March 10, 2014

Especially for Young Males

1 Pizza Now a Major Part of Americans' Diet

A new study released by the USDA indicates that if pizza is not America's single favorite food item, it is closing in on whatever is. On any given day, one in every eight U.S. residents will eat a slice or more of the cheesy entree, and the number increases for those aged 2 to 19, who are twice as likely as persons 20 and older to consume pizza, largely because most adults confine their pizza intake to dinners, while kids eat it equally at lunch and dinner -- and don't even ask about breakfast. Slightly more men than women eat pizza on any given day, by 15 percent to 11 percent. When adults eat pizza, the typical portion provides approximately 1/3 of their calcium intake for the day, and fully 40 percent of their sodium. It also contributes about 25 percent of their total calories.

More at Foxnews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Chocolate and Pizza Can Be Addictive Foods

Tags: US Eating Habits, Pizza Popularity in US, Pizza in American's Diets, Americans Eating More Pizza

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1 in 3 Have Prescriptions

2 Tennesseans Hooked on Rx Pain Meds

A new report from the Tennessee Department of Health finds that the Volunteer State is virtually awash in addictive prescription painkillers and, accordingly, in deadly drug overdoses. Among the findings: One in every three residents fills a prescription for narcotic pain meds at least once a year, for an average of over 7 million prescriptions annually; nearly 10 percent of those filling such prescriptions engage in multiple doctor shopping, which raises the risk of fatal overdose by 600 percent, while three percent take an average daily dose that raises their death risk by 11 times; prescription drug overdoses now kill more Tennesseans than heroin and cocaine combined; almost 2/3 of those who take pain meds for non-medical reasons get them from a friend or relative.

More at Webmd.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Pain-Med Opiates Kill 15,000 Yearly

Tags: Pain Medication Abuse, Prescription Drug Abuse, Drug Overdoses, Tennessee Public Health, Drug Use in the South, Prescription Drug Overdoses

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5% of Daily Calories

3 WHO Lowers Sugar Intake Recommendations

The World Health Organization recommends that 5% of daily calories should come from sugar. That’s half of what had been previously recommended. WHO’s expert panel reviewed about 9,000 studies before making the recommendation that they say will combat obesity and cavities. The guidelines include sugars added to foods and those in honey, syrups and fruit juices but not those found naturally in fruit. Americans would have to cut their sugar intake by 2/3 to meet the new guidelines which are aspirational, admits Dr. Francesco Branca, WHO’s director for nutrition who said, "We should aim for 5 percent if we can ... but 10 percent is more realistic.” WHO warned that many sugars are hidden in processed foods noting that drinking one can of sweetened soda would exceed the daily sugar limit.

More at Hosted.ap.org | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: General Mills Lowers Sugar in Cereal for Kids

Tags: WHO, World Health Organization, Sugar Consumption, Dr. Francesco Branca, Hidden Sugars, Daily Recommended Sugar Intake

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