March 1, 2012

How Sweet Is Isn't

1 U.S. Kids Getting Way Too Much Added Sugar

A report from the National Center for Health Statistics finds that American children aged 2-19 get far more sugar just from processed foods and beverages than the total amounts recommended by the American Heart Association. While the AHA urges limiting daily added-sugar calories to 100 for females and 150 for males, kids aged 2-19 take in 322 such calories per day on average (362 for boys, 282 for girls), with the amount peaking in the 12-19 age group (442 calories for boys, 314 for girls). Although 59% of these calories come from food items ranging from desserts to cereals to pasta sauces, and only 41% from sweetened beverages, soft drinks remain the single #1 sugar source in children's diets. "Added sugars" include regular and brown sugar, HFCS, maple syrup, honey, and molasses.

More at Yourlife.usatoday.com | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Teen Sugar Consumption Hurting Their Hearts

Tags: Added Sugars, American Heart Association, HFCS, Honey, National Center for Health Statistics, Sugar, American Children and Sugar, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Children Aged 2-19

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Taurine and Cholesterol

2 Nutrient in Poultry May Benefit Heart Health

Taurine, found in dark poultry meat and some seafood, may prevent women with high cholesterol from developing coronary heart disease (CHD), says a NYU Langone Med. Ctr. study. This is the first study to examine the effects of taurine consumption and heart disease in humans. The research, which relied on data and samples from the NYU Women’s Health Study of 14,000+ women, ages 34 to 65, found that among women with high cholesterol, those with high serum levels of taurine were 60% less likely to develop or die from CHD compared to those with lower serum levels of taurine. Researchers believe that, “if these findings are confirmed, one day we might be able to suggest that someone with high cholesterol eat more poultry, specifically dark meat,” says lead researcher Yu Chen, PhD.

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

Previously: Cholesterol Lowering Diet Works

Tags: Cholesterol, Coronary Artery Disease, Coronary Heart Disease, NYU Langone Medical Center, Taurine, Nutrient Found in Poultry, New York University Langone Medical Center, Yu Chen, Cholesterol and Coronary Heart Disease

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Weird 1960s Birth Control Debate

3 Senate Rejects Blunt Contraception Plan

Senator Roy Blunt's plan to allow employers to deny coverage for contraception or any other objectionable health care service was defeated in the Senate on Thursday. New York Times reports that the Senate voted to uphold President Obama's birth control policy requiring insurance companies to offer free contraceptives for women. The Obama administration has revised their original plan to make the health insurers, not religious employers, pay for the cost of the contraceptives. Republicans claim that the debate is about religious freedom, not contraception. They particularly want to protect religious employers from the birth control requirement. Whether the whole birth control debate is about religious freedom or just weird politics, it all seems very circa 1960!

More at New York Times | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Male Birth Control Successful in Mice

Tags: Blunt Proposal, Contraception Debate, Senate Upholds Obama Birth Control Coverage, Santorum Birth Control, Romney Birth Control, Senator Roy Blunt, Religious Freedom

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