STUDY: The Worldwide Decline In Children’s Cardiovascular Fitness


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Researchers analyzed 50 studies on running fitness involving 25 million children from age nine to 17 in 28 countries from 1964 to 2010. The study measured how fast children could run in five to 15 minutes and how far. Results revealed that today’s children are about 15% less fit than their parents.   Here’s a Read More


RED MEAT DANGER: New Research Shows Link To Heart Disease


A new Cleveland Clinic research study has found that a compound abundant in red meat – that is also a supplement to energy drinks – promotes atherosclerosis. It also found that a diet high in carnitine promotes the growth of bacteria that metabolize carnitine, which produces artery-clogging trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) – a metabolite the researchers previously Read More


NEW USDA REPORT: Research Shows That Kids Like Healthy Options


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a new report on the impacts of providing children with healthy snacks as well as new steps to provide families with better information to combat obesity. The new report examined the results of USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which provides fruits and vegetables at no cost to Read More


HARMFUL INGREDIENTS: 10 Sweeteners, Preservatives And Chemical Additives You Should Avoid


On April 11th, Americans are encouraged to read the labels on their kitchen products and at the grocery store. Specifically, there are 10 ingredients that the Citizens for Health have named as harmful and that you should be aware of and avoid. Citizens for Health also encourages you to take a picture of the label Read More


WARNING: Energy Drinks May Disturb Heart Rhythm/Increase Blood Pressure


Researchers analyzing data from several studies have determined that energy drinks may increase blood pressure and disturb the heart’s natural rhythm. The research – presented at the American Heart Association’s  Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions – took a look at seven previously published observational and interventional studies to determine how Read More


Protection From Strokes: The Benefits Of Coffee And Green Tea


Scientists undergoing a study of chemicals in coffee and green tea say the two drinks can benefit the heart when made a regular part of your diet. The study – published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association – concluded that green tea and coffee may help lower your risk of having a stroke Read More


Concerning Findings: The Link Between Sugar-Sweetened Beverages And High Calorie Intake


Sweetened sodas, sports drinks, fruit drinks and energy drinks – also known as SSBs – are the primary culprit for higher caloric intake of children that consume them as compared to children that don’t, says a new  study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study also concluded that SSB consumption is associated Read More


Processed Meat Dangers: New Study Reveals Its Major Impact On Health


Biomed Central has unveiled the results of a study of a half million people in 10 countries  that shows an association between cancer, cardiovascular disease and processed meat. The study – known as EPIC (the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition) – followed people aged 35 to 69 for an average of 13 years Read More


Common Chemicals Linked To Osteoarthritis: A Closer Look At PFCs


A new study has linked exposure to two common perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) with osteoarthritis. The study – published in Environmental Health Perspectives – looked at the associations between perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and osteoarthritis in a U.S. study. Data was analyzed from six years of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Read More


SEAFOOD FRAUD: 33% Of Seafood Mislabeled


A report just released by Oceana – the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans – has uncovered widespread seafood fraud across the United States. DNA testing has confirmed that one-third – or 33 percent – of the 1,215 fish samples collected by Oceana from 674 retail outlets in 21 states Read More


The Health Benefits Of Cilantro And Coriander


Cilantro – also known as coriander  – is an herb that brings added flavor to dishes such as fish, chicken, lamb, pork and shellfish. It also goes great with rice, peppers, guacamole, salsas, salads, tomatoes and lentils. But it’s not used just for cooking and eating. Cilantro was used in ancient Greece as a component Read More


WARNING: The Link Between Deep-Fried Foods And Prostate Cancer


Acrylamide, heterocyclic amines, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, aldehyde and acrolein . If you deep fry your foods, chances are you are consuming these toxic compounds – and increasing your risk of prostate cancer. A new study finds that regularly consuming deep-fried foods is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer and that the effect appears Read More


Improve Your Heart Health


We mentioned in our last post that February is Heart Awareness Month. Cardiovascular disease – including heart disease and stroke – is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Over 2,000 Americans a day die from cardiovascular disease. An organization focused on enhancing Read More


What You Can Do To Keep Your Sodium Levels Low


Are you aware that a diet high in sodium can have a negative effect on your health and lead to the development of heart disease? Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. High blood pressure is a key heart disease risk Read More


NEW STUDY: Does What You Eat Affect Your Sleep?


People with the most varied diets are the best rested and what you eat does affect how well you sleep, says a new study by the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. The study – released online to Appetite – took a look at data from Read More