Rick Miller: Summer Health Trends – Fashionable Fads Or Sustainable Solutions?
“We’re all used to it by now; when the summer arrives, so do the fashionable diets that claim to completely transform our bodies in a few short weeks. They take over our news feeds, magazine racks and even the supermarket aisles. But is there some truth in the latest summer health trends?”
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Health Blog: Trans Fats Clog More than the Heart
“Trans fats were developed in the early part of the 20th century to make vegetable oils last longer and spoil less frequently than animal fats, giving commercial food manufacturers the opportunity to create products that cost less, have a longer shelf life and have a less greasy feel.
By the 1960s, trans fats had replaced almost all animal fats (lard) in commercial foods such as baked goods (cookies crackers, biscuits, cakes, pies, doughnuts, frozen pizzas, pot pies, potato chips), and fried foods (chicken, French fries, fish and chips, fast-food hamburgers).
However, health studies began to reveal how trans fats radically increased coronary heart disease. By the 1990s, it was estimated that trans fats caused upwards of 20,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. It was found that trans fats increase bad cholesterol and decrease good cholesterol. As the word spread, public health advocates began to pressure companies to rid their products of trans fats. The makers of Crisco, for instance, were forced to reformulate their product to vastly reduce the amount of trans fats it contained.
European countries such as Denmark took the lead and banned trans fats entirely. Incidents of heart disease dropped like a rock. Then Canada and Switzerland banned them. In 2006, New York City banned the use of trans fats in restaurants, sending a shock wave throughout the nation’s food suppliers. Municipalities such as San Francisco and Baltimore followed suit. As the movement spread, the restaurant industry fought back, claiming that individuals should be “free” to make their own decisions about what to eat or what to feed their kids. The appeal to “freedom” always seems to carry weight in the U.S., even when it means to carry those unhealthy extra pounds.”
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Health Blog: Obese people have a problem tasting fat
“Not so long ago the ability to taste and identify fats was a survival skill. Certain fats and oils are essential for energy and for the production of hormones. Finding these fats as a hunter/gatherer was a matter of life and death.
Now that we have supermarkets stuffed with bacon, shortening laced cookies, and beef and chicken meat loaded with corn oil, it seems that this skill has become obsolete. Or maybe not? Maybe the skill to have trained taste buds that know the difference between good and bad fats is the new Darwinian survival trait.
Scientific research 1 shows that 4 out of 5 people have problems tasting fat. They have a less sensitive taste for certain fats, and not only that: these individuals consumed 42% more fat than the study subjects who had a high taste-sensitivity to fats (hypersensitive). In addition, the highly sensitive group had a significantly lower Body Mass Index (BMI) and there were no obese individuals in that group, whereas one in six of the poor fat tasters were overweight or obese.”
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Weight Loss Blog: Food Industry Must Create Healthier Foods
“Healthier foods and healthy bottom line can both be had, former food executive says
A former food executive with Coca-Cola, General Mills and Cadbury-Schweppes, and the author of Stuffed: An Insider’s Look at Who’s (Really) Making America Fat, says that the nation’s food companies need to do more to fight the obesity epidemic and that advocates for better foods need to embrace something other than perfection if we’re to come up with any practical solutions to obesity.
WellWise spoke with Hank Cardello about his self-imposed mission to help the United States reduce its calorie intake. After a frightening brush in 1995 with what was first thought to be leukemia, Cardello came to a realization that he wanted to dedicate himself to doing something about the obesity epidemic, which is now estimated to cost the U.S. $200 billion.
A self-proclaimed centrist, Cardello is working to find a way to marry profit with social responsibility, and actionable solutions that tread the no man’s land between food companies, that survive based on the bottom line, and dedicated advocates for healthier foods and eating habits.”