Sunday Roundup – February 17. A Day Late!

If you have had a moment to read my previous post, you would know why you are reading a Sunday Roundup on a Monday! Internet trouble as usual! I was going to wait until next Sunday but two fellow dietitians/health bloggers/twitter buddies tweeted me their request for the roundup!  Thank you ladies! If you haven’t already, go check out their blogs Paty at Paty M’s Nutrition World and Nour at Nourish Body and Mind. The blogging community never ceases to amaze me. I am so grateful for all of you who are taking the time to read what I write.

Now for this week’s roundup!

How Advertising Targets our Children

A study published in the journal Pediatrics showed that exposure to alcohol advertising contributes to an increase in underage drinking. This comes as a reminder to reduce screen time and to effectively monitor what kids are watching not just on TV but through web and mobile apps and via social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Story via NY Times Well Blog.

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 What are the top four products they are marketing to children? Fast foods, sugared cereals, sugary drinks and candy. – Well, NY Times

Cooking classes “a boost to healthy diets”

A study from Scotland suggested that parents who participated in short cooking classes saw positive impact on their health on the long run. They were more confident around the kitchen, trying new recipes and eating more fresh produce. This comes in the same line as teaching your kids how to cook and they will grow up to be healthier eaters. Story via BBC health News

“It is particularly important to get these changes happening in young families.” Prof Davis as quoted in BBC News

Some bakeries use harmful additives for zaatar manakeesh

Zaatar is a blend of thyme, sumac, sesame seeds and salt. You wouldn’t want wood shavings and dye in it, would you? Well, according to this story from the Daily Star, some bakeries in Lebanon are using adultered zaatar in their man’oushe (zaatar pizza). In a different but related story, researchers tested samples of vitamin D supplement pills in the US market and found discrepancies in the potency of the pill and what is described on the label. So far, 2013 has been the year of exposing food fraud.

“In Lebanon, many goods undergo such a process due to the proliferation of fraud and deception.” Berro, Consumers Lebanon Activist to the Daily Star

Low Autism Risk with folic acid supplements in pregnancy

Women who took folic acid supplements before or early on during pregnancy gave birth to children with lower risk of severe autism. The risk was not lower when women started the supplement in later stages of the pregnancy, found a new study published in the Journal of The American Medical Association. As the researchers concluded, it is not a causal relationship; i.e., a mom not taking folic acid will not cause her children to have autism, but the study strongly supports its supplementation. Story via ScienceDaily

“The results show no reduction in the risk of atypical or unspecific autism. Food and other supplements did not reduce risk.” ScienceDaily

Eat to Dream: Study Shows Dietary Nutrients Associated With Certain Sleep Patterns

New research published in the journal Appetite found that people who sleep 7 to 8 hours a night were found to have more variety in their diet than those who sleep less or more. In addition to that, people who had the least sleep (less than 5 hours) consumed the most calories and had the least food variety. Lack of sleep has previously been associated with weight gain, obesity and diabetes…Story via ScienceDaily

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“What we still don’t know is if people altered their diets, would they be able to change their overall sleep pattern? Dr. Grandner – Researcher as quoted in ScienceDaily

After all that had been researched on the importance of sleep, it is only suited to finish up this roundup with two (not new but good) articles from Yoga Journal on how creating a bedtime routine and  practicing a calming yoga sequence can be beneficial for a restful sleep.

Good night :)

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