It’s tough to keep up with all the health, fitness and nutrition news out there so every week I will round them up for you. Of course, my personal take on the matter will be there too; or else it wouldn’t be my blog, right? The stories I choose are the ones that I find most relevant and interesting. Welcome to Health ‘n’ Horizons’ first Sunday roundup!
Coca-Cola fights obesity? Oh, please.
The first story is the Coca-Cola anti-obesity ad campaign “Come together” that aired two weeks ago in the States but is still getting some pretty harsh criticism and I had to mention it. In the two-minute ad, Coca-Cola say that ” all calories count no matter where they come from, including Coca-Cola, and if you eat and drink more calories than you burn off you’ll gain weight.” It’s true all calories count but not all calories are created equal. You’re not better off with the diet versions either. Marion Nestle discussed what Coca-Cola should do if it really wanted to address the obesity epidemic on Food Politics.
“ The ad is an astonishing act of chutzpah, explainable only as an act of desperation to do something about the company’s declining sales in the U.S. and elsewhere.” – Marion Nestle
Money TALKS – When Food Companies Dictate What “Healthy” Is!!
Another story the past couple of weeks that created quite a stir in the dietetic community was the Eat, Drink, Politics report ” And Now a Word from Our Sponsors: Are America’s Nutrition Professionals in the Pocket of Big Food? by Michele Simon that criticized the sponsorship program of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Paty, the dietitian behind Paty M’s Nutrition World discussed the issue and how we have a similar situation in Lebanon with the LANFS, the Lebanese Association for Nutrition and Food Sciences.
“It’s about time we think for ourselves & check different schools than “those funded by food companies”! – Paty M
Faux pas! Food fraud on the rise
Food fraud is on the rise. Horse meat in beef burgers across the UK and Ireland, clouding agents, cheap substitutes and fillers in juices and olive oils across the US (and worldwide of course). Check out the full report and CNN’s eatocracy article on tips how to combat food fraud.
“The new records show that the most commonly fraudulent products are olive oil, milk, saffron, honey and coffee.” – Eatocracy
Lose Fat Faster Before Breakfast
People burned 20% more fat when they exercised in the morning on an empty stomach, says a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition. Personally, I can’t exercise on an empty stomach, but regardless of the timing exercise always beats couch!
“The researchers discovered that those who had exercised in the morning did not consume additional calories or experience increased appetite during the day to compensate for their earlier activity.” -ScienceDaily
Dieters who ate lunch earlier lost more weight
WHEN you eat might be as important as WHAT you eat when it comes to weight loss. A new study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that dieters who ate lunch before 3 pm lost more weight than those who ate lunch after 3 pm. Again this is a small study (420 dieters) and there are other factors to take into consideration. What you eat is still the biggest player. Junk food before 3 pm will not make you lose more weight than healthy food after 3 pm. However, it is always recommended that dinner is lighter than either lunch or breakfast. I would say healthy, portion-controlled and early!
“The late lunch eaters had lower insulin sensitivity, which is a risk factor for diabetes.” – USA Today
Other studies this week included one meta-analysis that found no evidence for an association between egg consumption and either coronary heart disease or stroke, and a study that said that women have to do about 20% more exercise to get the same benefits as men. Surprise, surprise! Not.