March 30, 2010

Pizza for Breakfast

1 Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution in West Virginia

"It is a shame that these 4th graders do not know what a tomato is, but my 2-year-old granddaughter does"
- Rosemarie in the comments

Jamie Oliver helped to reform "school dinners" in the U.K., and now he's trying to do the same thing in the United States via an ABC reality show called Jamie Food Revolution. Canadian bariatric physician Yoni Freedhoff gives it a thumbs up, despite its reality show cliches. In the show Jamie goes to Huntington, West Virginia, where half the adults are obese, and the kids can't tell a tomato from a potato, and tries to get the residents to improve their eating. Some choice quotes from the show: "We don't want to sit around and eat lettuce all day" and "In all of my years I've never seen pizza given for breakfast."

More at Weighty Matters | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Tags: Yoni Freedhoff, Jamie Oliver, Reality Show, Jamie's Food Revolution

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Octopus Balls with Mayonnaise

2 Cherry Blossom Parties: What Do Japanese Eat?

Cherry blossom viewing season is reaching its peak in the Tokyo area latitudes of Japan now. What do Japanese eat at hanami cherry blossom viewing parties? All kinds of things, it turns out, but Australian illustrator and Japanophile Andrea Innocent stuck to the more traditional items (minus the beer) in an illustration for CalorieLab's blog. On the menu: green tea (in a PET bottle), sakura mochi rice cakes, miso tofu, futomaki sushi (shaped like a panda), miso soup, cold soba noodles, umeboshi rice, and takoyaki octopus balls (with Kewpie mayonnaise). A little short on veggies, and no fish, but healthier than junk food. Of course, in reality there is plenty of junk food at many o-hanami parties.

More at CalorieLab | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Tags: Hanami, O-Hanami, Andrea Innocent, Cherry Blossoms

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1 in 40 Are Supertaskers

3 Few Can Talk on a Cell Phone and Drive Safely

Think you can talk on your cell phone and drive safely? A new study from the University of Utah found that only 2.5 percent of the population are "supertaskers" with the ability to successfully do two things at once. The study shakes up our understanding of multitasking by showing that performance suffers when most people try to accomplish more than one task simultaneously. Researchers, assessing 200 participants, simulated freeway driving while having them talk on a hands free cell phone. For the majority, brake times lagged by 20 percent; following distances increased by 30 percent, indicating a failure to keep up with traffic flow. Supertaskers, however, showed no impairment in their ability to talk and drive. Further study is being done to learn what makes some people supertaskers.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Cell Phone, Multitasking, Supertaskers, University of Utah, Hands-Free Cell Phone, Talking and Driving, Driving While Talking on Cell Phone, Driving

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Dark Is Best

4 Chocolate Lowers Blood Pressure, Heart Disease

Chocoholics rejoice! A new study, published in the European Heart Journal, says that chocolate lowers blood pressure and reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke. And the more one eats - in limited quantity - the better. The study, which followed 19,000 people for 10 years, found that those who consumed an average of 7.5 grams of chocolate per day had a 39 percent lower risk of heart disease than those who ate 1.7 grams per day. (The difference in the amount of chocolate consumed equals less than one small square of a 3.5 ounce chocolate bar.) Researchers believe that flavanols in cocoa help lower blood pressure but stress that, while chocolate is good for you, consumption should be limited and should not increase daily caloric intake or substitute for eating healthy foods.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Heart Disease, Chocolate Lowers Blood Pressure, Chocolate Is Good for You, Chocolate, Stroke, Blood Pressure, Flavanols, Chocolate and Heart Disease

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