As part of a new law, calorie listings are popping up on restaurant menus ranging from McDonalds to Starbucks to the Olive Garden.But what if those calorie numbers were wrong?In a new study of posted calorie counts, 19 percent of foods tested in a lab had at least 100 calories more than restaurants claimed on the menu. Many more foods were off by 10 or 50 calories."A hundred extra calories a day is not inconsequential," said nutrition researcher Susan Roberts, who led the study. "It really adds up." In fact, it adds up to about ten pounds of extra weight a year.Soups, salads and sides ranked among the worst offenders of items that contained more calories than stated, the study showed.The study will be published tomorrow (July 20) in the Journal of the American Medical Association.Inspired by stubborn weightIn 2008, Roberts was writing a book based on the latest nutrition science, which presented two diet plans: one for those who cook most of their own meals, and one for those who eat … [Read more...] about Restaurants’ Calorie Counts Are Wrong, Research Finds
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If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) proposed ban on trans fat is carried out, consumers likely won't notice much of a change, even though their foods will be healthier, experts say.Last week, the FDA issued a proposal that, if finalized, would effectively categorize trans fats as illegal food additives that would need to be phased out.However, many food companies and restaurants have already removed trans fats from their products, thanks to pressure from health advocates and a 2006 law that required the ingredient to be listed on food labels. [5 Foods That Face Changes with Trans Fat Ban]Considering trans fat has already been eliminated from so many foods — without people noticing much of a difference in taste, texture or price — consumers likely won't feel additional effects if the ingredient is banned, said Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a consumer watchdog group that has advocated for the … [Read more...] about Trans-Fat Ban: Would You Even Notice a Difference?
Health experts say diets of children in the United States have deteriorated dramatically over the past two generations, leading to skyrocketing rates of obesity and diabetes, both of which put children at risk for other diseases and shorter lives. But as many parents know, eating healthy isn't always easy, especially when you're a mom of three growing boys, says Raleigh, N.C.-resident Michelle Morton.Morton, who is a professional organizer, tries to buy only healthy foods from the grocery store for her 15-, 11- and 7-year-old sons. But it's challenging especially in the mornings, when she is trying to get all her kids out the door in time for school and not everyone is a fan of instant oatmeal."It's the time of the day when you have the least amount of time, so you're like, 'OK, so we had to eat Fruit Loops today,'" Morton told MyHealthNewsDaily. "That's been the hardest for me."Morton tries to keep her kids from eating junk food by keeping only healthy snacks in the house, such as … [Read more...] about Junk Food Nation: How Parents Are Ruining Kids’ Health
Anxious about antioxidants? Perplexed by polysaccharides? This guide will help you navigate the world of nutrition and health.Live Science talked with experts and consulted several publications to get definitions and explanations of many common terms used when discussing nutrition. Amino acidsAmino acids are organic compounds that combine with each other to form proteins, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There are about 20 amino acids that regularly make proteins and they can be arranged in thousands of different ways. There are three types of amino acids: essential, non-essential and conditional.Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body, out of the materials ordinarily available, at a speed that can meet the demands for normal growth; they must be provided preformed in the diet, according to the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). There are nine essential amino acids: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, … [Read more...] about Amino Acids to Zinc: A Glossary of Nutrition Terms
Katherine Tallmadge, M.A., R.D., is a registered dietitian; author of "Diet Simple: 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations" (LifeLine Press, 2011); and a frequent national commentator on nutrition topics. Tallmadge contributed this article to LiveScience's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) continue to spark passionate debate: Emotions run high regarding studies of the impacts of GMOs on health and the environment, and much attention has been focused on one product widely made from GMO sources: soybean oil.Common in processed foods in both GMO and non-GMO formulations, soybean oil has high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, which have a well-studied relationship to inflammation, a known risk factor for heart disease, cancer, arthritis and a host of other diseases.Recently, the topic came to mind when I was interviewed about GMOs on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" as they reported that Chipotle — the … [Read more...] about GMOs Are a Grand Experiment on Health, Environment (Op-Ed)