Your Healthy Tip for the Day
It’s no joke: genuine laughter may cause a 10–20 percent increase in basal energy expenditure and resting heart-rate, according to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity. That means a 10-15 minute giggle fest could burn up 40 to 170 calories. So take a break today to watch a funny video and LOL.
TIME: 2,500 Tons of the Food We Eat is Fake
"New evidence may cast some doubt on the purity of your favorite foods. Interpol, the international criminal police organization, announced that it seized thousands of tons of fake food in a joint operation with Europol over the past two months—including seemingly benign mainstays like mozzarella, eggs, bottled mineral water, strawberries, cooking oil and dried fruit—in 47 countries." Click here to read the full story.
NPR: Chocolate Makeover: Nestle Dumps Artificial Colorings
"Some of America's most popular chocolate bars — including the Baby Ruth and the Butterfinger — are about to get an ingredient makeover. Nestle USA announced it is removing artificial flavors and colorings from all of its chocolate candy products by the end of 2015. The move entails changes to about 75 recipes, including the reformulation of the Butterfinger. Know that orange-like hue that colors the crunchy center of the bar? Currently, that color is made by combining synthetic dye Red 40 with Yellow 5. But these dyes will be replaced with the natural coloring annatto." Click here to read the full story.
Star Tribune: General Mills Cutting Sugar in Yoplait Original by 25 Percent
"General Mills plans to cut the sugar in its Yoplait Original yogurt by more than 25 percent, a reformulation that comes at a time of much debate over added sugars on the grocery shelves. With less sugar, the calorie count in Yoplait Original will fall from 170 to 150 calories per 6-ounce serving. The reformulated Yoplait should be in stores next month." Click here to read the full story.
REUTERS: Global Progress Against Obesity “Unacceptably Slow"
"Global progress toward tackling obesity has been 'unacceptably slow', health experts said on Wednesday, with only one in four countries implementing a policy on healthy eating before 2010. In a series of studies published in The Lancet medical journal, researchers said that in less than a generation, rates of child obesity have risen dramatically worldwide, yet few countries have taken regulatory steps to protect children or implemented recommended healthy food policies." Click here to read the full story.