by Rachel Perez
Last week a poster at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference observed that out of 2,564 study volunteers, those who consumed diet soda every day had a 48% increased risk of suffering stroke or heart events compared with non-soda drinkers. The authors comment, “If our study is replicated, it would suggest diet soda is not optimal,” however the study awaits publication.
The Washington Post investigates the scientific connection between loving relationships and health outcomes such as blood pressure, depression, and injury recovery. Just how strong is love’s healing power?
Last week the UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned that China’s failing winter wheat crop could increase already stressed world wheat prices. As the world’s largest wheat producer, a drought affecting 12.75 million acres out of 35 million acres of wheat fields could cause China to increase wheat importation. Resulting shifts in global food supply could tax American wheat, forcing corn prices even higher.
Massachusetts regulators proposed nutrition standards that would ban items such as french fries, soft drinks (including diet soda), and white-bread sandwiches from the a la carte lines, snack shops and vending machines in all MA public schools. If approved, the new rules would start in the 2012-2013 school year
A study from the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health analyzed the diets of over 14,000 children at age 3 and tracked IQ scores for 5 years. They found that children who ate high amounts of fat, sugar, and processed foods had a lower IQ at age 8 years, compared to those who ate high amounts of fruits and vegetables. The authors note, “Cognitive/behavioral effects relating to eating habits in early childhood may well persist into later childhood, despite any subsequent changes (including improvements) to dietary intake.”
Consumers can expect to see front-of-pack calorie labels popping up on beverages, as PepsiCo, Coca-cola Co., Honest Tea and others join the American Beverage Association’s (ABA) Clear on Calorie initiative. Susan Neely, ABA president and CEO notes, “America’s beverage companies are doing their part to help people achieve a healthy weight.”
Last week agriculture and health leaders gathered in New Delhi for the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) 2020 Conference. Discussion centered on agricultural changes to reverse global malnutrition, suggesting incentives for farmers to grow more fruits and vegetables. Shenggen Fan, director general of IFPRI, addressed nutrient deficiencies by asking for expansion of programs that add vitamins and minerals to crops.
Going beyond alfalfa and mung beans, foods from sprouted grains are a growing food niche. However evidence is lacking that foods from sprouted or germinated sources are more nutritious. Just a fun read for our Sprout readers!
U.S. reserves of corn hit their lowest level in 15 years, largely due to the ethanol industry’s increasing demand. The USDA approved commercial growing of genetically engineered corn that is easier to convert into ethanol, despite objections from industry.
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