Sunday Roundup- February 24

Have you ever wondered why you crave something even if you know it’s not the best thing for you? Have you ever started eating it and found yourself unable to stop after a few bites or sips? Well, you’re not alone and it may not be entirely your fault. That perfect first bite has been engineered to get you hooked and asking for more.

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food
If you haven’t  read this story yet, now is the time. Make it your Sunday read. It is an excerpt of Michael Moss’s new book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Moss exposes the processed food industry and how the perfect formula of salt, fat, sugar, crunch and mouthfeel creates the addictive bite. It is an eye-opening masterpiece about how the industry giants are greatly behind the obesity epidemic.

Photo credit: Grant Cornett for the New York Times

Photo credit: Grant Cornett for the New York Times

“I couldn’t do much about it, I feel so sorry for the public.” Robert Lin, chief scientist for Frito-Lay from 1974 to 1982 to Michael Moss – NY Times

Dangers of Too Much Calcium

A study published in BMJ found that women who consumed the most calcium (1400mg/day and more) were at increased risk of death from cardiovascular diseases except stroke. The following goes without saying. It is not advised to take supplements unless recommended by a physician.  Regular blood tests should be administered to check if the deficiency has been corrected. If the diet and blood tests are normal, the supplement must be stopped. In case you do not consume dairy and you are worried about your calcium intake, here’s a list of important non- dairy calcium sources .

“If you have a normal diet, you don’t need to take calcium supplements,” Dr. Karl Michaëlsson, researcher as quoted in Well, NY Times

High Glycemic Index Foods and Dairy Products Linked to Acne

It’s been a while that the relationship between acne and food has been dismissed. However, a new review of the literature found that high glycemic index foods and dairy products may influence or aggravate acne but not necessarily cause it. High glycemic index foods include white bread, white baguette, white rice,potatoes, doughnuts, cornflakes, dates, rice cakes, pretzels…

Photo credit: Wikipedia

Photo credit: Wikipedia

 “The medical community should not dismiss the possibility of diet therapy as an adjunct treatment for acne.” Jennifer Burris, researcher as quoted in ScienceDaily
Is There a Link Between Childhood Obesity and ADHD, Learning Disabilities?
A study done on juvenile mice found a possible link between fat overnutrition and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. After a week of feeding the mice a high-fat diet ( 60% calories from fat), their behavior began to change. They exhibited decreased learning abilities as well as memory impairment. Reverting back to a lower-fat diet restored memory. It is worth-noting that the amount of fat given to the mice is higher than the typical Western diet (35-40%). Story via ScienceDaily.
“Although the mice grow out of these anxious behaviors and learning deficiencies, the study suggests to me that a high-fat diet could trigger anxiety and memory disorders in a child who is genetically or environmentally susceptible to them,” Freund- Researcher as quoted in ScienceDaily

Food Babe Investigates: How Food Companies Exploit Americans with Ingredients Banned in Other Countries

This blog post on 100 Days of Real Food investigates side by side the labels of several food products, from Pringles to Quaker and Betty Crocker cake mixes, from the US and UK. It seems that the same product has more additives in the United States than in the United Kingdom. My take-home message from this: wherever in the world you may be, global products are making it to your supermarket shelves. You can never be too careful. Read your labels with the eyes of a hawk.

Photo Credit: Food Babe Investigates for 100 Days of Real Food

Photo Credit: Food Babe Investigates for 100 Days of Real Food

“Junk food companies intentionally add this combination of ingredients to create sensory overload by exciting your brain cells to remember the food you are eating and make less nutritious ingredients taste better to you.” Food Babe in 100 Days of Real Food

Blaming the processed-food industry and doing nothing about it is the easiest way to go. It is true that the environmental triggers and life stresses may seem too hard to counter but we have a choice. We have a choice to refuse what they are offering, we have a choice of making our voices heard. We have a choice of “engineering” our direct environment, our homes, our offices, to create the healthy happy life we want for ourselves and our families.

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