Monday, March 3, 2014
The new food label is on its way! After a 90 day trial period, the FDA will make a ruling on the new food label requirements. The three main changes will be to reflect calories for actual serving sizes, to list calories in big, bold letters, and to list natural and added sugars separately, as natural sugars contain beneficial nutrients and added sugars usually do not. If passed, manufacturers will have two years to comply with new label requirements. Although the FDA recently determined that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for use in food, the Federal Register requested to extend its comment period.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Are artificial sweeteners a good substitute for sugar? Not really. Aside from the continuing controversy over their health effects, and the bitter taste that often accompanies artificial sweeteners, sugar does more than add sweetness to baked goods: It facilitates the rising of dough, the browning of foods, and the texture of desserts. Most often, it’s a better choice to use real sugar when needed, but use it sparingly.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Ever notice how your jeans seem a little tighter on Monday morning? Or for firefighters, at the beginning of your tour? It’s not your imagination; it’s a common pattern for your weight cycle. Most people weigh the least after a work week and gain a few pounds on their days off. The trick is to balance your weight gain with eating less and moving more throughout your work week so you don’t have the long-term consequences on your waistline.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Beware of diet scams! In January 2014, the Federal Trade Commission charged four weight-loss companies: Sensa Products, L’Occitane, HCG Diet Direct and LeanSpa with fraud, and will require these companies to pay consumers a combined total of $34 million for making “unfounded promises”. These companies make products such as acai berry supplements that are said to burn fat and boost metabolism, and skin creams that are said to slim thighs. The companies have agreed to pay restitution to consumers without admitting or denying fault. The take home message? If it’s too good to be true, like sprinkling something on your food, rubbing cream on your thighs or using a supplement to lose weight, it likely is!
Friday, March 7, 2014
Suffer from sleep apnea (difficulty breathing during sleep) and looking to stop its progression? During a four year study, researchers found that subjects who lost at least 5 percent of their body weight (an average of 11 pounds) saw a dramatic improvement in their sleep apnea. Those who maintained their weight loss saw an 80 percent reduction in the progression of their condition, compared to those who did not lose weight.