Is How You Eat as Important as What You Eat?

In predicting future cardiovascular disease in preschoolers, is how children eat as important as what they eat? The surprising answer is yes. A Canadian study led by Dr. Nav Persaud, a family physician, found “a significant association between poor eating habits in kids ages three to five and their levels of non-HDL-or ‘bad’-cholesterol, putting them at risk for cardiovascular disease later in life.” The eating habits that place children at risk for heart disease in adulthood are – eating while …

Genetically Altered Apples That Don’t Turn Brown: Would You Bite?

In the hopes of selling more apples — including more pre-sliced fruit for snacking — one biotech company is trying to bring to market a genetically altered apple that doesn’t turn brown when it’s bruised or cut. According to the New York Times, the company, Okanagan Specialty Fruits of Canada, thinks its non-browning apple will do for the apple industry what baby carrots did for carrot growers — mainly, spur sales by making the product more convenient. (Except that carrot …

Our Snack Habit: One-Third Of Daily Calories Are From Junk Food

Americans are addicted to snacking. That’s the bottom line from a new government report looking at the snacking habits of more than 5,000 adults aged 20 and older. Researchers with the USDA’s Food Surveys Research Group interviewed the participants as part of an ongoing national survey called “What We Eat in America.” The results from those surveys are reported in two-year intervals. The survey found that a sizable chunk of our daily calories come from serial snacking during the day, …