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  • Why we should regulate sugar like alcohol

    02/02/2012 7:02:33 AM PST · by CharlesThe Hammer · 127 replies
    CNN ^ | February 1, 2012 | Laura Schmidt
    I am a medical sociologist, which means I study the health of whole societies. I've spent more than 20 years studying the best possible ways to address alcohol problems in societies -- what works and what doesn't to protect people from harm. I work as a professor in the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and at the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute. This allows me to connect with other scientists who come from very different backgrounds but who want to work together on big problems -- think of a Manhattan Project, only one focused on protecting...
  • First lady unveils [still more] tougher nutrition standards for school meals

    01/25/2012 11:06:05 AM PST · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 25, 2012 | Julian Pecquet
    First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday unveiled tougher nutrition standards that school meals will have to meet starting this year. The new standards were required by the 2010 school nutrition bill that increased funding for school meals. The new regulations, according to the Department of Agriculture, will: Ensure that students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week; Substantially increase offerings of whole grain-rich foods; Offer only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties; Limit calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size; and Increase the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated...
  • Congress Blocks New Rules on School Lunches

    11/21/2011 6:21:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 15, 2011 | Ron Nixon
    WASHINGTON — A slice of pizza still counts as a vegetable. In a victory for the makers of frozen pizzas, tomato paste and French fries, Congress on Monday blocked rules proposed by the Agriculture Department that would have overhauled the nation’s school lunch program. The proposed changes — the first in 15 years to the $11 billion school lunch program — were meant to reduce childhood obesity by adding more fruits and green vegetables to lunch menus, Agriculture Department officials said. The rules, proposed last January, would have cut the amount of potatoes served and would have changed the way...
  • Low-Salt Diets May Raise Risk of Heart Disease

    11/10/2011 2:31:09 AM PST · by globelamp · 40 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 11-09-11 | Rachael Rettner
    Cutting back on salt may not be as beneficial for your heart as once thought, a new study suggests. While a diet low in salt reduces blood pressure, it increases the levels of cholesterol, fat and hormones in the blood that are known to increase the risk of heart disease, the study found. Overall, the good and bad consequences of a low-salt diet may cancel each other out, so the diet has relatively little effect on the development of disease, said study researcher Dr. Niels Graudal, of Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark.
  • Michelle Obama wants you to eat your peas and move

    11/02/2011 2:50:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | November 2, 2011 | Cain Burdeau (Associated Press)
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama led toddlers at a New Orleans daycare center in calisthenics and read them a book about a mouse that eats green peas, bidding to get America's children eating better and exercising more. Obama stretched, jumped and marched in place before reading to the children who gathered in a classroom with their parents and teachers at the Royal Castle Child Development Center. The center focuses on preschoolers from families with moderate and low incomes.
  • School Lunch Proposals Set Off a Dispute

    11/02/2011 1:46:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 1, 2011 | Ron Nixon
    WASHINGTON — The government has some thoughts on how to make the federally financed school lunch program more nutritious: A quarter-cup of tomato paste on pizza will no longer be considered a vegetable. Cut back on potatoes and add more fresh peaches, apples, spinach and broccoli. And hold the salt. The proposed changes — the first in 15 years to the $11 billion school-lunch program — are meant to reduce rising childhood obesity, Agriculture Department officials say. Food companies including Coca-Cola, Del Monte Foods and the makers of frozen pizza and French fries have a huge stake in the new...
  • Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain

    10/25/2011 8:59:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 103 replies ^ | March 22, 2010; 10:00 a.m. | by Hilary Parker
    A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same. In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides. The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United...
  • 1 Soda A Day Equals 50 Pounds Of Sugar A Year, Says NYC Health Department

    10/25/2011 8:24:15 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies · 1+ views
    1 Soda A Day Equals 50 Pounds Of Sugar A Year, Says NYC Health Department October 25, 2011 10:04 AM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The New York City Health Department is launching a new campaign to show just how much sugar is in a can of soda. The health department says drinking one soda a day equals 50 pounds of sugar a year, which can lead to problems like obesity, diabetes and heart disease. “Sugary drinks are the largest single source of added sugar in the diet, and a child’s risk of obesity increases with every additional daily serving of...
  • Childrens Book Maggie Goes On a Diet Sparks Outrage

    09/04/2011 2:15:33 PM PDT · by 7jason · 18 replies ^ | 9-3-11 | Ed Bok
    They say no publicity is bad publicity, and for that Paul M. Kramer must be truly grateful. Since word of his upcoming children’s book, Maggie Goes On a Diet spread throughout the blogosphere, he has received considerable bad press.
  • Beat the Summer Heat - Hydrate with Hydrating Foods

    08/15/2011 10:41:56 AM PDT · by truthnomatterwhat · 15 replies
    Health Alkaline Water ^ | August 15, 2011
    For many across North America, August 2011 is promising to be the hottest month of the year. The “dog days of summer” usually imply the month of August. So let’s talk about your hydration for a minute. Staying hydrated is something that you read about a lot in the wellness industry. Did you know that in addition to drinking Ionized Alkaline Water, you can help keep hydrated through the foods you eat? Yes it’s true, some alkaline foods hydrate more than others. When you find yourself craving a healthy snack on a hot August afternoon, why not reach for something...
  • Michelle Obama's Shake Shack Burger Indulgence Defended by Nutritionists (ABC News to the rescue)

    07/12/2011 7:15:50 AM PDT · by kristinn · 113 replies
    ABC News ^ | Tuesday, July 12, 2011 | Mikeala Conley
    Stop the presses, Michelle Obama might have eaten a hamburger. The blogosphere erupted with criticism almost immediately after the Washington Post reported Monday that the first lady sat down at a newly opened Shake Shack in Washington D.C., where she ordered a ShackBurger, fries, a chocolate shake and a Diet Coke. According to the popular burger joint's website, that's a 1,556-calorie meal. (sic, actually it was 1700 calories.) Many critiqued the first lady's public display of Shake Shack love as she continues to advocate for her Let's Move! campaign, an initiative to eliminate childhood obesity. But even as the first...
  • Study: Menu Labeling Doesn't Impact Food Choices

    07/01/2011 4:41:09 PM PDT · by randita · 9 replies
    The promise of mandating nutritional information on restaurant menus was that it would lead people to make healthier choices, and thus help tame obesity. Turns out it doesn't impact our eating habits, according to a study by researchers at Ghent University in Belgium. Menu labels on cafeteria food -- highlighting the good and the bad of various meal options -- make no difference in college students' meal choices, a new study concludes. The results add to evidence that, despite laws in some cities mandating calorie counts on fast-food menus, nutritional information makes little difference to people when they are eating...
  • The Four Most Likely Ways You Can Die If The SHTF

    06/30/2011 6:41:48 AM PDT · by blam · 166 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 6-30-2011 | Tess Pennington
    The Four Most Likely Ways You Can Die If The SHTF Tess Pennington June 30th, 2011 Ready Nutrition The subject of survival in a long term disaster goes beyond having stockpiles of beans, bullets and band-aids. Those that do survive during a long term emergency will no doubt be tried and tested with a great many things. One of those trying scenarios is dealing with death. Zombie attacks seem to be a prevalent theme for preppers to prepare for. In fact, the CDC has even posted a preparedness article on how to ward off zombie attacks. While I believe these...
  • Obama's Food Police in Staggering Crackdown on Market to Kids

    06/21/2011 12:56:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    Human Events ^ | June 21, 2011 | Audrey Hudson, congressional correspondent
    Tony the Tiger, some NASCAR drivers and cookie-selling Girl Scouts will be out of a job unless grocery manufacturers agree to reinvent a vast array of their products to satisfy the Obama administration’s food police. Either retool the recipes to contain certain levels of sugar, sodium and fats, or no more advertising and marketing to tots and teenagers, say several federal regulatory agencies. The same goes for restaurants. It’s not just the usual suspected foods that are being targeted, such a thin mint cookies sold by scouts or M&Ms and Snickers, which sponsor cars in the Sprint Cup, but pretty...
  • 'Unhealthy' corn dogs, chicken nuggets out, sushi in at L.A. schools

    06/16/2011 2:56:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 86 replies
    L.A. Times Blogs ^ | June 15, 2011 | Mary MacVean
    The L.A. school board's decision to stop serving flavored milks on campuses is just the beginning. A menu overhaul is underway that will mean fewer meals that resemble fast food and more vegetarian offerings. Spinach tortellini in butternut squash sauce and California sushi rolls, along with many ethnic foods, are to be added. Corn dogs, chicken nuggets and other breaded items are out, said Dennis Barrett, food services director. Megan Bomba, a project coordinator with Occidental College's Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, agreed with the move, saying "the meal needs to be better, not [that] we need to keep chocolate...
  • Cut down on 'carbs' to reduce body fat, study authors say (diabetes?)

    06/06/2011 6:53:29 AM PDT · by decimon · 174 replies
    The Endocrine Society ^ | June 5, 2011 | Unknown
    A modest reduction in consumption of carbohydrate foods may promote loss of deep belly fat, even with little or no change in weight, a new study finds. Presentation of the study results will be Sunday at The Endocrine Society's 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston. When paired with weight loss, consumption of a moderately reduced carbohydrate diet can help achieve a reduction of total body fat, according to principal author Barbara Gower, PhD, a professor of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "These changes could help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, stroke and coronary artery...
  • President Obama wolfs down TWO chili dogs and fries...

    06/04/2011 9:16:32 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 42 replies
    The Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 6/4/11 | Fiona Roberts
    When his wife unveiled the USDA's new nutritional plate yesterday, there definitely wasn't a space for chili dogs. But that didn't stop Barack Obama wolfing down two in Toledo today - with fries and an extra bowl of chili on the side.
  • New Food Pyramid Coming June 2, USDA Says ("You'll be seeing the icon everywhere.")

    05/26/2011 1:22:06 PM PDT · by Stoat · 38 replies
    WebMD / MedScape ^ | May 26, 2011 | Daniel DeNoon
    New Food Pyramid Coming June 2, USDA Says Daniel DeNoonMay 26, 2011 — In an exclusive interview with WebMD, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the replacement for the Food Pyramid will be announced on June 2 -- and that the new icon heralds a "monumental effort" to improve America's health.Why a new icon? The pyramid really does not capture the public's attention anymore, Robert C. Post, PhD, deputy director of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, tells WebMD."Consumers can look forward to a new, simple, easy-to-understand cue to prompt healthy choices," Post tells WebMD. "You will...
  • Caption Contest: President And Mrs. Obama Meet Prince William And Princess Kate

    05/24/2011 9:53:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 118 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/24/2011
    America's most powerful couple just met England's most popular. The British papers are already worried Princess Kate is looking too thin and Michelle Obama's floral dress was a bit too similar to the Queen's.
  • Schools may ban chocolate milk over added sugar

    05/09/2011 7:22:38 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 9, 2011 | Associated Press
    With schools under increasing pressure to offer healthier food, the staple on children's cafeteria trays has come under attack over the very ingredient that made it so popular — sugar. Some school districts have gone as far as prohibiting flavored milk, and Florida considered a statewide ban in schools. Other districts have sought a middle ground by replacing flavored milks containing high-fructose corn syrup with versions containing sugar, which some see as a more natural sweetener. Los Angeles Unified, the nation's second-largest school district, is the latest district to tackle the issue. Superintendent John Deasy recently announced he would push...