how to limit your
exposure to mad cow disease
With the first case of mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE) uncovered in the U.S. recently, several organizations have released recommendations to help consumers make informed decisions. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about BSE:
More evidence is stacking up against dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Over-the-counter DHEA capsules and creams have been hyped to battle everything from low sex drive to heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Many athletes and bodybuilders also use the supplement in their efforts to gain muscle mass.
Researchers recently evaluated data from 10 prospective cohort studies on different types of dietary fiber to determine their effect on heart disease risk. For every 10 g of fiber consumed per day, the risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) decreased by 14 percent (%), whereas the risk of dying from CHD decreased by 27%. Fiber obtained from fruit appeared to be slightly more heart protective than cereal fiber. The findings were published in the February 23 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Dietary supplements will now be subject to government scrutiny in Canada, under the country’s new Natural Products Regulation law. Products such as herbal remedies, vitamins, minerals and homeopathic medicines will now be licensed and labeled with the license numbers. Labels will also list directions for use; any health claims; medicinal and nonmedicinal ingredients; and any contraindications or adverse effects. The new law will be phased in over 2–6 years.
Proving that anybody can threaten to sue anybody over anything, a Wisconsin man recently sued his cable company for the 50 pounds his wife allegedly gained by watching too much TV. In addition to monetary awards, the suit (which was later dropped) asked for a lifetime supply of free Internet service from Charter Communications!
Food can be a real challenge for kids who are diabetic. Now a new book teaches diabetic kids how to take control of their diets and have fun in the process.
Cooking Up Fun for Kids With Diabetes: Recipes, Crafs, Games & More! written by Patti B. Geil, MS, RD, & Tami A. Ross, RD, LD, contains kid-oriented recipes and nutrition hints. It is available for purchase at the American Diabetes Association's online bookstore at http://store.diabetes.org.
Although manufacturers are required to list trans fat content on Nutrition Facts Labels by January 1, 2006, many consumers will still need help translating
the new terminology. That’s why the IFIC Foundation says to keep these facts in mind when reading food
Some margarines contain partially hydrogenated oils, but the combined amounts of trans and saturated fats are often less than the amount of saturated fat in butter.
Want to boost your brain power? Make sure to load up your grocery cart with these 14 “brain foods,” shown here in alphabetical order: beans
What’s red, green, black and sometimes white, but always healthy? The answer is “tea,” which is increasingly being hailed by scientists for its ability to ward off common diseases such as osteoporosis, heart attacks, Parkinson’s disease and gum disease. Although coffee remains the beverage of choice for many, Americans now consume more than 2 billion gallons of tea each year, according to the Tea Association of America.