March 17, 2010

Cauliflower and Prune Juice?

1 Replace Movie Popcorn with Yogurt: Sony Film Exec

Alarmed about the growing size of the typical cinema patron of his company's movies, Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton has proposed that popcorn, candy and soda be replaced by yogurt, fruit salad, vegetable crudités and granola bars. But even Mr. Lynton admitted that it's too early to introduce today's fast food junkie movie fans to tubs of spinach, broccoli and cauliflower and Big Gulp sized prune juice beverages. On the other hand, baked potato chips and unbuttered, air-popped popcorn may have a place in the theater, says Mr. Lynton. Tim Smith, of the Food Standards Agency in Britain has suggested an easier place to start in improving movie nutrition: smaller portions of the current junk food.

More at The Times | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Tags: Movie Food, Cinema Food, Sony Pictures, Michael Lynton, Food Standards Agency, Junk Food, Movie Snacks

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Kirstie Alley's Organic Liaison

2 It's Not a Scientology Diet, Says Kirstie Alley

On the Today show ex-Jenny Craig diet spokeswoman Kirstie Alley laughed off suggestions that the Church of Scientology is behind her new weight loss company. Alley said that some of her friends and advisors who happen to be Scientologists are among the company's executives, but the company itself is run by herself and is not owned by or affiliated with the Church of Scientology organization. In designing her diet she did acknowledge inspiration from the Scientology drug addiction treatment program that she credits with ending her cocaine addiction. The new diet, called Organic Liaison, is based on the use of supplement products that Alley will sell. Alley herself has not actually done the diet for very long: She had to remain fat until filming started on her new diet reality show.

More at MSNBC | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Tags: Kirstie Alley, Kirstie Alley's Organic Liaison, Scientology, Scientologist, Jenny Craig

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Farmers Can Sell Meat Directly

3 Small Slaughterhouses Support Local Food Trend

Market demand for locally produced food is encouraging the expansion of small, local slaughterhouses. Large meat processing plants will not accept farmer clients who only raise a small number of animals. It's not worth the hassle for operations of their scale. Stepping into the gap are smaller, local abattoirs like True & Essential Meats in Harrisonburg, Virginia, one of a dozen small slaughter operations in Virginia alone. T&E sells processes animals like sheep, goats, hogs and chickens into meat that the farmers can sell, sometimes directly to consumers at farmers markets or to restaurants, cutting out middlemen and making more profit. Besides T&E, other Virginia slaughterhouses are Blue Ridge Meats and EcoFriendly Foods.

More at Washington Post | Hat tip to Parke Wilde of U.S. Food Policy | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Tags: Slaugherhouse, Abattoir, T&E Meats, True & Essential Meats, Local Food, Small Farmers, Farmers Markets

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Bionic Ear

4 FDA Approves Implantable Amplifier for the Deaf

A bionic sound amplifier that can be implanted in the human ear to restore hearing has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The Esteem system can help people with sensorineural hearing loss, which is a kind of hearing loss caused by damage to the inner ear from noise, aging or viral infection, or also by genetic factors. The Esteem system implants an amplifier between the eardrum and the middle ear, which picks up vibrations from the eardrum, amplifies them, and passes them on as amplified vibrations to the middle ear. According to the FDA's Jeffrey Shuren, the device has "no readily visible external components." How do they get the thing in there between the eardrum and middle ear? We're not sure.

More at FDA | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Tags: FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Deafness, Hearing Loss, Sensorineural Hearing Loss, Esteem, Hearing Implant, Jeffrey Shuren

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Ressession Cuts Health Care

5 Almost 2M in California Lost Insurance

Nearly two million people in California have lost their health insurance thanks to the recession, a study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research says. That means that almost a quarter of that state's residents now lack health insurance, and it's a 28 percent increase since 2007. The estimates are based on enrollee data from public and private health insurers in the state from 2009. While the number of uninsured people increased among all demographic groups, those most affected were working-age adults, 6.5 million of whom lack insurance, an increase of 6 percentage points. Experts say that's mainly because so many people have lost their jobs, and the lack of health care because of the lack of employment is a huge reason we need health reform, they say.

More at UCLA Center for Health Policy | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

Tags: Recession, Economy, Health Care, Health Insurance, California

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Supplements Are Best

6 Vitamin D Greatly Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

Supplementation with Vitamin D can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular and other diseases, according to two recent studies. Medical experts have long known about the benefits of Vitamin D on bone health, but says Dr. J. Brent Muhlestein, MD, director of CV research, Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, Utah, "our findings show that Vitamin D could have far greater implications in the treatment and reduction of cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions than we previously thought." In one of the studies, when Vitamin D levels were increased, patients had lower rates of CV disease, diabetes, depression, kidney failure and high blood pressure. Doctors say supplements are the best and safest source of Vitamin D.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Vitamin D Deficiency is Widespread

Tags: Vitamin D, Cardiovascular Disease, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Depression, Kidney Failure, High Blood Pressure, Bone Health, Dr J. Brent Muhlestein, Intermountain Medical Center Hea

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The Next Superfood?

7 Omega-3 Enhanced Soybeans to Improve American Diet

The American diet is about to get healthier as farmers employ biotechnology to enhance the production of soybeans that contain higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are known for heart health and may also help prevent cancer. Currently, fish and fish oil supplements are the main source of Omega 3s in most American diets, however, that may change as engineered soybean oil products make their way to American dining tables. The FDA recently confirmed that enhanced soybean oil can be used in foods and beverages and American farmers are responding by planting more crops of the bean. Initially, biotechnology helped farmers grow crops with fewer weeds, allowing them to reduce the use of pesticides. Now, with the addition of increased Omega 3s, soybeans could become the next superfood.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Cancer, Soybean oil, Soybeans, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, American Diet, Farmers, Biotechnology, Heart Health, Cancer Prevention, Fish Oil, Fish Oil Supplements

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