IDEA Fitness Journal

FDA Okays Cloned Foods

by Diane Lofshult
Consumers concerned about food safety may have another reason to be anxious: in January, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the sale of cloned meat and dairy products. The FDA ruling does not require that manufacturers label foods containing cloned ingredients, which has fueled fears am...

New Teen Trend: “Diabulimia”

by Diane Lofshult
There is a dangerous new trend among teenagers with type 1 diabetes: it’s called “diabulimia,” and it’s coming to a city near you. Diabulimia occurs when young people with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes intentionally do not take their daily insulin in an attempt to lose weight. The practice is as diabolical as it sounds and can result in severe health conditions, ...

The Arresting Asparagus

by Diane Lofshult
You know it’s almost spring when bright green bunches of asparagus start popping up like crocuses in your local market. Considering how delicious these young spears are, it’s no wonder this veggie was once dubbed a “spring tonic,” good for the kidneys and bladder. Health Benefits. Asparagus is an excellent source of ...

Curbing Restaurant Cravings

by Diane Lofshult
Going to a restaurant while trying to lose weight or adopt healthier eating habits can present a real challenge. For many dieters, dining out is a time when temptations can win out despite the best intentions. Fear not: there are ways to stay strong in the face of all those temptations. Just follow ...

Solvent Greens

by Diane Lofshult
We are always hearing that dark-green, leafy vegetables should form a large part of our diet. These veggies are packed with vitamin K and lutein, two nutrients that optimize health and body functioning. Studies indicate that people wh...

When Not to Go Virgin

by Diane Lofshult
When it comes to olive oil, more is sometimes less. Reserve that pricey extra virgin olive oil for dishes that will showcase its unique taste; for example, use the high-grade oil to dress a green salad, or drizzle it over a cooked dish to boost flavor. When used for sautéing or frying, extra virgin olive oil can turn bitter. The re...

Sweet Substitute

by Diane Lofshult
Have you ever been in the middle of mixing up a cocktail when you realized you did not have the “superfine” sugar that is one of the key ingredients? No worries: You can make your own at home instead of rushing off to the market! Just process some regular granulated sugar in a food processor using a metal blade for about 2 minutes...

Old Spice

by Diane Lofshult
Did you know that the majority of people keep spices for more than 4 years? That’s a full 2 years past their prime, according to the spice producer McCormick. The longer a spice is kept on the shelf in your pantry, the more it loses its flavor....

Energy Drinks May Present Danger

by Diane Lofshult
The American Heart Association (AHA) issued an alert in November to warn consumers that energy drinks may pose a health risk for people who have high blood pressure or heart disease. The AHA based the alert on a study that found that blood pressure and heart rate levels increased after healthy adults drank as little as two cans a day of a popular energy drink....

Acetaminophen Alert

by Diane Lofshult
Fitness professionals may sometimes take products containing acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol®) to soothe their aching muscles after heavy exercise bouts. They might also reach for a caffeinated product like Diet Coke®
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