August 1, 2010

Vegan Mayo, Marshmallows, Cheese

1 Vegan May Be Ethical, but Not Necessarily Healthy

The Los Angeles Times profiles a young couple who went vegan because of concerns about the environmental impact of meat. Writer Jeannine Stein brings along a registered dietitian to examine their subjects' eating habits for these periodic "Pantry Raid" columns. What did they discover? That the vegans in question, 22-year-old Jessica Watson and her boyfriend Todd Preboski eat a lot of expensive, processed, and not particularly healthy packaged vegan food, but much in the way of vegetables and fruit. Their refrigerator and cupboards contained foods like vegan hot dogs and Boca burgers, faux turkey crumbles, vegan mayonnaise, and a $6 packaged of vegan marshmallows (normal marshmallows apparently aren't vegan). And Ms. Watson seems a bit uninformed when it comes to her daily protein needs.

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Tags: Vegan Mayo, Marshmallows, Cheese

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Less Salt and Fat, More Fruits

2 First Lady Asks Congress to Pass School Meals Bill

In an op-ed published in Monday's The Washington Post, First lady Michelle Obama urges Congress to pass the Child Nutrition Bill. If passed, the bill would require that school lunches and breakfasts contain less fat and salt, and more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The bill could also help get rid of junk food in vending machines at schools. Michelle Obama writes, "The last thing parents need or want is to see the progress they're making at home lost during the school day." She adds that the bill should pass for the children who perhaps aren't reaching their potential because they aren't receiving the nutrition they need during the day. If passed, the bill would also allow more kids from low-income families to receive free or reduced-cost meals at school.

More at The Washington Post | Hat tip to CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: First Lady, Michelle Obama Op-Ed, School Lunch Reform, Better School Lunches, Less Salt in School Meals, Less Fat in School Meals, More Whole Grains in School Lunches, More Fruits and Vegetables in School Lunch, Child Nutrition Bill, Free Lunch, Free Meals at School

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Less Distress from Bad Memories

3 Americans More Prone to Depression Than Russians

Social observers often describe Russians to be dark and brooding, but a new report suggests that this is just a stereotype. Russians are actually less likely than Americans to be depressed. Study co-authors Igor Grossmann and Ethan Kross evaluated two studies that explored cultural influences on depressive tendencies. Russians may focus more on negative feelings than Americans, but spontaneously distance themselves from their emotions to a greater extent. Russians may experience less distress because they remove feelings of blame and other negative emotions. As a result, “Among Westerners, focusing on one’s negative feelings tends to impair well-being,” said Grossmann. The authors published their findings in the August issue of Psychological Science.

More at Yahoo News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

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Tags: Depression, Psychology, Well-Being, Negative Experiences, Emotions

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