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iWaiters at Applebees
will be installing tablets at every table in it's restaurants that will
allow customers to order everything, from drinks to desserts. Customers
can also pay for playing online games on the tablets. Test marketing
showed that customers who used the tables ordered extras like coffee
and dessert, generating more revenue for restaurants. The tablets also
help speed up the ordering process, resulting in quicker turnaround of
Face-Transplant Patients Doing Well
patients who underwent full face transplant surgery are doing well and
image scans show that new blood vessels had formed a year after the
surgeries. This is critical as the new blood vessels ensure blood
supply to the donor tissue. According to doctors, this is the first
time this has happened. More....
Foods Not to Eat When Taking These Meds
you're taking medicines for health conditions like heart problems,
there are some foods you may want to avoid, so you don't get an
overdose of what the medicines are supposed to provide, such as
potassium from bananas, if yo're taking blood pressure medications. More....
Starbucks' Metal Gift Cards
year, Starbuck is coming up with a limited edition $450 metal gift card
for the holiday season. Last year, Starbucks made 5000 such cards which
got sold in six minutes. What makes this year's cards even more
exclusive is that there are only 1,000 cards availbale, and are going
to be sold exclusively on Gilt.com on December 6 at noon EST. More....
Marijuana's Medical Benefits
Studies have shown that
cannabidiol, a chemical found in the marijuana plant can be used to
treat many health conditions, such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis,
schizoprenia, anxiety, and cancer. According to ProCon, a nonprofit
organization, there are over two million patients in the US who use
marijuana for a legitimate medical reason. More....
One Ingredient We Should Eat More
A new study shows that 80% of Americans eat too little fiber and pay a
heavy price for it. Men consume less fiber than is recommended for
maintaining heart health. Fiber can help reduce high blood pressure,
cholesterol, and inflammation in the body that can cause various
diseases. Fiber can also help with weight loss and improve insulin
Poll Shows Obesity Initiatives Not Working
new Gallup poll shows that all the health initiatives implemented by
Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Michelle Obama, restaurants, and
grocery stores to increase awareness of heathy eating and healthy
behaviors have not worked. In fact, there seems to be a marked decline
in healthy eating habits among the 150,000 people who were interviewed
by Gallup. More....
Exercise May Not Help Reduce Holiday Weight Gain
texas Tech University study shows that during holidays, on average
people gain 1.5 pounds, and exercise didn't prevent this gain. Although
those who exercised were able to lower their blood pressure. It's
easy to consume more calories than you can burn through exercise;
exercise also boosts appetite, leading to comsumption of more calories.
Fertility Doctors Looking at Twin Births
to the CDC, 46% of infertility births are twins, and as many as 37% are
born premature. To reduce medical risks for the babies and moms,
fertility doctors are trying to reduce such twin births by reducing the
number of embryos used per treatment to one. More....
Snacks That Boost Your Energy
like pretzels, apples, baked potatoes, and frozen yogurt may not perk
up your energy levels, and may be bad for you in other ways. So, when
you get the munchies, go for these snacks instead: roasted edamame,
whole grain cereal with nuts, water, and green tea. More....
More Americans Celebrating a Vegan Thanksgiving
Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving with tofurkey - tofu shaped like
turkey or steaks made with portobello mushrooms. The number of vegans
and vegetarians is increasing in the US, and meat consumption has
fallen by 12% since 2007, according to the US Food and Agriculture
Food Banks Start Farming to Help Needy Americans
food bank in Chester county, Pennsylvania, has turned to farming to
take care of the needs of the poorest Americans. It's among 20 other
food banks that are growing fresh produce such as leafy greens and
other vegetables, as they make an effort to boost healthy eating among
the poor. Canned food, that is typically, a huge part of donated food
items, is high in sodium, which can increase the risk of heart disease.
When Not to Use Olive Oil
Olive oil is not always the best option for cooking. It has a low
smoking point, and as such, it doesn't work very well when you need to
fry, saute, grill, or bake. At high temperatures, olive oil starts to
smoke, oxidize, and turns rancid. Oxidized oils are, in fact,
carcinogens. Use safflower or toasted sesame oil, instead. More....
Treatments That May Provide the Answer to Alzheimer's Disease
like Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer have tried and failed
to come up with treatments for Alzheimer's disease. Their efforts have
been focuse on removing the beta-amyloid formations on brain cells that
cause the degenration. However, treatments for other problems like high
blood pressure, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis may provide the
answer that researchers have been looking for. More....
Nuts May Prevent Cancer and Heart Disease
nuts five times a week can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer
by as much as 29% and 11%, respectively. There was a time when nuts
were not recommended as healthy as they're high in fat. But we now know
that nuts are rich in good fats, and can lower the risk of premature
death from any disease. The type of nuts you consume doesn't seem to
Novartis Testing New Breast Cancer Drug
a Swiss pharma company, is testing a new breast cancer drug. The pill
works by blocking two enzymes known as "cyclin-dependent kinases 4 and
6". This new targeted approach may be more successful than traditional
approaches to breast cancer treatments. Pfizer has been developing a
similar drug. More.....
Too much Exercise May Not Do Much for You
According to a Brtish study of 16 to 20-year-olds, those getting 17.5
hours of exercise a week were not any healthier than those getting only
3.5 hours of exercise. They seem to be equally prone to the usual teen
problems like low self-esteem, stress, and anxiety. The magic number
seems to be 14 hours of exercise per week. More....
Nut Milk Becoming Popular
made with nuts like almond, cashews, and walnuts is becoming popular
because of the protein, fatty acids, and fiber it provides, along with
the fact that it's a great alternative to dairy milk. Restaurant chefs
are also using nut milk in various ways, to flavor, add texture, and
creaminess to dishes and desserts. More....
Harvard Researchers Question New Cholesterol Guidelines
Harvard University researchers have questioned the new recommendation
from American Heat Association and American College of Cardiology that
more Americans need to take statins to prevent heart disease. They
state that the formula used by these organizations to come up with this
recommendation, overestimated the risk. More....
Aspirin at Bedtime May Prevent Heart Attacks
Aspirin thins blood and prevents clots from forming and is
recommended for patients at risk for heart attcks. A Dutch study
observed 300 patients who were on an aspirin regimen, and found that
taking aspirin at night reduced platelet activity more than it did
during the day. Researchers say, more studies are needed. More....
Heart Attack Signs Many Miss
A study of 900 heart attack patients showed that 65% of them
experienced very subtle signs like discomfort of left arm and chest,
fatigue and shortness of breath. Patients in the study received
treatment within 3.5 hours as opposed to 2 hours for those who
experienced more dramatic signs. According to experts, a 90-minute
delay in treatment could be dangerous. More....
Weight-Loss Helps Irregular Heartbeat
Weight seems to be closely linked to irregular heartbeat problems.
Research shows that those who lost over 30 pounds saw an improvement in
their heartbeat rhythm than those who focused on managing other health
conditions. Also known as atrial fibrillation, this condition can be
caused by heart attacks, infections, and heart valve problems. Other
risk factors for this condition include diabetes, high blood pressure,
high cholesterol, and diabetes. More....
Alternatives to Olive Oil
Olive oil is well-known for it's health benefits, but it's a good idea
to use a variety of healthy fats as olive oil is not suitable for all
types of cooking. Grapeseed oil contains vitamin E and flavonoids, and
is great for pan-searing, broiling, roasting, and baking. Peanut and
macademia oils are great for deep-frying and stir-frying. Flaxseed oil
has a low smoking point, but is great for raw dishes like hummus, and
Weight-Loss Surgery Can Slow Aging
Stanford researchers have found that bariatric surgery
done to get rid of excess weight can slow cellular aging, and provide
the same benefits to patients that dietary and exercise changes can.
The study showed that a year after the surgery, patients had a 71%
reduction in weight, and lower levels of fasting insulin and bad
Meningitis Outbreak in Princeton University
seveth case of meningitis broke out in Princeton this week, and the
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agrred to import the vaccine,
Bexsero, to deal with the outbreak. The drug, manufactured by Novartis,
is approved for use in Europe and Australia but not in the US. Five of
the students who were admitted to hospital have recovered. More....
Israeli Company Increases Crop Yield without Genetic Modification
those against genetically modified food, this is encouraging news. A
seed technology firm in Israel says that it has figured out a way to
increase yield for various crops without needing to modify their DNA.
The company hopes that by 2016, it will be able to provide farmers with
the technology for producing seeds for wheat, corn, and rice which will
produce a 25% increase in crop yields. More....
Exercise Improves Body & Mind in Older Adults
low-intensity exercise may help improve physical as well as mental
function in older adults and keep age-related issues at bay. Exercise
regimen of study participants involved 60 minutes of aerobic exercise
every week for 12 weeks. Those who exercised, saw an improvement in
memory, lung capacity, and energy levels by week six. More....
Chew More to Eat Less
A new study shows that particpants who increased chewing by 50% ate
9.5% less than those who didn't chew as much. Chewing more times before
swallowing increased the duration of the meal time and reduced
consumption. Researchers noted that those with normal weight ate at a
slower rate than overweight and obese participants. More....
Easy Ways to Reduce Cholesterol Levels
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends getting tested for
cholesterol at a young age, especially, if you have a family history of
heart disease. Even if you're thin, your holesterol levels could still
be high. However, it's easy to manage cholesterol with lifestyle and
dietary changes. Tips include increasing dietary fiber, exercise,
reduce saturated fat in your diet, and spen some time every day in
hig-intensity workouts. More .....
Nutritional Yeast - A Great Option for Vegetarians
Nutritional yeast is a non-active yeast grown on molasses that
vegetarians and vegans can use safely. It comes in powder form and is
available in health food stores. The yeast is enriched with vitamin
B12, found only in animal products, and other B vitamins riboflavin,
thiamin, niacin, and folic acid. Sprinkle it on popcorn and other
382 Million Diabetes Cases Worldwide
That's the estimated number of people with diabetes, according to
a new report, and the numbers are said to rise to 592 million by 2035.
Most people have type 2 diabetes which is associated with obesity and
lack of exercise. The best strategy for dealing with this epidemic,
according to experts, is to improve diets and encourage healthy and
active lifestyles. More....
Early Warning Signs of Diabetes
is a stealthy disease which can creep up on you. Millions of Americans
may not even know they have diabetes until they've suffered a heart
attack or stroke. Some early warning signs to watch for include, high
blood pressure, a large waistline, gum disease, hearing impairment,
yellow nails, frequent yeast infections, and intense hunger or thirst. More....
Canned Pumpkin Has Many Nutrients
Canned pumpkin may be a
healthy and convenient alternative to the fresh pumkin if you don't
have the time to peel and cut it. Pumpkin is rich in caretenoids and
lutein, which prevent heart disease and age-related macular
degeneration. Pumpkin also contains fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and
iron. Canned pumpkin can provide all these nutrients inexpensively. More....
A Healthy Heart Can Make You Look Younger
According to new research, there's a connection between a healthy heart
and youthful appearance. The study looked at age assessors like
wrinkles on upper inner arms. They found that blood pressure played a
key role in aging, and is linked to a sag in the face. A heart-healthy
diet and not smoking can not only prevent heart disease but can also
make you look years younger. More....
Denver and Chicago Airports Provide Healthiest Food
Compared to other airports in the US, Denver ranked first and chicago,
second, in providing healthy food through their restaurants. The
airports were surveyed and the list was cmpiled by the Physicians
Committtee for Responsible Medicine. They found that 86% of Denver's
eateries serve nutritious food and plant-based options. More.....
More Americans Should Take Statins for Cholesterol
healthy cholesterol level is a total cholesterol below 200, HDL or good
ncholesterol above 60, and LDL or bad cholesterol that is below 100.
There are new guidelines for prescribing statins or
cholesterol-lowering drugs, according to which more Americans should
take statins to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. More....
Lactose Intolerance? No Problem, Drink Milk
research indicates that people with lactose intolerance may still be
able to tolerate one cup of milk per sitting. Although tolerance levels
vary from person to person, experts recommend keeping dairy products in
their diet. Studies also show that it's easier to digest milk if
consumed with other foods, as it slows the digestion of lactose and
reduces gas and bloating associated with the condition. More....
Asthma Increasing in the US
number of people suffering from asthma and allergies has risen in the
US over the past few decades. Experts attribute this in part to raising
children in a overly hygenized environment and partly to a rise in
airborne pollens, climate changes, air pollution, and overuse of
anitbiotics. Allergic asthma, which affects one in six people with
asthma, is caused by allergens like dust, pet dander, and cockroaches. More....
MERS Coronavirus Patient Dies in Oman
The first patient to contract the MERS-CoV (Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus) in Oman, died in hospital from lung
failure, according to authorities.
Four other patients had been admitted to hospital with the disease in
Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE, and one patient is reported to have
recovered after treatment. According to scientists, the virus is
widespread among dromedary camels in the Middle East and could be
causing the outbreak. More....
Foods That Fit the Vegan Bill
Some common food items were not made for or marketed to vegans, but fit
the vegan label prfectly. Included in the list are the following. Cap'n
Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch cereal, Kool-Aid drink mixes (colors don't
use any animal products, Entenmann's lemon pie snacks, Kellogg's
Pop-Tarts, Pillsbury's Turnovers, Duncan Hine's Creamy Homestyle
Frosting, and Nabisco Oreo Cookies. More....
Protein Intake Affects Calorie Consumption
A study published in Obesity Review
shows that our need for protein can make us overeat if we don't get
enough of it, and lead to obesity. Low-income families are particularly
prone to over consumption of calories, as they can't afford
protein-rich food. According to dietitians, getting the right balance
of diet is important to maintaining good health. More....
FDA Recommends Banning Trans Fats from Foods
proposed FDA recommendations may prevent over 20, 000 heart attacks
every year. Partially hydrogenated oils, which are used heavily in
processed foods, are a major source of trans fats and have been linked
to heart disease. Trans fats are used to improve flavor, texture, and
shelf-life of foods, and are made by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil
to solidify it. The FDA is opening up the measure for public comments
for two months, and will then set a timeline for phasing out trans fats
from foods. More....
Retirement and Health
researchers found that retirement can affect your health positively or
negatively depending on your personal lifestyle and whether or not you
retired voluntarily. According to the study, those who were forced to
retire, drank more alcohol than those wo were working or retired
voluntarily. Income level, health status, social support, how stressful
your job was before retirement, can all affect the lifestyle choices
you make after retirement. More....
Liver Damage from Supplement Use Increasing
of liver damage from use of dietary and herbal supplements rose from 7%
to 20% from 2004 to 2007. Liver damage from any type of drug use has
more than doubled. According to researchers, the problem is partly
because supplements are not regulated by FDA. More....
Purple Potatoes Richer in Antioxidants than Green Vegetables
Purple potatoes are native to South America and are becoming
increasingly popular in the US. Chefs are turning to these potatoes for
color, taste, nutrition, and versatility. These potatoes (labeled blue
in stores) have more vitamins and antioxidants than regular potatoes
and even green leafy veggies, have a thinner peel, medium starch
content, and nutty flavor, and can be boiled, baked, roasted, and
Next-Gen Gluten-Free Products Will Be more Nutritious and Tasty
According to dietitians, gluten-free food manufacturers are marketing
to a wider consumer market, and the next wave of such products will
focus on adding more nutrition, taste, and convenience. The demand for
these products is coming from not just those suffering from celiac
disease but other, healthy groups, who perceive gluten-free as being
healthier and better for managing weight. More....
New Guidelines for Diabetics from ADA
The American Diabetes Association has come up with new nutritional
guidelines for diabetics that focus on a personalised approach. The
guidelines are based on eating patterns and food preferences of
patients, as these vary from patient to patient. This kind of
personalized approach might make it easier for patients to follow. More....
Britons Eating More Junk Food after Financial Crisis
Due to rising food prices between 2005 and 2012, high unemployment, and
low wage growth, Britons have started reducing their consumption of
fruits and vegetables and opting for the less expensive but fatty,
sugary, and processed foods. The study looked at data provided by
15,000 families. More....
Be Nice and Be Healthy
recent study found that doing three good deeds a day, like helping a
neighbor with groceries, buying coffee for a friend, and paying someone
a compliment, reduced symptoms of depression among participants.
According to a Carnegie Mellon Univeristy study, charity work can help
reduce hypertension by 40%. Random acts of kindness help increase
positive thoughts and reduced negativity. More....
Laser Therapy for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases?
have found that multiphoton lasers can help them discover
aggregations of proteins that cause brain diseases like Alzheimer's and
Parkinson's, and hope that they can use photoacoustic therapy to
destroy these harmful proteins. Treatment for these diseases today
consists of chemical-based treatments which can be harmful to patients.
Where You Eat Affects Obesity
who studied family dinner rituals found that adults and children who
ate in the kitchen or dining room, had lower body mass indices than
those who ate in front of the TV or elsewhere. Mealtime conversations,
how the meals were prepared, and how frequently the families ate
together, were part of the questions reseachers asked parents. The
study shows that changing mealtime rituals can have a positive impact
on obesity. More....
Nutrition Supplements May Reduce Hospital Readmissions
analyzed 11 years of data and found that nutrition supplements given to
hospitalized Medicare patients helped lower their risk of readmission
The study also found that overall the supplements helped reduce the
duration of hospital stay and lowered costs for everyone involved. More....
Smoking Causes Premature Wrinkles
new study on twins who smoked, shows that smoking can not only age you
but also your skin. The smokers had wrinkled skin, and also showed
other signs of aging, such as bags under eyes, sagging eyelids, lines
between nose and mouth, sagging chin, and wrinkling of lips. More....
Peer Pressure Affects Menu Choices
pressure seems to work in menu choices at restaurants, too, a study
reveals. Diners at the same table tended to order from the same menu
categories, and though initially unhappy with a category, they felt
better about their choices when others in their group ordered the same
items. Researchers conclude that given this finding, it might be a
better idea to "nudge people toward healthier friends than healthier
Home-Delivered Meals Can Reduce Need for Nursing Homes
A new study shows that if meals are delivered to homes of the elderly,
they can continue to live at home rather than in a nursing home. The
study found that 26 states would save money because lower Medicare
costs would offset the cost of providing the meals. More....
Too much Salt in Store-Bought Soups
people buy ready-to-eat soups from stores because it's so much more
convenient than making these from scratch, but dietitians warn that
these might contain too much sodium. Soups labeled as low in sodium
were on the lower end of the sodium range, but those labeled as healthy
and light were not. More....
RD Suggests Healthier Halloween Treats
to dietitians, Halloween is the time when our sugar consumption is the
highest. They recommend healthier alternatives to the regular
sugar-laden treats for Halloween that have been endorsed by thier own
kids. Included in this kid-approved list are fruit-based leathers and
ropes, single-serve packs of nuts, jelly beans, raisins, and pudding
pouches. Jelly beans, in particular, are a great option as they satisfy
the craving for something sweet without adding too many calories. More....
Taste More Important than Calories
new study shows that 66% of those who considered themselves healthy
snackers said taste was the most important criterion when choosing
snacks, while only 33% said they chose snacks low in calories. 87% of
the snackers also said they would pay more for snacks if they thought
the snacks would be better for them. More....
National Coffee Day in the US
29 is National Coffee Day in the US, and many fast-food chains are
celebrating the day by offering free coffee to customers. If you have a
smartphone, you can get a free cup of coffee at Dunkin' Donuts by
downloading the Dunkin' Mobile App. Starbucks is offering customers a
free taste of their new Ethiopian coffee, while Krispy Creme is serving
mochas, lattes, and iced-coffee drinks for only $1. More....
Pregnant Weight-Lifter Raises Questions
Ellison, an experienced weight-lifter, caused a storm recently by
publishing photos of her lifting weights just two weeks before
delivery. Physicians don't recommend strenuous exercise for pregnant
women, but according to a physician, as an experienced weight-lifter,
she probably bore most of the weight on her arms and not on the rest of
her body. According to Ellison, the exercise helped her avoid
backaches, morning sickness, and cravings associated with pregnancy. More....
10% Weight Loss May Help Knee Arthritis
A new study shows that losing just 10% of body weight through diet and
exercise can help relieve arthritis in older, overweight adults.
Participants reported less pain, better knee function, and improved
quality of life, and experts feel that this may be a good way to
postpone or even reduce knee replacements. More....
75% of Adults Work Out But Don't Go to the Gym
new survey shows that many adults work out but most of them do not use
a gym. The most common form of exercise among the participants was
running and most of them preferred to exercise alone. Only 27% of them
managed to exercise during their work day. More....
Coffee Creamers Unhealthy
If you add coffee creamers to your coffee, they may not be healthy for
you as they contain oil, sugar, and thickeners instead of milk. Even
creamers that have dairy have thickeners and stabilizers which are
unhealthy. Dietitians recommend using regular sugar and milk instead,
in small doses. More....
New Hampshire Man Does of Rare Brain Disease
to health officials, a patient who underwent brain surgery recently,
died of the rare Creutzfeldt Jakob disease, a degenerative disease
spread by infected brain tissue and cerebrospinal fluid. They contacted
15 other patients who may have been exposed to shared hospital
equipment, though the risk of contracting the disease through surgical
equipment is low. More....
US Farm Policy Favors Fresh Produce
was a time when US agricultural policy gave preferential treatment to
commodity crops, but after 2002, this started to change as Congress
created grants for specialty crop research. Thanks to this, consumption
of fresh fruit and vegetables is on the rise, and reflects the growing
importance of fresh produce in American diet. More....
21% Americans Prefer Serial Snacking to Meals
research shows that 1 in 5 Americans are snacking throughout the day
instead of eating three regular meals or several mini-meals a day. Most
of these "grazers" ae female and 91% come from diverse cultural, age,
and income backgrounds. According to experts, those who eat-on-the-go
are more inclined to eat less healthy food than those who plan their
RDs Develop Diet Apps
dietitians have developed diet apps for mobile devices to help people
manage their diets. Honey and The Pocket Dietitian offer personalized
advice and help them track their calorie intake in real time. The apps
can help clear the confusion that patients feel about dietary
recommendations, and help them make healthier choices. More....
California School Launches Organic Lunch
Bayside/MLK Academy in Marin county in the San Francisco Bay area, is
part of a healthy and organic lunch pilot program, and has launched
lunch for students that uses local, organic, and natural foods. Instead
of processed and packaged foods, chefs make fresh lunch that includes
items like flatbread, stir-fries, and garden salads. More....
Pedal while You Learn!
to two Nashville enterpreneurs, students may now be able to exercise as
they learn. The FitDesk combines a school desk with a stationary
exercise bike, so students can pedal as they read, write, or use the
compter. The company is partnering with I Am the Engine foundation to
get 10,000 Fitdesks in schools nationwide this year. More....
students gain weight when they go to college, and this is commonly
referred to as "freshman 15." According to some experts, students are
wired to choose high-fat and sugary foods, while others say that
students are old enough to know what foods are good for them and should
make better choices. A new project funded by the National Institute of
Food and Agriculture, is going to study this issue. More....
Causes for Gluten Sensitivity Unknown
say that gluten sensitivity is a real and not made-up issue, and
affects about 7% of the population. The causes for this sensitivity are
being studied and hypotheses include intestinal inflammation, changes
in the intestinal flora, and exposure to high-gluten wheat. According
to experts, doctors should first rule out allergic and auto-immune
causes for symptoms before diagnosing patients as gluten-sensitive. More....
Arsenic Levels in Rice Not a Threat
tested over 1,300 samples of rice and rice products and found that the
levels of arsenic were too low to cause any harm to consumers' health
in the short-term. Brown rice contained the highest amount of arsenic,
while rice wine had the lowest level. More....
Flyers with Health Info Help Obese Shoppers Buy Healthier Food
Obese shoppers who were given flyers with nutrition and health
information spent a lot less on junk foods than those who didn't
receive the flyers. Researchers found that subtle cues can have a
strong impact on behavior, and little reminders can encourage shoppers
to resist junk food. More....
Dehydrate Foods to Increase Shelf Life
Chefs are dehydrating fruits and veggies to use in fall and winter.
Buying fresh produce at the peak of the growing season and dehydrating
them allows chefs to add a fresh taste to their dishes during
off-season. Though dried produce may not look very appetizing, it's
full of flavor. Dehydrating also keeps enzymes intact and all nutrients
are available for your body to absorb. More....
The New Mushroom Diet
latest diet fad is the mushroom diet - eating mushrooms for one meal a
day, to lose weight in the waist, hips, thighs. Celebrities like Kelly
Osborne and Katy Perry are endorsing this new diet, called the M Plan.
According to experts, replacing one meal with any vegetable would help
a person lose weight, and scoff at the idea that you can lose weight
selectively, as there's no science to prove this. More....
Scientists unveiled lab-grown beef in London last month, and the Dutch
have now come up with a vegetarian butcher, Korteweg, who transforms
vegetables into meat. Korteweg uses ingredients like soy paste and
veggies like carrots, peas, potatoes, along with herbs and spices, to
create vegetarian chicken and tuna salad that, according to customers,
taste very much like the real thing. His products cost almost the same
as the real meat, and Dutch animal welfare and pro-vegetarian party,
and environmental groups are championing his products.
Sports Nutrition Directors a New Trend in US Colleges
and more US colleges are hiring dietitians as sports nutrition
directors to educate players about good nutrition so they can perform
better by eating healthy foods. The goal is teach them to gain the
right kind of weight so they can be strong and fast, and recover
quickly from post-game and post workout exhastion. More....
Food Insecurity Among Americans
to a report from the US Department of Agriclture (USDA), 49 million
Americans are living on the edge of poverty, and don't have "consistent
access to adequate food." The highest food insecurity is in rural
areas, and nearly 48 million Americans now receive food stamps, which
lawmakers are proposing to cut in the coming months. More....
Eating More Protein When Dieting Prevents Muscle Loss
new study shows that getting double the daily recommended allowance
(RDA) of protein when dieting may help prevent muscle loss and even
help with weight loss. According to the study, RDA should be based on
achieving optimum health and to prevent deficiencies. More....
Camera Calculates Calories from Photos
can now wear a tiny camera on the chest to help them track calories
they consume every day by taking pictures that accurately gauge portion
size. The camera uses the plate as a reference point, determines the
type of food by looking at its shape, and then calculates its calories.
Healthy Foods Not So Healthy if You Have GI Problems
foods such as fruits and salads can cause problems for those with
gastrointestinal problems like acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome,
and inflammatory bowel disease. According to dietitians, raw vegetables
can aggravate acid reflux, and fructose in fruits can cause abdominal
pain. High-fiber foods can cause bloating, pain, and diarrhea. To help
manage symptoms, experts suggest going for low-fiber white carbs like
rice and potatoes. More....
Young Women Who Drink Have a Higher Risk of Breast Cancer
to a new study, young women who start drinking alcohol during the years
between puberty and first pregnancy have a greater risk of developing
breast cancer, with just one drink a day raising the risk by 13%.
Alcohol has long been known as a breast cancer pathogen, but this is
the first study to show that the period of alcohol consumption is also
a critical issue. More....
High Cholesterol A Greater Heart Attack Risk for Men Than Women
High cholesterol levels were associated with an increased risk of heart
attack among men, a new Norwegian study showed. Men were 3 times more
likely to have a first heart attack than women with the same
cholesterol levels. Based on these findings, experts suggest that men
under 60 should be diagnosed and treated more aggressively for
Kids Dislike School Lunches
new study shows that kids would rather go hungry or get food from home
rather than eat lunch in the school cafeteria. Many schools are
dropping out of the National School Lunch programs because kids are not
eating the meals they're serving. Some schools reported a double-digit
drop in lunch sales and an increase in the number of hungry students
with behavioral problems. More....
Tips for Avoiding Food cravings
Food cravings can be triggered by lots of reasons such as dieting, lack
of sleep, stress or boredom, and can sabotage your efforts to eat
healthier. Experts suggest avoiding such cravings by staying active,
getting plenty of rest, eating enough healthy meals, and enjoying a
small treat every day, so you're not tempted by unhealthy snacks. More....
FDA to Study Consumer Views on Fortified Snacks
Food manufacturers fortify snacks and drinks with vitamins and
minerals and claim that their products are healthy, and many consumers
believe they're healthy. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants
to launch a Web-based questionnaire that will gather consumer feedback
on this issue. This will help it determine whether more regulation is
needed, and help it with labeling issues. More....
Calcium and Vitamin D Not effective for Joint Pain in Older Women
new study shows that though calcium and vitamin D are important for
bone health and reducing the risk of fractures among post-menopausal
women, the two supplements don't do anything to reduce joint pain.
Joint pains are a common complaint among older women. Previous studies
had produced mixed results. More....
Drunkorexia Doesn't Work
you're skipping meals, so you can drink alcohol, and still maintain
your calorie count and weight, it could be dangerous. Not only will it
not work, you're likely to become inebriated quickly, and experience
blood sugar fluctuations. "Drunkorexia" is common on college campuses
and is associated with behaviors like skipping meals, using laxatives,
and exercising to compensate for consumption of alcoholic calories. More....
Mothers' Role in Their Daughters' Body Image
has shown that same-sex parent is the most important role model for a
child, and moms play a special role in terms of body image in their
daughters' lives. Experts say that moms should refrain from talking
about body, weight, dieting issues, whether theirs, their kids', or
others'. Instead, they should model healthy eating and a healthy
Quick Home Remedies for Common Ailments
can safely treat many common ailments such as cold, sore throat,
toothache, headache, rashes and burns, and indigestion, and without
side-effects. Turmeric is an antiseptic and antibacterial, and can be
used to treat a wide variety of skin problems like pimples, rashes,
skin blemishes and burns. Honey, lemon, and cayenne are great for sore
throat, and clove paste or oil can be effective in numbing toothache. More....
Chinese Restaurants in Philadelphia Reduce Salt in Their Food
Thanks to Philadelphia's Healthy Chinese Takeout Initiative, more than
200 restaurants in the city have pledged to reduce salt in their food
by 10% to 15%. 37% of the city's residents have high blood pressure,
and Chinese takeout is very popular among residents, hence the
initiative. Many Chinese takeout items contain over 1000 milligrams
more than the recommended 2,300 milligrams of salt per day. More....
Parents Use Temporary Tattoos to Warn about Kids' Food Allergies
Food allergies can cause deadly reactions and parents are being extra
cautious when it comes to alerting the kids, their teachers,
classmates, and babysitters about their kids' food allergies. A mother
created a company called SafetyTat, which creates temporary tattoos and
brightly colored stickers that can be placed on kids' arms. Other alert
products available in the market include medical alert wristbands,
necklaces, and tea-shirts. More....
What to Eat Before and After Workouts
digestible carbs and protein are what you need for your early-morning
workouts, when a full breakfast is not an option. For instance, a
banana or a slice of whole-wheat toast 30 to 40 minutes before your
workout can help provide the fuel your body needs for the exercise.
Experts say that eating a full, balanced meal, that includes
carbohydrates, protein, and fat, two hours before the exercise is the
best way to go, if you have the time. More....
Foods That Help Fight Acid Reflux
that are neutral in pH, low in fat, rich in fiber, and have
anti-inflammatory properties can help ease the heartburn associated
with acid reflux. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory and has been used for
ages for digestive issues, and can also help with acid reflux. Other
foods include oatmeal, aloe vera, fennel, banana, melon, papaya,
couscous, rice, and potatoes, and chamomile. More....
Better Economic Conditions Linked to Diabetes
study shows that improvement in economic conditions in Southern US
states from 1950 to 1980, may have resulted in habits which increased
the incidence of diabetes in these states. Children of parents who were
previously poor were not able to handle the sedentary life and
processed foods associated with greater incomes. The study was
published in the American Journal of Human Biology. More....
Children Learn About Nutrition When They Pack Their Own Lunch
Experts say that the best way to teach kids about nutrition and eating
healthy is to involve them in packing their own lunch. Initially,
parents can provide guidance and later allow the children to figure out
which healthy foods they like and how to make sure they get adequate
fruits, veggies, dairy, and protein. Not only does this teach them
about nutrition but also makes them responsible and helps them develop
healthy habits. More....
Obesity More Than One Disease?
believe that, like cancer, obesity may be a group of diseases connected
by the symptom of excess body fat. What causes obesity varies
from person to person, requiring different treatments to control.
Recent studies have shown that obesity may be caused by a virus, and
have identified nearly 84 other contributors to obesity that include
genetic, biological, psychological, and environmental factors. Hence,
treatments should go beyond "eat less and move more". More....
Most Americans Staying Out of the Kitchen
Americans spend less time cooking than people in other countries which
makes it difficult for them to eat healthy. Research shows that obesity
rates are lower in countries where people spend time prepari g foods.
According to a dietitian, the best diet plan is one that includes
cooking your own food. More....
Too Much Coffee Linked to Increased Risk of Death
found that more than 4 cups of coffee a day can increase the risk of
death in women. Women aged 20 to 54 who consumed 28 cups of coffee per
week more than doubled their risk of dying than those who drank less
coffee. The findings were published in the journal, Mayo Clinic Proceedings. More....
US Chefs Looking to Influence Nutrition Policy
Chefs are looking for a way to make a difference in nutrition policy,
especially on issues like organic standards, GMO labeling, school
nutrition, and animal husbandry. Top Chef judge, Tom Collichio, was
able to influence the campaign to phase out the overuse and misuse of
antibiotics in animals. Many chefs are teaming up with organizations
like the The Pew Charitable Trust by supporting food-related causes. More....
Kale Not the Only Healthy Green Leafy Vegetable
Kale gets a lot of attention from nutritionists and consumers
because of all its nutrients, but there are other greens that are
equally nutritious and need to be included in your diet. Registered
dietitian, Keri Gans points out that collard greens, mustard greens,
and Swiss chard are other healthy options that are often overlooked.
All these greens are packed with antioxidants that can help prevent
Tips for Freezing Fruits and Veggies
You can freeze fruits and vegetables to enjoy in the winter
months, and unlike canning, freezing is quite easy. Set your freezer to
zero degrees or lower and get some airtight containers. Peaches,
nectarines and other fruit do well frozen when they're ripe, and a
dusting of sugar after slicing can help. Place them on a baking sheet
and freeze, and then put them in airtight containers. More....
Exercise Can Help With Insomnia, But Not a Quick Fix
A new study shows that althoguh exercise can help insomniacs sleep
better, it takes time. Women in the study slept an extra 46 minutes a
night after exercising for 16 weeks. While there are no immediate
benefits, exercise does help in the long run to reduce insomnia. More....
USDA Announces New Initiatives for Improving School Nutrition
US Department of Agriculture has come up with new initiatives to
improve nutrition of school meals and promote healthy eating among
students in rural schools and colleges. The initiatives include an
updated school breakfast program, the MyPlate Kids Place, and MyPlate
on Campus. More....
Meat Substitutes Becoming Popular in the US
Consumers seem to be opting for meat substitutes like tofu, tempeh, and
seitan, a new survey reveals. Retail sales of meat alternatives grew 8%
in the US from 2010 to 2012, and 36% have eaten these products. Reasons
include health concerns, rising meat prices, and the desire for
something new. These products can stand on their own as a food option,
analysts say. More....
Grocery Store Posts Healthy Tags on Items
at Harmon's grocery store have started to tag shelf items as healthy
after analyzing them and making sure they meet their nutrition
guidelines. The Dietitian's Choice tags makes it easier for shoppers to
find healthy items. For produce, the store plans to highlight some
items each month and provide recipes. More....
US at Healthy Eating Tipping Point
to White House chef, Sam Kass, people are more aware of healthy eating
today and are consuming more fruits and vegetables. Michelle Obama's
Let's Move campaign seems to be working, and Kass says that school
chefs are figuring out a way to serve healthy meals with all the
challenges it entails. More....
Fruit and Protein May Prevent Kidney Disease in Diabetics
Researchers found that consuming a healthy diet of fruit and protein,
whether animal or plant-based, along with moderate intake of alcohol
may help type 2 diabetics reduce their risk of kidney disease. They
found no connection between sodium intake and kidney disease risk. The
findings were published in JAMA Internal Medicine. More....
Induced Labor and Autism
large study that looked at over 600,000 births shows that there may be
some connection between induced labor or conditions that lead to it,
such as fetal complications and mothers' diabetes. Researchers who
published the study in JAMA Pediatrices, however, point out that they
haven't been able to establish and cause and result connection between
the two. According to US government data, 1 in 5 women have labor
Online Grocers Cashing in On Food Contamination Scares in China
Online grocers are the fastest growing Internet retailers in China.
Using a marketing tactic that play up the fear of food contamination,
especially after recent scares about cadmium-tainted rice and recycled
cooking oil, online food retailers are increasing sales with promises
of safe groceries. According to vendors, cutting out middlemen
increases freshness and makes food more traceable, and the expanding
middle class seems to be responding favorably. More....
Summer Programs Try to Inculcate Healthy Behaviors in Students
According to experts, summer programs offer a great opportunity to
teach kids about healthy eating and exercise, and can play an important
role in reducing childhood obesity. However, many of these programs run
by YMCA, Afterschool Alliance, and Healthy Kids out of School, face
many challenges such as lack of funding, space, and staff training.
Still, they're trying to make changes in their programs that involve
reducing desserts and salty snacks, and including games that keep all
children physically active. More....
Unprocessed Foods in Infancy Can Reduce Food Allergies in Kids
A recent UK study showed that if infants are fed a diet of unprocessed
foods such as fruits, vegetables, poultry, and fish, as opposed to
commercially produced baby foods, they're less likely to develop food
allergies. The wide variety of nutrients they get from such foods
conditions their immune systems and prevents allergies. More....
Low-Calorie Foods to Avoid
that are low in calories may seem healthy but can actually damage your
health. Foods that nutritonists avoid include those with food coloring,
snacks like rice cakes, which have a high-glycemic index, and can
increase your blood sugar levels. Fat-free salad dressing is another
item nutrionists avoid as it has high sugar and high-fructose syrup. More....
Factors Behind Decline in Childhood Obesity
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported
the encouraging news that childhood obesity is declining in the US.
Experts say that there are three factors behind this decline: programs
to get kids to exercise more such as Michelle Obama's Let's Move
campaign, an increase in breast-feeding, and improvement in nutrition
level of food provided to low-income women and children. The CDC says
that more needs to be done. More....
Numbers to Track for Good Health
The most important, life-saving numbers to keep track of are your blood
pressure, cholesterol, fasting blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c, and
waist-to-hip ratio. According to dietitians, tracking these numbers
over time could determine whether you'll be preventing disease or
treating it. More....
medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has changed his opinion about
medical marijuana, and is now endorsing it as a medical option in his
new documentary, Weed.
According to him, marijuana can be effective in many medical scenarios,
and there have been many patients whose symptoms have improved with
cannabis. Its potential for abuse and addiction is 9 to 10%, far
less than that of cocaine, heroin, and tobacco. More....
Michelle Obama's New Hip-Hop Initiative
A new hip-hop album which features the first lady along with Doug E.
Fresh, Jordin Sparks, Dr. Oz and others, is Michelle Obama's new
anti-obesity initiative. Consisting of 19 tracks, the album urges kids
to eat right and to take care of their health, and is being distributed
to schools across the country. More....
Obese Kids More at Risk for Asthma
After studying over 600,000 children, US researchers found that obese kids are
1.16 to 1.37 times more likely to develop asthma than kids with normal
weight. They also seemed to have more frequent and severe asthmatic
episodes and required more visits to the doctor. More....
Hot Cocoa May Improve Memory in Seniors
new study seems to suggest that drinking two cups of hot cocoa a
day could help improve memory in senior adults by improving blood flow
to the brain. Low blood flow to the brain is what causes cognitive
decline as we age. Researchers say that more studies are needed to
figure out what is causing the improvement and to see if it's
Weight Discrimination Contributes to Weight Gain
Researchers found that weight discrimination is as common as racial
discrimination, and teasing people about their weight doesn't motivate
obese people to lose weight. Researchers found that obese participants
who thought they were experiencing discrimination based on their weight
were three times more likely to remain obese. More....
Bill to End Tax Deductions for Unhealthy Food Advertising
Lawmakers are using the tax code to regulate food advertising. Food
companies are using a tax loophole to deduct tax expenses for marketing
"unhealthy food products to children." The bill would use guidelines
from the Health and Human Services and the Federal Trade Commission to
define what foods are nutrionally poor. More....
Faster, Cheaper Breast Cancer Treatment
cancer treatment can be faster and less expensive with the FDA-approved
IORT (intra-operative therapy). The therapy involves administering one,
targeted dose of radiation after removing a breast tumor instead of
multiple doses after surgery. The therapy is effective for early-stage
breast cancer. More....
Tips for Fresh Breath
August 6 is National Fresh Breath Day in the US, and according to
dentists, the easiest way to keep your breath fresh is by scraping your
tongue every time you brush as rotting food debris on your tongue can
lead to foul breath. Did you know that stress and anxiety can also
cause bad breath? Stress hormones can reduce production of saliva in
your mouth and bacteria thrive in a dry mouth. So, destress! More....
High-Calorie Breakfast May Help Weight Loss
Eating a good, hearty breakfast and lighter meals as the day wears on
may result in greatr weight loss, according to a study published in the
journal, Obesity. Obese women who ate more calories at breakfast than
any other meal lost 19.1 pounds at 12 weeks, while those who consumed
more calories at dinner lost only 7.9 pounds. More....
Breaking the Sugary Drinks Habit
Sugary drinks can cause obesity in children as young as four and five, according to a new study published in the journal, Pediatrics.
So how do you break this habit in kids? Pediatricians recommend first
switching to 100% fruit juice from soda and sugar-added juices, then
diluting the juices with water so kids get used to a less sweeter
juice, and then switching to whole fruits and water. More....
Hot Yoga Not So Hot in Terms of Benefits
Hot yoga like Bikram yoga which requires exercising in room
temperatures of 105 Fahrenheit (40.5 Celcius) are popular with many
people because they believe that they're getting a more intensive and
beneficial workout. But experts say that all that extra sweating
doesn't translate into burning extra calories. Researchers found no
difference between regular yoga and hot yoga in terms of core body
temperature or heart rate. However, the heat does make the body more
supple and lubricates the joints, and people enjoy the way their bodies
feel after the workout. More....
FDA Regulates Gluten-Free Labeling
Gluten-free label should be used only for foods that contain less than
20 parts per million of gluten, according to new rules from the Food
and Drug Administration (FDA). This rule conforms with the rules in
Europe and Canada. Food manufacturers have one year to comply with this
regulation. The new labeling will clear up a lot of confusion
surrounding gluten-free claims, and will help people with celiac
disease to make informed decisions when buying food products. More....
How to Rev Up Your Metabolism
to experts, you can do some simple things to keep your metabolism
functioning at an optimal rate. Maintaining regular mealtimes can help
you burn more calories between meals. Pesticides interfere with the
energy-burning process and make it harder to lose weight, so eating
organic fruits and veggies can help. Getting good, restful sleep is
necessary for your body to function well, as sleep deprivation makes
you sluggish the next day and slows down your metabolism. More....
Whole Fruits Offer Great Nutrition
dieters and others are avoiding fruits in order to cut out sugar from
their diet, but experts say that sugar in fruits does not have any
negative health effects, no matter how many you eat. Whole fruits
contain a lot of antioxidants, nutrients, and fiber and provide many
metabolic benefits. Studies show that eating more fruits can reduce
body weight and reduce the risk of obesity and obesity-related
New Acetaminophen Warning from FDA
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new warning about
acetaminophen found in many over-the-counter painkillers like Tylenol.
The drug can cause serious rash, blisters, and may even cause
widespread damage to the surface of the skin. According to the FDA,
such symptoms are very rare but can be potentially life-threatening.
FDA now require manufacturers to list these potential side-effects to
be listed on the warning label, so consumers are aware and can go to
their healthcare providers quickly if they see these symptoms. More....
Green Coffee Bean Extract a Diet Fad
has been a lot of hype around green coffee bean extract as a
weight-loss aid, and some short-term studies have shown that the
chlorogenic acid that green coffee (i.e. unroasted doffee beans)
contains can prevent fat by being absorbed by the body, thereby helping
you to lose weight. The extract was even touted by Dr. Oz on his show
as a fat-burner, after he conducted his own short-term study where
participants who consumed the extract over two weeks lost an average of
two pounds. But according to dietitians, the extract is just a fad and
people who want to lose weight should be wary of all the extra caffeine
they would be consuming which could cause insomnia, nervousness, and
other problems. More....
Hospital Program Teaches People to Prevent Diabetes
Baptist Health Louisville, Kentucky, offers a free, year-long program
that teaches at-risk adults or those with prediabetes, how to prevent
diabetes. The program focuses on meal-planning, portion control, and
physical activity. Helping people make eeven small behavioral changes
can make a big difference to their health, and has motivated many
participants to make those changes, according to the program
Senate Hearing on Energy Drinks
Energy drinks contain large amounts of caffeine which can be dangerous
to health. At a senate hearing yesterday, lawmakers questioned
executives of energy drink companies about marketing these drinks to
minors. Executives argued that they do not market to youngsters and
that the drinks are safe even for kids as young as 13. In 2007, there
were about 10,000 emergency visits to hospitals related to energy
drinks, and in 2011, that number doubled to 20,000, causing grave
concern among consumers, health professionals, and lawmakers. More....
Myths about Olive Oil
all know olive oil is healthy and good for us, but there are quite a
few myths about the oil. For instance, most people think that olive oil
is not good for frying. In fact, it's extra-virgin olive oil that's not
good for frying because of its low smoking point, but refined olive oil
has a high smoking point of 468 degrees and is as good as peanut and
canola oils for frying. Another myth is that light or extra-light olive
oil is lower in calories. The terms actually refer to the taste and not
to calories. More....
A Gluten-Free Diet May Not Be Right for You
People with gluten intolerance and suffering from celiac disease,
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or other digestive issues usually opt
for a gluten-free diet to alleviate their symptoms. But if you're a
healthy adult, a gluten-free diet may not be good for you as it puts
you at risk of developing various deficiencies. Cutting out gluten
means you would be missing out on nutrients like iron, calcium, fiber,
thiamin, niacin, and folate. It's, therefore, important to include
alternative sources of these nutrients in your diet. More....
Healthy 100-Calorie Snacks
It's important to eat snacks between meal times, and there are several
prepackaged 100-calorie snacks you could choose from, but nutritionists
point out that most of these ready-to-eat snacks are highly processed
and refined and do not offer any nutritional benefits. So, instead of
cookies and crackers, you might want to opt for fruits, nuts, 3 cups of
popcorn, yogurt, pita bread with hummus, and vegetables with healthy
What You Should Know about Supplements
you pop those supplements, here's what you need to know about them.
Many supplements haven't been studied and any claims about their health
benefits are based on small studies or anecdotal reports. Supplements
are natural medicines which can have powerful effects on your health,
and in some cases may be dangerous, and interact with other
prescription and over-the-counter medications you take. The Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) does not approve dietary supplements for
safety and effeciveness before they go on the market. More....
5 Nondairy Sources of Calcium
If you're a vegan or lactose-intolerant, you have quite a few
alternatives for getting your calcium. Among the top five plant-based
sources of calcium include chia seeds, with 2 ounces containing 358 mg
of calcium, hemp milk which contains all 10 essential amino acids,
blackstrap molasses, sesame seeds, and amaranth. More....
Cuts to Food Stamps Could Lead to More Hunger and Chronic Disease
The proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(SNAP) that Congress is contemplating would end food stamps for about
5.1 million people and affect the ability of low-income families to
feed themselves and also increase poverty. According to a study
published by the Health Impact Project, the combination of poverty and
lack of food would increase illnesses like diabetes, high blood
pressure, and heart disease among adults, and asthma and depression
among children. More....
Court Upholds Decision to Block NYC Soda Ban
An appeals court upheld the decision to block New York City's ban on
large sodas, calling it an illegal overreach of executive power that
also violated the principle of separation of powers. Counsel for the
city said that the city will appeal the decision. More....
Longer Breast-Feeding Periods Beneficial for Cognitive Development
Breast-feeding for a year may have intellectual benefits for kids, according to a new study published in Jama Pediatrics.
Studies show that infants who were breast-fed for a year scored higher
in language recognition at the age of 3, and on verbal and nonverbal IQ
measures at age 7. Further studies are needed to understand this
Foods for Fighting Breast Cancer
that may help fight breast cancer include omega-3-rich foods like
walnuts, flaxseeds, and chia seeds, which reduce inflammation and help
support breast health, turmeric which is anti-inflammatory and inhibits
growth of cancer cells, green tea and garlic which contain
antioxidants, and fiber-rich whole grains. More....
Symptoms to Watch Out for after 40
Common symptoms like headaches and thirst have different implications
as you get older and may indicate a more serious problem with your
health than they would when you're younger. Excessive thirst, for
instance, if not triggered by a sweaty, hot summer day, may be a sign
of type 2 diabetes. More....
Palm Oil Not a Good Substitute for Transfats
Palm oil is currently being used as a healthy substitute in snack foods
such as cookies, crackers, and microwave popcorn, but it is high in
saturated fats like butter and a study found that it raises cholesterol
levels. According to experts, the best substitute would be a vegetable
oil like canola or soybean oil. More ....
The New Superseed - Hemp
has been used for thousands of years for clothes, beauty products,
paper, food,oil, and milk, and is packed with nutrients. Like
flaxseeds, hemp seeds also contain all ten of the essential amino
acids, one of which, gamma linoleic acid (GLA), provides
anti-inflammatory hormones that support a healthy metabolism, skin,
hair, and nails. Hemp seeds are actually a fruit, and makes a versatile
ingredient that can b used in a wide variety of recipes. More....
Why Sitting at Your Desk All Day Long is Bad for You
Sitting at your desk all the time during your work day can be bad in
all kinds of ways. Sedentary workers are at a greater risk of
developing diabetes, dry eyes, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis,
varicose veins, and weight gain. Solutions include getting up every 20
minutes to walk around, and looking away from the computer screen for
20 seconds every 20 minutes to prevent dry eyes and eye strain. More....
Salsa that is sold in Dollar Tree stores in the US has been recalled
because it may contain shards of glass. The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) released a warning about the product made by Olam
Tomato Processors, Inc. According to the company, three consumers claim
to have found glass in the salsa jars, but no one was injured. More....
Healthy Alternatives to Rice
Whole grains are becoming
increasingly popular among the health-conscious. Ancient grains are
coming back into the limelight because of their health benefits, and
these are great options if you're tired of rice (in all its colors) and
want to replace it every now and then to reduce your carb consumption.
Quinoa, farro, amaranth, millet, bulgur or cracked wheat are all
filling, tasty, and nutritious, and can be easily incorporated into our
5-Second Rule No Good
You don't want to use the 5-second rule to determine whether dropped
food is still good to eat unless you want to end up with a stomach bug.
Studies have shown that even home floors are not as pristine as you
might think, and dropped food can pick up dangerous bacteria in the few
seconds it stays on the floor. According to research, tiled and
carpeted floors were the worst when it came to bugs, while wood floors
were a little better. Experts recommend at least washing the dropped
food first before putting it in your mouth. More....
Decline in Soda Sales Continues
Coca-Cola Co, Pepsico Inc., and Dr. Pepper Snapple Inc., all sold less
soda in the second quarter in the US. Soda sales have been declining
over the past year and fears that the drinks would contribute to weight
gain may be one of the reasons. According to beverage experts, the
sutuation won't change until these companies come up with healthier
Happy Tequila Day!
Today (July 24) is National Tequila Day, and Americans are celebrating
the unofficial holiday. Tequila is a distilled drink made from the blue
agave plant, exclusively in and around the city of Tequila, Jalisco in
Mexico. Although popular worldwide, the liquor can be made only in
Mexico, and according to Mexican law, the drink can only be produced in
the state of Jaisco. More....
Interactive Toy Bear for Teaching Kids About Diabetes
Sproutel has unveiled a new toy called Jerry the Bear, to help teach
children with type 1 diabetes about their condition and how to manage
it. The stuffed toy has sensors, radio-frequency identification, an
insulin pen, and a backpack, and teaches children to monitor their
blood glucose levels and maintain a healthy diet, by providing the toy
the same care they receive. More....
Fruit or Fruit Juice?
If you ever wondered which one is healthier for you, fruit or fruit
juice, nutritionists say that fruit is always better because it
includes the fiber that the juice leaves out and doesn't have the added
sugars of juice. But when compared to other beverages that contain a
lot of calories, juice is better. More....
Healthy Fats to Include in Your Diet
Not all fats are equal. Saturated fats and transfats are bad for
you but monounsaturated fats are heart-healthy and provide many other
benefits. Fats that you may want to include in your diet are olive oil,
coconut oil, almond butter, and dark chocolate. Coconut oil is high in
saturated fight but most of it comes from lauric acid, which, studies
show, can fight bacteria, help reduce bad cholesterol, and consuming
two tablespoons daily may even reduce your waist size. More....
Adult Fitness Playgrounds in Los Angeles
Los Angeles has developed 40 adult playgrounds in parks around the city
which allow people to exercise outdoors. The parks have chin-up bars,
rowing machines, and other workout equipment, and provide a great
option to people who like to exercise outdoors and don't like going to
gyms or can't afford to go there. More....
Skipping Breakfast Bad for the Heart
breakfast may increase the risk of heart attack, especially among older
people. A new study that surveyed older man over a long period found
that 7% of those who skipped breakfast had suffered fatal or
nonfatal attacks than those who ate breakfast. More....
CDC Investigating Outbreak of Intestinal Disease
200 people in Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, and Wisconsin have been affected
by the intestinal disease, cyclosporiasis, which is caused by food or
water contaminated by the bacteria, cyclospora cayetanensis. The infection is not life-threatening and can cause diarrhea, nausea, cramping, fatigue, and weight loss.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the causes of the outbreak. More....
Temporary Block for North Dakota's New Abortion Law
North Dakota's new abortion law bans abortion once the fetal heartbeat
can be detected which is at six weeks. A federal judge has temporarily
blocked this law which was to go into effect on August 1, in response
to a lawsuit filed by the only abortion clinic in the state. The clinic
argues that the law is unconstitutional and places women's health in
Exercise Alone Not Enough for Weight Loss
Experts say that exercise makes up only one part of a weight-loss
strategy. Lifestyle and nutritional changes need to be included in the
strategy. Studies show that at least 250 to 300 minutes of exercise per
week are required for losing weight; anything less can only help you
maintain your weight. More....
Home Remedies for Acne
are some home remedies that some people swear by that you might want to
try. Tomatoes or tomato pulp may be the remedy that works for you. The
acidity in tomatoes can help dry up the acne, while an application of
honey and cinnamon face mask can kill the bacteria. Or try raw,
shredded potatoes. Potatoes contain niacin which can help lighten and
brighten the skin. More....
Benefits of Probiotics
70% to 80% of our immune systems are in the gut, so a healthy gut is
important for good health. Probiotics are healthy or good bacteria that
are in the stomach and that maintain or improve the gastrointestinal
health. Probiotics are naturally found in foods like yogurt, and can
also be found in the form of tablets, powders, and drinks. Probiotics
can help replace the bad bacteria in your gut with good and help oral
health, female urinary tract health, strep throat, and Crohn's disease
and irritable bowel syndrome. More....
Supermarkets Hire Dietitians to Help Customers
More and more supermarkets are hiring registered dietitians to help
their customers make healthy choices when buying groceries. Shoppers
get information and support, and supermarkets use the opportunity to
distinguish themselves from WalMart, Costco, and Walgreens. More....
DASH Diet May Improve Memory
A DASH (Dietary Aproaches to Stop Hypertension) diet that's recommended
for managing high blood pressure may have other benefits as well. A
recent study shows that the DASH diet which is rich in vegetables,
legumes, and nuts, and low in fat, can protect memory in older
Strange Fruits and Veggies Growing Near Japan's Nuclear Plant
strange-looking fruits and veggies are growing near the nuclear plant
which had a meltdown after the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Tomatoes
with tumor-like growths, huge cabbages, and conjoined peaches are some
of the images that have been posted on the website, Imgur. According to
professors, follow-up studies would need to be conducted to confirm
that the images are legitimate and the deformed produce is the result
of the Fukushima disaster. More....
Where We Eat May Be Making Us Fat
you eat is as important as what and how much you eat, according to a
fitness expert. The dinner table is the best place for meals as it
promotes mindful eating. However, many of us eat on the run, while
watching TV, in bed, standing in the kitchen, in the car, or at our
work desks. In all these places, we're distracted and not really paying
attention to how much we're eating, and this promotes overeating. More....
Mayor Bloomberg Encourages People to Take the Stairs
New York's mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is calling for city agencies to
promote taking the stairs and to make design changes in all new
constructions to make stairs more visible in new buildings. Mayor
Bloomberg said that a new nonprofit organization, the Center for Active
Design, would promote and advise on strategies for daily physical
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's
problems can be a sign of normal aging, but there are significant ways
in which they differ from memory problems associated with Alzheimer's.
Signs of Alzheimer's include forgetting important dates and events,
asking the same questions over and over, reduced ability to work with
numbers, difficulty completing familiar tasks, losing track of dates
and seasons, poor judjment resulting in bad decisions, withdrawal from
work and social activities, and changes in mood and personality. More....
New Knife for Cutting the Cancer Out
doctor from the Imperial College in London, has designed a new knife
that can help surgeons make sure that they've removed all cancerous
tissue when operating. The knives that surgeons use heat tissue as they
cut and the cauterizing tissue gives off a pungent smoke. The new
knife, which is hooked up to a spectrometer, analyzes the smoke and can
instantly tell the doctors if the tissue is cancerous or healthy. More....
Look for Weight Trends, Not Weight
According to dietitians, what's important when dieting is to look at
weight trends over a period of time rather than your daily weight
numbers and to practice healthy eating and exercise. Your goal should
be to modify your lifestyle behaviors because that's in your control,
and over time, weight loss will follow. More....
Risk of Hypertension among US Kids Higher
found that the risk of hypertension (high blood pressure) among
children aged 8 to 17 has increased 27% over the past 13 years.
Children with bigger waist sizes and greater salt consumption were more
likely to have hypertension, and blacks were at 28% greater risk for it
than whites. Experts recommend a change in diet and more physical
exercise. They aso recommend reducing consumption of processed foods as
they tend to have more salt. More....
Milk May Prevent Tooth Decay from Sugary Foods
A new study shows that drinking milk can protect tooth enamel and
prevent caries after consuming sugary foods. Researchers at the
University of Illinois, Chicago found that milk neutralizes acid in the
mouth left by sugary foods, thereby protecting teeth from caries and
decay. Water was the second-most effective drink. More....
Fitness Myths Debunked
Some common myths about exercising that have no factual basis
often prevent people from many activities. Among the most common myths
include the recommendation to wait for an hour before swimming and to
stretch before exercising. Many believe that exercise needs to be
painful to get any results, that protein bars and drinks are what you
need after a workout, and that you need sports drinks to replace lost
Delaying Retirement May Prevent Dementia
research shows that people who postpone retirement have less risk of
developing Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Working
keeps people mentally and physically sharp and socially connected. The
study showed that each additional year of work reduced the risk of
dementia by 3.2 percent and suggests that people should work for as
long as they want. More....
How the Obesity Gene Makes People Fat
Scientists have figured out how the FTO gene makes people fat by
increasing hunger. British researchers found that people who had the
FTO gene not only had higher levels of the hunger hormone, ghrelin, in
their blood, but their brains were also hypersensitive to it. The study
provides provides new insights and leads for treatment. More....
Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity
According to a UK study, gender, birth weight, early weight gain,
breast-feeding practices, prenatal smoking, pre-pregnancy weight, and
paternal weight were some of the factors that affected children's risk
of being overweight at age 3. The study analyzed data on more than
13,000 children, and was published in the journal, Pediatrics. More....
Great Foods for Women
According to dietitians, there are some easy ways to get all the
nutrients you need from your diet and maintain a healthy weight and
boost your immunity. The list of must-have foods includes yogurt,
cheese, and milk for calcium, apples for improving your body's immunity
to diseases, lentils for iron, spinach for folate, dark chocolate for
relieving stress, and bell-peppers for protecting your eyes from
age-related diseases. More....
Exercise and Your Brain
with crossword puzzles, sudoku, and memory games, there's one activity
that might help keep you mentally sharp and alert. Recent studies have
shown that exercise can improve the brain's performance. Thirty minutes
of aerobic exercise for adults and 20 minutes for children resulted in
5% to 10% improvement in cognition. Exercise can help grow new brain
Fish Oil Linked to Increased Prostate Cancer Risk
researchers found that men who consumed the most omega-3 fatty acids
from fatty fish and fish-oil supplements were 43% and 71% more likely
to develop prostate cancer and aggressive prostate cancer,
respectively. Aggressive prostate cancer can be fatal. According to the
researchers, high doses of omega-3 fatty acids may cause oxidative
stress that can lead to DNA damage, thus increasing the risk for
prostate cancer. More....
Berry, Berry Popular!
is a growing demand for all kinds of berries among health-conscious and
affluent consumers. Berries like blueberries, raspberries, and
blackberries are being touted for being low-sugar and fiber- and
antioxidant-rich super food, and growers, researchers, and food
companies are looking for the next super berry and experimenting with
new varieties like acai, aronia, and goji. More....
New Limit on Arsenic in Apple Juice
Studies have shown that
apple juice contains very low levels of arsenic, and the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) has been monitoring these levels over the years.
After public pressure from consumer groups, the FDA has set new limits
on how much arsenic is acceptable in apple juice. Apple juice
containing more than 10 parts per billion will be removed from stores
and face legal action. More....
Health Insurer Fined for Exposing Patient Data
Health insurer WellPoint, Inc., will be paying a fine of $1.7 million
for exposing information of over six hundred thousand patients
that included names, addresses, dates of birth, social security
numbers, telephone numbers, and health information. Security weaknesses
in its online application led to the exposure between October 2009 and
March 2010. WellPoint has agreed to pay the fine and provided credit
monitoring and identity theft insurance to all who were affected. More....
Texas Bill for Abortion Restrictions
Republican bill for banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy
is up for a final vote in the state senate, and Democrats fear that the
bill will pass. In addition to the ban, the bill also seeks to impose
strict standards on abortion clinics in the state. More....
Exercise and Obesity Are Up in The US
Americans are exercising more, but this has not done much to bring down
obesity rates in the country. According to University of Washington
researchers, exercise alone is not enough to fight obesity. Americans
still consume more food than they can burn through exercise, and say
that controlling what and how much food they consume is key to keeping
obesity at bay. Healthy weight is the result of eating a balanced diet,
portion control, and exercise. More....
Are Calcium Supplements Effective?
Many recent studies have shown that calcium supplements may not be that
efffective in preventing bone fractures and may increase the risk of
cardiovascular disease and kidney stones. Experts say that dietitians
should figure out how much calcium their patients get through
supplements and see if they can get that from food sources instead, to
space out their consumption throughout the day, and make sure they're
also getting enough vitamin D which helps calcium absorption. More....
Brain Power Improving in Older Age?
seems to suggest that older people (in their 90s) these days have
greater mental abilities than those who were the same age a decade ago.
Researchers say that factors like better nutrition in early years and
more intellectual stimulation may have made a difference. The results
were published in the journal, Lancet. More....
Former RD Teaches Classes on Healthy Lifestyle
registered dietitian gave up her job as an RD in a hospital in the
1960s to teach classes on healthy lifestyle habits that we all need to
develop to lead happy and healthy lives. She focuses on exercise,
breathing techniques, and various foods and how they affect health. She
realized that medications alone cannot cure sick people. More....
Running Best for Weight Loss?
According to experts, running may be the best way to lose weight. Among
the reasons include the fact that a high-intensity exercise like
running results in more afterburn than low-intensity exercises, i.e.,
you continue to burn calories after the run. Running is a faster way to
burn calories and is convenient and easy as you don't need any special
equipment other than shoes. Running also gives you a high, so you're
motivated to stick with it. More....
5 Great Sources of Dairy-Free Calcium
you're a vegan or lactose intolerant and are looking for good sources
of calcium other than milk, here are a few that might get you started.
Chia seeds contain more calcium by weight than whole milk, with 2
ounces containing as much as 358 mg of calcium. One cup of hemp milk
contains 30% of the recommended daily allowance of calcium. Other rich
sources include, blackstrap molasses, sesame seeds, and amaranth. More....
Ease into Exercising in the Summer Heat
to fitness experts, exercising in the heat requires some acclimation.
To do this, they recommend toning down exercises and to take the talk
test - if you can talk while exercising, the workout is tolerable. Once
you're fully acclimated, you can ramp up the intensity of your
workouts. This will help prevent heat-related illnesses like
dehydration that many people suffer from while playing sports or
participating in other outdoor activities in summer. More....
Microsoft's New Health App
Microsoft launched a new application last week that monitors users'
health, exercise, and diet data. Called Bing Health and Fitness, the
app can be synced with Microsoft's Health Vault which also collects
information from other tracking devices like electronic scales and
blood glucose monitors. The app can also record personal health
information such as cholesterol levels and vaccinations. More....
Tips for Reducing Sugar from Your Diet
Too much sugar can be poison for your health. Sugar can cause
obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. No more than 8 to 10 percent of
your daily calories should come from added sugars, according to
doctors. To reduce your consumption of sugar, try eating more whole
foods, less processed foods, eat more fruits, avoid artificial
sweeteners, opt for unsweetened beverages, look for hidden sugar in
foods which is often labeled as high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose,
sucrose, molasses, and so on. More....
Doctor-Patient Discussions about Supplement Use Increasing
number of patients who bring up the use of supplements with their
doctors has increased by 15% over the past decade, according to a new
study from University of California, Los Angeles. The discussions,
however, do not go beyond the reason for taking supplements and how to
take them. According to the researchers, physicians should use such
opportunities to educate patients about the risks, effectiveness, and
costs of supplements. More....
Weight Gain After Quitting Smoking
Researchers at Indiana University School of Public Health, Bloomington,
found a disturbing link between weight gain and cessation of smoking,
which seemed to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Researchers
pointed out that though people put on more weight after quitting
smoking, the benefits of giving up smoking far outweigh the dangers. A
previous study recommended that people who quit smoking take
appropriate weight-management measures to gain the maximum health
Hospitals in Minnesota to Stop Serving Sugary Drinks
Health Systems has decided to remove sugar-sweetened beverages from its
hospitals in Superior and Duluth, Minnesota, because they contribute to
obesity and other health problems. Employees have had mixed reactions
to this decision but admit it will have beneficial effects. More....
Discounts on Healthy Foods May Promote Consumption
A review published in Public Health Nutrition
shows that discounts and subsidies on healthy foods such as vegetables,
fruits, and low-fat snacks sold in supermarkets, vending machines,
cafeterias, and restaurants may encourage people to buy and consume
such foods. Experts say that such economic interventions may work
better than taxing unhealthy foods. More....
4 Tips for Adding Fiber to Your Diet
We all know that fiber is good for us but many of us still don't get
the recommended 25 to 38 grams a day. Some easy ways to include
more fiber in your meals is to add fiber-rich fruits, nuts, and
vegetables to your desserts and snacks. Vegetables with dips make a
healthy and tasty snack. You can also add psyllium fiber to your soups,
shakes, and smoothies. More....
P90X Workout Sends Man to ER
seems to have become the latest exercise trend, especially among those
who want to lose weight quickly. However, a businessman's experience
with this workout reveals its dangers. He ended up in the emergency
room with kidney failure after completing only half of the first day's
workouts. The exercise, which consists of alternate pushups and
pullups, is extremely strenuous and sent him to the hospital with a
condition called rhabdomyolysis, where muscle fibers break down and
release myoglobin into the bloodstream and damage the kidneys. More....
Drink More Water to Lose weight
A review of several prior studies shows that dieters who drank a lot of
water just before a meal lost more weight than those who didn't.
Researchers attribute this to reduced hunger and reduced consumption of
food as water contributes to a feeling of fullness. While there is no
conclusive evidence that water reduces weight, there are other benefits
to drinking more water. More....
Intense Workouts May Reduce Calorie Consumption
Intense workouts may help men to reduce their calorie intake.
Overweight men who ate over 2,600 calories during rest sessions,
consumed 2,300 calories after a moderate workout and only 2,000
calories after an intense workout. Australian researchers who
published their findings in the International Journal of Obesity, say
that the study looks promising and long-term effects on weight-loss
need to be studied. More....
Carcinogen in Pepsi?
Center for Environmental Health, which tested Pepsi products, found
alarming amounts of the carcinogen, 4-Mel, in products sold outside of
California. California passed a law this March requiring products with
carcinogens to carry a cancer-warning label. Pepsi said it's suppliers
are changing their manufacturing process to reduce the amount of 4-Mel
in their caramel coloring, and the process will be complete in February
Millions of Europeans Catch Infections in Hospitals
A study by European Centre for Diseas Prevention and Control (ECDC)
found that 1 in 18 patients picks up an infection in a hospital every
day. While some of these infections can be treated easily, there are
others like MRSA that are resistant to drugs and can often be fatal.
The survey included a 1,000 hospitals in 30 European countries.
According to the Stockholm-based ECDC, such infections can be prevented
with a well-planned and multipronged approach. More....
Skipping Breakfast Linked to Type 2 Diabetes
According to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
women who skipped breakfast even once a week were more at risk of
developing type 2 diabetes than those who ate breakfast every day.
Skipping breakfast was worse for those who were overweight. Men faced
the same risk as women. Not eating breakfast also affected mood,
memory, and energy levels negatively. More....
Healthy Foods That Are Not Healthy
registered dietitian points out that consumers often get confused by
terms like low-fat, high-fiber, multigrain, gluten-free, and
all-natural, and buy products that sound healthy but are not. For
instance, low-fat peanut butter is not as healthy as it's made out to
be. The oil is the healthiest part of peanuts and removing it makes it
less nutritious. In addition, low-fat peanut butter has as many
calories and even more sugar than the regular butter. More....
Risk of Birth Defects in Cousin Couples
who studied couples who were blood relatives found that the rate of
birth defects among their children were 3%, almost double the national
rate of 1.7%. Researchers hope that the strong evidence provided by
this study would be useful in educating and raising awareness among
communities across the globe that encourage marriages among cousins. More....
Top Kitchen Gadgets
have their own favorite kitchen gadgets and use them frequently to help
them make nutritious meals quickly. Among their favorites are oil
misters which prevent veggies from sticking to the pan or grill when
sauteing and grilling, and also cut down the oil you use. Other
favorite gadgets include hand-held mandolines for slicing veggies
quickly, waffle-maker, iron griddle, and powerful blenders. More....
Active Video Games Better Than Traditional Video Games
Children who played active video games got a whole lot more exercise
each day than those who played traditional games at game consoles.
Active video games that require dancing, running, or jumping can over
time provide more physical exercise for kids. The study was conducted
by Australian researchers and published in the journal BMJ Open. More....
Cool Treats for Hot Summer Days
to nutritionists, the best way to beat the summer heat is to drink lots
of fluids to stay hydrated and eat snacks that not only provide
nutrition but also help you stay cool. Ideas include homemade popsicles
using various fruits and yogurt, frozen fruit, fruit dips, and
smoothies with coconut water and berries. More....
Foods That Burn Fat
trying to lose weight, not only is it important to reduce your calorie
intake, it's also important to include healthy foods that help you burn
fat. Among the foods that nutritionists recommend are oatmeal, brown
rice, asparagus, almonds, tomatoes, apples, and garlic. More....
Raisins May Lower Food Intake
A study of normal-weight children, aged 8 to 11, shows that those who
ate a snack of raisins and grapes as opposed to potato chips and
chocolate chip cookies, ate less food overall and consumed fewer
calories. A review of other studies on raisins shows that they might
reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and help with weight-loss. More....
Salad on Menu Drives Us to Fries?
Research shows that restaurants are trying to add healthy items to
their menus, but it's only pushing consumers to high-calorie, high-fat
items. According to a consumer psychology professor at Duke University
that conducted the study, when you see a healthy item on a mostly
unhealthy menu, it makes us pick something that's worse for us than we
normally would. More....
Minnesota Grocers Offer Affordable Produce to Low-Income Families
Three Minnesota grocers in conjunction with Minnesota's
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), is encouraging
participants of the program to use their benefit cards to buy $5 worth
of fresh fruits and vegetables, by offering a $5 coupon for their next
produce purchase. This program for low-income families also offers
nutrition and cooking classes. More....
Cost and Taste Prevent Many from Eating Healthy
A recent survey revealed that while consumers are more aware of what
foods are healthier, two-thirds of the survey participants thought that
the cost of healthy food is prohibitive, and it's also difficult to
change eating habits. Many participants also associated healthy with
poor taste, and researchers say that the food industry needs to offer
shoppers opportunities to sample healthy options to remove the negative
taste perceptions they have. More....
7 Weight-Loss Diets That Don't Work
to experts, for long-term weight-loss, you need to pick a diet that's
easy to follow, healthy, and satisfying. A registered dietitian
identifies seven diets don't fit the bill. The Paleo diet, which
recommends eating red meat and avoiding foods our pre-agriculture
ancestors didn't consume, is the worst. Others in the list
include gluten-free diet, diet by blood type, master cleanse
diet, baby food diet, the Dukan diet, and the raw food diet. More....
Social and Environmental Factors and Obesity
Social and environmental factors affect eating patterns and physical
activity, which in turn are causing diabetes and type 2 diabetes
epidemic in the US. The scientific statement, issued in Diabetes Care,
also points out that environmental factors like global urbanization and
acculturation, education level, and other social and community factors
also affect diet and lifestyle issues. The statement calls for a change
in the environments in which we live, work, and learn, so healthier
behaviors can be encouraged. More....
Labeling of Portion Sizes Affects Food Consumption
conducted by the Cornell Food and Brand Lab found that people relied
heavily on how portion sizes were labeled to gauge the quantity of food
placed on a plate rather than visual appearance or weighted labeling.
When double-sized portions were labeled as regular, people tended to
consume more. This kind of labeling also affected how much consumers
were willing to pay for the food. When a regular portion of food was
labeled as half-size, people were willing to pay only half the price. More....
Sleep-Deprived Teens More Likely to Eat Unhealthy Food
deprivation seems to have a negative effect on what teens eat.
According to a report in JAMA Pediatrics, teens who got fewer than
seven hours of sleep every night, ate more fast food and also consumed
fewer fruits and vegetables. Sleep deprivation not only leads to poor
nutritional choices and poor decision-making in general, it also has a
negative impact on their performance in math, science, and reading. More....
New York City Launches Bike-Sharing Program
York City launched its bike-sharing program this spring. According to
the NY Department of Transportation, 56% of auto trips are under three
miles and can be easily covered on bikes. The city added 200 bike-lane
miles in the past three years to prepare for this program, and over
40,000 people have signed up for it. Not only is biking a good way to
get around the city, it is also great for weight-loss and
cardiovascular health. More....
Talking about Weight-Loss Counterproductive in Overweight Teens
Parents who talked about weight loss and diet to their overweight teens
noticed unhealthy weight-control behaviors in them, such as skipping
meals and using laxatives. Shaming and teasing kids into losing weight
all backfire, so experts recommend educating kids about healthy eating.
Two Meals Better Than Six Mini Meals?
Contrary to previous recommendations, a new study shows that type 2
diabetics who ate two big meals a day lost more weight than those who
ate six small meals with the same nutrient and calorie content.
Nutritionists say that the usual 3 meals a day are more workable for
most people. For managing weight over the long term, the best strategy
is to listen to your body, eat when you're hungry, stop when satisfied,
and plan ahead. More....
80% of Pre-Packaged Foods in US Contain Harmful Chemicals
foods like the cereal Fruit Loops, and carbonated beverages like
Mountain Dew, Swanson dinners, and frozen potato and bread products
contain chemicals that can cause irreparable damage to your health.
Many of these chemicals have been banned in other countries but
continue to be used here. Mountain Dew, Squirt, and Fresca, for
instance, contain brominated vegetable oil, which is known to cause all
kinds of thyroid diseases. A substance called Olestra, found in no-fat
or low-fat products can cause serious gastrointestinal problems. More....
Keep Cool in Summer with These Foods
important to keep hydrated, especially in the heat of summer. Water is
the best way to do this but there are also some great foods you can add
to your summer diet to stay hydrated. Pick foods that contain a lot of
water like cool cucmmbers and watermelons, and greens like iceberg
lettuce and spinach. More....
Rethink Your Drink
According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), 25% of Americans
get at least 200 calories from soda and other sugary drinks per day. A
new campaign called Rethink Your Drink attempts to educate people about
the damaging effects of these drinks on health. Nutritionists emphasize
the importance of drinking water, and point out that reducing just one
soda from your diet every day can help you lose 16 pounds a year. More....
Cure for Ebola Virus?
virus, which continues to pose a threat to many in Africa, has no cure.
A recent study shows that breast cancer drugs may be effective in
protecting against this disease. Researchers tested these drugs in mice
infected with the ebola virus and found that 90% of the mice survived. More....
Inc., a Minneapolis company, has come up with a new device that
functions like an artificial pancreas and constantly monitors blood
sugar levels in diabetics and supplies insulin as needed. A key part of
the system is an insulin pump which is designed to shut down if blood
sugar levels fall to very low levels in patients when sleeping. The
device is already being sold in the European market; the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) is reviewing it for the US market. More....
Four Habits for Living Longer
Make these simple changes to your daily life to live a longer and
healthier life: eat a Mediterranean diet, exercise regularly, maintain
a healthy weight, and stop smoking. The new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology
shows that these habits can reduce the risk for heart disease and other
health problems significantly. If you did all three but continued to
smoke, you'll be worse off than people who followed none of the other
recommendations, but stayed away from cigarettes. More....
Weight Gain in First Month Linked to Higher IQ
Babies who gained the most weight within four weeks of being born are
likely to have higher IQ scores at 6.5 years of age, than those who
didn't gain as much weight. The researchers also pointed out that
reverse causality, i.e., brain functions affects this growth cannot be
ruled out. More....
TB Outbreak in Virginia School
to Fairfax County health officials, three people at a high school have
contracted tuberculosis, and 430 students and faculty members may have
been exposed to the disease and need to be tested. Caused by bacteria,
TB affects the lungs and can be fatal. More....
Reduce Consumption of All Sugars
According to dietitians, Americans consume too much sugar from various
sources, about 21 teaspoons of added sugars or 16 calories a day, and
need to reduce it. While high-fructose corn syrup has got a bad rap,
other added sugars in processed foods, like brown sugar, molasses,
fruit nectar, cane juice, all add to your total intake and affect your
health. Dietitians recommend looking for all these sugar sources in the
ingredient labels. More....
Pesticides on Your Fruits and Veggies
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has come up with its dirty dozen
list for 2013, and included in this list are the most common fruits and
vegetables we consume and feed our kids, such as apples and
strawberries. EWG came up with this list after analyzing chemical
residues still present after washing and peeling the produce. EWG is
concerned not just with how much pesticide is being used but also with
how many pesticides are being used and the still unknown health impact
of these on kids and adults. More....
Nutritious Food-Delivery Service for Cancer Patients
Anderson, a chef from Houston, has started a food-delivery service
especially designed for cancer patients to help combat the side effects
of chemotherapy and other treatments. Sourced locally, menus include
cancer-fighting vegetables and fruits like sweet potatoes, kale, and
herbs. The meals can be delivered anywhere in the US. More....
AMA Says Obesity is a Disease
American Medical Association (AMA) has officially recognized obesity as
a disease to get physicians to focus more attention on the condition
and come up with better treatment options, and also to get insurers to
pay for treatment. This move may also help remove the stigma associated
with obesity, as many people view it as the result of overeating and
not exercising enough, when in reality, people don't have full control
over their weight. More....
Starbucks to Post Calorie Counts on Menus
will be posting calorie information on its menu boards in its US
stores, and customers will now be able to make informed decisions about
what they consume. This decision comes ahead of the federal
menu-labeling requirement that's expected to be implemented later this
year. Starbucks, like some other chains, already offers healthier
alternatives with fewer calories. More....
Food Stamp Ban on Sugary Drinks?
Mayors of New York and 17 other cities are asking congressional
officials to ban use of food stamps for purchasing soda and other
sugary drinks to help fight obesity and other diseases. Opponents say
that such measures would be paternalistic and may discourage needy
people from getting the subsidies. More....
Hepatitis Outbreak Affects 118 people in the US
A recent outbreak of hepatitis A has affected 118 people in eight
states in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC). The outbreak was caused by Costco's tainted frozen
berry mix called Townsend Farm's Organic Antioxidant Blend. The product
has been recalled and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is
inspecting the company's processing facilities. More....
Do Tai Chi and Keep Fit
to fitness experts, tai chi is a great option for people of all ages to
stay fit. This ancient Chinese exercise is all about slow, circular,
and graceful movements, and offers many health benefits which range
from improving balance and attention span to boosting the immune system
and relieving symptoms of arthritis, asthma, and insomnia. More....
Bloomberg to Introduce Food Recycling Program
After a successful test of recycling and composting food scraps, New
York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is all set to expand this program and
will seek proposals to build a plant for turning food waste into
biogas, which would be used for generating electricity. Bloomberg also
plans to introduce legislation to require restaurants and other food
vendors to recycle their food waste. More....
Most Women Don't Meet Cancer Prevention Diet and Exercise Recommendations
A survey of about 800 women showed that the majority of them failed to
meet the diet and exercise requirements recommended by doctors for
preventing diseases like cancer. The study found that only 9.9% of
those who reported they were eating a healthy diet were actually
consuming the recommended quantities of vegetables and fruits. The
findings for physical activity and exercise were better, at 39%. The
study recommends looking at this disconnect and focusing on ethnic
Kim Kardashian's Preemie Baby
Kardashian's baby daughter was born two weeks ahead of schedule, after
35 weeks, instead of the normal 37 weeks. According to Dr. Mehmet Oz,
whose youngest son was born preterm, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will
need to focus fully on taking care of their baby and be alert to any
troubling signs as preemies can develop all kinds of health issues. More....
Gourmet Mushrooms on Leftover Coffee Grounds?
A company called Back to the Roots allows people to grow their own
gourmet mushrooms off recycled coffee waste. The company, founded by
two students from University of California, Berkeley, taps into the
growing interest in good, healthy food, and makes it easy for city
dwellers to play farmer with their mushroom-growing kits. The company
received an award from the White House last year for being one of the
top enterpreneurial companies in the US. More....
Dairy-Free Milk: What Are Your Options?
Over 30 million Americans are lactose intolerant, and many other
diseases like ovarian and prostate cancers, as well as ear infections
and diabetes have been linked to consuming dairy products, and as a
result, more and more people are looking for alternatives to milk. Some
plant-based options which provide viable alternatives include, soy,
hemp, almond, coconut, and rice milk. These non-dairy options also
provide various health benefits. More....
How Often You Exercise is Important
To reap the full benefits of exercise, it's important to exercise
frequently and consistently, and not miss more than two days in a row.
A brisk walk can lower blood sugar and blood pressure almost
immediately, but these health benefits won't last if you skip
exercising for several days. Gaps in exercise sessions can also
decrease your motivation to exercise. More....
Skipping Breakfast Not a Good Idea for Obese Women
In obese women, skipping breakfast led to acute relative insulin
resistance, and increased levels of free fatty acids, putting them at
an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Researchers plan to conduct a
larger study soon to further investigate the effects of skipping
breakfast. The findings were presented at the Endocrine Society
Pregnancy and Breast Cancer Risk
it's known that pregnancy at a young age can reduce the risk of breast
cancer later in life, researchers don't know why this is so. A new
study published in Breast Cancer Research shows that a special signal in the body (Wnt/Notch signal)
undergoes a permanent change in women who have children before the age
of 20, and prevents breast cancer cells from growing. More....
Leading Cause of Patient Deaths in Hospitals
thromboembolism (VTE) or blood clots are the leading cause of deaths
among hospital patients. According to the American Heart Association,
about 900,000 cases of VTE occur annually in the US, leading to almost
300,000 deaths. The vast majority of these deaths are caused by
pulmonary embolism, a blockage of the main artery of the lung through a
blood clot. Experts say that hospitals and physicians can reduce the
number of deaths by reducing the invasiveness of a surgical procedure,
preventing blood clots after surgery through a combination of compression stockings on the legs and
blood-thinning medications, and
identifying high-risk patients and taking appropriate preventive
Five Quick Tips for Healthy Eating
Tips include eating salads without the creamy dressings that can add
calories, adding superfoods to your daily diet that are high in
antioxidants and help fight diseases, cutting down on both salt and
sugar to reduce your risk for hypertension and diabetes, and eating
nuts and seeds that are packed with heart-healthy fats. More....
Low-Carb Diet for Long-Term Weight-Loss?
and low-fat diets are both popular with those trying to lose weight,
but is one better than the other? A recent study showed that those on a
very low-carbohydrate diet lost a little more weight than those on a
low-fat diet in the long-term, and also reduced their diastolic blood
pressure; however, they also increased both the good and bad
cholesterol levels. Healthcare professionals need to weigh the
advanatages and disadvantages of low-carb diet for their patients
before recommending it. More....
Diet Can Affect Men's Fertility
According to dietitians, diet can affect fertility in men and when
couples are planning to have kids, nutrition counseling for men is as
important as it is for women and needs to be part of the conversation.
The foods that help improve fertility in men are omega-3-rich foods,
fiber-rich carbs, and foods rich in folate, vitamin, C, lycopene, and
Are Activity Monitors Accurate?
A study shows that activity tracking devices are not always accurate
and many underestimate the energy expended during low-intensity
exercises like bicycle pedaling and cleaning. According to researchers,
inaccuracy matters, because if monitoring devices are telling people
that their light activities don't count in terms of energy expenditure,
they may feel discouraged. More....
Walking Beneficial for Prediabetics
A study published in Diabetes Care
shows that 15-minute walks three times a day and 30 minutes after a
meal are more effective in regulating blood glucose levels in
prediabetic adults than a longer, 45-minute walk in the morning or
The exercise helps the pancreas to do its job, to secrete insulin to
clear the glucose. To reduce the risk of diabetes and reap the benefits
of walking, prediabetics would need to walk every day. More....
Unilever and Food Institute to Make Food Industry Healthier
Unilever and Culinary Institute of America (CIA) have formed a
partnership to develop a sustainable food industry. Their goal is to
reduce one billion calories from restaurant menus and help restaurant
chefs prepare healthy meals, cut wasteful practices, use locally grown
produce, and improve food safety in their kitchens. More....
Cap on Soda Size May Cut Calories in Kids
According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, a cap on soda size would probably reduce soda (calorie)
consumption, especially among overweight and obese youth. Experts
believe that overall, the community is going to benefit from the soda
cap that New York Mayor Bloomberg had proposed. More....
Hospital Delivers Meals to Cut Readmissions
Health Care in New England is delivering meals to its discharged heart
failure patients in an attempt to reduce readmission rates. The
hospital had been seeing the highest readmission rates, with
one-quarter to one-third patients returning to the hospital, mainly
because they continue with the same unhealthy foods and lifestyle. The
hospital has hired a local fresh foods company to provide three
low-sodium and healthy meals and snacks free of cost to its patients. More....
Obesity Increases Risk of Premature Birth
Research shows that women who are overweight or obese before and during
pregnancy tend to give birth prematurely, the earliest being between 22
and 27 weeks, putting their babies at great risk of health
complications. Women should maintain a healthy weight before and during
pregnancy, and focus on eating a healthy diet and improving their
overall lifestyle. More....
Health Benefits of Omega-7 Fatty Acids
Latest research suggests that palmitoleic acid, an omega-7 fatty acid
found in macademia nuts and some fish, may help reduce inflammation in
the body, reduce insulin resistance, and make pancreas healthier.
However, palmitoleic acid is often found in foods that also contain
palmitic acid which promotes inflammation and may contribute to heart
disease. So reserachers are looking to isolate palmitoleic acid and
provide it in supplement form. More....
Vegetable fats May Prevent Prostate Cancer from Spreading
to a new study, men who have prostate cancer can prevent the disease
from spreading further by consuming vegetable fats, particularly those
found in nuts and olive oil. Researchers also found that reducing some
carbohydrates with these vegetable fats also reduced their risk of
dying from any cause. The antioxidants in vegetable fats help reduce
inflammation in the body and prevent cancer from spreading. These
findings challenge the general advice given to prostate cancer
patients, which is to cut out fat from their diet. More....
Asparagus Can Lower Blood Pressure
Researchers at a Japanese university found that a high intake of
asparagus could reduce blood pressure and contribute to healthier
kidney function. The researchers studied the effects on rats after
feeding them a diet heavy in asparagus for ten weeks, and noticed they
had better health than those who did not have asparagus. Researchers
think that a compound found in asparagus, 2"-hydroxynicotianamine, is
responsible for inhibiting ACE activity in the rats. More....
Seattle Chefs Highlight Vegetarian Dishes
If you're a vegetarian in Seattle, you have many delicious dishes to
choose from these days and don't have to settle for sides. Chefs in
Seattle restaurants are using locally grown produce to create some
special vegetarian dishes like roasted butternut squash enchiladas,
gourmet macaroni baked with vegetables, and black bean quinoa burger
with pickled onions and avocado. More ....
Higher Vitamin D Intake May Lower Type 2 Diabetes
Analysis of 21 studies, published in Diabetes Care,
shows that higher blood levels of vitamin D are associated with a lower
risk of type 2 diabetes. This was seen regardless of sex, length of
follow-up, study sample size, diabetes diagnostic criteria or assay
Food Diary Can Be A Great Diet Tool
Despite the fact that dieters don't like to keep food diaries, experts
say that they can be one of the most effective dieting tools. To help
ease the task of recording and monitoring what you eat, many online
food journals and smartphone apps have sprung up. Many apps can
instantly upload nutrition information of products via barcode
scanning. Among the popular apps that provide free, basic service are
Lose It, My Fitness Pal, and My Plate. More....
Community-Based Programs for Childhood Obesity
US researchers reviewed studies on community-based childhood obesity
programs and found that programs that focused on children's diet and
physical activity and worked with schools were more effective than
others. They also found that those that worked with elementary and
middle-school children had better outcomes. The programs used a
multi-pronged approach that included health education and family
Protein Drinks Raising Health Concerns
drinks, usually consumed by body builders and athletes, are now being
marketed to the general public, raising concerns about their impact on
health. Daily intake of protein is required for maintaining body
tissues, muscle mass, and bone health, but only vulnerable groups, such
as those recovering from surgery or older people need extra protein.
Most people get enough protein from their daily diet and any processing
excess protein may put extra pressure on the kidneys and cause kidney
stones or other kidney diseases. More....
TV Time Increases Sweet Drink Consumption
to a new study, the amount of time spent in front of the TV correlates
to the volume of sweet beverages kids consume. Published in the
International Journal of Public Health, the study shows that each
additional hour in front of the TV increased consumption of soda and
other sweet drinks by 50% among two- and four-year-olds in Sweden. More....
Too Much Exercise Can Be Harmful
research shows that endurance running, which can reduce cholesterol,
reduce blood pressure, and improve overall health, can have detrimental
effects if overdone. Those who run 30 or more miles a week may lose all
the benefits of exercise and may be at greater risk for inflammation,
atrial fibrillation or cornonary- artery plaque. When it comes to
running, there needs to be an upper limit. More....
Waist Management for Men
Belly fat in men (as in women) can cause a whole host of health
problems such as cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, certain
cancers, and enlarged prostate. Many men don't pay attention to their
diet and don't like to cook, and end up eating fast food. They're also
more likely to smoke and drink, and often, their idea of dieting is
skipping meals. Nutritionists suggest trying a different tack when
counseling men - an approach that's performance-based rather than
disease-based. They recommend ways to manage their waists rather than
weight with healthy-eating ideas that will also keep them full. More....
Prenatal Diet May Affect Children's Bone Health
A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows
that higher intake of protein, phosphorus, and vitamin B12 during
pregnancy was linked to stronger bones in chidren, with more bone mass
and bone mineral content. A higher consumption of carbohydrates and a
deficiency in B-vitamins was associated with lower bone mass and bone
mineral content. More....
Are Avocados and Nuts Really Healthy?
you're avoiding fatty foods like nuts and avocados because you think
they're unhealthy, think again. More than 75% of fat in avocados is
unsaturated which makes it a great substitute for other unhealthy fats.
Avocados are packed with over 20 vitamins and minerals. Studies ave
shown that avocados, nuts, and healthy oils like olive oil can help
reduce cholesterol and decrease the inflammation that can lead to heart
disease, diabetes, and cancer. More....
Drink Water, Not Sugary Drinks
groups in Contra Costa county in California are displaying ads that
urge parents to offer their kids water instead of sugary drinks in an
effort to combat health problems like obesity, diabetes, and tooth
decay among children. Their goal is to educate parents about the
harmful effects of sugar in soda, flavored milk, and fruit juices. More....
Burn More Calories After Workout with Healthy Snacks
Our bodies continue to burn calories after a workout as they return to
normal temperature, heart-rate, and breathing - a process known as
To maximize after-burn from a workout, experts recommend eating
nutrient-dense snacks like granola bars and chocolate milk within 30
minutes after exercisng. More....
Pea Protein Gaining Popularity
protein from field peas is being used in many food products these days,
either to boost protein content or as an alternative for people with
soy or egg allergies. Peas are a legume and an inexpensive source of
protein and fiber, and can help you feel full, boost your energy, and
preserve lean muscle mass. Pea protein is often combined with rice
protein to make a complete protein. More....
USDA to Introduce Greek Yogurt in School Lunches
The US Department of Agriculture is starting a trial program for
introducing healthy foods like Greek yogurt in school lunches. Greek
yogurt is low in fat and calories and high in protein, and as such, a
great substitute for meat as a protein source. New York and Idaho
schools may participate in this program. USDA is teaming up with
yogurt-maker, Chobani. More....
Online Grocery Stores for Food Deserts?
Online grocery stores might be a great solution for urban areas that
lack access to grocery stores and, as a result, to vegetables and
fruits and other healthy foods.
To address this problem, the Baltimore health department started an
online grocery service called Baltimarket to deliver food to a local
library but not to customers' homes. A study conducted in Chicago found
partial support for online grocery stores, and according to
researchers, stores which delivered to customer homes within a day or
two, at affordable prices, may actually work. More....
Too much Diet Soda Can Damage Your Teeth
soda can be as bad on your teeth as methamphetamines or cocaine,
according to a study published in the journal, General Dentistry. The
study compared adults who drank diet 2 liters of diet soda every day
for 3-4 years with those who abused the two drugs for a prolonged
period and found severe tooth erosion in all cases. Citric acid in soda
corrodes tooth enamel and causes cavities and discoloration. More....
Women Check Food Labels More Often Than Men
University of Alabama researchers found that when it comes to food
labels, more than men, women tend to check out all labels including
nutrition facts, ingredients, serving sizes, and health claims. The
study also found that older adults did more fact-checking than young
Mindful Eating Can Prevent Overeating
Overeating can lead to obesity, which in turn can create a whole host
of health problems for you. Distractions when eating can interefere
with our natural ability to listen to internal cues for satiety. We may
not remember eating much because we don't enjoy eating when distracted.
Experts recommend removing the distractions, focusing on the food,
eating slowly, and enjoying the food to prevent overeating. More....
Seaweed Good for Supplements
According to a study to be published in the journal, Biomedicine & Preventive Nutrition,
red and brown seaweed are rich in minerals and nutrients and could be
used as nutritional supplements and food ingredients. The seaweeds are
high in fiber, carbohydrates, protein, lipids, essential amino acids,
and vitamin C. More....
Gluten-Free Diet Healthy But Expensive
Many people these days are opting for a gluten-free diet whether they
have celiac disease or not. Weight-loss is one of the reasons for this
preference. Nutritionists say that this kind of diet can be healthy,
even for those who don't have a medical reason for choosing it, as long
as they make sure their diet is nutritionally balanced. Tips include
maintaining a balanced intake of fiber, folic acid, iron, and
carbohydrates. But they also warn that it can cost you more in terms of
time and money. More....
Healthy Foods That Are High in Calories
Nutritionists warn against loading up on healthy foods as they can add
more calories to your diet. Items to watch out for include cooking
oils, salad dressings, protein portions, and wine. Cooking oil can have
as many as 2,000 calories in one cup, and research shows that many
people use too much oil when cooking. Experts recommend cooking with
broths and adding 1-2 spoons of oil. More....
Menopause and Brain Fog
Women going through menopause often experience brain fog or memory
problems. According to researchers, fluctuations in estrogen and
progesterone can lead to memory problems, confusion, difficulty
focusing, and decreased alertness, along with the other primary
symptoms like hot flashes. Night sweats and hot flashes can disturb
your sleep and make you feel tired physically and mentally. Some
practical tips to deal with these symptoms include eating right,
exercising, managing stress, and establishing a sleep routine. More....
Packaged and Processed Foods to Avoid
contain lycopene and are great for your health, but avoid canned
tomatoes because cans are lined with the harmful chemical, BPA.
Margarine is another dangerous item to avoid; it contains trans-fats
which can cause inflammation. Opt for organic potatoes as non-organic
potatoes can absorb the pesticides and fungicides from the soil. More....
Kids Need At Least 60 Minutes of Exercise
to a report from The Institute of Medicine, children need to get a
minimum of an hour of vigorous physical acitivity every day, and school
is the best place for this as kids spend so much time there. The report
urges schools to make physical education a core subject. This is
specially important given the fact that many schools have reduced PE
and recess time to devote more time to reading and math. More....
Fresh or Canned Peaches?
Did you know that canned peaches are just as nutritious and sometimes
A study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
compared the nutrition of fresh and canned peaches, and found that
canning opens the cell walls of the fruit's flesh, making it easier for
nutrients like vitamin A readily available for our bodies. The study
also found more vitamin C, E, and folate in canned peaches than in
A Bill for Providing Access to Healthy Produce
Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill to incentivize local grocers
and mom and pop stores to open in food desert zones, where poverty
rates are 20 percent, and people don't have access to fresh produce or
other healthy foods. The bill seeks to provide tax incentives and
promotes locally grown food. More....
Save Money and Lose Calories with Homemade Snacks
If you can avoid the vending machine at work, you can save not only a
lot of money but also lose a lot of calories. The best way to do this,
according to nutritionists, is to bring healthy snacks from home, such
as mixed nuts, high-fiber cereal, fruits and vegetables with healthy
dips like hummus and yogurt. Snacks can be between 100 and 175
calories, and to prevent over-snacking, make sure you don't skip any
Sweets and Obesity
new study of over 5,000 Americans shows that eating sweets may not be
as bad for your health as you may have thought. Participants who ate
sweets every other day were not at any greater risk for obesity or
heart disease than those who indulged once a week or less. Experts,
however, still recommend moderation. More....
Sleep or Exercise?
If you're sleep-deprived, you may not perform as well when exercising,
and may be more prone to hurting yourself and experiencing aches and
pains. So it may be a good idea to get an extra hour of sleep instead
of exercising. Experts say that most people need at least eight hours
of sleep to feel rested and refreshed. More....
RDs Walk the Talk
A registered dietitian says she keeps calories in mind when ordering at
restaurants, and shares information about some of the items she and
other nutrition experts like to order to make sure they're getting
enough protein, fiber, and vegetables. According to her, most
restaurant chains are listing calorie content on menus and are willing
to customize meals to exclude fattening add-ons. More....
Excess Fat Increases Cardiovascular Risk after Age 50
Excess fat after the age of 50 can lead to hardening of arteries
and increase the risk of death from heart disease. Obesity in young
people is not as dangerous because their blood vessels can adapt to the
effects of obesity. According to researchers, the potential benefits of
weight-loss would depend on the person's age and how long he or she has
been overweight. More....
Omega-3s and Impact of Junk Food on Brain
A review published in the British Journal of Nutrition states that the
negative impact of junk food on the brain may be mitigated by
consumption of omega-3 fatty acids.
High-fat and junk food diets can disrupt the process that generates new
nerve cells but this can be combated with a diet rich in omega-3s as it
can prevent the damage by stimulating the area of the brain that
controls feeding, learning, and memory. More....
Seasonings - An Alternative to Salt
to researchers at Sao Paolo University, Brazil, older adults with high
blood pressure may be quite satisfied with less salt when other
seasonings like oregano are added to foods. Federal guidelines suggest
a daily intake of no more than 1,500 mg for adults with hypertension
and 2,300 for others; however, the average American exceeds these
recommendations, consuming as much as 3,400 mg a day. More....
Bus Drivers Have Highest Obesity Rate
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index recently surveyed 14 occupation
groups in the US and found that bus drivers have a 36% obesity rate
because of their sedentary job and lack of food choices. They also
tended to have diabetes, high blood pressure, and carpal tunnel
syndrome. Manufacturing and production workers are next with 30%.
Office workers have a 26% obesity rate while physicians have the lowest
- 16%. More....
Unhealthy Drinks to Avoid
are some beverages you may want to avoid because of the hidden calories
and sugar they contain. The so-called low-fat chocolate milk can still
have about 50 calories from fat and 60 grams of sugar. Starbucks coffee
with doubleshot espresso and cream has twice the number of calories
regular coffee with cream and sugar has. Protein shakes and smoothies
may sound like healthy alternatives, but these can still contain 350
calories, with 55 calories from fat. More....
Get Fit to Prevent Heart Failure
Middle-aged people need to stay fit to reduce their risk for heart
failure later in life.
New research shows that it's never too late to start an exercise
regimen. Heart failure is the most common reason for older adults being
hospitalized, with over 50 percent of them dying within five years of
this diagnosis. In many cases, heart failure is preventable by
increasing fitness levels and improving cardiovascular health. More....
Diabetes Has Increased by 45 Percent
the past two decades, the number of American adults with diabetes has
increased by 45 percent. The study, published in Diabetes Care, also
shows that the largest increase has been among those aged 65 and older.
The results indicate the need for better prevention initiatives in the
Best Workout Partner is One who Talks Less
A new study shows that when working out with a virtual partner,
participants exercise for a longer period of time when the partner is
better than them and provides minimal verbal encouragement. Contrary to
expectations, constant verbal encouragement is perceived as
condescending and patronizing and seems to have a negative impact on
their motivation to exercise.
Jet-Lagged? Try This
If you're a frequent flyer and suffer from jet lag, you may want to try
No-Jet-Lag from Miers Laboratory, a homeopathic remedy that's been
proven safe and effective in tests or a melatonin supplement to
regulate your sleep cycle. To alleviate travel anxiety, you may want to
check out the Bach Flower Rescue Remedy, a blend of five flower
Formula Use May Help At-Risk Babies
Research shows that newborns who lose a lot of weight after birth, fare
much better when fed a little formula over several days, and go on to
breast-feeding at three months. This practice may also help alleviate
the stress new mothers deal with when breast-feeding and give them the
confidence to stick with it. More....
Want to Lose Weight? Eat Less at Breakfast
Researchers found that participants who ate less at breakfast did not
consume more at other times during the day and were able to lose weight
as a result. Portion sizes were reduced by over 40% in the study for
overweight participants and this had a positive impact on the number of
calories they consumed over the day. More....
New SARS-Like Virus Has Killed 18
to the World Health Organization (WHO), a new coronavirus has killed at
least 18 people in the Middle East and Europe. In France, a second man
was diagnosed with the disease after sharing a hospital room with a
patient affected by the virus, confirming fears that the virus can be
transmitted from peson to person if there's close contact. More....
Supplements and Macular Degenration
study published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA)
showed that lutein and zeaxanthin supplements were most effective in
protecting against vision loss in those who ate the the fewest green
leafy vegetables, and were at risk for macular degeneration. The
supplements didn't do much for those participants who were already
eating a healthy diet. More....
Production of Caffeinated Gum Halted
After meetings with the Federal Drug and Administration (FDA) about
concerns over the health effects of its caffeinated gum on children and
adolscents, Wrigley has decided to halt the production, sales, and
marketing of the product. The FDA applauded its decision as a sign of
true leadership and its commitment to public health. More....
Packaged Diet Foods More Effective
new study shows that people who are on a diet plan that provides
prepackaged food tend to lose more weight than those who have to make
food decisions themselves. According to researchers, less structure and
more freedom to choose foods often undermines participants' ability to
stick to their calorie and weight-loss goals. More....
Keep Up Your Energy Levels With Healthy Drinks
Most energy drinks contain a lot of caffeine and sugar which can
provide a temporary energy boost and just as quickly lead to an energy
crash, apart from creating other damaging effects on your health.
Instead, look for healthy alternatives made with natural ingredients,
such as protein smoothies made with fruits and protein powder, green
drinks made with leafy and other vegetables and a few fruits, coconut
water, and just plain water to keep your body hydrated. More....
Not Much Improvement in Fast Food Nutrition
In terms of nutrition, fast food has not shown much improvement in the
past decade. After analyzing foods from restaurants like McDonald's,
Burger King, Wendy's, Taco Bell, and Kentucky Fried Chicken,
researchers found that the nutritional score of these foods fell below
that of the average American diet. While scores improved for meat,
saturated fat, and calories from solid fats and sugars, scores
did not change for fruits and vegetables, grains, legumes, and oils,
and scores for dairy and sodium became worse. More....
Aerobic Exercise May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
new study shows that young women who got 30 minutes of aerobic exercise
five times a week showed an improvement in estrogen metabolism after
only 16 weeks, a measure associated with breast cancer risk. The women
also gained lean muscle mass while losing fat mass. More....
Salt, Phosphorus, and Caffeine Affect Calcium Absorption
If you want to prevent osteoporosis, you need to make sure your bones
get enough calcium, but a diet that's high in salt, caffeine, and
phosphorus may negate your efforts. High sodium intake can not only
cause high blood pressure and heart disease, it can also increase your
risk for osteoporosis by causing calcium-loss in the urine. Sodas
contain phosphorus and caffeine, and experts say that phosphorus causes
loss of calcium, while caffeine interferes with calcium absorption. More....
Teens Eat More Calories Whether at Subway or McDonald's
Subway's "eat fresh" campaign helped it establish itself as a healthy
alternative and beat McDonald's to become the top fast-food chain in
the US, but researchers found that teens ate only a few calories less
at Subway than they did at McDonald's. The calorie requirement for
teens per meal is 850, and the teens who were part of the study,
consumed 1,038 calories at McDonald's and 955 at Subway. More....
Gluten-Free Diet Can Be Deficient in Fiber
Those who adopt a gluten-free diet could end up with a diet deficient
in fiber and may develop problems like constipation. Fiber is important
for maintaining a healthy weight and cholesterol, and healthy bacteria
in the stomach. Most Americans get their fiber from cereal and bread,
and since these are not available to those eating a gluten-free diet,
they need to look for other sources of fiber. Many manufacturers seem
to be realizing this, and are adding gluten-free grains like amaranth,
sorghum, quinoa, and buckwheat, as well as beans and legumes to their
Don't Shop for Groceries When Hungry
A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, showed that people bought
more high-calorie foods if they shopped when they were hungry when
compared to those who ate a snack before shopping. The best time to
shop is after lunch, dinner, or after a snack when you're less
susceptible to hunger-motivated shopping decisions, and to have list
handy to prevent you from buying unnecessary items. Food insecurity is
another reason shoppers opt for cheap but high-calorie foods. More....
Natural Foods Company Offers Nutrition Workshops to Employees
Bridgetown Natural Foods, a small business in Portland, Oregon, which
provides natural and organic snack products to companies like Whole
Foods Market, is taking an important step to educate its employees
about healthy living. The company's health program educates employees
about health, nutrition, grocery budgeting, and meal-planning with
seasonal ingredients. To encourage attendance at the free workshops,
the company not only pays workers to attend but also provides tokens
for buying produce at a local farmer's market. More....
National Bike to School Day on May 8
The National Bike to School Day aims to promote healthy living and
encourages students to bike to school. Biking and walking to school are
easy ways for kids to exercise and deal with weight issues, and this
year over 1,200 schools across the US are participating in this event.
Apart from the physical benefits, studies show that biking and walking
may also improve concentration. More...
Students Opt for Healthier Food When Preordering
A new study shows that students choose healthier food when they
preorder their lunches than when they don't. The research involved 300
students from two elementary schools in New York using an electronic
system to preorder their lunch entree. About 29% opted for healthier
food, compared to only 15% who did so in the lunch line. Researchers
believe that this is because the kids are less likely to be influenced
by the enticing smells of the less healthy fare. More....
US Farmers Swtiching from Tobacco to Chickpeas
and more Americans seem to be opting for healthful foods like the
Middle Eastern hummus, a chickpea dip that's low in fat and high in
protein. The growing demand for hummus has hiked up the price of
chickpeas. Sabra Dipping Co., a joint venture of PepsiCo and Israel's
Strauss Group Ltd., is encouraging farmers in Virginia and other
tobacco-growing regions to switch to chickpeas to meet the growing
demand and to protect their company against any shortages. More....
Do You Throw Away Your Toothbrush after Strep Throat?
If you have been following doctors' advice and throwing away yours or
your kids' toothbrushes after a bout of strep throat, you may not need
to do that anymore.
A new study shows that strep bacteria typically does not survive for
long. However, the researchers also cautioned that more studies are
needed to confirm the results. More....
Only 20% American Adults Get Required Exercise
to a new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report, only 20% of American
adults are meeting the federal guidelines for exercise, which includes
muscle-building and aerobic activity. Men and younger adults are more
likely to meet these requirements than women and older adults. Regular
exercise can lower health risks and easy ways of exercising include
brisk walking for 30 minutes a day combined with resistance exercises
like push-ups, situps, and heavy gardening. More....
More Children Suffering From Food and Skin Allergies
Food, skin, and respiratory allergies have risen dramatically among
children, especially among those in well-to-do families, according to a
new government report. Some experts have come up with the hygiene
hypothesis - that reduced exposure to infection and germs is making our
immune systems look for a fight and is attacking innocent proteins.
Other explanations include a vitamin D deficiency, unhealthy fats in
the diet, obesity, and processed food - theories which have not been
confirmed by science. More....
Feeding a Family of Four at $146 a Week
According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), it can cost a
family of four anywhere between $146 to $289 a week to feed a family of
four. But dietitians say that to be at the lower end of the scale, you
need to have a strategy in place to provide healthy food to your
family. The strategy includes planning ahead, taking advantage of sales
and store discounts, buying in-season produce and store brands to cut
The EWG List of Clean and Dirty Produce
Environmental Working Group (EWG) has come up with its list of clean
and dirty fruits and veggies list for 2013. The dirty (full of
pesticides) list includes apples, strawberries, grapes, peaches,
imported nectarines, celery, spinach, cucumber, potatoes, cherry
tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, and hot peppers. The clean list includes
aspragus, avocado, cabbage, cantaloupe, corn, eggplant, grapefruit,
kiwi, mangoes, mushrooms, onions, papayas, sweet peas, and sweet
Junk Food During Pregnancy May Make Your Baby Obese in Adulthood
Australian researchers found that babies faced an increased risk of
obesity in their adult years if their mothers ate junk food when
pregnant. The babies grow up with less sensitivity to opioids which
makes them eat more fat and sugar to feel satiated. Achieving a healthy
body weight would be harder for them. More....
Breakthrough in HIV Cure Likely
scientists are hoping to achieve a breakthrough in finding a cure for
HIV in a few months. They are currently conducting clinical trials to
test a new approach to treating HIV wherein the virus is stripped from
the human DNA and is destroyed by the body's immune system that's
boosted with a vaccine. The scientists claim that lab tests have been
Dietary Recommendations for Preemies
The American Academy of Pediatrics has come up with new dietary
recommendations for premature babies. The group recommends giving
preemies weighing less than 3.5 pounds and with severe medical problems
high doses of vitamin D and calcium along with phosphorus every day,
while they're in the hospital and after, to strengthen their bones and
prevent rickets. More....
NYC School Offers All-Vegetarian Menu
A public school in Queens, New York is offering an all-vegetarian menu
to its students. This is the first school in NY, and possibly in the US
to do so. The elementary school started serving a vegetarian lunch
three times a week and gradually increased it to five. The New York
Coalition for Healthy School Food is helping it develop heathy menus
that include tofu wraps, vegetarian chili, black beans and cheddar
FDA to Examine Addition of Caffeine to Foods
The Food and Drug Administration announced that it will examine the
safety of adding caffeine to various foods and its impact on children's
health. The FDA was responding to the introduction of Wrigley's new
caffeinated gum, Alert Energy Gum, and is an extension of its earlier
response to energy drinks. The increase in such caffeinated products
that are also easily available to kids is a cause for concern. More....
Walking's a Great Alternative to Running
you prefer walking to running, experts say, it can be equally effective
in providing the necessary workout for your body and can even help you
lose weight. Studies found that women who did speed-interval walking
and toning exercises for 45 minutes, four times a week, lost 23 pounds
in 16 weeks. Make sure you exhale deeply, bend forward slightly from
your hips, take shorter steps, and bend your elbows while walking. More....
Yoga Not a Substitute for Cardio Exercise
Experts acknowledge the many benefits that yoga can provide - it can
improve flexibility, strength, and mental clarity. But they also say
that yoga alone is not enough to maintain your overall muscle and heart
health and should not replace resistance training and cardio exercises.
Extra Pounds and Alcohol Can Damage Liver
While it's known that alcohol damages the liver, combined with obesity,
it can do serious damage to the liver and may also increase the risk of
developing and dying from chronic liver disease and liver cancer. The
new research can help doctors manage the treatment of patients with
liver disease and identify cancer in early stages. More....
Mexican Cucumbers Tied to Salmonella Outbreak
Salmonella-tainted cucumbers from Mexico have sickened 73 people in 18
states. Twenty-six percent of those affected have been hospitalized.
The contaminated produce has been taken off the market and the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) has banned the two supplying companies
responsible for the outbreak. More....
Nuts Don't Promote Weight-Gain
If you think that adding more nuts to your diet may add a few pounds to
your weight as well, think again. Data from studies conducted across
the globe showed that adding nuts to thier diets did not result in any
weight gain amnog participants. In fact, those who replaced other
snacks with nuts lost about 1.4 pounds more than those who didn't. Nuts
are also associated with reducing risk of diabetes and high blood
More Americans Eating Vegetarian Food
More Americans seem to be eating vegetarian food these days, as the
concept of healthy food is catching on. Their attitudes have become
more casual towards food, and the variety of ethnic food options that
are available today, makes it easier to try various foods, where meat
is often included as an afterthought. Also, vegetarian food these days
is not necessarily associated with any ideology. More....
Clean Eating - Why You May Want to Try It
The concept of clean eating has been around since the 1960s and
was popularized by the hippy culture of the times, and refers to eating
whole, unprocessed foods. Research shows that eating fresh fruits and
vegetables, and whole, unmilled grains is very beneficial to health and
can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimers' and other
Best Way to Cheat on Your Diet
say that an all-or-nothing approach to dieting for weight loss and
weight maintenance doesn't work because it's too difficult to stick
with it all the time. So they say that it's OK to cheat provided you do
it the right way. If chocolate is your weakness, then indulge in afew
pieces of high-quality dark chocolate a couple of times a week, and
balance it out with exercise. More....
Most Americans Don't Want Taxes on Soda and Candy
A recent poll conducted by Harris Interactive and HealthDay showed that
most Americans are against any government taxes on sugary drinks and
candy and believe that taxing these is not going to reduce obesity
rates in the country. Many states and cities like Vermont and Texas,
and New York and Philadelphia have proposed such a tax but were not
successful in pushing them through. Some experts say that no single
measure is going to help, and the best approach to this issue is to
make healthy choices easier for everyone. More....
Mediterranean Diet for Hot Flashes
who studied 6,000 women over nine years found that common problems like
hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause are less likely
to occur if women eat a diet that's rich in fruits, and certain
vegetables like salad greens, garlic pasta, and red wine. All the study
participants went through a natural menopause and did not have to have
Look for Free Fruits? Use This App!
Called the Falling Fruit, this smartphone application informs people
about any fruit trees in the area that are available for picking. The
application is an interactive map that identifies locations across the
globe where fruit trees and other produce like veggies, and nuts are
free for the taking, such as from public parks, and other public areas.
Digestive Enzyme Supplements - Do You Need Them?
Dietitians say that the hype around digestive enzyme supplements is
making them popular with many consumers, but in most cases, they are
not required, as these enzymes are naturally produced in the
gastrointestinal tract. People with pancreatic insufficiency, a
condition in which the pancreas are unable to produce the normal
qantities of the enzyme, those with lactose intolerance, and those who
eat a high-fiber diet are the ones who may want to consider taking
US Hospitals Serving Healthier Food
in various states have started eliminating junk food and serving
healthy food to patients, employees, and visitors. John Muir Health
hospitals in California, for instance, are getting rave reviews for the
quality and variety of healthy food they provide, along with an
international menu that changes daily. There seems to be a lot of
conversation around how hospitals can lead the way to a healthier food
TV and Video Games More Harmful Than Lack of Exercise
Spending too many hours watching TV or playing video games can reduce
HDL or good cholesterol among children and put them at greater risk for
heart disease. The resaerchers who conducted this study say that more
screen time increases food intake causing the cholesterol problems.
Other sedentary activities like reading may be better because we eat
Mangoes May Lower Blood Glucose
A small study found that daily intake of freeze-dried mango helps
lower blood glucose and inflammation in obese people. While glucose
levels went down in both men and women, researchers saw observed that
the BMI (body-mass index) rose significantly in women participants.
Mangoes contain polyphenolic compounds and it these compunds that have
a positive effect on blood glucose. More....
Exercises That Work for Women
experts say that to achieve your fitness goals, it's important to
challenge your body in different ways. If you're doing the same type of
exercises every day, the benefits might reach a plateau, aside from the
fact that you may get bored. Even if you go with classic exercises like
pushups, lunges, and squats, you can change the way you perform these.
Experts list the best exercises for women. More....
Teen Moms More Likely to Be Obese
A survey conducted by the US National Health and Nutrition Examination
showed that 44 percent of women who had their first kid in their teens
were obese compared to 35 percent who had their first child in their
20s. According to the researchers, long-term effects of teen pregnancy
also need to be addressed. More....
How to Gauge Sodium Content from Food Labels
Food labels can be quite confusing, especially where sodium content is
concerned. A dietitian tells patients to ignore the percentages and
instead look at the milligrams of sodium and opt for packaged foods
with less than 300 milligrams per serving. Dietitians also say that an
easy way to cut down on sodium is to eat fresh food rather than
processed food, and be aware of hidden salt in products like bread and
Say No to Cinnamon Challenge
are warning kids to not take the cinnamon challenge, a prank that
involves swallowing a spoonful of cinnamon powder without water in 60
seconds to produce an "orange burst of dragon breath". The caustic
spice can cause choking, throat irritation, breathing trouble,
and even collapsed lungs. Doctors say that this dangerous prank
has led to an increase in hospitalizations and calls to the US poison
Overeating at Buffets?
If you have a hard time stopping yourself from overating at buffets,
new research shows that you can try a couple of strategies. Use a
smaller plate and walk around the table to take a look at what's on
offer before making a choice. The study reveals that thin people tend
to pick foods they want the most unlike overweight people who look at
each option and ask themselves if they want it or not. More....
Mildly Obese Now Eligible for Weight-Loss Surgery
to new guidelines from American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric
Surgery, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the
Obesity Society, mildly obese people with diabetes or metabolic
syndrome can undergo weight-loss surgery to reduce their risk of heart
disease and diabetes. More....
Hotels Add Fitness Amenities Outdoors
In addition to the regular indoor amenities, hotels in urban areas are
providing outdoor fitness amenities to attract customers. The list
includes sightseeing city runs, bike rides, power walks, and nature
hikes. Studies show that exercising outside offers benefits that indoor
exercises don't. Researchers found that natural environments increase
activity levels and reduce exertion and stress, and improve mood. More
Eat More Fruits and Veggies and Be Happy
and vegetables are not only good for your physical health but they're
also good for your mental health. Researchers at University of Warwick
and Dartmouth studied 80,000 British adults and found that those who
ate 7-8 servings of veggies and fruits every day were happier and more
satisfied with their lives than those who ate fewer servings. More....
How to Recognize Life-Threatening Chest Pain
is often difficult for people to identify the kind of chest pain that
signals a heart attack as there can be other causes for chest pain.
According to doctors, in the case of an impending heart attack, chest
pain is usually in the middle or left side of the chest and may be
accompanied by pain in the neck, back, shoulders and/or left arm.
Doctors recommend that the time to get to a hospital for immediate care
is if the pain or symptoms come on suddenly, there is something
different about them, and if they last for more than 20 minutes. More....
Pool Work-Outs Prevent Falls among Older Women
A new study shows that older women who participated in intensive,
aquatic work-outs increased their muscle and bone strength and had
fewer falls as result. Aquatic exercise for older women became popular
in the 90s and then fell out of favor because of the belief that
gravity-resisting acitvities are better for building muscle and bone
strength than water-based exercises. More....
Diet and Exercise for Managing Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by abnormal pauses in
breathing during sleep and is caused when the airway is blocked or
collapses. This condition usually affects overweight and obese adults
and has been linked to heart problems. A new study shows that lifestyle
inteventions that include healthy eating and exercise can help people
manage this condition and prevent it from becoming a severe disease. More....
Coconut Oil Better Than Butter
According to dietitians, coconut oil may be a better alternative
to butter. Despite the fact that coconut oil has more saturated fat
than butter or other animal-based fats, more than half of the fat is
medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which metabolize quickly and are
more easily burned as energy and less likely to be stored as fat.
Studies show that coconut oil may also be beneficial for cholesterol
and Alzheimer's disease. More....
FDA Issues Warning on Supplements Containing DMMA
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making sure that dietary
supplements containing a stimulant called dimethylamylamine (DMAA) are
banned from the market. DMMA is a common ingredient in many
weight-loss, muscle-building, and performance-enhancing dietary
supplements and can cause serious health problems such as high blood
pressure and heart problems, and is particularly dangerous when used
with caffeine. More....
Weight-Loss App More Effective Than Food Journals
UK researchers found that overweight participants who used a
weight-loss app called My Meal Mate lost an average of 10 pounds over 6
months, while those who kept a paper food diary lost only 6.5 pounds,
and those who kept an online food journal lost 3 pounds. The app, which
provides calorie and nutrition information on all the foods available
in restaurants, grocery stores, and cafeterias, helped educate the
participants and allowed them to keep better track of their food intake
and weight-loss goals. More....
A Detox Diet of Fruits and Veggies
you're looking to cleanse your body of environmental toxins, you don't
need to consume special drinks or pills. Your liver can take care of it
naturally with the help of right foods. To help the liver produce
detoxifying enzymes, experts suggest eating vegetables that contain
sulphoraphane like broccoli, cabbage, brussells sprouts, bok choy, and
kale. Fruits that contain anthocyanidins, such as berries, grapes, and
beet, and foods that contain polyphenols like green tea and red wine
should also be a part of your diet. More....
Stress and Sweat
Research shows that of the three types of sweat, sweat from heat, sweat
from exercise, and sweat from stress, the latter makes you stink the
worst. The smell of stress sweat can come on real fast and strong.
While there are products that help you deal with this kind of stress,
it might be a better idea to deal with the cause of stress. A recent
study showed that looking at anxiety and stress as performance
enhancers can help you better handle the stress as well as what's
causing it. More....
Worst Nutrition Advice for Children
A dietitian lists the worst nutrition advice we give to children that
could set them up for failure in terms of health and nutrition. The
list includes not keeping them on a meal schedule, offering them a
different meal if they don't like what is served, and rewarding good
behavior with food. More....
School a Good Place for Changing Lifestyle Behaviors
Permanente and other groups like Common Threads have created
intervention programs for dealing with obesity among children and found
that efforts to bring about healthy lifestyle changes in school
settings have a better and measurable impact on kids' lifestyle
behaviors than in neghborhood communities. Healthy habits that kids
learn at school seem to carry over to their homes. More....
Barley May Help in Managing Weight
A study showed that participants who consumed boiled barley kernels in
a late-evening meal, had increased levels of a satiety hormone and also
consumed fewer calories the next day when compared to those who ate
white wheat bread. Indigestible carbs like barley seem to change the
microflora in the intestines and seem to facilitate glucose regulation,
decrease inflammation in the body and fatty acids. More....
More Time for Cooking Means Less Time for Exercise
Ohio University researchers found that preparing healthy meals at home
can often eat into the time Americans allocate to exercise. Based on
data from 112,000 American adults, both single and married, and with
and without children, the study showed that a 10-minute increase in
meal-prep time was associated with fewer minutes spent on exercise.
When making recommendations, public health officials should take into
account the fact that one healthy behavior can often come at the
expense of another. More....
Abdominal CT Scans to Detect Osteoporosis
study published in The annals of Internal Medicine shows that doctors
can use patients' abdominal CT scans that have been ordered for another
reason to check for signs of osteoporosis and spare them from
additional tests. Experts say that scans specifically ordered for
gauging bone density could lead to incorrect diagnoses. More....
Restricting Soda Size May Not Work
at University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, conducted a study
to see if smaller-sized sugary drinks would decrease consumption. They
found that participants who were offered bundles of smaller-sized soda
cans consumed more than those who were offered vaying sizes. More....
Belly Fat Linked to Kidney Problems
People who're apple-shaped, with more weight around their bellies than
their hips, are more at risk for kidney disease, according to a new
study that measured blood flow through the kidneys. The participants
had higher levels of blood pressure in their kidneys, even though they
were not overweight. Elevated blood pressure can damage the small
vessels in the kidney and affect it's ability to function properly. More....
Hearing Aid App for iPhone
University of Essex researchers have developed a free mobile app
for iPhone that provides a low-cost alternative to traditional
hearing aides. Called BioAid, the app is available for download in
Apple's iTunes store. The app allows patients to match the settings to
their type and level of hearing loss, and it this personalization that
makes it unique. More....
Cutting Down on Sugar? Avoid These Foods
If you're trying to cut down on your sugar intake, you may want to read
those nutrition labels on packaged foods more carefully. Many common
food items contain sugar, such as tomato sauce, ketchup, peanut butter,
frozen yogurt, frozen fruit, white wine, and granola. More....
Diet Linked to Liver Disease Risk among Teens
A study conducted on teen diet showed that teens who ate a
high-fat and high-sugar diet at age 14 were more likely to develop
nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) by age 17 compared with those
who ate whole grains, vegetables and fruits. Unhealthy dietary patterns
formed in childhood usually carry over into adulthood and can cause
long-term damage to the liver. More....
Sleep and Your Health
According to the National Sleep Foundation, 40 million Americans suffer
from sleep disorders, and as a result, are more likely to develop many
health issues. Insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and sleep apnea seem to
be the main sleep disorders affecting more and more women these days.
Stress, overactive minds, lack of physical exercise, exposure to the
blue light from computer and television screens can stimulate the brain
and make it difficult to relax and fall asleep. Sleep deprivation can
make you susceptible to other health issues like heart and
gastrointestinal issues, cancer, and depression. More....
Safety Issues at Specialty Pharmacies
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspected specialty pharmacies
after the recent outbreak of meningitis from contaminated drugs and
found safety issues at 30 pharmacies. It issued reports to these
pharmacies for issues like unsanitary conditions, quality control
problems, mold and rust in rooms, and inadequate ventilation. More....
Boost Your Energy with These Foods
If your energy levels are always low, it could be due to a medical
condition, such as anemia, hypothyroidism, low testosterone, or
depression. Depending on the cause, you may need to take medications,
but consuming certain foods might also help you deal with the problem.
Nutritionists recommend dark leafy vegetables like spinach and kale for
anemia, as these greens are rich in iron. Quinoa is another food that
can give you an energy boost as it contains vitamin B2 and magnesium
that are necessary for energy production. More....
A Safe Alternative to Sugar
The plant-based sweetener, stevia, is a top-seller in the food market
these days mainly because it's considered to be a safe and healthy
alternative to sugar. The leaves of the stevia plant have long been
used as a sweetener and medicine, and in the 1970s Japanese scientists
developed a process to extract sugar compounds from the leaves. This
stevia extract is 250 times sweeter than sugar and equally satisfying
and has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as
safe. The American Diabetes Association also recognizes stevia as a
safe option. More....