‘Hunger hormone’ ghrelin affects monetary decision making

WASHINGTON–Higher levels of the stomach-derived hormone ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, predict a greater preference for smaller immediate monetary rewards over larger delayed financial rewards, a new study finds. The study results will be presented at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting. This research presents novel evidence in humans that ghrelin, the so-called “hunger hormone,”…

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Sours That Walk the Line

The three-piece suit of the cocktail set, the sour formula is simple and timeless: spirit, citrus and sweetener. Sometimes, though not always, an egg white is added. One of the “children of punch,” according to the cocktail writer and historian David Wondrich, the sour is infinitely adaptable, yielding countless variations — whether whiskey sour, daiquiri…

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A Stew That Captures the Essence of the Sea

Daniela Narcisco, a Brazilian cookbook author and food historian based in Florianópolis, the capital of Santa Catarina, Brazil, describes moqueca as “a wonderful addition to any Easter celebration.” And this seafood stew, built on a few simple yet deeply flavorful ingredients, is pleasing: Its vibrant broth is luscious and light, and evokes the essence of…

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Unexpected Dinner Inspiration

A year into this pandemic, I’m taking dinner ideas wherever they come. Last week, my daughter and I read “Bread and Jam for Frances,” the 1964 picture book about a little badger who doesn’t want to eat any of the food her mother cooks (soft-boiled eggs, toast and fresh orange juice for breakfast; breaded veal…

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