U.S. Obesity Rates Begin to Level
After years of increasing, adult obesity rates remained stable in 45 states from 2015 to 2016, according to a new report from the Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit health advocacy organization, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic organization that funds health research.
Tomatoes No Longer Considered ‘Poison Apples’
Originating in Mesoamerica, tomatoes were part of the Aztecs’ diet as early as 700 A.D., but they weren’t grown in Britain until the 1590s. First arriving in southern Europe in the early 16th century via Spanish conquistadors returning from Mesoamerica, the tomato was considered a “poison apple”
Lead Found in Baby Food
Detectable levels of lead were found in 20 percent of 2,164 baby food samples. Analyzing 11 years of federal data, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) found the toxic metal most commonly in fruit juices, root vegetables and teething biscuits and cookies.
People who follow diets with little to no gluten were found to have a slightly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes over a few decades, according to researchers at Harvard University School of Public Health. “We wanted to determine if gluten consumption will affect health in people with....
Diet Soda Can Cause Weight Gain
Diet sodas with aspartame can boost the appetite, said a study published in the International Journal of Obesity last December. The researchers found people who consumed diet drinks with aspartame felt hungrier than those who did not, and thus ended up consuming more calories.
Ruby Ring Red Onions Fight Cancer
Understanding Sticker Codes on Produce
The Price Look Up (PLU) codes on the stickers placed on fruits and vegetables reveal important information. A four-
A new study corroborates previous studies that show switching to diet soda may not help cut calories. Diet drinks contain a chemical that boosts the appetite. Research published in the International Journal of Obesity found those who consumed diet drinks with aspartame felt hungrier than those who did not.
Don’t Reheat These Foods
Some foods can lose their health benefits or even cause food poisoning if they are reheated in a microwave. Celery and spinach contain nitrates that turn into toxic nitrates and carcinogenic nitrosamines after reheating. Eggs can also become toxic after reheating, so it’s best to use leftover eggs cold....
Cancer and Sugar-
A study by researchers at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans suggests age is an important factor in the association between cancer and sugar-
Labels Confuse People with Food Allergies
Food allergies affect approximately 8 percent of children and up to 2 percent of adults. Almost 40 percent of children with a food allergy have experienced at least one life-
Experimenting with a new field called plant nanobionics, MIT scientists have embedded the leaves of spinach plants with carbon nano-
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Diet Soda Can Cause Weight Gain
Diet sodas with aspartame can boost the appetite, said a study published in the International Journal of Obesity last December. The researchers found people who consumed diet drinks with aspartame felt hungrier than those who did not, and thus ended up consuming more calories. They additionally found, as previous research had, that aspartame can lead to a condition known as metabolic syndrome, which involves a cluster of symptoms such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and large waist size. The effects were the same when study participants used artificial sweeteners in tea and coffee. Other studies with mice have shown artificial sweeteners could cause people to absorb more glucose.
Sugar: Reduced Memory, Brain Volume
on them to measure volume. The participants filled out questionnaires about their food intake, including sugary drinks, both sodas and fruit juices. Sugary drinks are a great way to study the effects of excess sugar since they have almost no redeeming nutritional qualities, such as protein or fiber to slow their absorption; their sugar performs like a straight drug into the system. The researchers found those who consumed more sweetened drinks had poorer memory and reduced overall brain volume – particularly in the hippocampus area that is known to store short-
Table Salt vs. Kosher Salt
Salt is salt is salt at the end of a day when it comes to flavor – but measurement is where it matters. Kosher salt is thicker and flakier than table salt, which is finer and more uniform in shape. If a recipe calls for a certain amount of kosher salt, can you replace it with table salt? Yes, but you must be mindful of the amount you use. For instance, one quarter cup of kosher salt weighs 39 grams. The same amount of table salt weighs a whopping 76 grams – nearly twice as much. So if a recipe calls for kosher salt and you’re using a different salt, just season to taste as you go along. The only time the measurement difference will matter is when it’s for something you cannot taste as you are cooking, such as a brine or marinade. In these instances, be mindful of the type of salt called for and adjust accordingly if you use a different type of salt.
Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.