Here’s a taste of what’s cooking in the world of nutrition:
With clean water in short supply in many Third World countries, manufacturers are experimenting with a machine called the AquaMagic, which converts humidity in the air into drinking water to the tune of up to 5,000 liters per unit per day.
Psychiatrists are reporting more cases of night eating syndrome, which causes sufferers to wake up frequently during the night to snack obsessively; the condition occurs in 26% of severely obese people, according to one report.
Doctors at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York found that overweight people are 25% more likely to suffer from headaches 10–15 days each month, perhaps because this population is more prone to blood vessel inflammation.
“Green” companies are developing biodegradable eating utensils made out of potato cellulose and soy.
Dieters are using flavor sprays—which come in 30 varieties, such as bacon and butter—to mimic the taste of high-calorie food and to cut cravings; the jury is still out on whether these sprays actually lead to weight loss.
Corporate America is trying to educate employees about the benefits of proper nutrition by charging a premium on company vending-machine products that are high in fat and sugar, while offering subsidies on healthier fare, such as salads and cut fruit.