Thursday, June 3, 2010

Health Headlines

Chances are, if you're reading this blog, you're just as concerned about healthy eating as I am. Here are a few articles I've been reading this past week that are worth taking a look at!

Menus Still Calorie-Laden Despite New Laws- this is disappointing to hear. You'd think that with laws requiring restaurants to place calorie content for all to see would be incentive to add lower calories meals to their menu. Apparently that's not the case. It's time for consumers to step up and demand lower calorie meals at their fave chains, or eat elsewhere.

Eat Your Vegetables, But Not Too Many- as with any food, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

How To Stop Eating Processed Food- There's more to it than the catchy title, "Real Food Has Curves." Gaining weight isn't just about overeating; it's also about eating too many processed foods, which can be difficult in some supermarkets. The article gives some tips on what to look for (and avoid!) when grocery shopping.

No Evidence Organic Foods Benefit Health- Sounds like more longer-term studies need to be done on this matter, rather than the shorter term studies that have been completed. According to some of these studies, organic foods and conventional foods do not differ in terms of nutrient content and increased antioxidant activity.

The Hard Sell on Salt- We all know too much salt is linked to high blood pressure and Americans consume all too much of it (see above, "How to Stop Eating Processed Food"). So when the salt reduction campaigns start, go figure, that's when Big Food starts fighting back. This interesting read gives some history of the addition of salt to our beloved processed foods, like Corn Flakes and Eggo waffles, and companies' responses to lowering salt in their "foods." Damn you, Big Food!

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