Your Healthy Tip for the Day
Drinking 17 ounces of water when you wake up boosts your metabolism 25 percent for a full 90 minutes!
Science Daily: Popular Soda Ingredient, Caramel Color, Poses Cancer Risk to Consumers
“Public health researchers have analyzed soda consumption data in order to characterize people's exposure to a potentially carcinogenic byproduct of some types of caramel color. Caramel color is a common ingredient in colas and other dark soft drinks. The results show that between 44 and 58 percent of people over the age of six typically have at least one can of soda per day, possibly more, potentially exposing them to 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI), a possible human carcinogen formed during the manufacture of some kinds of caramel color.” Click here to read the full story.
NY TIMES: Walk Hard. Walk Easy. Repeat.
"Intense, interval-style workouts—brief bouts of very hard exercise broken up by periods of recovery—have been shown to improve the health and fitness of people who exert themselves for only a few minutes a week. Such efficiency is alluring, and has helped this kind of conditioning attract widespread media attention in recent years (including in this column). But high-intensity interval training programs aren’t for everyone. As researchers from Australia and England point out in the December issue of Frontiers in Psychology, 'a largely sedentary population' is unlikely to 'feel physically capable and sufficiently motivated to take up and maintain a regime of highly intense exercise.' That doubt is what makes some news out of Japan about a much-less-punishing form of interval training so welcome." Click here to read the full story.
WSJ: Diet Experts Push More Plants, Less Meat in Nod to Environment
"A panel of nutrition experts recruited by the Obama administration to help craft the next set of guidelines, to be issued this year, said in long-awaited recommendations Thursday that the government should consider the environment when deciding what people should eat. The panel, in a departure from a decades-old recommendation, also said dietary cholesterol was no longer a big concern: It scrapped guidance that Americans limit their cholesterol intake to no more than 300 milligrams a day—less than that found in a couple of eggs. The panel said consuming three to five cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It endorsed the idea that moderate amounts of alcohol were beneficial for some people." Click here to read the full story.
THE ATLANTIC: A Healthy Menu Makeover for Food Trucks
"Elba Ramirez wasn’t sure her customers would go for it. After all, these are people who line up for the mucho macho burrito, the bacon-wrapped hot dog, and the cheesy nacho supreme plate. Would they trade rice and beans for fruit and greens? Tasty beef for lean meats? Yes, as it turns out. As soon as photos and descriptions of the new, healthier plates went up on the side of her lunch truck, people started ordering. The turkey burger was an instant hit, as was the grilled chicken-breast salad. Sales climbed. Ramirez was part of a recent experiment to improve the nutrition offered by taco trucks, one of the best known parts of Los Angeles’ dining landscape. That means meals with fewer calories, smaller portion sizes, and more fruits, vegetables and whole grains." Click here to read the full story.