GOOD NEWS FOR PEANUT BUTTER FANS!

There’s good news for peanut butter fans. Researchers tracked 9000 women from 1996-2010 and found that those who ate peanut butter or nuts twice a week or more when aged 9 to 15 were 39 per cent less likely to have developed benign breast disease – while non-cancerous it increases your risk of developing breast cancer later – than those who skipped the nuts. So thank your mum for dishing up peanut butter toast or slipping a peanut butter sandwich in your school lunchbox.  Cheers Mum.

Results also showed some evidence that noshing on beans, lentils, soybeans and corn may also prevent the growth of the disease.

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GET MOTIVATED BY WATCHING YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE!

Ashleigh Perriott, Junior Editor || Photography, Chris Lew || Model, Bianca Cheah || Styling, Tatiana Simplcio

Feel pumped after watching Rocky? We’re not surprised. A study published in the journal Media Psychology found exposure to positive entertainment raised participants level of hope and positive emotions for up to three days after viewing.

Underdog tales had the greatest result where the elevated mood motivated viewers to pursue their own goals or feel more hopeful. So next time you need a pick me up press play on your favourite tv show. But don’t get too comfy, participants only watched five-minute clips. Easy.

TRY THIS LUNCH RECIPE FOR A MOUTHFUL OF GOODNESS

Image, Barilla || Chef Luca Ciano || Words, Bianca Cheah

Getting your daily dose of fibre doesn’t mean you have to eat endless amounts of boring leafy salads. Why not try a delicious whole grain pasta alternative for lunch this time. A healthy option is Barilla’s Whole Grain Pasta that not only tastes like real pasta, but is seriously nutritious containing 51% whole grains and contains more than three times more fibre than regular pasta. Now that’s a mouth full of goodness! But don’t get excited and go overboard with your serving sizes. Eat like the italians do, small portions for lunch with just enough sauce to coat the pasta. Combined with a healthy lifestyle, eating this serving size you won’t have to worry about your waistline. Keep reading for the recipe…

WHOLE GRAIN PENNE PASTA SALAD WITH FRESH OREGANO, INFUSED HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, BUFFALO MOZZARELLA AND SUN DRIED TOMATO PESTO

INGREDIENTS (Serves 5 people)

375gr Barilla Penne Rigate

1 jar Barilla Sundried Tomato Pesto

2 spring onions, thinly sliced

1 celery stick, thinly sliced

1 punnet heirloom tomatoes, quartered

2 garlic clove, crushed

1x125gr Buffalo mozzarella, 1cm diced

½ bunch fresh oregano

½ small fresh chilli, thinly sliced

½ cup Extra Virgin olive oil

Rock salt

Sea salt & pepper

METHOD

• Bring water to the boil in a large pot. When water is boiling, add rock salt  – approximately 7gr to a litre of water.

• Drop the pasta into the water and stir. Cook according to the instructions on the pack.

• Add oil in a large bowl and mix in the spring onions, celery, tomatoes, oregano, garlic and chilli. Season with salt and pepper.

• Drain pasta ‘al dente’ and toss together with all the ingredients.  Add the Barilla Sundried Tomato pesto and fresh oregano and stir well.

• Serve with Buffalo mozzarella and a drizzle of Extra Virgin olive oil.

DID YOU KNOW THAT FLOSSING YOUR PEARLY WHITES MAY PREVENT ARTHRITIS?

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Photographer, Titus Pengelly || Junior Editor, Ashleigh Perriott

Your teeth so full of fuzz it feels like you ate a fur coat? Not flossing may be raising your risk of arthritis. Periodontal disease – an advanced case of gingivitis – and the bacteria responsible, are linked to rheumatoid arthritis.

Scientists from the European Union’s Gums and Joints project found the bacterium responsible for gum disease increased the severity of arthritis by resulting in the earlier onset and greater bone and cartilage destruction. Um, no thanks.

Bleeding gums or bad breath are signs it’s time to drop into your dentist for a proper clean. Regular brushing and flossing are the best methods to keep your teeth in tip-top shape, preventing gingivitis. Phew.

WANT TO GET A BODY LIKE JEN ANISTON? EAT MORE PROTEIN!

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By Ashleigh Perriott, Junior Editor || Image media4celebritysmackblog.

Double the pro’s of protein

Want to trim off your muffin top and get abs like Jen Anniston? Listen up, doubling your recommended amount of protein while sticking to a healthy diet and exercise regime promotes fat loss and protects muscle.

US Army Researchers found that when fed twice the US recommended daily intake of protein – that’s 2x 46g for women and 2x 56g for men – over 31 days, the participants lost more fat and retained more muscle than those who ate the recommended amount. Pass the steak please.

But don’t go overboard when munching on meat as tripling the amount of protein gave no extra benefits. Damn.