FDA Changes Nutrition Facts Label – What You Should Know

 

After some time where we weren’t able to write here due to some technical stuff on the site here, we’re back with a short write up on the FDA’s revisions to the nutrition labels.

Those nutrition labels on the back of food packages may soon become easier to read and understand.  The Food and Drug FDA Changes Nutrition Facts Label - What You Should KnowAdministration says knowledge about nutrition has evolve over the last 20 years, and the labels need to reflect that.

As the agency considers revisions, nutritionists and other health experts have their own wish list of desired changes.

The number of calories should be more prominent, they say, and the amount of sugar and percentage of whole wheat in the food should be included.  They also want more clarity on how serving sizes are defined.

“There’s a feeling that nutrition labels haven’t been as effective  as they should be,” says Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.  “When you look at the label, there are roughly two dozen numbers of substances that people aren’t intuitively familiar with.”

For example, he says, most of the nutrients are listed in grams, the metric system’s basic unit of mass.  Jacobson says people don’t really understand what a gram is.

Michael Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods, says 20 years ago “there was a big focus on fat, and fat undifferentiated.”  Since then, healthy providers have focused more on calories and warned people away from saturated and trans fats more than all fats.  Trans fats were separated out on the label in 2006.

The nutrition facts label “is now 20 years old, the food environment has changed and our dietary guidance has changed,” says Taylor

If you remember not long ago California was trying to pass “Prop 37” which would have called for mandatory labeling of GMO’s in foods.  The bill was defeated due in large part to the huge amounts of money spent by companies like Monsanto & Du Pont etc.

What do you think? Are these changes helpful to you?  What would you like to see changed or added to the labels?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

 

Lynne is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Therapeutic Massage and Ethics Educator with extensive study in preventative nutrition and physiology. For over 35 years, Lynne has helped thousands of people through consulting, seminars and writing.

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Secrets Of The Super Agers – Living Long AND Living Well

 

– Study seeks super agers’ secrets to brain health.secrets to super agers

They’re called “super agers” – men and women who are in their 80’s & 90’s, but with brains and memories that seem far younger.  Researchers are looking at this rare group in the hope that they may find ways to help protect others from memory loss.  They’ve found some tantalizing findings:  Imaging tests have found unusually low amounts of age-related plaques along with more brain mass related to attention and memory in these elite seniors.  “We’re living long but we’re not necessarily living well in our older years and so we hope that the “Super Aging” study can find factors that are modifiable and that we’ll be able to use those to help people live long AND live well,” said study leader Emily Rogalski, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University’s cognitive neurology and Alzheimer’s disease center.

Factors such as stress, poor diet, and environmental toxins can have a big impact on our brains.  It can weaken our cells’ natural defenses, lower cell energy, damage DNA, and decrease cell performance—all of which can contribute to age related plaques on the brain & overall cellular aging.  So what can we do to try and combat these age related plaques and other damage to our brain so we can become Super Agers!?  START HERE and see what the brightest people are finding out about fighting brain aging.

 

 

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11 Tasty Fall Foods To Get Your Body Super Charged

 

11 Tasty Fall Foods To Get Your Body Super Chargedhen thinking of sweet fruits and tasty vegetables, many people think of spring and summer harvest.   But they tend to forget what great food we have to look forward to in the fall months.  This is a time when many people are gearing up for colder weather and need a good boost to the immune system along with continued overall nutrition.  Its not only about the food thought, buy participating in seasonal eating we can help drastically reduce our carbon footprint and help nurture and strengthen local economies.  Below we’ll look at 11 tasty fall foods that will help get your body super charged for the seasons ahead.

 

1. Apples

These sweet and crunchy delights are high in antioxidants, phenols and flavonoids.  They also pack fiber and vitamin c just to name a few.  They can aid in chronic illness prevention, slow aging and help your immune system.

2. Pumpkins

Pumpkins pack a great punch by providing benefits in both the flesh and the seeds!  They offer beta carotene which helps with vision as well as potassium for cells, tissue and organs.   Plus the seeds offer omega 3 fatty acids which help with all sorts of things like brain health, cholesterol, heart disease, and blood pressure.

3. Squash

Like the pumpkin, squash offers a big nutritional boost with vitamins A, C,  potassium, & fiber leading the charge.  They aid in all sorts of functions from muscle strength and digestion to immunity and cell, tissue and organ health.

4. Kiwis

Ah the sweet, sweet Kiwi!  These little fuzzy odd looking fruits offer up loads of antioxidants that aid in protecting the eyes, heart and colon.  They also pack in different vitamins that help strengthen the soon to be tested immune system.  With the dark green appearance you know your on the right eating track of deep dark fruits and vegetables.

5. Figs

The luscious and sweet fig has been know to help in numerous areas including: blood pressure, breast cancer, diabetes, bone health, cardiovascular heath and more. Just some of the nutrients include: Iron, calcium, manganese, vitamin b & fiber.

6. Pears

With their high levels of soluble fiber, pears do a great job of lowering bad cholesterol.  They are also high in vitamin C, vitamin K & fiber.  The skin is also known to be loaded with phytonutrients like Carotenoids that can act as an anti-inflammatory and is known for being a Very Low allergy fruit.

7. Grapes

Maybe more than any other food on this list, grapes have a kind of celebrity status.  You can find a virtual jackpot of nutrition in them.  Many people are aware of the anti-aging properties of resveratrol found in grapes, but don’t realize all the areas of the body it & grapes really help.  They have been shown to have Cognitive Benefits in brain aging and learning, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, help in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, offer cardiovascular support and even cancer fighting properties.  The U.S.’s #1 Natural Nutrition company has used these properties along with their talent and research to developed an even more beneficial product called Vivix which is said to be 10x more beneficial than resveratrol alone!

8. Pomegranates

Although quite an odd looking character, the pomegranate has come on the scene in recent years as a deep dark red sweet eat that offers some great benefits.  With antioxidants, fiber, vitamin c & vitamin k, it’s nothing to scoff at.  Some findings have even associated it with a decrease in heart disease and even cancer.

9. Sweet Potatoes

Replace your standard white or yellow potato with these orangeish spuds and you’ll be in for a treat!  This classic fall food is loaded with beta-carotene a great contributor to overall eye health, vitamin c for immunity & skin (to name a few) antioxidants (starting to see a trend here) fiber, and can also help prevent cell damage.

10. Cranberries

Many people have heard that cranberries help with urinary tract infections and have believed it was due to the high acidity in cranberries.  But newer studies have shown that there may be different components in play.  Cranberries and their deep red color are said to be attributed to phytonutrients that come from the direct sunlight they get from sitting on top of the bogs.  They have been known to offer cardiovascular benefits, colon health, oral disease prevention, aid to our liver, have Anti cancer benefits, offer immune system strengthening and give us many great vitamins like: vitamin C, vitamin K & vitamin E.

11. Clementines

A cross between their look a like relatives the orange and mandarin, most people will immediately say its high in vitamin C and they are right, we wrote a whole post on it called 5 Vitamin C Secrets Every Parent Should Know.  They also contain antioxidants which help with a whole range of functions, some being bone density, inhibit cancer growth, blood clots and inflammation.  Clementines offer up a good dose of fiber and minerals and are always a good way to give your immunity a boost!

 

So that’s a quick rundown of 11 Tasty Fall Foods To Get Your Body Super Charged.  Which one of these 11 is your favorite?  Let us know what you though in the comments below.

 

 

 

Lynne is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Therapeutic Massage and Ethics Educator with extensive study in preventative nutrition and physiology. For over 35 years, Lynne has helped thousands of people through consulting, seminars and writing.

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Largest Solar Boat “Planet Solar” Sets Transatlantic Record While Promoting Climate Issues

 

We first started writing about this boat (planet solar) and it’s project over a year and a half ago and now we celebrate their triumph!  You can read our prequel article here The Shocking Truth About Planet Solar’s Trip Around The World

Story From: http://www.planetsolar.org

PlanetSolar’s 2013 campaign, which began on April 8 in La Ciotat (France), came to an end today in Paris. In successfully completing an unprecedented campaign of scientific measurements along the Gulf Stream in collaboration with the University of Geneva (UNIGE), the world’s largest solar vessel has demonstrated throughout this journey that she could be used for practical purposes. The ship sailed over 20,000 kilometers over the course of 156 days, raising the general public’s awareness about climate issues and promoting solar energy at each stopover. The Parisian stopover brings this 2013 mission to a close. A series of events will be organized in the ship’s vicinity from September 10-15, Port de Javel-Bas, quai André Citroën

Planet Solar

Photo: PlanetSolar.org

This 2013 campaign has been specifically denoted by a new record for a transatlantic crossing, set in 22 days (4 days less than 2010), and by the public’s sensitization to climate issues during each of the 12 stopovers, such as in Miami, New York, Boston (United States), Halifax (Canada), and London (United Kingdom). The ship travelled over 20,000 kilometers—including over 8,000 which were dedicated to the scientific mission—in the wake of the Gulf Stream. The world’s largest solar vessel’s 2013 campaign wraps up today, against a backdrop of success. Despite occasionally difficult sailing conditions due to weather vagaries, the catamaran has successfully achieved her objective—to demonstrate that she is not simply a mobile ambassador for photovoltaic energy. “This 2013 campaign was a fascinating challenge for me! Indeed, we had to follow the zigzag itinerary specified by the scientists, respect the stopover schedule, and simultaneously take into account the specificities of a solar ship! We are extremely happy to have reached Paris today, thereby demonstrating that the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar can go above and beyond a trip around the world, and has a very promising solar future ahead of her!” said Gérard d’Aboville, captain of the ship.

Planet Solar

Photo: PlanetSolar.org

The “PlanetSolar DeepWater” scientific expedition, which was launched in Florida in early June and came to a close in London in August, inaugurated the new life of the solar catamaran. In collaboration with UNIGE, an interdisciplinary team of researchers used the boat’s unique features to carry out a campaign of unprecedented measurements along the Gulf Stream, the main regulator of European and North American climates. The collected data is currently being analyzed at UNIGE, and the researchers are already drawing a positive initial assessment.

Planet Solar

Photo: PlanetSolar.org

“PlanetSolar DeepWater made it possible to test several scientific instruments—some of which were prototypes developed at UNIGE—in real conditions. Extensive physical, chemical, and biological data is now in the hands of the institution and will be the subject of a thorough analysis. Although the study of this information is not yet under way, interesting trends are becoming apparent, particularly in relation to sea spray aerosol production,” states Martin Beniston, climatologist and director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences at UNIGE.

Planet Solar

Photo: PlanetSolar.org

The success of this measurement campaign has opened the door to many projects for which the solar ship will be solicited: scientific campaigns with UNIGE, educational programs that support renewable energy, and a campaign to clean up floating plastic waste. The future looks promising for the catamaran; she will be of great use to both science and education.

Planet Solar

Photo: PlanetSolar.org

 

A Week Of Festivities In The Heart Of The City Of Light

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar will be docked at the quai André-Citroën from September 10-15 near the André-Citroën Park in Paris (15th arrondissement). Events hailing the end of the 2013 campaign will be organized, e.g. the “SolarSoundSystem” (musical entertainment powered by the sun), evenings devoted to philanthropic outreach, and onboard visits from schoolchildren. An exhibition dedicated to the “DeepWater” scientific expedition—with its crew and researchers in attendance—will be open to the public on Thursday, September 12 from 2pm – 5pm in the orangery greenhouse of André-Citroën Park. The success of this 2013 campaign will bring together numerous partners and supporters during these 5 days.

Planet Solar

Photo: PlanetSolar.org

The mayor of the 15th arrondissement, Mr. Philippe Goujon, is looking forward to hosting the ship for 5 days. “It is a tremendous honor to welcome the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar to the 15th—Paris’ maritime arrondissement—at the end of this 5-month human and scientific adventure. We are proud that this expedition is ending on the Seine, one of Paris’ most important monuments, and in our arrondissement, where PlanetSolar’s arrival symbolizes the excellence to which we aspire in terms of innovation and research.”

An enthusiasm shared with Jean-Jacques de Dardel, Swiss Ambassador to France. “The arrival of the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar in Paris, her last 2013 stopover, was awaited with great interest! The Swiss Ambassador to France is proud to be able to take part in this event, which exemplifies Switzerland’s spirit of innovation thanks to the ship herself as well as to the scientific expedition carried out by the University of Geneva. PlanetSolar is a beautiful showcase of Switzerland’s contribution to the environment”.

What do you think? Do you think this could mark a turning point for Solar powered innovation?  Let us know you thoughts in the comments below and share this story on your favorite social media sites.

 

 

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It’s Peach Month! – 9 Surprisingly Healthy Reasons To Eat Up

 

Its that time of year again…… of course we’re talking about “Peach Month” & Peach season!  The sweet and versatile fruit is a favorite among many families as we don’t have a chance to get spoiled with it throughout the year.  Peaches are best from June to the end of August and is the usual time we get our peaches here in the states.  What you may not know about peaches is how surprisingly healthy than can be for you!  Stick with us here for a few minutes and you’ll see how you can get a great health boost in the next month, while enjoying the flavorful fruit.

 

Did You Know?

 

  • The peach or “Persian Apple” as the Romans called it is from the same species as nectarines.
  • China is the largest producer of peaches with Italy coming in 2nd.
  • More than 80 chemical compounds contribute to a peach’s aroma.
  • The peach’s scientific name, Prunus persica, is a direct reference to the way the fruit traveled to Persia along the Silk Road.

 

So whats the big deal about Peaches?  Well, Peaches are a great source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other chemical components that carry major nutrition and health benefits.  Below we’ll cover a few of the most impressive attributes of these little wonders.

 

9 Surprisingly Healthy Benefits of Peaches

 

Peaches Are Full Of Vitamins9 Surprisingly Healthy Benefits of Peaches

Peaches are a very rich source of vitamins and minerals.  Just some of the many vitamins include Vitamin A, C, E, and K and also include seven useful minerals (calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, Manganese and Phosphorus).

 

Peaches Are A Rich Source Of Antioxidants

Studies have shown that peaches are a good source of antioxidants like Chlorogenic acid, which works as an anti-inflammatory in the body.   Peaches are also a good source of antioxidant, vitamin C.  Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious intruders and helps protect the body against those harmful free radicals.  Its anti-oxidant effects which are required for connective tissue synthesis in the body are a nice addition too.  Peaches are rich in many vital minerals such as potassium and iron. Iron as we know is required for red blood cell formation, while Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure.

 

Peaches Provide A Boost Of Fiber

We all know fiber is good for digestion & helping you stay regular.  It can also help decreases belly bloat, and keep you feeling full longer to help you eat less and lose weight.   Maintaining a diet that includes fiber-rich foods can help you lower your cholesterol and stabilize your blood glucose level as well.

 

Peaches Act As A Toxin Cleanser

We take in a scary amount of toxins daily (both through food & environmental pollutants) and it has a negative impact on our kidneys.  In addition to fiber, peaches contain high amounts of  potassium that help to reduce kidney related diseases and lessens the risk of ulcers.

 

Peaches Can Help Work Against Cancer

Numerous studies have found that, lycopene and lutein in peaches helps to prevent macular degeneration and cancer.  Peaches and plums also contain a phenol that inhibits the growth of non-estrogen receptive breast cancer cells.  Some researchers are even dropping the “Super Food” term about the many great benefits and properties of peaches.

 

Peaches Can Help Work Against Heart Disease

Peaches have been found to significantly decreases the risk of heart disease as they contain health promoting flavonoids like poly phenolic antioxidants lutein, zea-xanthin and B-cryptoxanthin.  These compounds help act as protective agents against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.

 

Peaches Contribute To Overall Eye Health

Beta carotene is a great resource to help with eye health (converts into vitamin A in the body).  Peaches are a rich source of beta carotene that improves vision health by increasing circulation of blood while preventing many eye diseases and infections.  It has also been shown to help prevent corneal ulcers and retinal damage. It’s counterpart Vitamin A is essential for vision & is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin.  Consuming dark natural fruits rich in vitamin A is also known to offer protection from lung and oral cavity cancers.

 

Peaches Can Help With Weight Control

Peaches can help you to lose weight, as one peach contains only about 60 calories, surprisingly with no fat.  I don’t know many people who wouldn’t get excited by that.  Because they are wonderfully delicious, low in calories & contain no saturated fats they can put some pizazz in a boring diet.  In addition, as mentioned about the fiber can help a person feel full for longer, therefor curbing the appetite a bit.

 

Peaches Are Excellent For Your Skin

If we haven’t discussed enough great things about peaches, one of the major health benefits of peaches is for our skin.  It’s a great source of Vitamin C which is widely used for skin care & skin health.  You can get a great boost of Vitamin C from a large peach & apart from many health benefits, you can directly use peaches for skin care such dark circles and wrinkles.

 

Now that you’ve got some exciting information about this fantastic summer fruit, go out to your local co-op or farmers market and get peachy!…..Sorry I just couldn’t resist.

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Lynne is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Therapeutic Massage and Ethics Educator with extensive study in preventative nutrition and physiology. For over 35 years, Lynne has helped thousands of people through consulting, seminars and writing.

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