Archive | February, 2012

Healthy Nibbles: 20 February 2012 Edition

27 Feb

From our eyes to yours … here’s what’s up in health and nutrition news for the week of February 20th, 2012:

Even the smallest choices can eventually add up to big differences on the scale. It therefore helps to be mindful of how to make the right choices, everyday, to ensure the scale is tipping in the right direction. [Globe & Mail]

Gluten-free diets have taken the diet spotlight as of late, but how much do you really know about them? Before jumping onto the gluten-free bandwagon, be sure to carefully consider all available information. After all, there’s still a lot that the experts themselves are unsure of. [Healthland TIME]

Forget Wheaties™. Believe it or not, the new breakfast of champions may in fact include a modest portion of cake, cookies, or ice cream. [NY Times]

Are the current formulas used to predict weight loss setting people up for disappointment? Forgetting to take into account that metabolic rate can change during weight loss could make the difference between missing and meeting target goals. [Guardian UK]

When it comes to regulating the types of foods available to school-aged children, just how strict is too strict. Not surprisingly, the answer depends on who you’re asking. [NY Times]

The saga continues: when it comes to weight gain, is it the quality or quantity of calories that matters? [Science Daily]

 

Healthy Nibbles: 13 February 2012 Edition

21 Feb

From our eyes to yours … here’s what’s up in health and nutrition news for the week of February 13th, 2012:

The US First Lady, Michelle Obama, getting involved in her "Let's Move" anti-obesity campaign.

Welcome back post-Family Day! Hope everyone was able to get up, get out, and enjoy some extra time with loved ones. Fresh off the heels of this holiday weekend, here are some pics of one of the most prominent North American family figureheads, Michelle Obama, modeling various states of UNrest as part of her “Let’s Move” anti-obesity initiative. [The Guardian UK]

Supersizing hasn’t done much to help consumers cut back on already oversized restaurant portions. Instead, how about just asking them if they’d like less? [Healthland TIME]

Immigrating to the United States? The culture shock may include more than just having to learn a second language or navigate novel customs. Planting new roots may also involve increasing the risk of obesity in subseqent generations. [Science Daily]

Contrary to popular belief, trouble isn’t the only thing that teens get into when left to their own devices. When given the right tools and support, they may just surprise parents by developing an improved body image and healthy eating habits. [Healthland TIME]

You know it’s time to reconsider your snack choice when your snack itself is cutting calories. [Reuters]

That being said, when it comes to snacking on chocolate, if you consider a high content of cacao, add a few other healthy ingredients, and minimize as much superfluous sugar as possible, and you may just rediscover the FUN in this proposed functional food. [Healthland TIME]