Your Healthy Tip for the Day
Saturated fats, like the kind you’ll find in baked goods and red meat, “turn on” certain genes that increase the storage of fat in the belly, researchers say. Polyunsaturated fats on the other hand, activate genes that reduce fat storage and improve insulin metabolism. So ditch the steak and go walnuts instead!
Science Daily: Improving Health Before Pregnancy Could Be Key to Prevention of Childhood Obesity
"A new study adds to a growing body of evidence that links a child's early environment before and soon after birth to their chance of becoming obese later in life. Previous studies have identified a number of individual early life 'risk factors' but few have evaluated the size of their combined effects. The new research suggests that having a greater number of these risk factors is a strong predictor of being overweight or obese in childhood." Click here to read the full story.
NPR: Have Big-Box Superstores Helped To Make Us Fat?
"The humorist Bill Bryson once wrote that 'the purpose of the modern American suburb is to make sure that no citizen is ever more than 500 yards from a food product featuring melted cheese.' That's an exaggeration, but health officials have long worried that our environment of plentiful, cheap and easily accessible calories is contributing to obesity. A group of economists argues in a new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research that the prevalence of restaurants and big-box grocers and warehouse clubs contributes mightily to weight gain." Click here to read the full story.
Web MD: U.S. Dietary Guidelines Take Aim at Sugar
"Stop chugging sugary soda and munching sweet treats. Cut back on red meats, butter and other sources of saturated fat. Lay off the salt shaker. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies. And don't worry about having an egg and an extra cup of coffee with your breakfast. These are the conclusions of the advisory panel that helps shape America's official dietary guidelines, and they appear to be about the same as they were back in 2010, the last time the guidelines were updated, dietitians say." Click here to read the full story.