December 2, 2011

Bad Role Model

1 Food in CA Children’s Hospitals Is Unhealthy

California gets a failing grade when it comes to providing healthy food in hospital cafeterias, finds a UCLA and RAND Corp. study that assessed the food offerings at 14 major children’s hospitals. "As health professionals, we understand the connection between healthy eating and good health, and our hospitals should be role models in this regard," said primary study investigator Dr. Lenard Lesser, who adds that the food in many hospitals is sometimes worse than what you’d get in a fast food restaurant. Based on the study’s tool for rating foods, of 384 entrees and sandwiches assessed, 7% were classified as healthy; 81% of hospitals in the study offered high-calorie, high-sugar items at point of sale; 44% didn’t offer low-cal salad dressing but all offered low-fat of skim milk.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Sodexo Offers Meatless Monday in Many US Hospitals

Tags: Hospital Food, Nutrition, UCLA, University of California at Los Angeles, US Hospitals, Food in Children's Hospitals, Hospital Cafeterias, Dr. Lenard Lesser, RAND Corporation, Healthy Foods

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Fruit Is Better

2 Apple Juice Can Make You Fat

Experts warn that parents should worry about more than just trace amounts of arsenic in apple juice, a drink that may also affect waistlines and children's teeth. MSNBC reports that apple juice has few natural nutrients, many calories and more sugar than some soda. Having the juice may train kids to want very sweet things. While some apple juices are fortified with vitamins, nutritionists say that adding vitamins doesn't make it healthy. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, fruit juice has no benefits over whole fruit for children, and no nutritional benefit at all for infants under 6 months old. In addition, fruit juice doesn't have the fiber punch of real fruit. Experts suggest limiting juice intake to 4 to 6 ounces a day for ages 1 to 6, and 8 to 12 ounces for ages 7 to 18.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Apple Juice: Higher Arsenic Levels Than Tap

Tags: Health Risks Apple Juice, Fattening Apple Juice, Reasons Avoid Apple Juice, Apple Juice Bad for Teeth, Apple Juice Arsenic, American Dietetic Association

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Higher Levels, Greater Risk

3 Study Links Arsenic and Shortness of Breath

A new study conducted in Bangladesh involving approximately 12,000 people suggests that arsenic in water may increase the chance of being short of breath. Local well water was measured for arsenic levels and whether or not people smoke which is a known factor for shortness of breath was taken into account. Only five percent of non-smokers who drank well water that had less than 50 micrograms per liter (µg/L) of arsenic, the standard considered safe, had shortness of breath compared to eight percent in those with drinking water with higher levels. Breathing problems doubled in non-smokers who drank water with arsenic levels more than 90 µg/L compared to those who drank less than 7 µg/L. The risk was higher in smokers. Previous research has linked arsenic to airway problems.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Apple Juice: Higher Arsenic Levels Than Tap

Tags: Arsenic, Shortness of Breath, Water Supply

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