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“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”
François de la Rochefoucauld

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News from the world of fast food and health – From the AP Mar. 04, 2015

McDonald’s says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics commonly used in humans, and milk from cows that are not treated with an artificial growth hormone.

The company says the chicken change will take place within the next two years. It says suppliers will still be able to use a type of antibiotic called ionophores that keep chickens healthy and aren’t used in humans. The milk change will take place later this year.

McDThis is good news! Especially for all the parents of little ones who love chicken nuggets. My only criticism is why is it taking two years to implement the chicken changeover? They’re a little late in coming to the table, most of their competitors have already made this change.

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FoodWell this is discouraging news! Although not surprising. Healthy eating is a lifestyle and incorporated young. The availability of healthy food does not necessarily mean people will buy it.

THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Having good full-service supermarkets in poor neighborhoods doesn’t mean children will have healthier diets, a new study suggests.

"Low-income and ethnic minority neighborhoods are underserved by supermarkets relative to their higher-income counterparts, and it would appear to be logical that increasing availability of healthful foods could improve diets," said study author Brian Elbel, an associate professor of population health at New York University in New York City.

"However, we do not yet know whether or under what circumstances these stores will improve diet and health," Elbel explained in an NYU Langone Medical Center news release. "Food choice is complex, and the easy availability of lower-priced processed foods and pervasiveness of junk food marketing have implications for behavior change as well."

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Winter Fruit

clementine What’s your favorite winter fruit? Mine has to be clementines, I absolutely love these little oranges! Actually it’s not an orange, it’s a cross between an orange and a Chinese mandarin. They’re small, sweet, seedless and easy to peel.


History:

The origin of clementines is shrouded in mystery. Some attribute their discovery to father Clement, a monk in Algeria, who tending his mandarin garden in the orphanage of Misserghim, found a natural mutation. He nurtured the fruit tree and subsequently called it "clementino". Others, like Japanese botanist Tanaka, believe that clementines must have originated in Asia and found their way through human migration to the Mediterranean. Whatever their origin, the fact is that clementines found their natural climate and soil in Spain, where they developed their particular aroma, sweetness and taste. Commercial production of clementines began in Spain in 1925. Today there are 161,000 acres dedicated to the cultivation of clementines.

Season:  Late October – February

Nutritional Info: Very low in Sodium, also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Thiamin, Folate and Potassium, and Vitamin C. There are 80 calories in 2 clementines.

If you haven’t tried this delectable little fruit pick some up next time you’re atclementines1_2 the grocery store. I warn you though… these little things are addictive! You can’t eat just one.

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Because of our move I had to get my wedding ring re-appraised for insurance purposes. Also it had not be appraised in 7 years and the price of gold and diamonds has gone up so most likely the ring was under insured.

I went to a downtown jeweler, a pretty fancy place, the kind you have to ring a bell to be let in the store. After being buzzed in by a woman immaculately dressed I explained what I needed and produced the papers I had with the original documentation and appraisal.

She asks to see the ring so I take it off and hand it to her. I kid you not this is what she says to me:

“Are you a runner?”

“Do you eat?”

“Or are you just naturally thin and have been your whole life?”

My replies:

“No”

A look given as if to say, are you freakin serious lady?

“Yes, I’ve always been petite”

I thought it was very unprofessional and bordering on being rude. It also made me feel a bit self conscious and there was no reason for me to feel so. I am healthy, eat well, am very active and I happen to be slender. If she had mentioned the ring size I would have been fine with that, but asking me if I eat was ridiculous.

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The role of dietary fructose in the development of obesity and fatty liver diseases remains controversial, with previous studies indicating that the problems resulted from fructose and a diet too high in calories.

However, a new study conducted in an animal model at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center showed that fructose rapidly caused liver damage even without weight gain. The researchers found that over the six-week study period liver damage more than doubled in the animals fed a high-fructose diet as compared to those in the control group.

The study is published in the June 19 online edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

via http://www.sciencedaily.com/

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In case you haven’t heard The American Medical Association has endorsed obesity as a disease. I just happened to read this excerpt at Forbes:

The American Medical Association’s endorsement of obesity as a disease state should give a boost to sales and continued development of prescription diet drugs.

The AMA’s policy-making House of Delegates, which this week endorsed recognizing obesity as a disease, said they wanted to see the association’s backing of such a resolution as spurring more treatment options and better reimbursement for treating overweight Americans to create better health outcomes.

Really is this what we want? Development of more prescription diet drugs? The obesity epidemic in our country will never be under control until we as a nation demand healthier food with less processing, fewer chemicals and hormones. Food manufacturers need to cut or eliminate the high fructose corn syrup that is in most everything.  

We need to return to the days of eating REAL food. Sadly for many Americans, real to them is something that gets delivered or the local fast food place around the corner. For too many kids the only vegetable they will have today are French fries.

Nutrition needs to be taught in schools from K on up. Parents need to be educated at the Pediatricians office each time their baby/child has a check up. Instead of making millions more for big Pharm let’s hire nutritionists, nurses, educators to work with the public. People need to be responsible for the food they put in their mouth and feed their children. 

With summer here the Farmers Markets are open and healthy fresh food is abundant. Eat local, eat fresh and know where your food is coming from.

It’s really not rocket science folks…eat less, move more, read labels and eat real food. If it wasn’t around when your Great Grandparents were alive it’s not real food.

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