Category Archives: adult health

revised-food-labels300The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just announced proposed changes to food labeling. Their proposal reflects concerns about the high obesity rate in the U.S. and the quality (or lack of quality) of the American diet.

The FDA is proposing that bigger, bolder print be used for the number of calories per serving. They also want to add a line item for grams of added sugar. Both of these are important changes. These are both good changes. Although calories aren’t the only thing that consumers should focus on, the reality is that it is important to many, many people. … Read the rest

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taking-vitamins200A recent report, published in the Annuls of Internal Medicine, found that consumers should not take beta-carotene or vitamin E, two common “self-prescribed” supplements, specifically to help prevent cancer or heart disease. The study found that these supplements, alone or in combination may actually do more harm than good.

This new study follows a number of recent studies that raised worries about the safety of vitamin supplements. This brings a number of questions to mind: Should anyone be taking vitamin supplements? Which ones are most risky? If you do take them, which ones should you take? How can you pick … Read the rest

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coke-machines200Americans consume too much sugar, and it’s killing us! A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) finds that more than 70 percent of U.S. adults get more than the recommended amount of their daily calories from added sugars. Even more shocking is the direct link to higher levels of sugar consumption and higher incidents of death due to cardiovascular disease! Added sugar in our diet is literally killing us!

We are not talking about sugars that naturally occur in foods, like the sugar in fruit. The study looks specifically at those sugars added to … Read the rest

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cornfield200Chefs, restaurant owners, packaged-food companies and health advocates everywhere are purging high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from their food. According to the Wall Street Journal, one San Diego restaurant spent several months and more than $15,000 making sure all of their sodas, cocktails, ice cream and sauces were HFCS-free. They are replacing it with sugar. But is HFCS really less healthy than the alternatives?

It turns out that much of the hoopla surrounding HFCS may be based more hype than fact. For chefs, restaurateurs and packaged-food companies, removing HFCS is part of a larger effort to create foods that … Read the rest

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vending-machines200A new Harvard University study may hold the key to reducing the consumption of high-calorie beverages. The study looked at sales of high-calorie beverages (those with more than 150 calories per container and lower-calorie alternative beverages (those with less than 150 calories per container) in vending machines at a large financial company. High-calorie beverages in the study included soda, lemonade, some fruit juices and whole chocolate milk.

The Harvard study had two parts. In the first part, researchers raised the price of high-calorie beverages by just one cent per ounce (a pretty small change) while keeping the price of lower-calorie Read the rest

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