Healthy Nibbles: 01 August 2011 Edition

7 Aug

From our eyes to yours … here’s what’s up in health and nutrition news for the week of August 1st, 2011:

The fight against overeating has gone mechanical. Researchers from Clemson University have developed a new device, much like a pedometer, to count the number of bites taken in a meal and estimate the number of calories consumed. All in an effort to help curb overindulging during meal times. Be forewarned though, they cost a RIDICULOUS $799 (!!!). For all that cash, you’d hope they were a least a lot sexier looking. [TIME Healthland]

In a captivating display of show and tell, a new book entitled “What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets” features the personal stories and portraits of what people around the world consume in an average day. Though each image contains an estimated calorie count, it’s the variety of different products depicted (food and err … cigarettes) that I find particularly compelling. Such a cool concept complete with an important message! [NY Times]

We all know that accessibility is key to healthy eating. After all, if we can’t access quality food, we definitely won’t be able to eat it. Unfortunately, cost is a major prohibitive factor to accessibility. Researchers at the University of Washington have recently put an actual dollar amount to just how much MORE it would cost the average American to comply with the federal government’s current dietary recommendations. Definitely an interesting perspective, but in a perfect world, I’m thinking there shouldn’t be a cost (financial or otherwise) associated with accessibility to healthy food. [TIME Healthland]

Timing of nutrient exposure is key for health promotion, say a slew of new research studies. Some, including that of UofG’s own Prof. David Ma, suggest that maternal intake of omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy has beneficial effects in offspring for breast cancer prevention. A recent study by researchers from Emory University suggest that in utero exposure to omega-3s may also be beneficial for improving symptoms of the common cold. Great news for young children, but is it me or did pregnancy just get a whole lot more intimidating (if that’s even possible)? [Science Daily]

Speaking of breast cancer, omega-3s aren’t the only nutrient to consider for prevention – you might want to add fibre to that list as well. In fact, according to a report from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the more you eat on a daily basis the better (for every 10 gram increase in daily fibre there is an estimated 7% risk reduction of breast cancer). To help bolster your daily fibre intake, registered dietitian Leslie Beck identifies various fibre-rich foods and offers some tips on how to easily incorporate them into your daily diet. [Globe & Mail]

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