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An Unhappy Meal

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This recent post by Jennifer Lovdahl has been shared about 350,000 times on Facebook:

It’s been 6 years since I bought this “Happy Meal” at McDonald’s. It’s been sitting at our office this whole time and has not rotted, molded, or decomposed at all!!! It smells only of cardboard. We did this experiment to show our patients how unhealthy this “food” is. Especially for our growing children!! There are so many chemicals in this food! Choose real food! Apples, bananas, carrots, celery….those are real fast food.

It’s been argued that cases like these mostly depend of food quickly getting dehydrated, stopping microbial growth. But for some reason that’s usually not what happens to real food I leave lying around.

You could speculate that this tendency to quickly dehydrate depends on a large surface area and a non-solid structure. Perhaps this is one of the factors (beside the carbiness) that makes fast food rapidly digestible and obesogenic.

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Dietitians of Canada Calls for the Taxation of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

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The momentum for a soda tax is building all over the world. Now even Canadian dietitians are joining in, calling for a tax.

The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – that organizes US dietitians – just recently stopped being payed off by Coca Cola. So perhaps they too can speak their mind soon?

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Diet Pepsi May Cause Cancer – Consumer Watchdog Downgrades it from “Caution” to “Avoid”

Can Diet Pepsi cause cancer? Possibly. It contains the commonly used sweetener Sucralose. A new study shows that this sweetener causes leukemia and related blood cancers in mice, when they consume it long term. Nobody can know for sure if this means some people drinking Pepsi will end up with leukemia, but it’s quite possible.

The findings caused the consumer watchdog CSPI (known for occasionally being very wrong) to downgrade Sucralose from “caution” to “avoid”.

CSPI: CSPI Downgrades Sucralose from “Caution” to “Avoid”

Pepsi must be disappointed. It’s just been 6 months since they changed ingredients from the artificial sweetener Aspartame to Sucralose, launching the “new diet Pepsi“, due to health concerns over Aspartame.

The problem with sweeteners

Other negative effects of artificial sweeteners include making it harder to lose weight, disturbing the gut flora and raising blood sugar.

Of course, diet sodas are still preferable to the sugar-bomb real thing – especially when it comes to weight and metabolic disease.

Massively better options include water, coffee or tea.

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Can Red Meat Kill You?


5.0 out of 5 stars5 star100%4 star0%3 star0%2 star0%1 star0%21 ratings1,692 viewsWhere does the fear of red meat come from? Is it really scientific or is it more of an ideological thing?

It’s after all a fact that humans have always eaten red meat, for millions of years. Often much more than now. So how could meat cause new, modern diseases?

Best-selling author Nina Teicholz has spent a lot of time researching the subject. Last year I sat down to talk to her and above you can watch the entire 15 minute interview. Fascinating stuff, if you ask me.

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Bring Back The Fat to Australia

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Do you live in Australia? Dr. Aseem Malhotra will be joining Damon Gameau (of “That Sugar Film” fame), nutritionist Christine Cronau and the investigative TV reporter Dr. Maryanne Demasi this year, doing a tour in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

They’ll be talking about bringing the fat back. Should be worth getting a ticket right away.

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Low Carb Kids – How to Raise Children on Real Low-Carb Food

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Childhood obesity is a huge problem today. Lots of parents are wondering – how do you raise kids without feeding them excessive carbs?

This is a guest post from Libby Jenkinson, a registered pharmacist, mother of 3 children, and the founder of ditchthecarbs.com, the leading low carb website in New Zealand and Australia.

Low Carb Kids

The importance of whole food nutrition in children’s health and development cannot be stressed enough. All children will benefit from lowering their sugar and carbohydrate intake, especially from processed and junk foods.

For Low Carb Kids the emphasis should be on feeding them tasty nutrient dense meals. Children shouldn’t be relying on sugars, grains and high carb snacks. Low carb is all about going back to basics – meat, vegetables, low sugar fruit, seeds, nuts and healthy fats. Real food is simple food. Continue Reading →

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Krispy Kreme Challenge: 5 Miles, 12 Doughnuts, Keep It Down

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Have you heard of the Krispy Kreme Challenge? Run 5 miles while eating 12 doughnuts… and trying to keep them down.

The News & Observer: Krispy Kreme Challenge: 5 Miles, 12 Doughnuts, Keep It Down

The race also raises money for a children’s hospital. So what’s wrong? Some exercise, some fun and even a way to help sick children – isn’t that great?

Not really.

This is a great way for the Krispy Kreme brand to get associated with nice things, while making it feel normal to binge on donuts. Why do we let them do that?

Would we join a Marlboro Challenge that encouraged people to smoke five packs of cigarettes while running, and raised money for their own children’s hospital? Not likely.

My guess is that the Krispy Kreme Challenge is going to be equally unthinkable in the future. And that children’s hospital will find it wise to give the money back. In the middle of an epidemic of childhood obesity many kids already end up in the hospital because of brands like Krispy Kreme. Nothing fun about that.

By the way – if you’re wondering – to burn the calories in 12 extra donuts you’d have to run for about five hours.

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Sugar Addiction: If You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail

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Are you still struggling with staying away from sweet foods? Here are more helpful and practical tips for kicking the habit forever.

We’ve now posted another part of our video course with expert Bitten Jonsson, RN. Check the whole course out on our member site – free trial available – or start by watching the first part which is available for everyone.

With a free membership trial you can watch all the parts instantly – as well as many other video courses, movies, interviews, presentations, Q&A with experts, etc.

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The Mexicans Dying for a Fizzy Drink

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Mexicans drink more soda than any other country. Not surprisingly they also have a higher percentage of obesity than any other large country, including childhood obesity.

Two years ago the government introduced a soda tax and now consumption of soda may be going down. Here are some stories:

BBC: The Mexicans Dying for a Fizzy Drink

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Americans Are Getting Serious About Sugar

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According to a new poll, 58 percent of Americans are trying to avoid too much sugar. This is a way higher percentage than people trying to avoid other things, like calories, cholesterol, fat or salt.

Sugar really is public enemy number one. And deservedly so.

Fortune: Poll: Americans Are Getting Serious About Sugar

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