Junk food is undoubtedly linked to childhood obesity, yet big corporations market to children who are least aware of and least able to control the components of a healthy diet. These children, are most susceptible to junk food addiction and its inherent medical risks.
Because we are in the midst of an increasing worldwide obesity health epidemic, and decreasing available funds for healthcare spending, some suggest that the government step in to regulate the junk food industry. Should major companies should be required to stop advertising to children and to place warning labels on junk food, similar to the regulations imposed in the tobacco industry? Or, should the “buyer beware/eat at your own risk” attitude still prevail? What do you think? We want to know!
Want to increase your odds of a peaceful slumber? According to a recent study, the food you eat is linked to how well you sleep.
Researchers found that poor sleep affects the hormones that control hunger and appetite, which can lead to unhealthy food choices. Interestingly, the people who slept 7-8 hours each night ate the largest variety of food and nutrients, and the people who slept 6 hours or less consumed the lowest variety of food and nutrients. So the next time you go grocery store, you may want to consider adding “super foods” to your shopping cart.
As many of you know, eating processed food can lead to obesity, heart disease and diabetes in adults. But you may be surprised to learn the harmful effects of junk food on children. A recent study revealed that kids who eat junk food three times a week have a higher risk of developing asthma and eczema.
Researchers studied 50 countries and found that teenagers who ate fast food such as burgers three times a week or more were 39 percent more likely to get severe asthma. Younger kids were 27 percent more at risk. It is believed that the high saturated fat levels in food such as burgers lower children’s immune systems.
Want to know what foods can protect against these diseases? Read this article to find out more.
Healthy foods of all types are feeling Super Bowl madness. Carrot, Avocado, and even Greek Yogurt marketers are trying to push their message for the big game. Experts say the junk food isn’t going anywhere, but at least in this day and age, the healthy food has a chance.
Enjoy your carrots dipped in Greek yogurt dip and your hearty guacamole loaded with healthy fats- good for your skin and your hair!
It may not be a shocker that southern comfort food chef Paula Deen has Type 2 diabetes, but it is important to know how to avoid such health problems. Obesity increases your risk. Avoid eating fatty, sugar-rich foods and try to cut down on fats and oils, sugars and simple-carbohydrates like white rice, and bleached flour. Substitute for whole grains, non- or low-fat, or natural alternatives. Moderation is key.
Paula Deen, now being the spokeswoman for Victoza, a diabetes drug company, is now learning that healthy eating is key. Plus, eating healthy reduces the signs of aging and improves the appearance of wrinkles. Now doesn’t that carrot look extra appetizing?
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Eat leafy, green veggies, lean proteins including beans and lentils, omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and flax seed, brightly colored berries, dark chocolate (yes! even chocolate has antioxidants), and green tea.
Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated!