U.S. Obesity Rates Begin to Level
After years of increasing, adult obesity rates remained stable in 45 states from 2015 to 2016, according to a new report from the Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit health advocacy organization, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic organization that funds health research.
Tomatoes No Longer Considered ‘Poison Apples’
Originating in Mesoamerica, tomatoes were part of the Aztecs’ diet as early as 700 A.D., but they weren’t grown in Britain until the 1590s. First arriving in southern Europe in the early 16th century via Spanish conquistadors returning from Mesoamerica, the tomato was considered a “poison apple”
Milk Proteins Make Edible Wrapping
To create an all-
Diet Soda Can Cause Weight Gain
Diet sodas with aspartame can boost the appetite, said a study published in the International Journal of Obesity last December. The researchers found people who consumed diet drinks with aspartame felt hungrier than those who did not, and thus ended up consuming more calories.
Ruby Ring Red Onions Fight Cancer
Lead Found in Baby Food
Detectable levels of lead were found in 20 percent of 2,164 baby food samples. Analyzing 11 years of federal data, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) found the toxic metal most commonly in fruit juices, root vegetables and teething biscuits and cookies.
A new study corroborates previous studies that show switching to diet soda may not help cut calories. Diet drinks contain a chemical that boosts the appetite. Research published in the International Journal of Obesity found those who consumed diet drinks with aspartame felt hungrier than those who did not.
Don’t Reheat These Foods
Some foods can lose their health benefits or even cause food poisoning if they are reheated in a microwave. Celery and spinach contain nitrates that turn into toxic nitrates and carcinogenic nitrosamines after reheating. Eggs can also become toxic after reheating, so it’s best to use leftover eggs cold....
People who follow diets with little to no gluten were found to have a slightly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes over a few decades, according to researchers at Harvard University School of Public Health. “We wanted to determine if gluten consumption will affect health in people with....
Labels Confuse People with Food Allergies
Food allergies affect approximately 8 percent of children and up to 2 percent of adults. Almost 40 percent of children with a food allergy have experienced at least one life-
Experimenting with a new field called plant nanobionics, MIT scientists have embedded the leaves of spinach plants with carbon nano-
Understanding Sticker Codes on Produce
The Price Look Up (PLU) codes on the stickers placed on fruits and vegetables reveal important information. A four-
Fruit Protein Could Be New Sweetener Alternative
A new sweetener alternative that tastes more like sugar than other substitutes may be possible to obtain from a fruit protein called brazzein. Brazzein is far sweeter than sugar but has fewer calories
Cancer and Sugar-
A study by researchers at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans suggests age is an important factor in the association between cancer and sugar-
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U.S. Obesity Rates Begin to Level
After years of increasing, adult obesity rates remained stable in 45 states from 2015 to 2016, according to a new report from the Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit health advocacy organization, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic organization that funds health research. Rates increased in just four states – Colorado, Minnesota, Washington and West Virginia – and decreased in Kansas. While this is good news, Americans cannot become complacent about obesity. “Obesity rates are still far too high, but the progress we’ve seen in recent years is real and it’s encouraging,” said Dr. Richard E. Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in a statement. Since 2010, no state has had an obesity rate below 20 percent. In 2016, five states had an obesity rate above 35 percent; 20 states had an obesity rate between 30 percent and 35 percent; 22 states had an obesity rate between 25 percent and 30 percent; and three states had an obesity rate between 22 percent and 25 percent. The obesity rate was highest in West Virginia, where 37.7 percent of the population is obese. Colorado had the lowest rate at 22.3 percent. Kentucky was in the second to worst category at 30 percent.
The gut microbiome play a vital role in not just how people digest food, but also in their overall physical, mental and emotional health. The microbiome set metabolism rates, regulate weight and moderate the immune system, to name a few functions they influence. Recently, scientists have been exploring whether the wrong balance of microbial populations might be partly responsible for the rise in some modern chronic diseases, such as obesity and irritable bowel syndrome. A group led by microbiologist Justin Sonnenburg of Stanford University studied the gut microbiome in one of the most preindustrial examples available: the Hadza people of Tanzania. The Hadza are one of the last groups of humans living a traditional, nomadic, hunter-
that may adversely affect their health. During the wet season, the Hadza forage for berries and honey; during the dry season, they hunt game such as antelope. They also eat fiber-
Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.