Food Ad Dollars for Kids Decline

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…

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Use Your Fork to Lower the Risk of Cancer

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…

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Yes, Kids Can Slim Down!

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…

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Fatty Foods Appear To Lessen Feelings of 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…

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No Benefit Found In Protein Supplementation in Athletes

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,…

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