November 14, 2011

After School Snacks

1 School Soda Bans Don’t Cut Consumption

School bans on sugary sodas don’t reduce overall consumption of sweetened drinks, says research. In schools that ban only soda, about 30% of middle school students bought sweetened sports and fruit drinks; in states where all sugar-sweetened drinks are banned, students consumed the beverages outside of school. “The laws have some positive effects but schools can’t do it alone,” says study author Daniel Taber. “The study underscores the importance of policies that extend beyond schools to discourage consumption of sugary beverages - and encourage children to purchase and drink healthy beverages like water, low-fat milk and 100 percent juice,” says Frank Chaloupka, U of Illinois. Proponents of school bans call for comprehensive programs that affect sales of all sugary drinks.

More at Bloomberg.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Schools See Less Soda Consumption

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Soda, Soda Consumption, Sugary Beverages, University of Illinois, School Bans on Soda, School Children and Soda Consumption, Soda and Obesity, Daniel Taber, Frank Chaloupka

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Similar Benefits to Wine

2 Beer in Moderation Can Be Healthy

Moderate consumption of beer could be beneficial for cardiovascular health, suggest researchers in Italy. Researchers found that maximum protection was observed with daily drinking of slightly more than an English pint of beer (around 19 ounces) that contains 5 percent alcohol. The study, published in European Journal of Epidemiology, shows that beer can rival wine when it comes to positive effects on cardiovascular health. Researchers emphasize that the benefit comes with "moderate and regular drinking," not binge drinking or any other form of heavy consumption. Researchers also note that in young women positive effects on cardiovascular health could be counterbalanced by slightly increased cancer risk from alcohol consumption.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: BRUBAR Beer-Inspired Energy Bar

Tags: Beer Drinking Effects, European Journal of Epidemiology, Beer Health Benefits, Beer Moderation, Reducing Cardiovascular Risks, Improving Cardiovascular Health, Giovanni Paolo II

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The Pill As Pollution

3 Pill in Water Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk

A new study has directly linked the number of women on the oral contraceptive known as "the pill" with death rates due to prostate cancer and researchers believe that the estrogen which is excreted through urine ends up accumulating in the drinking water. Animals and plants that consume the water also take up this estrogen called ethinyloestradiol which humans end up ingesting. Previous research has linked estrogen and compounds such as BPA that mimic the hormone to prostate cancer because of how they act on cells even though many of the studies that examined blood hormone levels have yielded mixed results. One explanation is that the estrogen acts in the tissues so a correlation based on blood levels cannot be made. No other contraceptives were linked to prostate cancer.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Marker Found in Several Types of Cancer

Tags: BPA, Hormonal Contraception, Oral Contraceptives, Prostate Cancer, The Pill, Estrogen in Environment, Ethinyloestradiol

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