risks that they pose are too hazardous. “The FDA said the aerosolized powder on latex gloves can spark respiratory allergic reactions. Powdered synthetic gloves don’t pose that risk, but may result in airway and wound inflammation and post-surgical adhesions — fibrous scar tissue, the agency said.” The FDA has decided that precaution labels on gloves are not enough and the only solution is a complete removal. (Washington Post)

Following a vegan diet may help lower the mortality rate and reduce global climate issues. A new study reported on the correlation between plant-based diets, life expectancy, and global warming. “Adopting a diet in line with the global guidelines could avert 5.1 million deaths per year by 2050, while 8.1 million fewer people would die in a world of vegans who do not consume animal products, including eggs and milk. When it comes to climate change, following dietary recommendations would cut food-related emissions by 29 percent, adopting vegetarian diets would cut them by 63 percent and vegan diets by 70 percent. Dietary shifts could produce savings of $700 billion to $1 trillion per year on healthcare…” While researchers do not expect meat eaters to switch their lifestyles and go vegan, they believe that encouraging more people to follow a vegan diet would make the world a better place for future generations. (NBC)