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Your health: Impact of fried food depends on genes

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  • A diet of fried foods may result in more weight gain for those at genetic risk of obesity, a new study shows.

    A diet of fried foods may result in more weight gain for those at genetic risk of obesity, a new study shows.
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Impact of fried food depends on genes

A diet full of fried foods isn't good for anyone, but it may result in more weight gain for people at a high genetic risk for obesity, a new study suggests, USA Today reports.

The study, published in the journal BMJ, is the latest evidence that life isn't fair when it comes to navigating a world of french fries and soda -- because some people are genetically predisposed to become fatter than others indulging in the same bad habits.

It's a "groundbreaking concept" that could lead to more individualized prescriptions for weight control, says lead author Lu Qi, an assistant professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Does marriage make new brides fat?

Getting married can be bad for your weight -- especially if you are a woman, the Daily Mail reports.

Women put on nearly five pounds in weight in the first six months of marriage, according to a new study by health experts in Australia.

And brides who endure months of strict dieting to shed pounds before their wedding day put on the most weight in the first half year of wedded bliss -- gaining up to 9.9 lbs. afterward.

'Five-second rule' isn't just a myth

The "five-second rule" suggests that food dropped on the ground is still safe to eat if it is picked up after five seconds. Though long dismissed as wishful thinking, researchers at Aston University in England have now demonstrated that this rule may be more than just a myth, FOX News reports.

In a study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, researchers dropped various pieces of food -- including toast, pasta, ham, a sticky dessert and dried fruit -- on the floor and allowed it to sit there for three to 30 seconds.

Researchers then analyzed the dropped food to determine whether certain strains of bacteria had been transferred from the floor.

Overall, the researchers concluded that the faster a person picks up dropped food, the safer it will be to eat -- provided that he or she reacts within five seconds of dropping the food.

Another surprising finding in this study was that women were much more likely to follow the five-second rule compared to men.

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