New guidelines for kids eating sugar

Sugar sneaks its way into kids’ diets, and not just through candy and soda. It is also found in foods like corn dogs and cheeseburgers. The American Heart Association recently issued its first warning to families about the risks of diets high in sugar. “We all consume extra added sugar without realizing it.” Read the story at […]

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Long Beach nutritionists link ‘clean eating’ to disordered eating in young women

Health and diet fads can be taken too far. The Paleo diet led one 21-year-old Cal State Long Beach student to fixate on avoiding all modern processed foods. Nutritionists are finding more young women suffering from orthorexia, a condition in which the sufferer obsessively avoids foods they view as unhealthy or impure. “All I’m hearing is clean eating, clean eating, clean eating. […]

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Coca-Cola says don’t worry about soda consumption: Do you agree?

The New York Times reported that Coca-Cola is funding scientists who conclude that the cause of obesity lies more with lack of exercise than with sugar and calories. “I do not buy that. That statement was put out by a group of real scientists — but they were funded by Coca-Cola. I work with diabetes patients every day and I see their struggle. […]

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The East Side youth cookbook

“Mi Vida, Mi Salud Cookbook,” features dozens of simple, nutritious recipes from members of the East Los Angeles YMCA. The cookbook has variations on standards like lentil soup, Mexican rice and pozole, and more creative options like kale pomegranate salad. “‘My mom laughed cause she didn’t think I was going to be able to do it,’ said Erick Flores, who […]

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Sugar, an addiction incognito

Addiction is usually associated with drugs and alcohol – and in recent years, technology. But recent findings suggest that sugar’s addictive potential is right up there next to notorious drugs like cocaine and heroin. “Just like alcohol and tobacco, sugar is actually a drug. Health insurers should have to finance addiction therapy for their obese clients. Schools would no longer be allowed […]

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Teens research the diet of high school students

Noting that many of their peers dislike school cafeteria meals, a team of high school students from West Contra Costa schools posed a research question: “What exactly are we eating?” The push to improve lunches emphasizes the link between nutrition and academic performance, and calculating the large-scale impact of school meals. “The Richmond Food Policy Council — which works to ensure that the local food […]

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