Food Disorders

Taking extra calcium
Older people have more risks taking calcium supplements than they have benefits from it. Taking extra calcium supplements speeds of up coronary calcification, increasing heart attacks and infarctions. Get your calcium from rich calcium foods like yogurt, sardines, and skimmed milk. This is all you need to lower your risk of osteoporosis. Taking extra calcium does not reduce the risk of fractures. Source Schindler, New Zealand University


Some kids' cereals are half sugar
"Dig 'Em." Kellogg’s Honey Smacks and Post Golden Crisp are more than 50% sugar by weight, and nine other kids' cereals are at least 40% sugar,
That's as much sugar as a Dunkin' Donuts glazed doughnut, but considering many kids pour themselves 50% to 65% more than the suggested serving size --Interestingly, Smacks sold in Europe are about 40% sugar instead of the Americans' 55%.
Overall, Cheerios. Kix, Honey Nut Cheerios and Life were they only four of 27 cereals tested to earn a very good rating.
Source:Consumer Reports

Cranberry juice for painful urinating
urinary tract infections account for 8 million trips to the doctor’s offices every year costing more than $1.6 billion to treat. Most of these infections are caused by E. coli. Save yourself a trip to the doctor and start drinking cranberry juice as it is an effective way to prevent urinary tract infections.

Restaurants are often responsible for your GERD.
Drinks with chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, cola, lemonade and orange juices, tea, all add to reflux events.
Problems increase with foods that are fried: as burgers, fried chicken and fish, club sandwiches, French fries, gravies, mayo, creamy soups, pizza with extra cheese all cause havoc. Avoid catsup, onions, peppers, chili, and tomato and spaghetti sauces.
Solution foods: white lean meats, turkey chicken or roast beef on whole grain bread, grilled foods, broth based soups, steamed veggies, baked potatoes without high fat dressings, low fat salad dressing, and light deserts.
You will lose weight, save money, and can quit taking Beano, antacids, and proton pump medications as Prilosec.

No Cancer Protections with Vitamins C & E

Its bad news for dietary supplements: A new study shows that vitamin C and vitamin E supplements don't protect men against cancer or heart disease. Of course, both vitamins still play a role in good nutrition: Get 60-90 milligrams of C daily by eating vitamin-C rich foods like red peppers, kiwi fruit, and citrus. For your daily vitamin E, try sunflower seeds and almonds.

Is it organic?

Federal advisory board has finally issued criteria for labeling farmed fish as organic, a big and long-awaited step. But critics say the new standards allow the fish too much inorganic feed and aren't strict enough regarding disposition of their waste. At stake: consumers' confidence in the "organic" label.

Twizzlers loaded with salt
Did you know that black-licorice Twizzlers contain lots of sodium? That's one of the surprising tidbits that turned up when Consumer Reports evaluated the salt content of 37 nationally available snack and restaurant foods. The report found that many sweet-tasting foods have high sodium content -- sometimes more than salty-tasting foods such as peanuts.

Stevia Coco-Cola
Coc-Cola will be the first to market with drinks made with a new zero-calorie sweetener called Stevia. Rival PepsiCo Inc., though, said it is holding off until the FDA officially approves the herb's use.
Peanuts aren't actually nuts!
They're legumes. But like walnuts and almonds, they contain heart-healthy fats. They're also great sources of antioxidants, vitamin E, and folic acid. Try to go easy on the salted varieties, though, as too much sodium may contribute to high blood pressure.
Beets are nutritional powerhouses, packing plenty of fiber and folate plus chemicals that fight cancer (particularly colon cancer). They promote heart health, reduce inflammation and more.

Whole grains reduce Heart Attacks
November issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association identified a 7 percent lower risk of heart failure among those who added just one serving per day of whole grain to their diets; those who ate an extra daily serving of high-fat dairy foods saw an increased risk of 8 percent, while those who ate an added serving of egg each day upped their risk by 23 percent. Other food groups, including fruits and vegetables, fish, and red meat, did not appear to directly affect risk of heart failure.

Obesity & Diabetes
Experts say the rate of new cases of diabetes has almost doubled in the past decade. Nearly 90 percent of those cases were Type 2 diabetes, which is strongly linked to obesity.
Gobbling your food is bad for your diet, and eating until your belly feels full is not so hot, either. But together they pack a triple whammy. A study in the online British Medical Journal shows that that combination of eating habits triples a person's risk of being overweight.

Not much Calcium in Soy Milk
Soy milk generally has a fraction of the calcium that you find in milk -- 6 percent of the Daily Value per cup versus 30 percent for skim. Even fortified soymilk has less calcium than skim milk, and the body may not as easily absorb the calcium it contains. Eating lots of leafy greens and broccoli provide good calcium sources. Why not add some sardines or salmon (both with the bones in), almonds, and green beans? And make sure to get at least the recommended 1000 International Units of Vitamin D3 a day. It works with calcium to make your bones strong.

Slim down ladies
Obesity and overweight are linked to an increased risk of several kinds of cancer. But a survey in the October issue of the Journal Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that many women aren't aware of that link. Overweight women are four times more likely to develop endometrial cancer, a malignancy of the uterine lining, than slimmer women. Obese women are six times as likely to get endometrial cancer, yet only 42 percent of 1,545 women surveyed knew of that risk. Overweight and obesity are also tied to increased risk of breast and colon cancer.

Where’s your water from?
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., introduced to Congress Wednesday the Bottled Water Right-to-Know Act, which would require labels with information about the source and treatment of the water, as well as their environmental impact. 40% of bottle water comes from tap sources. Most tap water ha has fluoride, some lead, arsenic, drugs from antibiotics to sex hormes.

You spend hundreds of dollars a year on bottled water and only 51 cents a year on tap water. Only 12% of the 30 million plastic bottles of water are recycled and it takes 1.5 million barrels of oil to make and transport the bottles. The EPA tests tap water and the FDA regulates bottled water.
Would you back the bill?

Peanuts and red wine good for the heart
We all know that red wine contains resverstrol that lowers the rate of heart disease. Well, peanut seeds contain 75 mg of the resverstrol compared to 160 grams in red wine. The peanut benefit may also be the Vitamin E it contains or because peanuts are loaded with fat. Average servings are one ounce of peanuts and 5 ounces of red wine.

eggs and diabetes
Enjoy your eggs. There were no differences in passing sugar or insulin concentrations or insulin resistance in people who ate eggs.
AM J.Clinical Nutrition 8.3.10

DASH for good health
The DASH diet lowers the risk for coronary’s and lowers blood pressure. The diet emphasizes fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, poultry, fish and nuts. Emphasis is on reducing fats, red meats, sweets, and sugar containing beverages. This is not a difficult diet to maintain since it includes all types of food.
Source circulation, 8.31.10

An apple a day keep you know who away
To curb our obesity problem nationally and reduce diabetes and heart disease, health officials are promoting fruit and vegetables, especially leafy vegetables as alternatives to salty, fatty, and sugary foods. Not much progress is being made. over the last 10 years, Americans have consumed 34% less fruit and juices. 26% of us eat vegetables three or more times a day. California eight the most fruit, and Tennessee take the most vegetables. Oklahoma ranked at the bottom for fruit, and South Dakota ate the least amounts of vegetables.
Source CDC 9.9.10
; Source American Chemical Society, Sanders, 9.09.97

Lets call high fructose corn syrup “ corn sugar”
corn syrup is at its 20 year low in sales, and the corn refiners want to rename their product as corn sugar. High fructose corn syrup is a liquid sweetener alternative to sugar. It adds taste, texture, freshness, and sweetness to the food product and importantly prolongs the shelf life on grocery store shelves driving the food industry to profitability.

This corn product is not used by Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, Kraft products, nor most European countries, especially those marketed to children. You are told not to worry your little head about this product, after all it’s just corn sugar, and a few other ingredients that result in corn allergies, obesity and diabetes.

Rather than eat a product introduced in 1983, the corn’s novel proteins and allergens have an effect on our children. It might be better to opt for sugar, and exercise precaution in view of the epidemics of obesity and diabetes we are now seeing in our children.

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