Sunday Roundup – April 7

Have you missed the roundup last week? Here are some good articles to make it up to you :) .

Dysfunctional Foods

In this article, Dr. David Katz discusses food fortification with vitamins and minerals. While adding vitamin D to milk  prevented rickets and folate to grains cut down neural tube defects, not all additions are functional or even necessary. A sugary cereal won’t magically become “part of a complete breakfast” if you fortify it with eleven vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, Katz argues that we are not deficient in most of these vitamins and minerals so he questions the purpose behind it.

This is what we call healthwashing. How else can they sell us even more junk? By  crushing in a multivitamin!

Photo source: blog.foodnetwork.com

Photo source: blog.foodnetwork.com

Run or Walk: Gains in Heart Health Similar

If  you prefer walking over running, don’t worry. You’re still reaping the same health benefits. You may just have to do it for longer. Both walking and running have been found to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol as well as lower the risk of diabetes and coronary heart disease. Whatever exercise you choose, choose one that you enjoy and that is easy for you to maintain. Consistency is key.

“Photo by mikecogh/Courtesy Flickr “

Organic Labels Bias Consumers Perceptions Through the ‘Health Halo Effect’

This study is a favorite of mine from this roundup and that’s because I’ve witnessed it first hand. We were trying an organic pizza many months ago and my husband kept reaching for seconds, thirds, and fourths… When I brought to his attention portion control, he was quick to exclaim: “It’s organic!” Just because a certain product is organic doesn’t make it immediately healthy and doesn’t give us the excuse to eat more of it . Organic cookies and chips are still cookies and chips.

Photo source: popped-sorghum.com

Photo source: popped-sorghum.com

Obesity Prevention Starts in Babyhood

A recent study published in the Pediatric Obesity journal showed that feeding practices before 6 months of age affected the risk of obesity by age 2. The feeding practices studied were breastfeeding vs bottle, introduction of solids before 4 months and sleeping with a bottle. Babies who were mostly formula fed before 6 months were two and half times more likely to be obese when they turned two. Introducing solids before 4 months* and sleeping with a bottle also increased that risk.

Protein-Rich Breakfasts Prevent Unhealthy Snacking in the Evening, Study Finds

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But getting the right breakfast is key to staying fuller longer and to avoid unhealthy snacking later in the day. A new study found that when given a protein-rich breakfast, overweight people who normally skipped breakfast were more satiated and had more control on evening snacking. Good food examples include eggs, yogurt, cheese, beans, nut butters and lean meat. I wouldn’t have meat for breakfast but if you like a breakfast sausage or a sfeeha (Lebanese meat pie) occasionally, go ahead!

Besides oatmeal, this is a typical breakfast of mine: labneh, halloumi and vegetables ( served with a small slice of pita bread)
Besides oatmeal, this is a typical breakfast of mine: labneh, halloumi and vegetables  (served with a small slice of pita bread)

What do you have for breakfast every morning? Would love to hear your ideas or links to your recipes!

Have a great week ahead!

*PS: Solids should never be introduced before 4 months. The new recommendations are to wait until the baby is 6 months old and ready.

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