A recent New York Times article says the debate over a tax on sugary soft drinks is starting to fizz over.
The story quotes President Obama as saying taxing sugary drinks is an idea worth exploring, and that “every study that’s been done about obesity shows that there is as high a correlation between increased soda consumption and obesity.”
The American Heart Association’s (AHA) new guidelines published in late August were a refreshing point of clarity contrasting with the vagueness typical of nutrition advice designed not to offend any major food lobby.
The new statement, published in Circulation, replaces AHA’s hazier 2006 one to “minimize the intake of beverages and foods with added sugars,” and provides detailed guidance by… Continue
I can’t believe the summer vacation is over and kids will be going back to school this week. This summer went by way too fast!
I was happy to get a letter from my daughter’s elementary school announcing new snack policies—the school will not be giving out any more snacks, will not give food as incentives, prizes or rewards, and birthday celebrations at school will become "food free." Parents are being encouraged to send healthy snacks from home, including fresh fruit, cut-up… Continue
One of the best ways to improve your health, save a few bucks and help your local community all at the same time is to engage in buying local. This holiday weekend, take time to search out a local farm market, pick-your-own farm, food co-op or festival with locally produced goods. These are often the best places to get the produce, meats, eggs, dairy etc. of highest quality nutrients & freshest natural ingredients. You will be doing your health some good, saving a few bucks by eliminating… Continue
A recent study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, found that a high intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains and low intake of sodium, sweetened beverages, and red and processed meats was associated with reduced…Continue
I was disturbed by a short exchange I had with my ten-year old-daughter today. I told her we would be cooking a cholesterol-free dinner tonight, because one of our guests is trying to lower her cholesterol without medication, to which my dear daughter replied, “She should eat Cheerios.”
Apparently General Mills’ health claims—prominently displayed on every box—have reached my daughter, and she accepts them as fact.
Skimming through the New York Times later in the day, I… Continue
How would you feel if the cost of unhealthy foods increased?
For a study published in The Milbank Quarterly, researchers looked at price and energy/nutrient density of foods, food consumption, and price changes via tax or subsidy. It was found that raising the price of less healthy foods and lowering the price of healthy foods being linked to reduced body weight and decreased obesity. However, it should be noted that small price changes were not likely to result in substantial weight… Continue
With healthcare reform on many people’s minds, and awareness of the rising and overwhelming costs of chronic disease, I want to bring to your attention two recent articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), both of which study the effects of lifestyle factors on two all-too-common chronic illnesses in two different populations.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m an amateur organic gardener with many good intentions and a very modest yield.
I give my little vegetable patch lots of love, but the veggies are very slow to grow, and although some of my friends have been boasting home-grown produce for weeks, I harvested my first few cucumbers, tomatoes and zucchini just this week.
I love watching the plant in all its stages, and I’m especially fascinated to see how a fruit evolves from the flower. In the… Continue
Well if you didn't already know how great the simple egg is for your health then you should find out. Where do brown eggs come from? Do the chickens have white or red earlobes? What eggs are the most healthy for you and why? Exactly what nutrients are in those wonderful eggs that make them so great for you. Find Out Here: Read…Continue
Added by TC on July 21, 2009 at 9:00pm —
Vegetarian or 'plant-based' diets can be a very healthy eating style. By not eating meat, you automatically consume less cholesterol and saturated fat. All the other rules still apply, however, of practicing variety, balance and moderation.
Start your day with breakfast.
Breakfast fills your "empty tank" to get you going after a long night without food. And it can help you do better in school. Easy to prepare breakfasts include… Continue
Added by Sara Micale on July 20, 2009 at 11:08pm —
One-third of American kids are overweight or obese. Obesity rates among kids have tripled in the past thirty years. Many experts blame not only the food environment we live in—comprised of endless opportunities to eat foods of minimal nutritional value—but also the massive bombardment of advertising our kids are exposed to, baiting them to consume these foods.
Food poisoning is a very common problem throughout the world,specially the developed countries.Today i would like to discuss about food poisoning caused by Staphylococcus aureus.
Staphylococcal food poisoning usually presents with vomiting,abdominal pain and diarrhea.Vomiting and diarrhea are the predominant symptoms.This condition is caused by the enterotoxins of staphylococcus aureus.… Continue
The New York Times called it “one of the scariest movies of the year.”
I wouldn’t know, since I generally avoid horror films, but while Robert Kenner’s Food, Inc. is indeed deeply disturbing and isn’t the light entertainment typically screened in the heat of summer, it’s an important movie to watch, and it does offer a hopeful note and an action plan. I bet you’ll be moved by this movie, and understand more than ever that there’s plenty we can do to affect… Continue
I often write about the importance of eating whole grains, but since actions can speak louder than words, try making this healthy summer recipe with the most whole and least processed a wheat grain as could be—wheat berries.
So I have a friend that has been suffering from Lactose Intolerance for 5 years. She tried this program and it has been extremely successful! Back in the day, when my son would have birthday parties, pizza and ice cream were off the menu for her. But now she can partake in the festivities - awesome! As we get older, sometimes our bodies decide they don't want to function the way they used to (always something to look forward to, right?) So, it is my hope that someone… Continue
Added by Nancy Duncan on June 29, 2009 at 2:52pm —
My grandma used to say, “Eat slowly, with small bites, so that you digest your food.” She was partly right.
Unfortunately for us, we humans are quite efficient at digesting our food regardless of how quickly we eat it. Whether we chew well or not, our bodies will still extract nutrients from the food further down our intestinal tract. Had hasty eating been detrimental to digestion, we’d be a very thin nation.
But Grandma was oh so right about the other part: Eat slowly,… Continue
Rutgers University surveyed over 1,000 individuals and 60% reported searching their homes for potentially contaminated products when they learn about a food recall. Survey results show that 40% believe “It’s can’t happen to me” and do not take precautions.
Here are some of the interesting survey statistics:
64% pay attention to food-safety news
81% spread the word about food recalls/problems
25% throw out possibly contaminated food
12% eat food the think may… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on June 23, 2009 at 9:00am —