Study Break: What’s in the May Issue?

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2011!

In Need of a Study Break? Here are some Great Articles that will Definitely Help You Get Through Your Exams. In this May Issue, you will find the following articles:

1- Food Dyes: Are we being Overly Cautious or Indifferent? by Katie Andrews

The supposed link between food dyes and hyperactivity in children has faced a recent set-back as the FDA determined that more research into the debate is needed before we will see change in the American food landscape. Katie Andrews researches the history of food dyes in the American food supply and questions the place of these agents on today’s dinner table.

2- The Implications of Caffeine Consumption on Stress and Appetite by Christine gary

Coffee, tea, and energy drink intake spikes to fuel marathon study sessions that, fingers crossed, consequently spike grades. But is caffeine really helpful? What exactly are the scientifically-proven physiological implications of guzzling that venti chai latte?

3- The Coconut Story and Why We Care About Health Claims by Marina Komarovsky

Marketed as the new sports drink, a close second to a tropical retreat, and a convenient way to connect with nature and nourish the body, the colorful coconut water container has broad appeal. Meanwhile, coconut oil advocates are buzzing with news of exciting, though still questionable, benefits relating to immunity, metabolism, cardiovascular health, and brain health. Both the culinary and medicinal properties of coconut are commonplace in many South American, African, and Asian countries, but in the U.S. coconut is something of a mystery and a trendy nutrition phenomenon. Getting the back story on the claims may provide insight on how to navigate the complex landscape of health information relating to this fruit. 

4- Food and technology by Marisol Pierce-Quinonez

5- Taking Gary Taubes’s Sugar Theory with a Grain of Salt by Meghan Johnson

Gary Taubes made waves when he visited the Friedman School last month, espousing his controversial theory about carbohydrates and weight gain. Meghan Johnson talks with Tufts faculty, Dr. Alice Lichtenstein to set the record straight.

6- When Stressed, Eat Well by Hassan Dashti

With exams and deadlines coming up just a few days ahead of us, we are all stressed. You might be surprised to find out that there are foods that can actually help us alleviate some of our stress and anxiety. Read more about them here.

7- New Study Supports Gluten Sensitivity as a Real Clinical Condition by Sarah Gold

New study gives scientific backing to gluten sensitivity, a condition previously thought to be “all in the patients head.” Gluten sensitivity is found to not only be an immune response to gluten, but it’s clinically different than Celiac Disease.

8- Fat or Fit by Christine Gary

Article Description: Her last name is Bacon, and yet, she’s a nutrition professor at City College of San Francisco, an associate nutritionist at the University of California, Davis, and a private consultant for health care professionals. That name-career combo made me laugh, but it’s rather apropos, considering the message of her recent book and consequent social movement, both titled “Health at Every Size” (H.A.E.S.). For Dr. Bacon, there is no forbidden food, no dieting, and no calorie counting.

9- Taste of the Nation Boston 2011 – It’s Raining Wine (and Pulled Pork) for a Great Cause by Katie Andrews

A fabulous evening at Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation was enjoyed by all who attended. Katie Andrews provides a recap of the evening, including her favorite dishes as well as some detail surrounding the daunting facts about childhood hunger that this organization is looking the change.

10- Sustaining Balance: Updates on the Tufts-Medford Balance Your Life Campaign by Marina Komarovsky

For Friedman’s Kate Sweeney ’11, Balance Your Life started out as an internship project last summer. Over this past academic year, the healthy lifestyle campaign for Tufts undergraduates has grown into a truly collaborative, multifaceted, sustainable approach to promoting nutritious eating and physical activity on the Tufts-Medford campus. Joining forces with undergraduate as well as Friedman students, and with University departments and staff, Sweeney has been able to provide students with health information while presenting it in a fun way, and simultaneously creating easy ways to follow the advice. Fitness classes in the dorms, presentations in Nutrition 101, colorful dining hall posters to guide food choices, and a full battery of social media – in addition to a web page, Balance Your Life now boasts a Facebook page and blog – this campaign listens to students and gives them what they want. Update on how Balance Your Life has evolved over the past year.

11- Seasonal Sprouts: Coconut Confusion Lends Culinary Inspiration by Caroline Carney

12- A Review of Breakfast/Brunch Places by Jeff Hake

13- Breakfast in Boston: Cramped, Delicious, Oddly Charming and Alarmingly Muscular by Jeff Hake

Breakfast in Boston is dedicated to finding delicious morning meals, best enjoyed with friends and loved ones. Enjoy!

14- In Need of a Study Break? A Review of Coffee Houses

Enjoy and Good Luck!

The Friedman Sprout is a monthly student run newspaper that aims to serve the student population at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, prospective students, and alumni. Our mission is to report on newsworthy information that affects the Friedman community including nutrition research, food policy, internship and volunteer opportunities, as well as school events. Our editorial slant is that of sustainability in food and nutrition.

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