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Dieters beware: You may be getting more calories than you think you are when you read calorie counts. A new study shows that prepared foods may contain an average of 8 percent more calories than the label says and restaurant meals may contain up to 18 percent more:

According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, prepared foods may contain an average of 8% more calories than their package labels own up to and restaurant meals may contain a whopping 18% more. Worse still, as far as Food and Drug Administration regulations are concerned, that's perfectly O.K.

The findings are the result of work conducted by Susan Roberts, professor of nutrition at Tufts University, and Jean Mayer, of Tufts' USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. It was Roberts who initiated the study, and it was her own struggles with weight that got her started. Author of the book The Instant Diet, she was working on new recipes for the paperback version (retitled The "i" Diet) and, as was her practice, used herself as a guinea pig. As a rule, she lost weight on the menu plans she recommended to readers, but when she redeveloped some of the meals using what were supposed to be calorically equivalent supermarket or restaurant foods, the pounds stopped dropping off. Just as suspiciously, she always felt full.

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Researchers say pomegranates show promise as treatment for breast cancer. The antioxidant rich fruit naturally produces a chemical known as ellagic acid, which seems to help slow and even prevent the growth of cancer cells in breast tissue:

According to researchers, the pomegranate has recently been noted for its antioxidants and potential cancer fighting attributes, as well as its heart healthy benefits. However, the study recently published in Cancer Prevention Research is the first to take a look at the affects of the pomegranate on breast cancer and aromatase, an enzyme that plays a key role in making estrogen and promoting the growth of breast cancer.

In a lab, the team studied the effects of ten ellagitannin-derived compounds produced by pomegranates, which are thought to potentially prevent estrogen-related breast cancer. They considered the effects of the ten compounds on the growth of breast cancer cells and aromatase activity. Of the ten ellagitannin-derived compounds studied, the researchers discovered urolithin B was the standout in the fight against breast cancer.

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And, while fighting the battle of the bulge, turns out a buddy system may be best! New research shows that exercising in groups is more beneficial than a solo work-out. Bonding with others helps to release endorphins, blocking out pain:

New research conducted by University of Oxford's Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology suggests that exercising in a group can be more healthy than working out alone.

The crew was divided into teams, each with six members and asked to work out with identical rowing machines. The only variable was whether the workouts were done alone, or in teams exercising together, with the six machines coordinated by the crew's coxswain.

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