August 17, 2012

Less Filling, Too

1 Fruit Juice Less Nutritious Than Fresh Fruit

The growing notion that fruit juice is somehow nutritionally superior to fresh fruit as a vital element in a balanced diet is belied by a recent University of Washington study which found that the three leading fruits, apples, bananas and oranges, have 25 to 32 percent more fiber in fresh form than as juices, and deliver an average of 56 fewer calories per serving yet are more filling and hunger satisfying. Juice is often substituted for fresh fruit because it is roughly ten percent cheaper and is often fortified with calcium, potassium and vitamin C, but nutritionists recommend at least two daily servings of fruit, with a serving being either a piece of whole fruit or a half a cup of sliced or chunked fresh fruit. Canned or frozen fruit ranks nutritionally between fresh and juice.

More at Sfgate.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Lead Found in Kids' Fruit Drinks

Tags: Fruit Juice, Fresh Fruit, Recommended Servings

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Quit Before Becoming Pregnant

2 Smoking in Early Pregnancy Ups Asthma Risk

Moms who smoke early in their pregnancies raise the risk of having a child with asthma, even when the children were not exposed to maternal smoking later in the pregnancy or after birth, finds a new study. This is the first study to differentiate between prenatal and postnatal exposure to smoking, explains researcher Asa Neuman. MD, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden whose team studied data on more than 21,000 children, including 735 of whom were exposed to maternal smoking only during pregnancy. The team found that not only does exposure to maternal smoking in early pregnancy raise the risk of asthma in later life, the likelihood of developing asthma increased in relation to maternal cigarette consumption during the first trimester.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Fetal Exposure to Smoking May Cause Psych Problems

Tags: Asthma, Fetal Health, Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Maternal Smoking, Fetal Exposure to Smoking, Asa Neuman

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Love Me, Love My Dog

3 People Choose Dogs Similar to Themselves

Golden retriever or Rottweiler? Your choice of dog breed says a lot about your own personality, say psychologists at the Queen’s Univ. of Belfast who found that people tend to get dogs that reflect their own natures. For the study, researchers surveyed 147 owners of German shepherds, Rottweilers, Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers who had enrolled their dogs in obedience classes. Their results: owners of the more aggressive breeds (German shepherds and Rottweilers) scored higher in psychoticism, a personality trait that indicates aggressiveness. "This might imply (although has yet to be proven) that people choose pets that are an extension of themselves," says lead researcher Deborah Wells. Prior studies have shown that people also choose dogs that physically resemble themselves.

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Urbanites More Likely to Think of Pets As Kids

Tags: Aggression, Dogs, Pets, Queens University, Psychoticism, Deborah Wells, Dogs and Owners, People and Pets

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Contracted While Camping

4 Rare Hantavirus Claims a Victim

A California resident has died and another is sick after contracting Hantavirus while camping in Yosemite Nat’l. Park. The disease is spread by rodents and the victims were exposed to infected mice droppings, says the California Dept. of Public Health. It’s routine for health officials to check the rodent population for viruses, say officials who, after this outbreak, will increase their prevention measures. This year, there have been 4 cases of the virus in California. Officials say about one third of cases will end in death. Symptoms, which manifest themselves anywhere from one to 6 weeks after exposure, include fever, headache, muscle aches and difficulty breathing. Experts warn that to protect yourself in the wilderness, keep food tightly sealed and don’t handle live or dead rodents.

More at Www.fox40.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Tuberculosis Cases Are on the Rise

Tags: California Department of Public Health, Hantavirus, Disease from Mice, Yosemite National Park

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