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New F.D.A. Nutrition Labels Would Make ‘Serving Sizes’ Reflect Actual Servings - NYTimes.com

Labels were based on eating habits and nutrition data from the 1970s and ’80s, before portion sizes expanded significantly … “It’s an amazing transformation,” said Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, commissioner of the F.D.A. “Things like the size of a muffin have changed so dramatically. It is important that the information on the nutrition fact labels reflect the realities in the world today.”

New F.D.A. Nutrition Labels Would Make ‘Serving Sizes’ Reflect Actual Servings - NYTimes.com

Labels were based on eating habits and nutrition data from the 1970s and ’80s, before portion sizes expanded significantly … “It’s an amazing transformation,” said Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, commissioner of the F.D.A. “Things like the size of a muffin have changed so dramatically. It is important that the information on the nutrition fact labels reflect the realities in the world today.”

The Global Sugar Epidemic: Just how out of control is it? 

  • Sugar makes up 17% of our diet.
  • The average daily consumption of added sugar per person is 17 teaspoons. The US averages 40 teaspoons per person per day.
  • Around 43% of added sugar in our diets come from sweetened beverages. One can of soda is about 8 teaspoons of sugar.

The consequences?

  • 400 million people worldwide are affected by Type 2 Diabetes and 4.8 million die of the chronic disease every year.
  • Costs to the global health care system: $470 billion, representing over 10% of all health care costs.
STUDY: Secret to ordering healthier food is seeing how far you have to walk to burn it off 

Scientific American reports that New York City’s public awareness posters that show how many miles a person has to walk to burn off the calories in a 20oz soda can persuade people to make healthier decisions. Seeing calories is one thing, but translating that into exercise provides a whole new level of understanding. 

STUDY: Secret to ordering healthier food is seeing how far you have to walk to burn it off 

Scientific American reports that New York City’s public awareness posters that show how many miles a person has to walk to burn off the calories in a 20oz soda can persuade people to make healthier decisions. Seeing calories is one thing, but translating that into exercise provides a whole new level of understanding. 

At the turn of the twentieth century, life expectancy for Americans was just over 49 years; by 2010, that number had risen to 78.5 years, mostly on account of improved sanitation and basic medicine. But life extension doesn’t always increase our well-being, especially when all that’s being extended is decrepitude. There’s a reason that Ponce de Leon went searching for the fountain of youth—-if it were the fountain of prolonged dementia and arthritis he may not have bothered.
Radical Life Extension Is Already Here, But We’re Doing it Wrong 
Full infographic at Carbs Are Killing You (via secondverse, rickwebb, brit)

Full infographic at Carbs Are Killing You (via secondverse, rickwebb, brit)

It’s available only in select stores for a few weeks at a time, a marketing ploy based on absence making the heart grow fonder and, perhaps, stronger: The patty gets an impressive 75 percent of its calories from fat, and marketers as savvy as McDonald’s know it does them little good to actually kill off their customers right away.
The ineluctable return of the McRib 
This is unheard of — no medicine comes close to delaying the onset of symptoms and now we have the evidence to prove this at the neuroanatomical level.
First physical evidence bilingualism delays onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms
I have often wondered this myself:
WTF is PROCESS CHEESE FOOD? Is that the stuff they feed cheese? I dunno, I guess anything you have to label as FOOD probably isn’t really food. (via Squawkfox)

I have often wondered this myself:

WTF is PROCESS CHEESE FOOD? Is that the stuff they feed cheese? I dunno, I guess anything you have to label as FOOD probably isn’t really food. (via Squawkfox)

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