Happy Wednesday! What are you reading this week? Here's what caught our attention. Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below or tweet us @Shape_Magazine!
1. California lawmakers won't put warnings on sugary drinks. Well, it was fun while it lasted, but a California bill that would have required sodas and other soft drinks to have labels warning of their potential negative side effects—including obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay—died in the legislature this week, according to Time. Although public health advocates have proposed similar measures in several states, including Illinois and New York, lawmakers have generally opposed such initiatives.
2. Why you love foods you used to hate. Everyone has that one food they wouldn't touch as kids that they now can't get enough of (mine is eggplant). Turns out, you "grow out of" hating certain foods because the way you perceive a food changes once you've tried it. The more you try it, the more likely you are to enjoy it. We also taste things more intensely when we're younger, while as we age our sense of smell weakens, which changes the way we taste our food, Science of Us reports.
3. The U.S. wants Europe to loosen GMO rules and regulations. In an attempt to reach a trans-Atlantic trade agreement, the top American agricultural official is calling on Europe to do more to loosen rules on gene-altered food and feed crops. The matter is a complicated one, but in a nutshell: U.S. officials say there cannot be an agreement without a "serious and significant" commitment to agriculture, maintaining that there's no scientific evidence of safety risks of GMO foods, while European food regulators and consumers are more skeptical and have stricter regulations on which food products can be imported from the U.S.
4. Sitting is the absolute worst. Parking it on your rear too much has been linked to several health problems, but it may be worse than we thought: A new review of 43 studies shows that people who sit too much may be an increased risk for colon or endometrial cancers. However, researchers found that sitting is not linked to breast, rectal, ovarian, prostate, esophageal, or testicular cancers, so that's a plus, I guess.
5. Exercise may alter the bacteria in your gut. Every day, it seems as though researchers come up with another benefit of exercise (not that we're complaining!). The latest? Regular exercise may encourage good bacteria to thrive in your gut, while inactivity could do the opposite. Previous research has shown that people who have "large and diverse" populations of germs in their digestive tracts may be less susceptible to obesity, immune problems, and other health disorders than people with low microbial diversity, so it's possible that frequent exercise may improve your health and help you lose weight by actually altering the bacteria inside you.