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  • Header Articles Healthy Living April 26, 2011

    Vegetables and Fruits: Get Plenty Every Day

    “Eat your fruits and vegetables” is one of the tried and true recommendations for a healthy diet. And for good reason. Eating plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure, prevent some types of cancer, avoid a painful intestinal ailment called diverticulitis, and guard against cataract and macular degeneration, two common causes of vision loss. One of the wonderful components of fruits and vegetables is their indigestible fiber. As fiber passes through the digestive system, it sops up water like a sponge and expands. This can calm the irritable bowel and, by triggering regular bowel movements, can relieve or prevent constipation.

    Will a gluten-free diet improve your health?

    Experts now think of gluten intolerance as a spectrum of conditions, with celiac disease on one end and, on the other, what’s been called a “no man’s land” of gluten-related gastrointestinal problems that may or may not overlap.
    Leffler estimates, for instance, that half of the approximately 60 million people in the U.S. who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are probably sensitive to gluten. (Gluten allergies, which are similar to other food allergies, also fall on the spectrum but affect only about 0.1 percent of the population.) “Gluten is fairly indigestable in all people,” Leffler says. “There’s probably some kind of gluten intolerance in all of us.”

    Metabolic Danger of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

    Americans are being poisoned by a common additive present in a wide array of processed foods like soft drinks and salad dressings, commercially made cakes and cookies, and breakfast cereals and brand-name breads.
    This commonplace additive silently increases our risk of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and atherosclerosis.
    The name of this toxic additive is high-fructose corn syrup. It is so ubiquitous in processed foods and so over-consumed by the average American that many experts believe our nation faces the prospect of an epidemic of metabolic disease in the future, related in significant degree to excess consumption of high-fructose corn syrup.

  • Disney to quit taking ads for junk food aimed at kids June 6, 2012

    Mickey Mouse wants to help kids kick the junk food habit

    The Walt Disney Co. is announcing today that it plans to advertise only healthier foods to kids on its TV channels, radio station and website. Disney says it’s the first major media company to set a standard for food advertising on kid-focused TV programming.

    By 2015, all food and beverage products that are advertised, promoted or sponsored on the Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Radio Disney, and Saturday morning programming for kids on ABC-owned stations (Disney owns ABC) will have to meet the company’s nutrition criteria for limiting calories and reducing saturated fat, sodium and sugar.

    Many foods, such as prepackaged lunches, fruit drinks, candy and snack cakes, won’t make the cut. The nutrition criteria were created by experts to reflect the government’s dietary guidelines.(…)

  • Doctor’s advice April 26, 2011

    Wal-Mart and Michelle Obama
    team up for healthy foods

    Wal-Mart and First Lady Michelle Obama are trying to change what you put in your mouth.
    The retail giant has joined forced with the first lady on a new initiative — announced Thursday in Washington — that will slash the unhealthy fats, salts and sugars in the packaged foods that appear under Wal-Mart’s Great Value label. Moreover, Wal-Mart vowed to slash prices on fresh fruits and veggies.
    Given Wal-Mart’s commercial reach, the initiative has the potential to reduce the amount of fats, salts and sugars consumed by Americans each day. And it no doubt will be welcomed by harried parents who rely on Wal-Mart’s convenience products to get dinner on the table each night.

    Health Benefits of Fruit

    Fruits are “juicy foods” that are made up of at least 75 percent water. But all that water doesn’t crowd out their vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Fruit is a high-quality carbohydrate that is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. The fiber in fruit comes in two forms — soluble and insoluble — and it can be a big help when it comes to weight loss. The soluble fiber in fruit stabilizes blood sugar, keeps you feeling full, controls your hunger, and it may also lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Plus, it helps to temper blood sugars by slowing the absorption of carbohydrates into your bloodstream after meals, which can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and help keep your mood and energy levels steady.

    Americans Not Eating Enough Fruits

    Eat your fruits and veggies. It’s the most stated fact of healthy living. Unfortunately, it’s falling on deaf ears. Fruits and vegetables are the backbone of a healthy diet. They are almost always low in fat and calories, and packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and so much more. And oh, there’s no cholesterol.
    But, according to the 2009 State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, only 14 percent of American adults are eating the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. The government study says that even less (10 percent) of high school students are getting enough fruits and vegetables…

  • Lack of Proper Nutrition in Childhood Linked to Lower IQ April 26, 2011

    Lack of Proper Nutrition in Childhood Linked to Lower IQ

    Young children who eat a diet of processed foods that are high in fat and sugar may have a lower IQ later in life, while those who receive proper nourishment in early childhood may gain a boost to their brain power. These are the findings of new research recently published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.