November 24, 2010

Effective in 1 Year

1 San Francisco Happy Meals Ban Unvetoed

The San Francisco Board of Supervisor voted to override Mayor Gavin Newsom's veto of a law to ban the bundling of children's toys with meals unless stringent nutritional standards were met. The mayor felt that the ban, to go into effect in December 2011, was too much of an intrusion into family decision making. There were also reports that he feared that San Francisco's image was beginning to suffer in the light of several recent quirky and high-profile laws. So does this spell the end of Happy Meals in San Francisco? Perhaps not: CalorieLab asked nutritionist and children's food expert Susan McQuillan to develop 3 Happy Meal-style meals that meet all the requirements of the law, yet would still appeal to kids. Her meals include chicken nuggets, fish nuggets, and a turkey cheeseburger.

More at Mercury News | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Previously: Ban on Happy Meals Closer in San Francisco, SF Mayor Expected to Veto Happy Meal Ban, SF Passes Ban on Restaurant Toy Giveaways, Happy Meal Shows No Sign of Decay After Six Months

Tags: Gavin Newsom, McDonald's, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Happy Meals, Susan McQuillan

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5 Years to Less Salty Foods

2 Big Companies Promise Less Salt

It will take up to five years to get there, but six major companies have vowed to reduce the amount of salt in their products. High sodium levels can lead to high blood pressure, increasing the risks for strokes and heart attacks. In an effort to reduce these risks, the National Salt Reduction Initiative plans to reduce salt in restaurant and packaged foods by 25% over the next five years. Some of the companies joining the effort are Butterball, planning to reduce salt in deli meats and hot dogs; Heinz will reduce salt in ketchup, Classico pasta sauce, frozen pizzas and entrees; Snyders of Hanover is cutting back on salt in potato chips; and Hostess promises to reduce salt in their bread, although Twinkies and snack cakes aren’t affected at this time.

More at CNN Health | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Cutting Back on Teen Salt Intake

Tags: Healthy Eating, National Salt Reduction Initiative, Hostess, Heinz, Butterball

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Traditional Feast Good for You

3 The Healthy Side of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time when everyone tends to worry about their waistline, but it’s not all about the calories. The traditional meal is good for you, too. In addition to being a lean and flavorful source of protein, turkey also provides the zinc and selenium that are needed for the repair and growth of cells and tissue. Cranberries protect the body from free radicals and improve heart health. In liquid form, they can prevent urinary tract infections. Sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene and high in potassium. Heart-friendly green beans are low on calories. There’s no need to fear dessert, either. Pumpkin is another low calorie item that’s also a good source of vitamins A and C. Watch that second or third helping but enjoy your holiday meal. Happy Thanksgiving!

More at CNN Health | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Thanksgiving Turkey Does More Than Fill You Up

Tags: Heart Health, Thanksgiving, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Healthy Meal

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Cannabis Can Do Wrong

4 Marijuana Suppresses Immune System

Smoking marijuana may trigger a suppression of immune functions in the body, finds an international team of immunologists. The findings, reported in the European Journal of Immunology, explain why marijuana users are more susceptible to certain infections and cancers. Researchers focused on a group of compounds found inside the cannabis plant, known as cannabinoids, including THC (delta-9 tetahydrocannabinol), which is currently in use for pain relief. "We believe the key to this suppression is a unique type of immune cell, which has only recently been identified by immunologists, called myeloid-derived suppressor cells, MDSCs," says research leader Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti from the University of South Carolina. It's also known that MDSC cells increase in cancer patients.

More at EurekaAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Marijuana Smoker Gets Workers Comp

Tags: Marijuana Danger, Marijuana Use, Pot Smoker, Problems Smoking Pot, Cannabis Use, Prakash Nagarkatti, European Journal of Immunology, University of South Carolina, Cannabinoids

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Recall over Warning Location

5 Tylenol Recalled over Alcohol Warning

Johnson and Johnson is recalling 9 million bottles of Tylenol products because there's no warning on the front of the bottle telling consumers that the product contains less than 1 percent of alcohol in the product flavoring. The warning about the trace amounts of alcohol is present on the back of the bottle, reports MSNBC. The recall affects a trio of Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom liquid products. Johnson and Johnson says that they've seen no side effects due to the use of the alcohol in the product flavorings, and people using the formulations may continue to do so. Over the past year, more than 200 million Tylenol products have been recalled for various quality control issues.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Tylenol Causes Asthma

Tags: Johnson and Johnson, Tylenol Recalls, Johnson and Johnson Recalls, Johnson and Johnson Troubles, Tylenol Cold Multi Symptom Liquid Products

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Avoiding Regain with Protein

6 Keep Weight off with More Protein, Fewer Carbs

People who've lost weight should perhaps try a diet higher in protein with fewer carbohydrates to help maintain that weight loss, suggest researchers. Led by the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, the new research found that the ideal diet for keeping lost pounds off will include plenty of lean meats, beans and poultry, and less starchy carbohydrates. The research, published in New England Journal of Medicine, involved five diets and more than 700 obese and overweight adults from eight European countries. The study is one of few to focus on keeping lost weight from coming back, and the researchers believe that helping to prevent weight regain can have major public health significance.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Keeping Weight Off, New England Journal of Medicine, More Protein, Less Carbs, Avoiding Regain, Avoiding Weight Gain, Gaining Weight Back, Avoiding Gaining Weight After Diet

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