Would you like cockroach milk with your cereal? Your coffee?

Thursday, 28 July, 2016

Would you consider drinking cockroach milk? Even if you knew it was far more nutritional than the milk of cows?

A sort of “milk” protein crystal from lactating Diploptera punctata – the only kind of roach that gives birth to live young – has more than four times the nutritional value of cow’s milk. Take a moment now to shudder at the idea of live roach young.

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Consumed by confusion, the Food Pyramid is taken off the menu

Monday, 6 June, 2011

The Food Guide Pyramid, a nutritional guideline setting out recommended daily servings of food, with what are considered to be healthier foodstuffs appearing in greater quantities at its base, and sweeter and a fattier foods in smaller portions at its peak, has been supplanted by the MyPlate food guide.

The plate guide is seen as a simpler way of conveying recommended food servings by representing them set out on a plate, rather than the food pyramid format, which wasn’t quite as definitive in this regard.

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If sugar is toxic is anything sweet therefore actually sweet?

Tuesday, 19 April, 2011

Like anything else, an over abundance of sugar can cause all sorts of health related problems, but could its consumption in the first place be a gravely underestimated hazard?

It’s one thing to suggest, as most nutritionists will, that a healthful diet includes more fruits and vegetables, and maybe less fat, red meat and salt, or less of everything. It’s entirely different to claim that one particularly cherished aspect of our diet might not just be an unhealthful indulgence but actually be toxic, that when you bake your children a birthday cake or give them lemonade on a hot summer day, you may be doing them more harm than good, despite all the love that goes with it.

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Will we soon see government health warnings on popcorn?

Friday, 1 April, 2011

US cinemas may soon have to disclose the calorie content of popcorn – and other foods and beverages they sell – if federal regulators get their way, a measure many movie houses are not in favour of.

“If a movie theater is going to be serving people with 1,000-calorie tubs of popcorn, the least they could do is tell people about it,” said Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the center. “Just because you happen to be doing something else while you’re eating doesn’t mean that those 1,000 calories won’t stop going to your waistline.”

Considering up to one third of cinema revenue is generated through the sale of popcorn and the like, their reluctance is understandable, as such a move could have a serious impact on profitability.

Update: interesting, if sales of popcorn and other concession foods declined, movie ticket prices could increase as the sale of such items subsidises ticket prices (Thanks Max).

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Perhaps the old greasy spoon cafes aren’t so bad after all

Wednesday, 23 December, 2009

It seems some of our favourite breakfast foods which we grab at the cafe with our coffee each morning aren’t quite as healthy as we believed them to be. By the sounds of it we’d be no worse off munching on hamburgers and chocolate bars instead…

A study by Women’s Health magazine found that a slice of banana bread can contain more kilojoules than a KFC Zinger Works burger (2339kJ), while two slices of Turkish bread spread with a teaspoon of butter are equivalent to two Mars Bars (2300kJ). Breakfast favourite eggs benedict – about 2900kJ – is almost as bad for the waistline as a McDonald’s bacon double cheeseburger. A hot chocolate? That is an extra 1406kJ and 15.5g of fat to the calorie count.

So much for “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper” then?

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Processed food everywhere but not any bite to eat

Thursday, 17 December, 2009

You are what you eat and after reading about the way some food products are produced you might want to think about who you’ve become…

Today, at the start of the 21st century, the miracle of food processing has brought that dream closer to reality than ever before. From vitamin-free “blueberry bits” to spray-can cheese to avocado-free guacamole, food scientists have worked tirelessly to bring us new and exciting foods that contain as little nutrition as possible.

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Ten pints of beer wouldn’t taste the same without junk food

Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

Junk or fast food, meals we may not ordinarily consider eating, take on a whole new appeal after a night on the town. Trust me, this stuff is tasty.

I’m not sure what propels us toward high-calorie food after a night of high-calorie beverages, but I do know that most of us tend to base our late-night eats on the same three factors -convenience, cheapness, and the greasier, the better. In the light of day, these choices might make us feel bad about ourselves (and worried about our cholesterol levels), but when the drunken munchies hits, all bets are off.

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The Food Pyramid turns 16

Tuesday, 29 April, 2008

It’s been 16 years since the The Food Pyramid was unveiled, with the aim of helping Americans, and others, make healthy dietary choices.

In 1992, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture created the food pyramid. It recommended the number of servings of each food group a person should eat daily to stay healthy. The food groups in the pyramid include: grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, meat, and fats and oils. Today, more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. In 2005, the government, recognizing a potential health crisis, issued new, tougher guidelines on how to get – and stay – healthy and fit.

An updated pyramid was issued in 2005, but it seems the healthy eating message is still not getting through, and poor diet is partly to blame for a decline in life expectancy in some regions of the US.

Majid Ezzati and colleagues at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston studied mortality rates in all US counties between 1961 and 1999. They found that the inequality between counties’ rates had been narrowing until the 1980s, when the trend reversed and the gap began to widen again. Although average life expectancy in the US rose steadily over all four decades, the researchers found that it declined significantly in 11 counties for men and 180 for women. Such trends signal a healthcare failure, say the authors.

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The pitfalls of fruit juice

Wednesday, 16 January, 2008

The pitfalls of fruit juice.

We have a new enemy. Fruit juice, contrary to popular perceptions, may not be as “healthy” as we’d like to think it is.

Juice junkies who quench their thirst with super-size drinks might be shocked to know their daily refreshment has more sugar and calories than a can of Coke. As post-Christmas diets and the summer heat send Australians flocking to juice bars, nutritionists have warned that their health-kick efforts could make them put on weight. “Juice is a good, nutritious way to gain weight,” dietitian Melanie McGrice said.

What now? Break out the Coke Zero instead?

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