Just the Facts
When the dairy industry's PR executives churned out a "Got Milk?" campaign for the U.S.'s Latino population, they didn't realize the slogan asked, "Are You Lactating?" A hasty retreat to the drawing board produced new ads that read, "Family, Love, and Milk." But the sponsors failed to recognize that more than 50 percent of Hispanic Americans are lactose intolerant, suffering from gastrointestinal discomfort after consuming dairy products.
Fish Iz Brane Fud?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put out a new brochure called "Should I Eat the Fish I Catch?" to warn consumers that certain fish, especially shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish, "contain high levels of a form of mercury called methyl mercury that may harm an unborn baby's developing nervous system." The EPA and the Food and Drug Administration recommend that nursing mothers and young children avoid consuming these fish as well. Others interested in conserving brain cells may wish to follow suit. Check it out at www.epa.gov/ost/fish.
Now, Where'd I Put That Chicken Wing?
Although it may not be as apparent as an expanding waistline, a junk food diet can slowly damage the brain, reducing memory and task-learning abilities. University of Toronto researchers have found that a diet consisting of 40 percent fat—not uncommon in North America—can dramatically reduce cognitive function, apparently by clogging arteries to the brain.
The vegetarian food market is expected to grow at a rate of up to 125 percent over the next five years, reports Mintel Consumer Intelligence.
As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at the University of Parma in Italy have found that diets low in animal protein and salt help prevent kidney stones. Ted Turner must have missed it: In the same week, he announced his plans to open a chain of bison burger restaurants.
Houston's Got a Problem
For the second year in a row, Houston, Texas, has been named the fattest city in the United States by Men's Fitness magazine. Trailing close behind were Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia. Some of the healthiest cities included Colorado Springs, Denver, San Diego, Seattle, and San Francisco, where, say the magazine's editors, people who have made fitness a priority are attracted by milder climates and the natural playgrounds of the mountains and valleys.
Getting to the Heart of Cardiovascular Disease
Nine West Virginia hospitals are implementing the heart disease reversal program designed by Dean Ornish, M.D., that undoes the damage caused by fatty diets, lack of exercise, and smoking. Instead of putting patients on medication for the rest of their lives, physicians simply teach them how to choose cholesterol-free, vegetarian foods, get active again, relieve stress, and quit smoking for good. Past studies found chest pain relieved, energy returned, and clogged arteries reopened.
Move Over, Britney!
PCRM's Brie Turner-McGrievy, M.S., R.D., appeared in People magazine in January, educating readers about the wholesomeness of dozens of vegan "comfort foods." Proof positive that good nutrition can be delectable.
Chicago Butcher Unwittingly Promotes Vegetarianism
Chicago butcher Theodore Mantas was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay $50,000 in fines after ignoring orders to stop selling rotting, feces-infected meat and poultry products. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals called the warehouse conditions "deplorable."
"This panel…will be recommending that more broccoli, rutabagas, asparagus, cauliflower, kohlrabi, and tofu burgers be served at future court dinners," reported the presiding judge.
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