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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...
  • Factory animal farms produce meat through routine torture and environmental destruction

    04/25/2011 2:08:12 PM PDT · by pinochet · 46 replies ^ | October 8, 2007 | Mike Adams
    (snip) For example, some of the "ingredients" commonly used in animal factory feed include: (think hard about this list the next time you order a hamburger...) 1. Excessive grains -- Abnormally high amounts can make the animals sick, especially natural grass eaters like cattle. Their bodies are not designed to handle a corn-rich diet; as a result, these animals can form liver abscesses and excessively acidic digestive systems. 2. Plastics -- For the many animals whose digestive systems still need roughage to move food through, these factories have turned to the use of plastic pellets instead of plant-based roughage to...
  • One Little Village, One Big Lesson

    04/11/2011 9:14:53 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 5 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 04-11-11 | Regalo Di Spine
    In the headlines over at Hotair, there is a link to a Chicago Tribune article regarding a policy at a Chicago School where Little Village Elementary School principal, Elsa Carmona, has banned students from bringing food from home for their lunches. Exceptions to the policy are granted to children with food-born allergies or special needs diets. But for the majority of the students, its Little Village’s lunches or nothing. This policy, though apparently relegated to one school, seems to invoke the recent national push by the current administration for increased nutritional standards in our schools and around the country. According...
  • Chocolate milk stirs controversy in schools

    04/11/2011 7:28:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 11, 2011 | Kevin Sieff
    It was once a staple of public school cafeterias that blended the indulgent and the nutritious, satisfying parents and children both. But chocolate milk is uncontroversial no more. Dozens of districts have demanded reformulations. Others have banned it outright. At the center of these battles are complex public health calculations: Is it better to remove sugary chocolate flavorings at the risk that many students will skip milk altogether, missing out on crucial calcium and Vitamin D? Or should schools instead make tweaks — less fat, different sweeteners, fewer calories — that might salvage the benefits while while minimizing the downside?...
  • Vitamin D levels linked with health of blood vessels

    04/03/2011 2:17:16 PM PDT · by decimon · 41 replies
    Emory University ^ | April 3, 2011 | Unknown
    A lack of vitamin D, even in generally healthy people, is linked with stiffer arteries and an inability of blood vessels to relax, research from the Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute has found. The results add to evidence that lack of vitamin D can lead to impaired vascular health, contributing to high blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease. Study participants who increased their vitamin D levels were able to improve vascular health and lower their blood pressure. The data is being presented on Sunday by Ibhar Al Mheid, MD, a cardiovascular researcher at Emory University School of Medicine,...
  • A reversal on carbs

    02/23/2011 10:38:03 AM PST · by Immerito · 114 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 20, 2010 | Marni Jameson
    A reversal on carbs Fat was once the devil. Now more nutritionists are pointing accusingly at sugar and refined grains. Most people can count calories. Many have a clue about where fat lurks in their diets. However, fewer give carbohydrates much thought, or know why they should. But a growing number of top nutritional scientists blame excessive carbohydrates — not fat — for America's ills. They say cutting carbohydrates is the key to reversing obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
  • A deficiency of dietary omega-3 may explain depressive behaviors

    01/30/2011 10:47:40 AM PST · by decimon · 42 replies
    Neuroscience of nutritionHow maternal essential fatty acid deficiency impact on its progeny is poorly understood. Dietary insufficiency in omega-3 fatty acid has been implicated in many disorders. Researchers from Inserm and INRA and their collaborators in Spain collaboration, have studied mice fed on a diet low in omega-3 fatty acid. They discovered that reduced levels of omega-3 had deleterious consequences on synaptic functions and emotional behaviours. Details of this work are available in the online version of the journal Nature neuroscience, which can be accessed at: In industrialized nations, diets have been impoverished in essential fatty acids since the...
  • Sluggish? Confused? Vitamin B12 May Be Low

    01/19/2011 3:53:18 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 53 replies
    Tired? Depressed? Forgetting things? Who isn't these days? Those are also symptoms of a deficiency of B12, a key nutrient needed to make red blood cells and DNA and keep the nervous system working right..... "B12 deficiency is much more common than the textbooks and journal articles say it is," says Alan Pocinki, an internist in Washington D.C., who routinely tests his patients who fall into those categories. He also notes that since the Metformin connection was discovered only recently,
  • Reducing diet early in pregnancy stunts fetal brain development

    01/17/2011 3:02:12 PM PST · by decimon · 15 replies
    Study shows that the fetal brain is vulnerable to moderate decreases in maternal nutritionSAN ANTONIO, Texas, U.S.A. (Jan. 17, 2011) — Eating less during early pregnancy impaired fetal brain development in a nonhuman primate model, researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio reported today. The researchers found decreased formation of cell-to-cell connections, cell division and amounts of growth factors in the fetuses of mothers fed a reduced diet during the first half of pregnancy. "This is a critical time window when many of the neurons as well as the supporting cells in the brain are born,"...
  • USDA requires nutrition labels for 40 cuts of meat

    12/30/2010 10:02:58 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies · 10+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 12/30/10 | P.J. Huffstutter
    The rule will apply to raw and single-ingredient major cuts of meat and poultry, including boneless chicken breast, tenderloin steak and ground meat such as hamburger or turkey. It will go into effect in 2012. Coming soon to a grocery store near you: nutrition labels, like the ones seen on soda pop and potato chips, slapped on packages of raw ground meat and chicken breasts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that a new federal rule will require 40 of the most commonly purchased cuts of poultry, pork, beef and lamb to carry labels that disclose a variety of...
  • Obama signs child nutrition bill

    12/13/2010 9:37:13 AM PST · by Innovative · 35 replies · 3+ views
    CNN ^ | Dec 13, 2010 | CNN Wire Staff
    President Barack Obama signed a sweeping overhaul of child nutrition standards Monday, enacting a law meant to encourage better eating habits in part by giving the federal government more authority to set standards for food sold in vending machines and elsewhere on school grounds. Among other things, the $4.5 billion measure provides more money to poor areas to subsidize free meals and requires schools to abide by health guidelines drafted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To help offset the higher cost of including more fruits and vegetables, the bill increases the reimbursement rate for school lunches. The bill is...
  • LA to Ban New Fast-Food Restaurants

    12/11/2010 10:04:22 AM PST · by John Semmens · 44 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 11 December 2010 | John Semmens
    The Los Angeles City Council took action to prohibit new fast-food restaurants from opening within half a mile of existing restaurants. The move was sponsored by Council member Jan Perry who asserted that “we must do something to combat malnutrition and obesity among the lower classes.” Perry’s focus was on South LA, which currently has the city’s highest concentration of fast-food establishments. Fast-food accounts for 72% of the restaurants in this quadrant of the city. “The fast-food industry is unfairly targeting our least educated and most vulnerable citizens,” Perry declared. “This type of exploitation and profiteering must stop.” Perry dismissed...
  • Weight Watchers Upends Its Points System

    12/04/2010 1:36:19 PM PST · by fightinJAG · 25 replies
    NYT ^ | Dec. 3, 2010 | Elissa Gootman
    [snip] The new plan, company officials say, is based on scientific findings about how the body processes different foods. The biggest change: All fruits and most vegetables are point-free (or free of PointsPlus, as the new program is called). Processed foods, meanwhile, generally have higher point values, which roughly translates to: should be eaten less. [snip] “It’s a complete overhaul; it doesn’t get any bigger than this,” said Karen Miller-Kovach, the chief scientific officer for Weight Watchers International. “Fifteen years ago we said a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. If you ate 100 calories of butter or 100...
  • Child Nutrition Bill Sent to President Obama; Michelle Obama Calls Bill 'Groundbreaking'

    12/02/2010 3:52:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/2/10 | Huma Khan
    The House of Representatives, by a vote of 264-157, today passed the child nutrition bill, which was praised by first lady Michelle Obama as "a groundbreaking piece of bipartisan legislation." The $4.5 billion child nutrition bill would ban greasy food and sugary soft drinks from schools. The legislation – already passed on a bipartisan vote in the Senate -- triggered criticism for its hefty price tag and new nutritional requirements that some say shouldn't come from the federal government.
  • Party Poopers? Education Board Considers Tighter Treat Rules

    11/08/2010 8:01:16 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 9 replies
    The Pittsburgh Channel ^ | November 8, 2010
    PITTSBURGH -- New nutritional guidelines up for review would put an end to frequent birthday celebrations inside Pennsylvania's classrooms. The state Board of Education is considering new rules that would limit parents to a single sweet treat at school parties and allow classrooms one birthday celebration per month. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Monday that the rules would allow the state to withhold or rescind reimbursements for districts that don't comply. The state Department of Education issued nutritional guidelines for classroom parties in 2006. Those encouraged districts to trim the number of sugary snacks available and include fruits and vegetables.
  • 'Their Last Suppers' documents last meals of celebrities

    10/26/2010 2:53:15 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies · 1+ views
    GateHouse News Service ^ | Oct 26, 2010 | Kathryn Rem
    You may never know which meal will be your last. It could be one chosen by a caretaker or hospital staffer, served to you in your sickbed. Perhaps your last bite will be a deliberate choice, such as the vegetable soup that Adolf Hitler sipped before killing himself. Or, it may be a random meal that you don’t expect to be your culinary goodbye — such as the Dover sole and champagne that Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed were served at the Ritz Hotel in Paris before a car crash took their lives. Final meals hold a special fascination for...
  • Junk food to be banned from Puerto Rico public schools

    10/21/2010 10:31:17 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 14 replies
    El Nuevo Día (Spanish-language articles) ^ | October 21, 2010 | Alba Y. Muñiz
    (English-language translation) The [Puerto Rico] Senate unanimously approved a bill by Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Cirilo Tirado to ban the sale of junk food from vending machines and cooperatives that operate in the island's public schools. The measure was presented by Majority Leader Roberto Arango, who called on his colleagues to vote in its favor. "We have to educate children, but we also have to offer them the correct choices to avoid chronic diseases," Arango stated. For his part, PDP Minority Whip Eduardo Bhatia spoke about the obesity and overweight epidemic among the island's child population. "Nowadays, of all...
  • A genuine 'elixir of life' - at least for mice

    10/06/2010 8:30:32 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 10 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Oct-05-2010 | Richard Alleyne
    The cocktail of amino acids - building blocks of proteins - was found to increase the lifespan of mice by 12 per cent. Researchers believe it may also benefit humans, especially the elderly or sick. In laboratory experiments, middle-aged male healthy mice were given drinking water laced with three specific amino acids. The animals lived significantly longer than other mice fed a normal diet. Their lifespan range had a midpoint of 869 days compared with 774 days for untreated mice, a difference of 12 per cent.
  • Michelle Obama's nutrition bill fails in the House

    09/30/2010 2:23:57 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    Michelle Obama's nutrition bill fails in the House By ABBY PHILLIP | 9/30/10 4:31 PM EDT A bloc of progressive House Democrats resisted heavy White House lobbying and a 11th-hour push to broker a compromise on a child nutrition bill, ending chances that the legislation – a pet project of first lady Michelle Obama – would pass before the November midterm elections. At the root of the impasse: a proposed $2.2 billion cut in future funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides food stamps for the poor. Despite personal appeals by the first lady, the Democrats balked at...
  • Top food was olives in time of the ancient mariner

    08/15/2010 10:35:46 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    al-Reuters ^ | Thursday, August 12, 2010 | Michele Kambas (ed by Paul Casciato)
    A huge quantity of olive stones on an ancient shipwreck more than 2,000 years old has provided valuable insight into the diet of sailors in the ancient world, researchers in Cyprus said Thursday. The shipwreck, dating from around 400 B.C. and laden mainly with wine amphorae from the Aegean island of Chios and other north Aegean islands, was discovered deep under the sea off Cyprus's southern coast. Excavation on the site, which started in November 2007, has determined that the ship was a merchant vessel of the late classical period. "An interesting piece of evidence that gives us information on...
  • Picky Eaters: When Waffles and Fries Are All You Eat

    08/10/2010 12:55:47 PM PDT · by MissTed · 88 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/10/10 | Emily Friedman
    Bob Krause hates Thanksgiving, and not because of that all forced family time. Krause, 63, calls himself a picky eater -- one who won't eat anything that's served at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, or any other dinner, for that matter. Krause survives on little more than grilled cheese sandwiches, French fries and waffles. And, like other picky eaters, Krause hopes that a registry of adult picky eaters, recently begun by Duke University and the University of Pittsburgh, will bring attention to a problem he believes should be considered a medical condition. The registry, dubbed the Food F.A.D. Study, or the...
  • New research: Children's vegetable intake linked to Popeye cartoons

    08/06/2010 10:03:56 AM PDT · by decimon · 21 replies
    Wiley-Blackwell ^ | August 6, 2010 | Unknown
    Popeye cartoons, tasting parties and junior cooking classes can help increase vegetable intake in kindergarten children, according to new research published in the journal Nutrition & Dietetics. Researchers at Mahidol University in Bangkok found the type and amount of vegetables children ate improved after they took part in a program using multimedia and role models to promote healthy food. Twenty six kindergarten children aged four to five participated in the eight week study. The researchers recorded the kinds and amounts of fruit and vegetables eaten by the children before and after the program. Lead researcher Professor Chutima Sirikulchayanonta said: "We...
  • Hundreds walk to raise awareness about health, need for more minority physicians

    07/31/2010 3:09:10 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 58 replies · 3+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 7/31/10 | Anika Myers Palm
    Hundreds of children and parents gathered at an Orlando church early Saturday to raise awareness about health and obesity. The Walk A Mile With A Child event at Grace Bible Church, sponsored by the National Medical Association, was designed to reach black and Hispanic Orlandoans with a message about the benefits of a commitment to physical fitness. (snip) U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin is lecturing at the NMA opening ceremony today. (snip) "The number of black physicians has been eroding," said Dr. Nelson Adams, of Miami. Adams is former state and national president of the National Medical Association.
  • Cancer-Fighting Roles of Intriguing Plant Compounds

    07/08/2010 1:14:42 PM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies
    U.S. Department of Agriculture ^ | July 1, 2010 | Marcia Wood
    An array of studies from scientists at the Agricultural Research Service’s Western Human Nutrition Research Center in Davis, California, is yielding new clues about the roles that compounds from plants may play in preventing cancer and other diseases. For example, molecular biologist Susan J. Zunino has investigated the role that certain compounds in strawberries may have in combating cancer. Her tests with lab-cultured cells of a cancer known as “acute lymphoblastic leukemia” have provided additional evidence that three compounds occurring naturally in strawberries—ellagic acid, kaempferol, and quercetin—can cause death, or significant damage, to certain lines of these leukemia cells. The...
  • Antioxidants do help arteries stay healthy

    07/05/2010 4:58:21 PM PDT · by decimon · 7 replies
    BioMed Central ^ | July 5, 2010 | Unknown
    Long-term supplementation with dietary antioxidants has beneficial effects on sugar and fat metabolism, blood pressure and arterial flexibility in patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Nutrition and Metabolism report these positive results in a randomized controlled trial of combined vitamin C, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10 and selenium capsules. Reuven Zimlichman worked with a team of researchers from Wolfson Medical Center, Israel, to carry out the study in 70 patients from the centre's hypertension clinic. He said, "Antioxidant supplementation significantly increased large and small artery elasticity in patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors....
  • Gov't awards $234 million in AmeriCorps expansion

    06/07/2010 6:55:13 AM PDT · by MollyKuehl · 34 replies · 168+ views
    Washington Post ^ | ANN SANNER
  • Panel Suggests Ways to Improve Nutrition (NANNY STATE ALERT!)

    06/16/2010 7:09:58 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 33 replies · 558+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 06-16-10 | ELIZA GRAY
    A federal nutrition panel wants to change the way Americans eat. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, composed of 13 nutrition experts, is charged with coming up with recommendations that will figure in the government's planned update of the iconic food pyramid. Its findings: People should consume more vegetables and whole grains, and less fatty meats, salt and sugar. The report aims to tackle what is widely seen as a national epidemic of obesity.
  • Brown Rice vs. White Rice: Which Is Better?

    06/14/2010 5:40:04 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 102 replies · 1,115+ views
    WebMD Health News ^ | Monday, June 14, 2010 | Bill Hendrick
    Replacing White Rice With Brown Rice Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Study FindsJune 14, 2010 -- Replacing white rice in your diet with brown rice may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. The finding is important because the consumption of white rice in the United States has increased dramatically in the past few decades, and about 18 million Americans have type 2 diabetes. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health say eating two or more servings of brown rice weekly seems to be associated with a lower risk of developing type...
  • Study backs heart-healthy effect of dairy fat

    06/09/2010 9:23:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 45+ views
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Eating dairy foods could help protect your heart, new research from Sweden suggests. Dairy foods are a major source of saturated fat in the diet, which has been associated with heart disease. However, there's some evidence that dairy foods could actually benefit heart health, for example by lowering blood pressure or reducing cholesterol levels, Dr. Eva Warensjo of Uppsala University and her colleagues note in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. To get a clearer sense of people's intake of fat from dairy and heart disease risk, Warensjo and her team measured blood levels of...
  • The vitamin D miracle: Is it for real?

    12/06/2009 9:00:19 AM PST · by STARWISE · 261 replies · 8,180+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | 3-30-09 | Martin Mittelstaedt
    The claims have been sensational. Martin Mittelstaedt checks up on the research behind the hype ### In the summer of 1974, brothers Frank and Cedric Garland had a heretical brainwave. The young epidemiologists were watching a presentation on death rates from cancer county by county across the United States. As they sat in a lecture hall at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore looking at the colour-coded cancer maps, they noticed a striking pattern, with the map for colon cancer the most pronounced. Counties with high death rates were red; those with low rates were blue. Oddly, the nation was almost...
  • Failure of government health and nutrition mandates

    05/19/2010 7:43:37 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 5 replies · 135+ views
    Mainestategop ^ | 5/19/10 | Mainestategop
    A little something I would like to add on in light of government health mandates and the government failing. (not surprisingly) This concerns the failure of role of government as nutritionist. Some of you who are old enough may remember old cartoons and commercials from your local dairy council and other nutrition advocates that were shown in the 70s and 80s as well as commercials from Bush the first's presidential council of physical Fitness that premiered on Nickelodeon advertising healthy living, exercise and nutrition. The kind of nutrition advertised 30 to 20 years ago would be balked at today however....