5 Most Interesting Food Headlines for May 2014

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  • We are changing the way we think about food, nutrition, and health. So what’s the latest buzz around the Internet and in the news this month? Below are some of the most intriguing insights and trends.  

     

    If Resveratrol sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    Resveratrol in Red Wine May Not be Such a Health-Booster After All (HealthDay) - New research published online in JAMA Internal Medicine and conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that resveratrol, an ingredient in red wine, chocolate, and grapes, does not reduce risk for heart disease or cancer or add years to your life. The findings cast doubt on the benefits of taking resveratrol supplements.

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    This is why parents need to control meals and snacks for their children.

    Kid’s Snacking Gets Less Nutritious as they Age (HealthDay)  - New research shows that elementary school-aged children eat snacks that improve their overall diet quality scores, but adolescent children eats snacks that lower their scores. In both groups of children, each full meal boosted their quality scores. Researchers suspect that snacks and meals controlled by parents result in healthier food choices.

     

    Access to better prenatal food (nutrition) decreases low birth weight.

    Newborn Health Improves Despite Income Gap (Brown University) – Public health policies aimed at improving prenatal nutrition in economically disadvantaged women seem to have a positive effect on the babies born, according to a review published in Science. Researchers found a decrease over the last 20-years in the rate of low birth weights of newborns, which is an indicator of health. Researchers pointed to public policies such as food stamps and the Supplemental Feeding Program for Women, Infants, and Children, among others, as having beneficial effects on prenatal health.

     

    One explanation as to why we crave high-calorie and fatty foods and gain weight beginning in mid-life.

    Obesity Gene May Explain Why Some People Gain Weight as They Age (HealthDay) – Researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that persons who carry the FTO gene, which has been linked to obesity, consume more high-calorie or fatty foods as those persons age. Researchers surmise that a common biological factor may underlie the risk for developing obesity and obesity-related behavior, such as impulse eating, as people age.

     

    Weight loss may depend more on what foods you eat -- not how much.

    What You’re Eating May Be Wrong; Some Foods Better for Weight Loss (ABC News)Two doctors wrote in the New York Times that all calories are not the same and we are getting hungrier because we are getting fatter. Diets high in sugar and simple carbohydrates may prompt the body to store calories as fat, making it hard to use them, and ultimately re-triggering hunger. Additionally, it was stated that a low fat diet is not the solution because these foods have even more added sugars. Better choices for weight loss are lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.  

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Published On: May 30, 2014