Whether your goal is overall weight loss or better overall health, researchers recommend snacking on peanuts or peanut butter, three to four times a week.According to a new study, teenagers at high risk for being overweight or obese reduced their Body Mass Index (BMI) when they adhered to a nutrition intervention that included a snack of peanuts, compared to those children who did not.“Obesity is the most pressing health issue facing us today,” said Craig Johnston from University of Houston in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We’d like to think it’s preventable, but from where I sit right now, there hasn’t been a lot shown to be very effective on a large scale,” Johnston added in the paper published in the Journal of Applied Research on Children.The study acknowledged that snacking is more common during the adolescent years and that the unhealthy eating habit can lead to an unhealthy weight. In the 12-week study, instructors guided 257 adolescents from three Houston-area charter schools through a programme of physical activity and nutrition education. About half the students received a snack of peanuts or peanut butter three to four times a week, while the rest received the snack fewer than once a week. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPeanuts were chosen because nuts are nutrient-dense snacks that promote a feeling of being full. Students spent 12 more weeks maintaining the healthy snacking habit. The findings showed that students who received the snack more regularly experienced a decrease in their overall BMI compared to those who did not receive the regular peanut snack. After school programmes and schools can replace energy dense, unhealthy snacks with peanuts to provide a healthier alternative for children — researchers in the study ensured students did not suffer from nut allergies, the researchers concluded.
The morning of June 4 featured a spectacular play, ‘Proposal’ by Anton Chekov. The show was produced by Moscow Theatre of Russia. The packed audience at Bratyajon International Theatre Festival sat through with a lot of enthusiasm and their applause inspired the artistes to deliver their best on stage. Russian Consul General in Kolkata Alexey Idamkin watched the show along with theatre personalities namely Ashok Mukhopadhyaya, Meghnad Bhattacharjee and Goutam Halder. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe penultimate day of the festival had night long shows of three theatre productions, all written by playwright Bratya Basu. The evening started with ‘Jatugriha’, staged by Shantipur Sanskriti, followed by ‘Cinemar Mato’ at 11 pm and ‘Hridipash’ at 3 am in the morning.Local Bangla band, ‘Arshinagar’ captivated the audience with their melodious folk music at 2 am between two successive theatre shows.The festival ended with another Bratya Basu play, ‘Anusochna’, which dealt with ethics of forgiveness.