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Are Low-Salt Diets Necessary (or Healthy) for Most People?
Per the Wall Street Journal: "As Americans have become more aware over the years of nutrition-related health issues, salt has emerged as a major villain in many people’s minds. So much so that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes reducing the U.S. population’s consumption of sodium as “a national priority.” The CDC warns that too much salt can raise people’s blood pressure, putting them at greater risk for heart disease and stroke, among other evils. But some skeptics believe the threat posed by salt is overblown. Indeed, some say too broad a drive against salt poses its own health risks." For the full story, click here.
For The Love Of Pork: Antibiotic Use On Farms Skyrockets Worldwide
Per NPR: "Sorry bacon lovers, we've got some sad news about your favorite meat. To get those sizzling strips of pork on your plate each morning takes more antibiotics than it does to make a steak burrito or a chicken sausage sandwich. Pig farmers around the world, on average, use nearly four times as much antibiotics as cattle ranchers do, per pound of meat. Poultry farmers fall somewhere between the two." For the full story, click here.
The Myth of High-Protein Diets (Op-Ed)
Per the New York Times: "Although people have been told for decades to eat less meat and fat, Americans actually consumed 67 percent more added fat, 39 percent more sugar, and 41 percent more meat in 2000 than they had in 1950 and 24.5 percent more calories than they had in 1970, according to the Agriculture Department. Not surprisingly, we are fatter and unhealthier." For the full story, click here.
Study Measures The Foul Smell of Fat Bias
Per Reuters: "People can be so turned off by obese individuals that they actually imagine a bad smell, according to a new study. Study participants who were shown images of heavy and thin individuals while sniffing odorless substances rated the 'scent samples' as smelling worse when they were paired with images of heavy people." For the full story, click here.
From Soda Bans to Bike Lanes: Which “Natural Experiments” Really Reduce Obesity?
From Science Daily: "Banning sodas from school vending machines, building walking paths and playgrounds, adding supermarkets to food deserts and requiring nutritional labels on restaurant menus: Such changes to the environments where people live and work are among the growing number of solutions that have been proposed and attempted in efforts to stem the rising obesity epidemic with viable, population-based solutions. But which of these changes actually make an impact? To answer that question, many public health researchers take advantage of "natural experiments"–looking at people's calorie consumption or physical activity levels, either comparing before and after a policy or environmental change, or comparing against a similar group of people not affected by that change. But not all natural experiments are created equal." For the full story, click here.