Apr 03 2014

Isn’t It About Time to Switch To A Plant Based Diet ? What Are You Waiting For?

A report from NIH News In Health Vegetarians miss out on lots of foods. No grilled burgers or franks at picnics. No holiday turkey or fries cooked in animal fat. Strict vegetarians may even forego honey made by bees. But vegetarians also tend to miss out on major health problems that plague many Americans. They generally live longer than the rest of us, and they’re more likely to bypass heart-related and other ailments. The fact is, eating a more plant-based diet can boost your health, whether you’re a vegetarian or not. What is it about the vegetarian lifestyle that can protect your health? And are there risks to being vegetarian? NIH-funded researchers are looking for answers. They’re exploring the many ways that diet and other factors affect our health. Vegetarian meals focus on fruits and vegetables, dried beans, whole grains, seeds and nuts. By some estimates, about 2% of the U.S. adult population follows this type of diet. People have many reasons for becoming vegetarians. Some want to eat more healthy foods. Others have religious or economic reasons or are concerned about animal welfare. “Vegetarian diets are also more sustainable and environmentally sound than diets that rely heavily on meat, poultry and fish,” says NIH nutritionist Dr. Susan Krebs-Smith, who monitors trends in cancer risk factors. Most people think of vegetarian diets as simply eating plant foods and not eating meat, poultry and fish. “But ...

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Mar 04 2014

FDA Proposes New Food Label Changes

The FDA is proposing to update the Nutrition Facts label found on most food packages in the United States. The Nutrition Facts label, introduced 20 years ago, helps consumers make informed food choices and maintain healthy dietary practices. If adopted, the proposed changes would include the following. - Greater Understanding of Nutrition Science - Updated Serving Size Requirements and New Labeling Requirements for Certain Package Sizes - Refreshed Design Here is a glimpse of the proposed changes: The FDA is proposing to update the Nutrition Facts label found on most food packages in the United States. The Nutrition Facts label, introduced 20 years ago, helps consumers make informed food choices and maintain healthy dietary practices. If adopted, the proposed changes would include the following. 1. Greater Understanding of Nutrition Science Require information about “added sugars.” Many experts recommend consuming fewer calories from added sugar because they can decrease the intake of nutrient-rich foods while increasing calorie intake. Update daily values for nutrients like sodium, dietary fiber and Vitamin D. Daily values are used to calculate the Percent Daily Value listed on the label, which help consumers understand the nutrition information in the context of a total daily diet. Require manufacturers to declare the amount of potassium and Vitamin D on the label, because they are new “nutrients of public health significance.” Calcium and iron would continue to be required, and Vitamins A and C could be included on ...

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Feb 17 2011

How To Raise The IQ Of Your Child: Graehm Gray

Well, my fans, it has finally happened. Yes, you read it here. I will give you the facts and you will know that the stories about Roswell are true. Now you are wondering what Roswell and nutrition have to do with each other, right? Read on my nutrition and fitness students. Aren’t you all just a bit curious to find out if we really were visited by aliens back in the summer of 1947? I sure am. I‘ve always thought that we had some close encounters but were never told. It was kept secret, by those “men in black.”Come on-think about it-the pyramids, Nazca lines, computers? Do you really think Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mick Jagger are Earthlings?  And over the years, as our technology (i.e. rocket science, computers, medical advances, etc.) has been constantly improving, I always thought that we are getting some of these tidbits ever so slowly by understanding the alien technology. Oh well, one day, we will find out. Anyway, back to today’s blog- we now know how to raise a child’s intelligence quotient-and conversely how to lower it as well. Alien technology? Not really. Researcher Kate Northstone, Ph. D., and her team from the Department of Social Medicine at the University of Bristol, discovered that feeding children age 3 foods that are processed, high in fat and sugar will result in “small” reductions in their ...

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Dec 25 2010

Read the Nutrition Label To Your Kids: Graehm Gray

Happy holidays to all my friends. I was reviewing many news stories on nutrition and fitness and decided to devote this column to one of the most teachable items that we all encounter-the nutrition label. Yes, that’s right, the label found on virtually every food item. You know, the one that tells us how many calories are in a serving, how many servings are in a container, how many grams of salt, fat, protein and carbohydrates the item contains. Come on, you all know what I am talking about. Well, this label is a wonderful way to teach children about food. Not to mention, a means to educate ourselves. And if we can teach our children what a serving size is, and how many calories are in a serving, we can enlighten and empower our youth to understand what and how much they should be eating and it will be a tool for making good food choices throughout their lives. Let’s go over some nutrition label factoids: The serving size: One package may contain more than one serving — so encourage your child to use the serving size on the label to discover the total number of calories and nutrients per package. The calories: look at the amount of calories in one serving. Calories provide a measure of how much energy you get from a serving of this food. Remember, most diets for ...

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Sep 08 2009

Meryl Brandwein RD/LDN: Nutrients in Our Food-Do You Know What You’re Eating, and Why?

Walk into any bookstore and you will find hundreds of diet books lining the shelves. Surf the web and your likely to find thousands of diet tips, various questionable nutritional recommendations, as well as a myriad of individuals, some professionals some not so professional, all of whom profess that their plan offers the solution to your nutritional prayers. It is no wonder that we are confused. It seems as though we have nothing left to eat anymore. Our goal at The Nerdel Company is to set the record straight and declare that all of the macronutrients: Proteins, Carbohydrates and Fats play a vital role in our diets. The focus here is to learn how to strike that balance between all three. Let's start with the basics. Proteins are known as the building blocks of life. A protein is formed from many smaller amino acids. These amino acids are what make up our muscle tissue, organs, immune system and hormones to name a few. There are a total of 20 amino acids. Eight of them are essential. This means that we must obtain them from our diets. The rest of the amino acids can be made from, or synthesized by the body from those eight essential amino acids. All animal proteins contain the necessary amino acids our bodies need to produce all of the other amino acids. These are known as complete proteins. ...

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