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Coffee, For the Health of It

Cassie Rowe, MS, RD, LD/N

Early results of a new study show that people who consume coffee are less depressed than people who drink sugar-sweetened beverages. How’s that for incentive to drink your morning cup of Joe?

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“Normal Weight”, Is it Healthier?

Nope! At least, that’s what new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says. When researchers compared 91 studies with results from 2.8 million people they found that the overall risk of death was LOWER for most adults who are overweight and some adults who are obese than for adults at a normal weight. Surprised? I wouldn’t blame you, given that the mainstream message for the last several years preaches that having a “normal” weight (Body Mass Index, or BMI, of 18.5-<25) will keep you healthy.

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Chipotle - An advocate!!! We heart you and your delicious food!

The Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle
has some good food... but they are also advocates about the antibiotic use in farm animals! They may just have moved up in our list of mexi food joints!

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The Best and Worst Appetizer Choices

Registered dietitian Jean Harvey-Berino ranks the healthiness of 10 popular appetizers.

Best: Hummus
An obvious choice, especially if it’s served with vegetables. Hummus is high in fiber, so it will also fill you up.
Shrimp Cocktail
Shrimp are low in calories, and you usually eat them with nothing more than a bit of cocktail sauce.
Smoked Salmon
Ranked below shrimp simply because you are more likely to eat it on a piece of bread, possibly with cream cheese.
UOWB (Unidentified Object Wrapped in Bacon)

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No more Salt Shakers at Boston Market!

We might need to redo our picks soon for Boston Market. This is a good thing! Our decision to keep all of our picks lower in sodium as possible limited our choices at this chain. And that didn't include any extra salt put on with a salt shaker! Recently though, they have announced that they plan to remove salt shakers from guest tables at all 476 locations. In addition, they plan to reduce sodium levels in its 3 signature menu items - rotisserie chicken, macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes - by 20% in the next 6 months.

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Listen up Seafoodie's - You're gonna want to hear this!

People LOVE shrimp. Just ask Bubba... Grilled shrimp, popcorn shrimp, butterfly shrimp, on and on. In fact, it is the most popular seafood in the US. I was surprised recently when I saw local wild caught Georgia shrimp for $35 for 2 pounds. It sounded expensive and my mom (a seafoodie from New Orleans) agreed. But here is the unsettling reason for the cost of local shrimp: 90% of the shrimp we eat in the US has been imported. Of that, less than 2% gets inspected by the US regulatory agencies! Ok with foreign shrimp?

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"Big Food" on the Attack

"One billion people on the planet are hungry while two billion are obese or overweight". Many people are blaming "Big Food". Editors in a recent article (in PLoS Medicine) compare the food and beverage industry to the alcohol, tobacco and pharmaceutical industries, with one exception - they aren't being held accountable.
The companies being attacked.. "Big Food": the 10 largest food companies control half of all food sales worldwide. Three-fourths of the the world's food sales involve processed foods.

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To quit Smoking, Try Eating More Veggies and Fruits

About 19% of Americans still smoke cigarettes. That's about 1 in 5 people! Many people trying to quit smoking have tried just about anything, from patches to plastic cigarettes, hypnosis to acupuncture. What about eating more fruits and veggies? According to a new study by University at Buffalo, it may help you quit and stay tobacco free for longer. The article was published in the Journal of Nicotine and Tobacco Research. They looked at 1,000 smoked 25 years and older, from around the country. They followed up with the participants in 14 months. They found in previous studies that people who were abstinent from cigarettes for less than 6 months consumed more fruits and vegetables than those who still smoked. But they wanted to see if that was due to quitters starting to eat more fruits and veggies or smokers who ate more of them were more likely to quit. They found in this study that smokers who ate the most fruit and vegetables were 3 times more likely to be tobacco-free for at least 30 days. They also found that those who still smoked, smoked few cigarettes per day, waited longer to smoke their first cigarette of the day and scored lower on a test of nicotine dependence.

Some speculation on the reason for the relationship could be that the fiber helps people feel fuller and therefore they smoke less. It has been shown that smokers sometimes confuse hunger with an urge to smoke. Some foods are known to enhance the taste of tobacco (like meats, caffeine and alcohol), while fruits and vegetables do not. The researchers go as far as to say that they may actually worsen the taste of cigarettes. I'd personally rather eat some peaches and blueberries than puff on a plastic cigarette. Not to mention the many other benefits of increasing fruit and vegetable intakes on blood pressure, cholesterol and weight loss. Great fruits in season now are strawberries, blueberries, plums and peaches. Tons of vegetables are in season now like beets, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, and tomatoes. Or are tomatoes a fruit? I guess in this case, it doesn't matter!

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Stephen Colbert comments on Plan for Supersize Soda Prohibition

Stephen Colbert comments on New York City's Mayor, Michael Bloomberg's plan to ban supersize soda. Unlike the prohibition on alcohol, this prohibition would allow soda, but only if it's under 16 oz or if it's sold in the grocery store. You just couldn't buy them in restaurants, delis, food trucks, movie theaters and sporting arenas. In addition to soda, you wouldn't be able to buy sports drinks either. Any drink that's more than half milk or more than 70% juice would be exempt. So you can buy beer, but not gatorade. You can buy red bull, but not lemonade. You could buy a supersize milkshake with whipped cream on top, but not your favorite's restaurant's house made sweet tea. Confused? I'll let Stephen explain.
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What is Your BMI?

Your doctor may start monitoring your BMI on your next visit. They check your blood pressure, your heart rate, and your temperature. Why not your BMI? Doctors are now being encouraged to treat your BMI like another vital sign. Body Mass Index --- the ratio of your height to your weight--- has been used to indicate whether a person is overweight or obese. Doctors are now being asked to monitor their patients’ BMIs in order to perform obesity screening and provide counseling.

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