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26Mar
2020

AHA News: If You Think Before You Snack, It's Not So Bad

AHA News: If You Think Before You Snack, It`s Not So BadTHURSDAY, March 26, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- To snack or not to snack? That is not the question, because we're going to snack. But it doesn't have to mean cookies, chips and cola. As eating habits evolve, snacking can mean anything from a mini-meal to workout fuel to a healthy interlude to tide us over to lunch or dinner. "Each person has a different eating personality, and there's no right or wrong," said Dr. Anne Thorndike, a general internist and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. "It's just really important to be conscious of what's in your snacks, and not to just eat mindlessly." It's hard to measure just how much of the American diet consists of snacks. A 2011 U.S. Department of Agriculture report concluded 90% of adults snacked...

For Heart Health, Not All Plant-Based Diets Are Equal: Study

18 March 2020
For Heart Health, Not All Plant-Based Diets Are Equal: StudyWEDNESDAY, March 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A plant-based diet can benefit your heart, but only if you eat certain healthy types of food, researchers say. They tracked the eating behavior and the development of heart disease among more than 2,000 adults in Greece over 10 years, starting in 2002. Compared to those who ate more animal-based foods, men who ate more plant-based foods had a 25% lower risk of heart disease. Though the same trend was seen among women, it was less strong: Those who ate the fewest animal-based foods cut their heart disease risk by 11%. On average, people whose diet was heavier on plant-based foods ate three animal-based foods a day. Others ate five animal-based foods a day, according to the study being presented Wednesday as part of an online meeting of...

How to Understand New Food Labels

11 March 2020
How to Understand New Food LabelsWEDNESDAY, March 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Understanding the updated Nutrition Facts Label can help you get the most from it, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the update in 2016. The new labels must appear on all food items by Jan. 1, 2021. Many companies already use the updated label, which is based on the latest information about links between nutrition and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. "Nutrition Facts Labels help you find out which foods are good sources of particular nutrients such as vitamin D or dietary fiber," said registered dietitian nutritionist Lauri Wright, an academy spokeswoman. "Nutrition Facts Labels can help you compare similar foods so you can select those lower in salt,...

Chicago's Short-Lived 'Soda Tax' Cut Consumption,...

24 February 2020
Chicago`s Short-Lived `Soda Tax` Cut Consumption, Boosted Health Care FundsMONDAY, Feb. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Chicago's brief and now-defunct soda tax did cut the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks, a new study finds, along with raising funds for public health initiatives. From August to November 2017, when the tax was in effect, the volume of soda sold in Cook County dropped 21% and the tax raised nearly $62 million, nearly $17 million of which went to a county health fund. "The evidence suggests that taxes on sweetened beverages may be an effective policy tool for reducing sweetened beverage consumption," said lead researcher Lisa Powell. She's director of health policy and administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Public Health. "The evidence also shows that households will undertake tax avoidance strategies, such...

Many Americans Lack Knowledge, Not Desire, to Eat Plant-Based Diets

20 February 2020
Many Americans Lack Knowledge, Not Desire, to Eat Plant-Based DietsTHURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A new poll suggests that education is all that stops most Americans from embracing plant-based diets that are better for the planet. The poll, of just over 1,000 adults nationwide, found that 51% said they would eat more plant-based foods if they knew more about the environmental impacts of their eating habits, but 70% said they rarely or never discuss this issue with friends or family. Nearly two-thirds said they'd never been asked to eat more plant-based foods, and more than half rarely or never hear about the topic in the media. In addition, more than half said they're willing to eat more vegetables and plant-based alternatives and/or less red meat. Even though only 4% self-identified as vegan or vegetarian, 20% said they chose...
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