Healthy Nibbles: 22 August 2011 Edition

31 Aug

After a brief hiatus to cope with yet another semester’s end (sporadic madness … such is the life of a student), NUTRInitiative’s weekly link dump is gearing up to get back on schedule. Okay, so technically this post is a little past due, but better late than never, non?

From our eyes to yours … here’s what (was) up in health and nutrition news for the week of August 22nd, 2011:

There are always two sides to every story. After touting the many benefits of farmers’ markets, here’s the flip (down) side of that story. Supply and demand – it’s economics 101 and clearly nothing, not even farmers’ markets, are immune to its principles. [NY Times]

Choosing one’s words carefully is never more important than when discussing life’s sensitive topics. Throw children into the mix and it becomes even more imperative. As such, critics of a forthcoming children’s book, Maggie Goes on a Diet, are debating the nuances of verbiage. According to them, there are two very different messages being conveyed when talking about dieting versus healthy eating. Whatever happened to just silly rhyming fun circa Green Eggs and Ham? Unless of course that has since transformed into an Atkins Diet promotion – in which case, man am I getting old! [TIME Healthland]

Pop is definitely high up on the list of the most miscreant empty calorie foods. Replacing it with other more nutrient rich beverages is therefore one of the fundamental strategies for curtailing obesity. Such is the rationale behind NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed purchasing ban on pop by food stamp users. What about instead of banning food stamp users from buying pop retailers just jack its price up REALLY high and make fruits and vegetables much cheaper instead? After all, it’s not just the impoverished that stand to benefit from accessible nutrition incentives – we could ALL use some extra encouragement in that regard. [NY Times]

Metabolic rate makes a difference, especially when it comes to weight loss.  Given that there is a lot of inter-individual variability in metabolic rate, researchers from the National Institutes of Health have developed a mathematical algorithm and online program that simulates how changes in diet and exercise can differently affect a person’s individual metabolism and, as a result, predict any subsequent weight changes. Yet another innovative marriage between math and science … kind of makes me wish I wasn’t quite so mathematically challenged. [Science Daily]

It’s a well-known fact that shopping on an empty stomach inevitably leads to unhealthy food choices and excessive spending. Darn you peanut M&Ms for being so delicious and easy to grab! To help avoid financial pit falls while stocking up on food, here are some common grocery store marketing strategies to be wary of and tips on how to avoid succumbing to them. [Health Zone]


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