Dec 12 2010

Eating Fruits and Veggies Prevents Heart Disease; Vending Machines and Obesity; and Consuming Energy Drinks Can Lead To Alcoholism-Views on the News-Graehm Gray

Kids-eat your fruits and veggies! As if we didn’t already know this, a new study reported in the journal Circulation has suggested that kids who eat a diet full of vegetables and fruits may help prevent the development of heart disease. Dr. Mika Kahonen-Chief Physician in the Department of Physiology at the Tampere University Hospital-Finland and his research team measured the pulse, the heart beat felt in the arteries of the body and the pulse wave velocity-a measure of the stiffness of the artery-which is associated with atherosclerosis. Rigid and stiff arteries make it harder for the heart to pump blood. The study subjects ranged in age from 3-18 and were followed for 27 years! Their findings: those subjects that ate the least amount of vegetables and fruit had the stiffest arteries. And those that ate the most fruits and vegetables had a lower pulse wave velocity suggesting less rigidity in the arteries.“These findings suggest that a lifetime pattern of low consumption of fruits and vegetables is related to arterial stiffness in young adulthood,” Kahonen said in a news release from the American Heart Association.”Parents and pediatricians have yet another reason to encourage children to consume high amounts of fruits and vegetables.”  Bottom line: kids and adults need to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables daily!

Link: Markus Juonala, M.D., Ph.D., adjunct professor, Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland; David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director, Prevention Research Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; Gregg Fonarow, M.D., American Heart Association spokesman, and professor of cardiology, University of California, Los Angeles; Nov. 29, 2010, Ciurculation, online

Vending Machines: the cause and the cure of obesity? In a new report published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers found that when vending machines were stocked with fruits and vegetables, kids ate more produce. However most vending machines in schools are stocking foods with minimal nutritional value. Bottom line: Come on-this is a no brainer-lets get all the junk food out of the schools and replaced with foods that have the highest nutritional value.

Energy Drinks Increase Risk For Future Alcohol Abuse: researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health lead by Dr. Amelia Arria, reported in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical  & Experimental Research, that students who (frequently) consumed energy drinks such as Red Bull, had nearly twice the risk of alcohol dependence as those who rarely drank the highly caffeinated beverages. This research confirms previous reports of an increased substance abuse issue with the consumption of energy drinks in college students. Bottom line: parents-keep your kids away from these energy drinks. Warn them of the risks. And why shouldn’t there be nutrition education for our college kids? Bring back the home economics classes-retool them for the now generation-and teach the kids about eating healthy, food safety and cooking.

Link: Arria AM, et al “Energy drink consumption and increased risk of alcohol dependence” Alcohol Clin Exp Res 2010: DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2010.01352.x.

Medpage Today: Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today Published: November 16, 2010

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