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April 16, 2014

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6:17 PM | Headlines can Drive you Crazy! Today’s Rant is Vitamin E
Headlines. They are seductive. They are memorable. Unfortunately, the details beneath the headline may be different.  In an insightful article (The media wails about money wasted on Tamiflu – but we were the ones who demanded it), Oliver Wright tracks headlines last week in Great Britain condemning their government for wasting taxes to stockpile the anti-flu drug Tamiflu. Then he cites 2005 headlines when the media criticized government for failing to protect its citizens, leaving […]
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12:34 PM | Driving policy by headlines introduces c
Driving policy by headlines introduces controversy without direction or momentum. http://ow.ly/vQBTi #LostOpportunitiesFiled under: Uncategorized
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12:34 PM | Driving policy by headlines introduces c
Driving policy by headlines introduces controversy without direction or momentum. http://ow.ly/vQBTi #LostOpportunitiesFiled under: Uncategorized
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5:00 AM | Front of Package Labeling Leads to Better Consumer Understanding & Choices
Those with lower education levels showed proportionately higher gains in identification of nutrients and percent daily values when information was present on the front of food packages.

April 15, 2014

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6:03 PM | Nutrient Status is More Important than Nutrient Intake
For the most part, our bodies can interconvert macronutrients but vitamins and minerals must be consumed. Our bodies use carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and alcohol as energy sources. While some amino acids and fatty acids are essential (must be ingested), excess protein, carbohydrates, and fats are metabolized and stored in adipose tissue (as fat). Because of inadequate intakes of vitamins and minerals, people (and animals) can be overweight, even obese, and still malnourished. While low […]
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5:00 AM | Meta-Analysis: Whey Protein Improves Body Composition
Whey protein consumption may lead to significant decreases in body weight and body fat and significant increases in lean body mass, according to research published in Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

April 14, 2014

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10:19 PM | Multivitamin-Mineral Supplements: Safe Insurance for Micronutrient Gaps
The most commonly used dietary supplement is a multivitamin-mineral (MVMM) supplement. In 2011 survey,  the Council of Responsible Nutrition (CRN) reports the most commonly used dietary supplement is a multivitamin-mineral supplement (Dickinson et al, 2014). Consumers use MVMM supplements primarily:  1) for overall health and wellness and 2) to fill nutrient gaps. Multivitamin-mineral supplements are an important source of nutrients for many. While we may dream of eating garden-fresh […]
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8:57 PM | Another dangerous "supplement" discovered
The New England Journal of Medicine recently ran an article (1) about the safety of nutritional supplements, in response to the discovery that an over-the-counter 'supplement' called OxyElite Pro had caused severe liver damage; one person died and three others required liver transplants. It wasn't made clear in the article what exactly caused the problems. This is obviously a serious matter, yet the whole article smacks of supplement bashing.First, it is preposterous to call a product like […]
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1:08 PM | Beyond Standing Desks
To reduce sitting time, workplace culture needs to change.
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5:00 AM | Supplement Use More Prevalent Than NHANES Suggests
Users take supplements to improve overall health, fill nutrient gaps, according to published review based on CRN data.
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5:00 AM | Chinese Herbal Medicine May Offer Potential in Treating Hepatitis C
In vitro study suggests compound extracted from herb found in certain regions of Taiwan and Southern China blocks inhibit hepatitis C virus activity.
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5:00 AM | Severe Obesity on the Rise Among U.S. Children
Analysis finds that all classes of obesity in children have increased over the last 14 years.

April 13, 2014

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2:17 PM | Confessions of a lapsed diet tracker
“I stuck with diet tracking for a while, but it got to be too much. When I’m stressed, and admittedly, when my eating is out of control, I stop. I don’t want to see the damage. I know I’m putting ...

April 12, 2014

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10:03 AM | How eating several smaller sized chocolates makes you look greedy and impulsive: the unit size effect of indulgent food
Imagine you are offered a package full of delicious chocolates. Would the size of the pieces of chocolate influences how much you eat? Yes, the size of your piece of chocolate matters. This so-called unit size of food refers to the number of units in which a portion of food is divided. Earlier studies have shown that smaller units typically lead people to eat less. For example, Wansink and colleagues found that people being given four 100-calorie packs of crackers ate about 25% […]

van Kleef E., Kavvouris C. & van Trijp H.C.M. (2014). The unit size effect of indulgent food: How eating smaller-sized items signals impulsivity and makes consumers eat less, Psychology & Health, 1-41. DOI:

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April 11, 2014

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11:03 AM | Why Runners Sweat More
(And why that's a good thing.)
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8:25 AM | Iron Supplementation is Beneficial for Female Athletes
Iron is an essential nutrient, especially for athletes. Iron’s most important role is to transport oxygen through the body via the blood protein hemoglobin. When iron intakes and absorption are inadequate to meet needs, the hemoglobin molecule that contains iron at its core cannot be produced. Symptoms such as fatigue, weakness and dizziness relate to the reduced ability of the body to transport oxygen. Iron deficiency in athletes reduces oxygen uptake and the output of muscles, impairing […]
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5:00 AM | Bill Introduced to Stop State Laws Requiring GMO Labeling
Reps. Mike Pompeo and G.K. Butterfield have introduced The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act— a bill specifically aimed at halting individual state laws requiring mandatory labeling of GMOs.

April 10, 2014

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9:09 PM | Should you start out slow in a 10K?
Conventional wisdom is that you can get your best time in a race by starting off a little slower than your goal pace: “Negative splits” are the ideal — times for each mile run should decrease over the course of the race. So, for example, if you were running a 10k and had a goal […]

Reardon J. (2013). Optimal pacing for running 400- and 800-m track races, American Journal of Physics, 81 (6) 428. DOI:

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9:27 AM | Nutrition Choices for Pregnant Women Fail to Meet Recommendations
One of the keys to a healthy pregnancy is good nutrition. What pregnant women eat during pregnancy can affect not only their own health, but also the risk of undesirable birth outcomes and the health of the fetus. In general, nutrition guidelines include specific recommendations for pregnant women to ensure that they receive adequate energy, protein, fat and micronutrients during pregnancy to support both themselves and their offspring, and also to avoid foods that carry specific health risks. […]
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5:00 AM | NCN Reports on 2013’s Top Health & Wellness Industry Transactions
The healthy food category saw the most activity in 2013 led by 64 acquisitions.
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5:00 AM | ConsumerLab.com Evaluates Marine Omega-3s
Only four of the 30 supplements reviewed had quality problems.

April 09, 2014

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12:02 PM | Mobile Telecommunication Technologies for Nutrition and Health
In the not so distant past, the thought of having a portable device capable of sending/receiving messages and phone calls at any time and place was science fiction.  Today the number of active cell phones is estimated at 7.3 billion. More cell phones than people on this planet. We are on the precipice of adopting mobile telecommunication technologies (mHealth) to manage our health and wellness. According to Steinhubl and colleagues, three factors are driving mHealth acceptance
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6:42 AM | Three Hundred Things to do with a Peanut
Like many crops the peanut is completely unknown as a wild plant and was probably produced by the natural hybridisation of two different species of uncultivated ancestors. This event which probably occurred thousands of years ago in Argentina or Bolivia was followed by a fortuitous doubling of the genetic material allowing this new hybrid to […]

April 08, 2014

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11:23 AM | Liver Disease, Obesity, and Essentiality of Vitamins
Obesity is associated with two metabolic aberrations. The most prevalent is metabolic syndrome, a cluster of disorders produced by a fatty liver, including elevated blood glucose and triglycerides. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is defined by the accumulation of excess fat in the liver. There are  no outward signs of NAFLD. Both metabolic syndrome and NAFLD contribute to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and other chronic diseases, e.g. type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular […]
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5:00 AM | Green Tea May Boost Brain Health
Research published in the academic journal Psychopharmacology suggests green tea extract increases the brain's effective connectivity.
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5:00 AM | HHS Cites Progress in Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
Healthy People 2020 represents the nation’s current 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention.
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5:00 AM | Daniel Fabricant Rejoins NPA as New CEO


Dr. Fabricant returns to the Natural Products Association after directing FDA’s Dietary Supplement Division for past three years.

April 07, 2014

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12:29 PM | The Antioxidant Functions of Riboflavin
When we think of antioxidant nutrients, we think of the big names: vitamin C, vitamin E, the carotenoids, selenium. It is less well known that riboflavin also supports the body’s antioxidant functions. These less well known properties have been reviewed recently by Ashoor and Saedisomeolia.
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5:00 AM | Meta-analysis Finds Calcium Does Not Increase Coronary Heart Disease
Research disputes the hypothesis that calcium supplementation, with or without vitamin D, increases coronary heart disease or all-cause mortality risk in elderly women.

April 04, 2014

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9:33 AM | Simple Strategies to Help People Make Better Food Choices: Can Supermarkets Help?
Choice can be our downfall in selecting foods for a healthy diet. Factors such as attractive packaging, price, expected sensory gratification, convenience, and familiarity with the product can all override healthier food choices. Many professionals working in nutrition and public health are interested in how we can help the average consumer to select foods that are suitable to avoid nutrient deficiencies and maintain a healthy weight. Can supermarkets help here?
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