Today’s Headlines: Weight Loss, Mayonnaise, and Stress in the Workplace

Drinking two glasses of water before each meal can help you lose weight. In a recent study, researchers found that drinking 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before a meal can significantly improve your weight loss goals. “The group that loaded up on water lost about three more pounds than the group that didn’t up their water intake. And the more they drank, the better the results; people who drank 16 ounces before every meal lost about 4.3 kg, or 9 pounds, over the course of the experiment.” Having a significant amount of water in your stomach helps you feel full and therefore control what you eat and how much you eat. (Time)

The FDA is making sure that everyone understands what mayonnaise actually is. A new vegan mayo has received backlash from the FDA on account of it being labeled as mayonnaise: in order to be considered mayo the product must contain eggs, and because it’s a vegan product it does not. A letter issued to the fake-mayo company from the FDA stated “We also note that these products contain additional ingredients that are not permitted by the standard, such as modified food starch, pea protein and beta-carotene, which may be used to impart color simulating egg yolk. Therefore, these products do not conform to the standard for mayonnaise.” And these warnings should not be taken lightly, the FDA sends out warning letters to companies all the time about mislabeling and expects them to listen and correct their ways in order to provide honest products to consumers. (The New York Times)

If you’re a women that works with mostly males, that could be what’s causing you stress. Recent research has proven that women who work in environments with mostly males have increased stress levels. “Prior evidence shows that women in male-dominated jobs often experience stressors like social isolation, sexual harassment and low levels of support in the workplace. The researchers thought that stressors like these could impact patterns of the stress hormone cortisol, which fluctuate throughout the day but take an irregular pattern in people exposed to high consistent levels of stress, the authors say. In the study, they found that the “token” women had less healthy cortisol profiles compared to women who worked in jobs with a more even gender split.” The study concluded with explanations that high cortisol and stress is mostly likely directly linked to “negative workplace social climates women face.” (Time)