Nutrition Labels Decoded: Natural or Organic and More – Men’s Fitness

Words like “all natural,” “multigrain” and “0 grams trans fat” automatically catch our eyes when we’re scanning the grocery store shelves. But just because a label is decked out with all the right lingo doesn’t necessarily mean that what lies beneath the packaging is good for you. How do you know for sure what’s healthy and what’s not? Get the full picture—flip the bag, box or can around, scan the ingredient list and nutrition facts, and use these tips to figure out whether a food lives up to its first impression or is simply putting up a front.

Nutrition Labels Decoded: Natural or Organic and More – Men’s Fitness.

Taco Bell promises better nutrition — by 2020

The nation’s largest Mexican fast-food chain on Wednesday announced new nutritional plans to have 20% of its combo meals (a main item, a side dish and a beverage) meet one-third of the federal government’s recommended dietary guidelines by 2020. One-third was chosen because the guidelines are based on an average three meals consumed daily.

Taco Bell promises better nutrition — by 2020.

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An Apple a Day: Doctors and Organizations Writing a New Nutrition Rx


Can an apple a day really keep the doctor away? As it turns out, there’s more truth than myth to this sage saying. Not only are apples a low calorie food with tons of vitamin C, they also contain phytonutrients, which prevents neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinsonism. Though the wonders of apples as preventative health may not be common knowledge, we can all get behind the idea that everyone needs to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables to live a healthy, long life that involves fewer doctor visits. Doctors and farmers both think so, and they’re teaming up to help make this a reality.

An Apple a Day: Doctors and Organizations Writing a New Nutrition Rx | Civil Eats.
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Ultrasonic lasso can grip and move cells

A “sonic lasso” that can grip microscopic objects, such as cells, and move them around has been demonstrated by researchers at the University of Bristol’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and University of Dundee’s Institute for Medical Science and Technology.

The cells and other small objects are trapped by a spinning ultrasonic vortex, which acts as a lasso that can be controlled and moved.

This new technology makes possible applications such as assembling human tissue from a collection of cells and assembling nanomaterials.



Ultrasonic lasso can grip and move cells | KurzweilAI.

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Farmers Markets Growing Wholesome Food and Healthy People

As consumers seek more meaningful relationships with their food, with local farms, and with their neighbors, farmers markets are improving community health, and bring diverse groups of people together through a shared social space. Today, the Farmers Market Coalition, a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening farmers markets, is celebrating nutrition promotion and healthful habits as part of National Farmers Market Week.
An abundance of nutritionally-dense, low-calorie fresh fruits and vegetables is not the only asset farmers markets bring to communities. According to the Farmers Market Coalition, most farmers markets also conduct demonstrations that teach people how to prepare fresh produce at home, and provide them with recipes to take advantage of what’s in season.

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Psychology of Smaller Food Packaging

The type of packaging food comes in can dramatically impact how you eat it and exactly how much. Hershey quickly learned that individual wrappers on bite-sized portions were getting in the way with snacking in certain settings like driving in the car. To reduce the friction from the experience, Hershey created smaller bags that can be easily opened.

The psychology behind these smaller bags is because they do not provide a full serving, it allows us to think that we’re not really eating. This can actually cause the eater to use more because they are unable to recognize what was supposed to be left for later.

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Most Productive Drug Companies Of The Past 10 Years

In the last decade the Food and Drug Administration has approved 278 new drugs for use in the United States. The most productive drug firms had at least two approvals from 2003 until now.

The data below shows how productive different pharmaceutical companies have been during a period of decreased development when compared to other times.

The Most Productive Drug Firms

Company Number of new drugs
Johnson & Johnson 13
GlaxoSmithKline 11
Novartis 10
Pfizer 10
Bristol-Myers Squibb 9
Merck&Co 9
Hoffmann-La Roche 8
Amgen 5
Bayer 5
Genzyme 5
AstraZeneca 4
Boehringer-Ingelheim 4
CSL Behring 4
Eisai 4
Forest 4
Genentech 4
Lilly 4
Shire 4
Takeda 4
Astellas 3
Baxter 3
Biogen Idec 3
BioMarin 3
Gilead 3
Mylan 3
Regeneron 3
Sanofi 3
Schering-Plough 3
Wyeth 3
Amylin 2
Aventis 2
Cangene 2
Celgene 2
Ferring 2
Lundbeck 2
Novo Nordisk 2
Salix 2
Sanofi Aventis 2
Schwarz 2
Teva 2
Vertex 2
Source:  InnoThink Center for Research in Biomedical Innovation, FDA

Lots to Lose: How America’s Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future

Fully two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. One-third of American children are overweight or obese. And among children under the age of six, nearly one in five is overweight or obese. Obese people are far more likely to develop chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, asthma, heart disease and cancer. Obese children are more likely to have one or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease, to be prediabetic (i.e., at high risk for developing diabetes), and to suffer from bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem. They are also very likely to become obese adults. In short, obesity is the most urgent public health problem in America today.

Lots to Lose: How America's Health and Obesity Crisis Threatens our Economic Future | Bipartisan Policy Center.

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Keeping it fresh could make you happier

How many times have you been told you have to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, for your health’s sake? It has become a mantra in dietetic circles, a tried, true and very tired recommendation for a healthy diet.

Evidence is mounting that benefits may be gained from eating even much higher amounts.

A study by UK researchers at the University of Warwick and Dartmouth College, of 80,000 Britons, published in the journal Social Indicators Research in December 2012, showed that people who ate between seven and eight portions of fruits and vegetables a day reported higher levels of satisfaction with their lives compared with those who reported eating no fruits and vegetables.

NUTRITION MATTERS: Keeping it fresh could make you happier | Health | BDlive.

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The Cult of Nutrition

“With no shortage of opinions and interest revolving around diet and nutrition, you might think that more would be conclusively known. Sadly, there isn’t. Oh there are a few things we can claim with some certainty, like that you shouldn’t imbibe sugary soft drinks in excess, or that eating a diet rich in organic foods isn’t necessarily healthier. But on a host of other nutritional topics — such as low-carbohydrate diets, egg consumption, and saturated fat intake — more randomized controlled trials and more systematic reviews are sorely needed.”

The Cult of Nutrition – Blog.

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Tube Feeding Overview at MUSC (Video)

English Floyd, a clinical dietition at the Medical University of South Carolina, gives an overview of tube feeding. These medical devices are used to deliver nutrition to patients who cannot obtain it themselves through swallowing or need additional nutritional supplementation.

Depending on the condition, placement of the feeding tube can be temporary or if it’s a lifelong case they may be used on a more permanent basis. The most common condition for using a feeding tube is directly after surgery or because of complications caused by certain digestive disorders.