November Is for Nutrients

Now that Halloween has passed, we dive into the loved and dreaded “holiday season.” It’s a good time to put a spotlight on nutrition. Who doesn’t need a refresher on making good food choices after gorging on candy and right before Thanksgiving?

Headlines have been full of news about what foods are good, and not so good, for our health and waistlines. This month, writers for The Sprout took a deep dive into nutrients: What do you need more of? What is simply hype? And, most importantly, is there a delicious treat I can make in the fourth floor Sackler microwaves while I study for my exams? All those answers and more in the November issue of The Sprout!

First up, Emily Finnan explores whether Vitamin C supplements will really keep your immune system “boosted” this cold season. Then Jirayu Tanprasertsuk takes us to the sunshine and to Thailand to discuss Vitamin D.  Julia Sementelli has an idea for how to prevent sore muscles after workouts by drinking tart cherry juice. And Skylar Morelli examines the latest trend in healthy drinks: the juice shot!

Big news broke last week when the WHO released a report reclassifying processed meat as a carcinogen. Katherine Pett asks a Tufts epidemiology professor what to make of the findings. Meanwhile, the UN prepares to replace the Millennial Development Goals with new Sustainable Development Goals, and Connie Ray has the switch covered. In vegetarian news, Ally Gallop takes us on a day-in-the-life trip of one food truck employee!

In policy and justice news, Emily Nink contributes a story about a local community’s work to create more access to healthy food and urban gardens. And Micaela Young takes it global, discussing the implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that concluded negotiations on October 5.

Need a study break? The Sprout suggests several ways to productively procrastinate: Matt Moore introduces us to the student-run seminar series, NewTrition, which has held its first two successful events already this semester. DJ Dr. Jaz is back with “The 30-Second Study Break” workout and all new mix, and Katelyn Castro provides us with a recipe for Apple-Crisp-In-a-Mug.

In this issue:

Vitamin C Supplements and the Common Cold

by Emily Finnan


Cold season has hit. Some of you may have already experienced the hallmark signs: unrelenting cough, non-stop dripping nose, and eyes so watery from sneezing, you can barely see. Unfortunately, even though, in America,one billion common cold infections occur yearly, there is no cure. Nothing can make your cold go away

Vitamin D Insufficiency in a Tropical Country: A Nutrition Paradox

by Jirayu Tanprasertsuk

Last summer I was had a chance to talk to Dr. Boonsong Ongphiphadhanakul, MD, one of the authors of a study on vitamin D status among the Thai population and a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Ramathibodi Hospital in Thailand.

Tart Cherry Juice: A Natural Way to Soothe Your Aching Muscles

by Julia Sementelli

800px-Owoce_wisniYou’ve pushed yourself by running an extra mile or set a personal best for how much weight you can deadlift. Mentally you feel accomplished and alive, but physically you’re exhausted and overcome with muscle soreness. While this is a sign that you actually pushed your body past its normal capabilities, it can be annoying to feel like a slug for the rest of the day or night. Especially when you have big plans to exercise again tomorrow. You want to feel better. And fast. Tart cherry juice may be a solution.

Not Your Average Flu Shot

by Skylar MorelliScreen Shot 2015-09-30 at 9.28.59 PM

Winter is approaching! The days are shorter, the trees are losing their leaves, and our immune systems are likely going to be compromised. Flu season is right around the corner, and it’s important to be both proactive and reactive about avoiding and treating the flu. There are plenty of ways to keep your body healthy such as exercise, keeping warm, eating a nutrient-dense diet, and getting a flu vaccine. Could adding nutrient-dense juice shots also help?

The WHO Says Processed Meat Is a Carcinogen. Is it?

by Katherine Pett 120px-NCI_bacon

Just in time for Halloween, the world had another deadly villain to dress as for costume parties: Bacon.

MDGs Give Way to SDGs

by Connie Ray

The end of September 2015 came with the deadline for the United Nations’ Millennial Development Goals (MDGs) established in 2000. They will be replaced by new Sustainable Development Goals, which have received mixed reaction.

A Day in the Life: 8 Hours Inside a Food Truck

by Ally GallopCarnegie_Mellon_University_Tartan_Express

“I swear the manager said that once the truck’s interior rose above 100°F we would close for the day. At 10 a.m. my watch read 104°F, yet I was still serving up eggplant sandwiches. What weather app was he using!?” Kate works in a food truck for Alfalfa, a meat-free restaurant serving the Boston-area with two food trucks. Through the heat and customer sass, Kate has seen it all.

Growing Food Justice Through Storytelling in Everett, MA

by Emily Nink

20151024_140100Everett Community Growers shares the stories of its members within public and nonprofit institutions to change messaging—and policy—from the ground up. The organization operates two community gardens and will open a new farm in 2016.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Misses Mark on Currency Manipulation

by Micaela Young

Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 12.45.51 PMThe Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations came to a dramatic conclusion on Monday, October 5. The “free-trade” deal that links 12 nations and covers more than 40 percent of global GDP has been deemed a great success by the White House and big business. However, many organizations including the National Farmers Union (NFU) have come out with strong critiques of the agreement due to the lack of enforcement on one key issue: currency manipulation.

Innovative NewTrition Talks Foster Engagement Between Students, Faculty, and Staff at Friedman

by Matthew Moore

NewTrition LogoAfter helping to plan and execute the successful 2015 Future of Food and Nutrition Student Research Conference, second-year students Kurtis Morrish (FPAN) and Kenny Westerman (BMN) were inspired to do more. By the end of the conference they had developed the concept for a new lecture series at Friedman; one that is informal, engaging, and not necessarily based on formal research. Less than six months later, NewTrition was born.


The 30-Second Study Circuit

by Justin Zabinski Max 12

Midterm season is upon us, which means gym time is inhibited by endless hours of studying and writing papers. According to a study done by the American Diabetes Association, it is important to take breaks during prolonged sedentary intervals, and it is suggested to do some sort of physical activity during breaks. This is when the 30-Second Circuit can be used!

Apple Crisp In-A-Mug

IMG_0011by Katelyn Castro

Nothing beats a slice of homemade apple pie, fresh out of the oven. But, let’s be honest; sometimes you don’t have the patience to craft a perfect piecrust, or the time to wait by the oven as the sweet smell of apples and cinnamon fill the kitchen. Sometimes, turning to a simpler recipe can satisfy your cravings, saving you time and keeping you sane.

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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