5 Fascinating Facts We Learned on IDEA FitFeed This Week

by Jessica L. Cline on May 23, 2014

Week: 5/17/14 to 5/23/14

Do you regularly keep up with IDEA Fitfeed? It is a great way to stay up-to-date on the latest health, fitness and nutrition news from around the world. This inclusive tool collates top headlines being shared around the web by health and fitness professionals and posts them in one convenient location. Article headlines range from The New Rules of Protein to You Do Have Time to Work Out! Get Motivated. These headlines come from top news sources, personal blogs and everything in between. If you missed the latest news from this past week you can catch up here.

1. Food Should Be Regulated Like Tobacco

The food industry needs to be regulated, because obesity poses a greater health risk than tobacco, this BBC News article claims. “The inescapable fact is obesity is killing on a massive scale and only action from governments to tackle head-on the fundamental causes of obesity will lead to any meaningful decreases,” says Dr. Ian Campbell, MBE, clinician and founder of the UK's National Obesity Forum, in the article. The piece suggests that governments around the world need to increase food prices, introduce taxes, change licensing policies and include pictures of the dangers of obesity on food packaging to start reducing obesity incidences. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Eden, Janine and Jim

2. Yoga May Reduce Blood Pressure

Yoga practice provides many health benefits, including the possibility of reducing blood pressure among people with hypertension, according to this Reuters article. The piece reviews seven different studies which have looked at yoga and blood pressure. The results look promising, but the article author recommends that more research is needed to substantiate this claim. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Neeta Lind

3. There Is No Such Thing as Gluten Sensitivity

One of the researchers that originally found evidence of non-celiac gluten sensitivity now says that there is no such thing, according to this article from Business Insider. The researcher was unsatisfied with his original findings and decided to see if there was another possible explanation. His most recent study found that people who believed they were gluten sensitive had the same intestinal distress whether they were eating a diet with or without gluten. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Mark Drouin

4. The Secret of the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet has been touted for its varied health benefits for many years; scientists finally have some clues as to why it is so healthy. The unique combination of unsaturated fats and vegetables found in this diet are what gives it its healthy edge, according to this BBC News article. The piece reviews a study which found that this special mixing of food groups helps to lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: RBerteig

5. There Is No Such Thing as a Healthy Sugar

Added sugars are bad for your health, period, says the author of this article from The Huffington Post. The article states that there is no such thing as a “healthy” or “less bad” sugar. The piece clarifies the truth about the common misconception that sugars labeled organic, all-natural or unrefined are somehow not as bad for you, stating that all added sugars are bad for your health and everyone should adopt more mindful sugar consumption habits. View the full article here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kurtis Garbutt

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Jessica L. Cline

Jessica L. Cline IDEA Author/Presenter

Jessica is an Editorial Assistant at IDEA Health & Fitness Association. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in journalism and a BS in health and exercise science. She has a GFI certification from ACE and is working on a Health Coach certification. Jessica is a long distance runner who has competed in half and full marathons. She enjoys running, hiking, walking her dogs, horse back riding and any outdoor activities.