Sunday, July 10, 2011

This Week's Health and Nutrition News

I hope everyone had a great week and is having a nice weekend. The weather here has been spectacular. Nick and I have been trying to take advantage by working in the garden, going on walks, and for Nick...riding his bike to work, which is now a 45 minute bike ride!

Just like last weekend, today I have rounded up the most interesting nutrition and health articles from the week (according to me!). Here they are in random order, starting with a quote;

“Let nothing which can be treated by diet be treated by other means.” -Maimonides


New Study Implicates Environmental Factors in Autism
(I am always interested in learning new things about Autism. While it may not significantly impact my job, I do get a lot of questions about diet and autism, so the more I know the better!)

Healthy Lifestyle Is Medicine
(I thought this was one of those no brainer studies, but the results were pretty interesting)

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(You've seen these ads, right?! My question is; who the heck really believes this? Apparently tons of people have been scammed.)

(This is a diet that I have actually had people try to convince me is a sound, healthy way to eat. While I agree that a diet high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains is better than one loaded with lots of animal proteins, and few fruits and veggies, I would never suggest taking any eating plan to this extreme. Just like our own bodies can help us "Detox", they also keep our acid levels balanced and neutral. Don't be fooled by this!)

(Brian Williams told me on the NBC World news the other day that currently only one state has an obesity rate under 20%, and that's Colorado. But sadly, they aren't too far at 19.8%)

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Treating Obesity in the Womb
(You know obesity is a serious problem when studies are being done to try to combat obesity before a child is even born. This is crazy!)

Kraft Slips Cauliflower Into Mac and Cheese
(Yes, you read that right, Kraft is now adding cauliflower it some of its mac & cheese. This cauliflower is freeze-dried and then made into a powder. It's hardly as good for you as true cauliflower, and it's truly defeating the purpose of teaching your kids about how to enjoy vegetables, however, I think it's a step in the right direction. I actually want to try it!)

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QUESTION: Did you read any other health and/or nutrition articles this week that were worth sharing?


  1. Wow---another great list of resources! I definitely will check them out...and also definitely have a problem with the powdered cauliflower in the mac and cheese. Really, this is not only misleading to consumers, but it's not teaching kids to like vegetables! It's one thing to add the veggies to your food yourself...I suppose we could teach our kids to puree veggies and add them to the mac and cheese (homemade)...but powdered? gross! Thanks for sharing, I have a parent group to share this with!

    Have a great Sunday!

  2. oh my, hadn't heard the kraft info- makes me outraged. Now even processing veggies.

  3. This is a great wealth of info that you have so generously shared

  4. Hi Gina, thanks so much for taking the time to share this info with us. So much to read and think about. Have a good Sunday.

  5. It's kind of annoying how Kraft is doing that so that they can make claims that their mac & cheese is boosted with veggies. But I do agree, at least it's a step in the right direction. I've seen a lot of homemade mac&cheese recipes that use pureed cauliflower, and I've always been curious to try them!

    As for the pH diet, I remember a couple years ago my parents went to some health retreat and came back talking about putting a focus on alkaline foods. Not to lose weight, but for other various health aspects. Needless to say, they started eating brown rice and greens for breakfast! I wouldn't play into the diet because diets are all scams. But if I had the self motivation to eat greens every morning, I'm sure it'd be doing some good!

    Have a good day Gina!

  6. What is up with those belly ads?? Crazy. Good list of studies to read up on. I'm heading to read the autism/environment study now :)

  7. I read most of those my my ADA letter! Thanks for sharing with your readers!