Nutrition labels are misleading us

Dr. Braxton Cosby shares the basics of good nutrition part 2

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Count Chocula dilemma. As noted above, if one compares 100-calorie portions of the two cereals, Count Chocula actually packs more of many vitamins and minerals. (Grape Nuts wins out on a few, like potassium.) So does that make it healthy? Even before we address the vitamins, its worthwhile to note that Count Chocula is utterly packed with sugar and little else of value (healthy fats, protein or fiber). The second most prevalent ingredient in the cereal is sugar, and that doesnt even include the sugar in the marshmallows, which appears separately.
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Nutrition Labels Aimed to Dupe Consumers—And How to Tell What You’re Really Eating

Calories in minus calories out equals weight gain or weight loss. Right? So whats the difference between an equal amount of calories worth of fresh fruit, and, say, Doritos? Or for a more equivalent comparison, between a whole food like oatmeal and a processed food with similar ingredients like Cheerios? Melanie Warner, author of Pandoras Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal, points out even though the foods have the same number of calories, they often provide different levels of satiation. Say you’re eating an equivalent amount of calories of potato chips versus a banana, she says. There’s no question that you’d feel a lot fuller if you eat the banana.
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You need to lose weight quickly. So, there has to be an attempt to perfect that which you are working on. Water is an easy fix. The focus here: intake and hydration. TH: What exactly does intake and hydration mean? BC: Let me explain.
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Vitamins and supplements: The 30-billion dollar rip-off!

FDA looks into fortified snacks

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Legally, they can say anything they damn well want on those labels and they love the word ” organic ,” which in fact, means nothing! The truth is, the vitamin and supplement industry is virtually non-regulated and none of the companies are required to go through safety and efficacy testing. Dr. Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition , Food Studies and Public Health at New York University, has noted on many occasions that “many vitamins and supplements may contain impurities and may not have the active ingredients on their label.” There have been numerous scientific studies which have proven that processed oils, minerals, extracts and herbs do absolutely nothing positive for your health and may actually be harmful. Most major media outlets will not report this because some of their largest ads (source of revenue) are from the companies who make these products. The most popular vitamin among both men and women are the famed “multi-vitamins.” There are various brands on the market and they are all the same thing — useless little expensive pills. In a recent study the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, performed 63 random and controlled tests on multi-vitamins.
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Vitamins & Minerals For Hair That’s Healthier, Stronger And Shinier

The Food and Drug Administration has submitted to the White Houses Office of Management and Budget the required paperwork to launch a study into whether artificially adding vitamins to snack foods and carbonated drinks causes consumers to believe that substituting them for more nutritious foods ensures a healthier diet. + reset Think Vitamin Water, which along with vitamins A, B and C also has 33 grams of sugar, or Girl Scout cookies, which are fortified with vitamins A, B, C, D and E and claim to be a delicious new way to get your vitamins, though a typical serving still contains 180 calories and four grams of saturated fat. The FDAs proposed study would use a short Web-based questionnaire to collect information from 7,500 adult members of an online consumer panel. Participants would view labels and answer questions about their perceptions and reactions to them. Depending on the results, the study could set the stage for a larger battle with powerful food companies, which already are dealing with lawsuits filed by consumer advocates. The FDA has a regulation that essentially discourages snack food makers from claiming their snacks are healthy because of added vitamins.
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BPA dangers

You can get enough good fats in your diet from small amounts of avocados and other whole plant foods, but oils are always processed as they are not found naturally in nature.” Get Rid Of Dull Winter Skin: Pineapple “Pineapple is excellent in promoting efficient digestion, which is what soft beautiful skin is dependent on,” says Snyder. “Pineapple is also high in vitamin C, which helps in the formation of collagen, a protein that helps grow new skin and blood vessels.” Get Rid Of Dull Winter Skin: Flax Seeds “Flaxseeds offer vital omega-2 fatty acids that supply the right ratio of essential fatty acids to your body, ensuring peak functioning,” says Snyder. “Omega-3 fatty acids also help prevent inflammation, which can lead to dry damaged skin.” Prevent Breakouts And Acne “The liver filters toxins and pushes the waste to the colon,” says Snyder. “But when these organs become overloaded with waste and toxins (from food), the toxins have to be pushed out through the skin, another eliminative organ, creating those ugly pimples called acne.” Prevent Breakouts And Acne: Coconut Yogurt “Try beauty foods like coconut yogurt, which contains beneficial bacteria (probiotics), and can help keep your system clean,” says Snyder. “It is dairy-free, as dairy is difficult for many to digest and has been to shown to be a potential problematic trigger for acne.
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‘Low blood pressure can cause brain damage’

Blood pressure is the force exerted by circulating blood on the walls of blood vessels. It constitutes one of the critically important signs of life or vital signs which include heart beat, breathing and temperature. Blood pressure is generated by the heart pumping blood into the arteries modified by the response of the arteries to the flow of blood. An individuals blood pressure is expressed as systolic/diastolic blood pressure, for example, 120/80. Explaining what systolic and diastolic blood pressure mean, the website states that systolic blood pressure, which is the top number, represents the pressure in the arteries as the muscle of the heart contracts and pumps blood into them.
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Correction: Blood Pressure Story

If blood pressure is a concern, putting on a cuff could help. A new study concluded that those who regularly monitor their blood pressure at home have better numbers than those who don’t. The National Institutes of Health defines high blood pressure as readings higher than 140 systolic (the top number)/ 90 diastolic (the bottom number). In the study, researchers at Tufts Medical Center in Boston found that people who monitored their blood pressure at home improved their systolic numbers by 3.9 points and their diastolic by 2.4 points. Of course, anyone with high blood pressure should be under a doctor’s care. Home blood-pressure monitors can be found at retailers such as Walmart and Target. also has a large selection of monitors.
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Can Debt Raise Your Blood Pressure?

A corrected version of the story is below: No copays, easier pills may reduce blood pressure Big blood pressure improvements seen with no copays, easier-to-use pills, researchers report By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) New research suggests giving patients easier-to-take medicine and no-copay medical visits can help drive down high blood pressure, a major contributor to poor health and untimely deaths nationwide. Those efforts were part of a big health care provider’s eight-year program, involving more than 300,000 patients with high blood pressure. At the beginning, less than half had brought their blood pressure under control. That increased to a remarkable 80 percent, well above the national average, the researchers said.
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Test blood pressure at home for good health

Tufts Medical Center in Boston found that people

Heres what it found: 20 percent of participants said they would still be in debt even if they liquidated all assets. A high debt-to-asset ratio was associated with high perceived stress (12 percent higher than average), depression (13 percent higher) and worse self-reported general health. Those with high debt had a 1.3 percent increase in diastolic blood pressure compared with the average which is a bigger deal than it might sound. A two-point increase in diastolic blood pressure, for example, is associated with a 17 percent higher risk of hypertension and a 15 percent higher risk of stroke, the study says. Perceived stress, depression and general health were gauged by questioning participants, so those values are based on self-reported information. That means theyre a little fuzzy and prone to error.
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High blood pressure risk rising among U.S. youths

Low Blood Pressure Linked to Death Risk, Study Finds

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“It’s a very sneaky thing.” High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a problem in which blood pushes too hard against a person’s blood vessels, potentially causing damage to the vessels and organs like the heart, according to WebMD . Risk factors for hypertension in children include obesity, sodium intake and family history. U.S. dietary guidelines suggest people eat no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, while the AHA recommends an even lower threshold of 1,500 daily milligrams. The AHA estimates 97 percent of children and teens eat too much salt, putting them at risk for high blood pressure and eventual heart disease.
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Multiple ways to combat high blood pressure

It’s estimated that 1 in 3 people have high blood pressure. The symptoms can be silent and can be deadly, that’s why doctors say we need to take control of this epidemic in many ways. Updated: Monday, August 19 2013 4:21 PM EDT2013-08-19 20:21:19 GMT Joseph Hardman was doing his job. Trying to save a life with CPR, when suddenly his own life was in jeopardy. Joseph Hardman was doing his job.
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Relative risk of mortality was significantly increased, by more than five times, according to the study, published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The researchers found that blood pressures in the range of 130 to 159 mm HG systolic over 70 to 89 diastolic were associated with the best health outcomes for the population they studied men with kidney disease. Dena Rifkin, MD, suggested that the new study may not yet apply to the general population, but only to this large group of older veterans with chronic kidney disease . Dr.
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How Exercise Helps (and Hurts) Sleep

For ‘Biggest Loser’ trainer, diet trumps exercise in weight loss

The researchers suggest that people with insomnia are essentially wired a bit differently — their stress response is abnormally sensitive. A single bout of exercise might even ramp up that stress response even more, but over time regular exercise helps to dial it back. The take-home message: for sleep, as with most of exercise’s benefits, it’s the consistent habit that makes the biggest difference, not any one super-workout. *** Read the Sweat Science book , and follow the latest posts via Twitter , Facebook , or RSS .
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But what I always hear from my contestants on the show is, ‘I just want to get skinny.'” In addition to promoting a healthy diet, a big part of his exercise routine includes lunges and other core-strengthening moves to burn enough fat to let the inner six-pack shine through. Harper said the workout is aimed at getting the heart rate up because that’s when people are going to be able to burn fat and when fat is burned off, the abdominal muscles are exposed. Fan of CrossFit He also adheres to the no-frills strength and condition program called Crossfit, which is a series of timed, ever- changing physical challenges that he says are suitable for everyone. “I’m working with people who are 500 pounds and doing Crossfit on a regular basis,” said Harper, who described the approximately 20-minute workout as well-balanced. “To me Crossfit just completely makes sense (as long as) you work at your level doing the things you can do with proper coaching,” he explained. But Dr.
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Japan’s army holds major exercise as defense minister says military role to grow

They will continue for several days. The exercises, held since 1961, are the biggest event put on by Japans army, called the Ground Self-Defense Forces, each year. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, in a written statement, said the exercises show Japans resolve to meet deepening uncertainties in the region and to be able to defend its own territory. Though he did not go into specifics, Japan has been at a standoff with China for months over a group of small, uninhabited islands that both nations claim. The dispute over the islands, called the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China, has soured relations between the two Asian giants and raised concerns in Tokyo that Japan must increase its military strength to meet Chinas growing power. Onodera noted the need for Japan to upgrade its surveillance capabilities primarily to keep a watch over Chinese activity around the islands and said Japans military will increasingly be called upon to join in international peace-keeping operations, the fight against piracy and bilateral activities with Japans allies. Japan has long relied on its main ally, the United States, to guarantee its defense.
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