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Debunking Nutrition Myths

March as regarded as National Nutrition Month, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and this year’s theme is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” which encourages people to discover their own personal nutrition preferences. However, some misconceptions may stand in the way of people from realizing their goals, and Dr. Mao Ni clarifies these common myths. First, Dr. Ni emphasizes that not all carbohydrates are bad, and that while some of these, like added sugars and white flour can cause spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels, whole grains provide the body with a healthy source of energy […]

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Poor Nutrition Linked to Short Sleep

A new study revealed that certain food nutrients affect the length of sleep of people. People who have normal sleep usually have the most varied diet and conversely, while short or long sleepers have the least varied diet. The study led by Michael Grandner, instructor, was released online in advance of the printed copy in the journal Appetite. Data from the 2007-2008 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey was analyzed and found out that very short sleepers have fewer than five hours of sleep a night. The very short sleep is linked to lower intake of lycopene (found in […]

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Eating Problems Linked to Autism

A recent report in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders shows that children with autism are at risk for nutritional deficiencies due to eating problems that may later lead to long-term health problems such as obesity, heart disease, and poor bone health. William Sharp, an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and author of the study reports that autistic children are five times more likely to have feeding problems compared to other children, and these issues include ritualistic behaviors, tantrums during meals and being fussy. If chronic, these problems may lead to malnutrition, poor performance […]

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No More Math, Just Clear Food Labels

Part of making healthy food choices is being well informed about the contents of a product and its nutritional value. However, different companies use various ways to make their products appear healthier, including making their recommended serving sizes smaller, so that the amount of calories, fat, sugar, etc per serving seem smaller. Having different methods of listing nutrition facts can confuse consumers, and researchers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested which type of food labeling could help more consumers make healthier food choices. Their results, which appeared in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, […]

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Heavy Sugar Consumption in Black, Low-Income Kids

A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reports that black children and teens are more than twice as likely as white kids to consume sweetened fruit drinks on any given day. These fruit drinks include those that contain 100% actual fruit juice to those containing little actual fruit. The study showed that these kids are more likely to consume more than 500 calories a day from these beverages, which was considered heavy consumption in the research. The study also found that there has been a three-fold increase in the number of teens who consume […]

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