Decrease in food advertising for kids, but expenditures remain high.
According to a U.S. Federal Trade Commission report, marketing expenditures for getting those aged 2-17 years to buy food products dropped almost 20% between 2006 and 2009. However, the 48 food and beverage companies included in this study are spending $1.8 billion trying to reach America's young. Nearly half of that amount is now focused on viral marketing, mobile, and online media. Companies that participate in the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative marketed more wholesome foods than those not participating.
PositiveTip: Make sure your food spending choices are consistent with your food values!
Choose to eat plenty of cancer fighting foods.
Have you ever wondered how you should eat to fight cancer? While no single food or component of food can guarantee you will not get cancer, evidence is strong that a diet composed of a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains may lower your risk for a good number of cancers. The American Institute of Cancer Research has a wonderful online resource with the most up-to-date evidence available.
PositiveTip: Educate yourself today on how you can eat to lower your risk of cancer.
Kid learns to cook healthful food and is no longer obese.
Twelve year old Marshall Reid, a sixth grader from North Carolina is setting a fabulous example. At one point his BMI was 32.3, decidely obese. He decided he wanted to change and embarked on what he calls "Portion Size Me." The plan has worked! In the process, he had to learn to cook his own healthy dishes. He has now written a book with his mother called, Portion Size Me: A Kid-Driven Plan to a Healthy Family. The whole family is enjoying better health.
PositiveTip: With a little determination, you too can adopt new, healthful habits like Marshall did!
Fatty foods decrease brain activity in areas responsible for sadness.
Using MRI technology, brain researchers may have found why fatty foods such as ice cream, french fries, twinkies etc, seem to comfort us when we are feeling down. Fats appear to decrease brain activity in the areas associated with sadness. Participants were infused with either saline or fatty acids. The saline produced no change in sadness ratings or brain activity, while fatty acids did.
PositiveTip: Eating fatty foods may feel temporarily comforting but isn't the best way to deal with emotions. Exercise can help lift our mood without packing on the pounds.
Protein supplementation in athletes shows no benefit over that of good food.
A new study of all existing literature on protein supplements in athletes finds no benefit beyond what can be obtain in normal food. Past reported benefits in athletes resulted from giving supplements after several hours without food when any food substance would have improved performance. Authors report that up to 20% of protein supplements have anabolic hormones, testosterone and nadrolone not listed in the ingredients.
PositiveTip: For athlete's and the rest of us, there is no better choice than a good diet.