IN THE NEWS
What have you been hearing?
CALORIES STEADILY INCREASING
Surprised or not so much?
Is anyone surprised that fast food calories have been steadily increasing instead of decreasing? We are more aware of healthy food and most people have an idea of what is and isn’t good for us to eat. However, most people don’t go into McDonald’s for a salad. Does McDonald’s well salads? Yes they do. But their most popular items are burgers.
These places aren’t going anywhere anytime soon but what is surprising is that the calories are increasing not just remaining steady. What also is going up? Sodium content. All of these choices if eaten regularly lead to co morbidities such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. Most of these fast food places are in low income mostly minority neighborhoods as well. It makes you wonder what they are targeting exactly? We know the answer.
NATIONAL NUTRITION INSTITUTE
New York Times Op-Ed
Well this is definitely interesting. Does this country need a National Nutrition Institute (NNI)? As a dietitian I want to say yes of course! However, what the authors are suggesting is a need for an institute to do what is already being done. We are doing studies and performing scientific tests on food. Are they being done privately yes and not in one convenient location? Yes. Do we need to find out more information on how foods plays a role in diseases? Yes. I would definitely not be against this if it were actually to come into development but I want to emphasize that this is being done. To the general public who might be reading this article, it might not seems so.
France is saying Au Revoir to cheese, wine, and bread...
The US and Canada aren't the only nations who are doing major damage control with their diets. France has now followed suit and is redoing their current nutrition guidelines. The French High Council For Public Health (HCPH) has started a 5 year long process to reduce the amount of dairy, meats, refined grains, and sugary beverages. In place, it will begin promoting complex carbohydrates, produce, and plant proteins. Drinking more water is also on the "menu" for a big change.
ULTRA PROCESSED FOODS AND YOUR HEALTH
This should not come as a surprise, but eating excessive amounts of ultra processed foods can decrease your lifespan. When we say "processed foods" we mean a food that is altered from its natural state. This can even be a pre packaged bag of chopped kale. When we say ultra processed foods we mean the foods that usually come to mind - sausage, bologna, fast food, packaged cookies and cakes.
Many of these foods have additives and preservatives added to them for longer shelf life. The additions do not help the human body in any capacity. There is also the addition of trans fats and high sodium. There is nothing wrong with a treat every now and then, but eating too much can cause damage.
PLANETARY HEALTH DIET
The Full Story
We often hear about global warming and the effects on the planet. But what about our food supply and how sustainable will it be in the future? Did you know that the world's population is set to reach 10 billion people by 2050? Crazy right?
The "planetary health diet" is based on cutting red meat and sugar consumption in half and upping intake of fruits, vegetables and nuts. The diet advises people consume 2,500 calories per day, which is slightly more than what people are eating currently. However, the foods that are being consumed are specific. People should eat a variety of plant based foods, low amounts of animal based foods, unsaturated rather than saturated fats, and few refined grains, highly processed foods and added sugars.
This sounds familiar as this is the diet that is currently recommended to us but who knew that it would also improve the planet?
CANADA'S NEW FOOD GUIDE
Out with the old and in with the new. Canada released a new food guide that focuses on filling the plate with fruits and vegetables, choosing whole grains, and non meat protein sources. Also dairy does not make an appearance and instead is replaced with water as the beverage choice. What do you think?
THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET NAMED BEST FOR 2019
The Mediterranean diet has been voted the best by US News/World Report. It was voted based on:
The easiest to follow
Best way to eat in order to control diabetes and cholesterol