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Healthy Nibbles: 25 July 2011 Edition

31 Jul

From our eyes to yours … here’s what’s up in health and nutrition news for the week of July 25th, 2011:

As anyone who conducts research involving human participants knows, there is a vast array of paperwork that comes part in parcel with the process. Though the premise behind this mass tree killing is primarily the protection of participants and the encouragement of verifiable science, there has been growing concern that the associated red tape is actually stifling the progress of the research itself. In the hopes of minimizing this administrative burden, the US federal government is proposing various changes to the existing process. Such changes will include centralized ethics boards for multi-site trials and proportionate review for qualitative studies. Sounds great on paper, but the Debbie-downer side of me cautions to wait and see how it pans out in real-life. [NY Times]

Though the token toys of McDonalds’ Happy Meals are here to stay, apple slices will be replacing one half the portion of fries. Acknowledging that this pending change marks a step in the right direction, health advocates are still concerned it represents a band-aid solution in the battle against childhood obesity. And given McDonalds’ notoriously aggressive child-centric ad campaigns, there is particular concern that the addition of apple slices will just mask the Happy Meal’s still sub-par nutritional content. Err … since when did McDonalds even START selling apple slices? From what I could see on TV, I just thought the McRib was back. [TIME Healthland]

What harm can come from a little white lie, right? Okay, that’s up for debate. However, a recent study by researchers from Penn State suggests that modifying standard, child-friendly recipes to incorporate a variety of pureed vegetables can help to increase preschoolers’ daily vegetable intake and decrease their total daily caloric intake. What’s more, the tots still gave the revised meals two (tiny) thumbs up for taste. Now, if only McDonalds could find a way to do something similar with their happy meals (see previous link). [Science Daily]

According to a Dutch study, cranberries fall short compared to their antibiotic counterparts when it comes to preventing recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs). However, in spite of these feeble findings in favour of cranberries, additional results from this study are giving some health care practitioners cause to reconsider their potential health benefit; in particular, their improved resilience to the development of antibiotic resistance. Proof positive that there is merit in applying some innovative thinking and critical re-evaluating to traditional science. [TIME Healthland]

Is it me or has gluten intolerance and Celiac Disease (CD) really stolen the spotlight as of late? Not to diminish the experience of sufferers or to downplay the necessity of awareness, but heightened advocacy for CD is evidenced by the growing number of gluten-free food products and eateries. In support of awareness, researchers from Sweden and South Africa have just published the first global estimates of CD and its associated mortality. When it comes to health, every little bit of information helps so here’s to many more scientific advances! [Science Daily]

Healthy Nibbles: 11 July 2011 Edition

17 Jul

From our eyes to yours … here’s what’s up in health and nutrition news for the week of July 11th, 2011:

Nothing says summer like chilling on a patio 🙂 Or like getting eaten alive by mosquitoes 😦 A recent study by French researchers, however, suggests that perhaps the two are more closely related than we might think. Although many questions remain unclear as to the exact mechanism and overall generalizability of this study’s findings, what is obvious is that even mosquitoes enjoy a pint after a long, hot day. [Health Zone]

Food ads for children remain fodder for the ongoing battle between industry food manufacturers and federal public health promoters in the United States. Revisions to existing marketing standards were recently proposed by a collection of various industry representatives to establish a more unified and voluntary front with respect to what kinds of foods are advertised to children. According to federal representatives, emphasizing the advertisement of healthier foods is a small step in the right direction from industry, but it still falls short of regulatory standards. I’m thinking that perhaps a more important issue has been overlooked – the fact that the revised standards are still VOLUNTARY for advertisers. [NY Times]

When juggling the demands of grad school, having readily accessible snacks in my bag is as much a staple as having my laptop (a.k.a. my ENTIRE life). But when it comes to the type of snacks available, juggling between options that are convenient versus healthy can sometimes be a little trickier. To help, registered nutritional counseling practitioner and media spokesperson, Theresa Albert, offers a few suggestions for low-calorie, pre-packaged snacks. [Health Zone]

My dad was born in 1941, which means that he’s technically just a tiny bit older than Canada’s Food Guide (don’t tell him I said that). He’ll be the first to agree that much has changed since then. Apparently, Canada’s Food Guide is no exception. Much like my dad, it’s pretty cool to see where things came from, to appreciate where they are right now. [Globe & Mail]

With farmers markets and pick-your-own fields aplenty, summer is a fabulous time to take advantage of seasonal fruits (MMM berries). Even though we’ve all been taught the importance of getting 7-10 servings of fruits and veggies per day, questions still arise about which fruits are best for specific health conditions, and how to better incorporate them into the diet. Registered dietitian and media food and nutrition authority, Leslie Beck, helps break this information down. [Globe & Mail]