The Daily Squeeze: Happy Foods, Obesity, Canada, And Prostitutes

  • Foods that contain the amino acid tryptophan, including mung beans (yum!), lobster, turkey, asparagus, sunflower seeds, cottage cheese, pineapple, tofu, spinach, and bananas, might improve mood and well-being. Tryptophan is the same element that makes you sleepy after eating Thanksgiving dinner. Wanna know what food makes me happy? Peanut butter. And peanut butter ice cream. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • Pregnant women who are overweight or obese in their first trimester and women who have a greater change in body weight during pregnancy are more likely to have longer pregnancies and more complications (including stillbirth and gestational diabetes), according to an analysis of data from Sweden. [Reuters]
  • Canada is struggling with high infant mortality rates, and they’re sending women who have high-risk pregnancies to the U.S. to receive medical help. [AHN]
  • In a study of men in Chicago who frequent prostitutes, 83 percent said they view buying sex as a form of addiction, and 40 percent said they’re usually intoxicated when they buy sex. “Prostitutes are a product, like cereal,” said one man. “You go to the grocery, pick the brand you want, and pay for it. It’s business.” [Sydney Morning Herald]