With so much information about food and nutrition going around in the media, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the most interesting research I’ve seen lately. I’ll just post one of these every once in a while when I gather up enough articles to share.
First of all, of course we have to talk about the “news” that the bacon is bad for us. The WHO released a statement saying that processed meats are likely causing cancer, and red meat isn’t great either. Is anyone surprised? I mean don’t get me wrong I love bacon as much as the next guy, but obviously its bad for you. It did surprise me that the statement said it is up there along with smoking in terms of its cancer-causing properties. I’ve never smoked a cigarette, but I’ve sure eaten some bacon so……
Another article I came across recently talks about a study done on fruit and vegetable choices. We all know that eating more fruits and vegetables can help with weight control and overall health, however this study suggests that certain types of produce may be more effective than others.
A new study is also showing that consuming 2 or more sweetened beverages per day can increase not only the instance of obesity and type 2 diabetes, but also a man’s chance of heart failure by as much as 25 percent. Even though this study only relates to men, ladies I think its safe to say we should cut back too.
Now, an unfortunate piece of news for the dietetics community. As some one you may know, New York City passed a law that requires all fast-food restaurants to label their menus with calorie counts. Unfortunately, research is showing that calorie counts have not been effective in reducing calories consumed at these fast-food restaurants. It seems that menu labeling on its own is not enough to decrease obesity rates.
Lately I have been very interested in how psychology plays a role in nutrition and what we eat. Orthorexia has been in the news, at least in the dietetic community, for a little while now, but I thought this article was very interesting. It gives a good description of orthorexia and allows you to hear from multiple people who have dealt with it themselves. It also starts the discussion about why this is happening and what can be done about it.
These are just a few of the articles I’ve read recently that peaked my interest. Have you all heard any nutrition-related news that I should take a look at?