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March 2014

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What America is Eating

While the US is still the original home of the Standard American Diet (SAD)—heavy on refined carbs, sugar and salt—Americans are stretching their palates, according to a roundup of dietary surveys in Food Technology published by the Institute of Food Technologists. Here’s the scoop, both bad and not-so-bad (sources in parentheses).

33%

of adults eat breakfast consistently
(Technomic)

 

50%

of adults bought hot dogs, sandwiches and other prepared foods
at convenience stores in 2013
(CS News)


73%

of all meals are prepared and eaten at home, up from 70% five years ago
(NPD)

45%

of Millennials (and 24% of Baby Boomers) have adopted a gluten-free,
vegan or other special diets
(Hartman)


50%+

of all eating occasions consistof snacks; fortunately, 56% of Millennials say
they want something healthy for their next snack
(Hartman)

2/3

of all deli cheese sales are for specialty items
such as Brie, goat cheese and Gouda



Also:

people are developing a taste for spicy, tangy food from sources
such as ancho, cayenne and super-hot habanero peppers
(Technomic)

 

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Vitamin D May Help

Reduce Fibromyalgia Pain

Chronic muscle pain and fatigue mark fibromyalgia, a poorly understood syndrome that affects more than 12 million Americans. But vitamin D may help ease the discomfort seen in this condition among patients who come up short on this crucial nutrient.

A research team from the Orthopaedic Hospital Vienna Speising in Austria gave vitamin D to some women in a group of 30 who had both fibromyalgia and low D levels. The participants took the supplements for 25 weeks and were then followed for another 24 weeks.

According to results published in the journal Pain, the women in the vitamin D group reported less achiness and morning fatigue than those who did not take the supplements.

Vitamin D “may be regarded as a relatively safe and economical treatment and an extremely cost-effective alternative or adjunct to expensive pharmacological treatment,” said lead author Florian Wepner, MD, of the department of orthopaedic pain management in the hospital’s spine unit.

Wepner added that vitamin D levels should be monitored in people with fibromyalgia, particularly in wintertime. The skin creates vitamin D when exposed to sunshine; D levels often fall among people living in colder climates in the winter, when sun exposure is minimal.

Besides pain and fatigue, people with fibromyalgia may experience poor sleep, inability to concentrate, morning stiffness and occasional problems with anxiety or depression.

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Krill Oil and Heart Health

Taking krill oil every day may increase cardiac well-being by reducing levels of triglycerides, a crucial blood fat.

Scientists in Norway enrolled 300 people with borderline-to-high triglycerides in
a double-blind, randomized study. The participants were divided into five groups; while one group took a placebo the others took either 0.5, 1, 2 or 4 grams of oil taken from krill, a tiny shrimp-like crustacean that concentrates the omega-3 fats DHA and EPA in its tissues.

After 12 weeks, the people in the krill groups experienced a 10.2% reduction in triglyceride levels. Results were reported in Nutrition Research.

According to the American Heart Association, having high triglycerides is a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

 

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QUOTE

“Yoga is almost like music in a way;

there’s no end to it.”

—Sting

 

 

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