April 25, 2014
Choosing healthier foods at the grocery store may soon be a little easier. The Food and Drug Administration has proposed an update to the 20-year-old Nutrition Facts...
Choosing healthier foods at the grocery store may soon be a little easier. The Food and Drug Administration has proposed an update to the 20-year-old Nutrition Facts label which can be found on most food packages throughout the United States. According to the FDA, the reason for this change is to help consumers make more informed food choices to maintain healthy dietary practices.
Some of the changes are a result of a greater understanding of nutrition science, including information about added sugars and nutrients. Since research shows that type of fat is more important than the amount of fat, “calories from fat” would be removed.
In addition, updated serving size requirements and new labeling requirements for certain package sizes will be modified due to the fact that the size requirements don’t accurately reflect how people today eat and drink.
Overall, the nutrition label will have a revamped and refreshed design. Calories and serving sizes will be more prominent to emphasize parts of the label that are most significant in addressing todays public health concerns such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
To get more familiar with the new nutrition labels, learn more here.
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April 01, 2014
Physical Health / Women's Health
Did you know that women face a higher risk of stroke than men? Stroke is the number three cause of death in women. For the first time, the American Heart Association...
Did you know that women face a higher risk of stroke than men? Stroke is the number three cause of death in women. For the first time, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have developed guidelines specific and unique to women to help prevent stroke.
Cheryl Bushnell, M.D., M.H.S., author of the new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke explains that, “If you are a woman, you share many of the same risk factors for stroke with men, but your risk is also influenced by hormones, reproductive health, pregnancy, childbirth and other sex-related factors.”
Risk factors that are similar for both sexes and can be changed, treated and/or controlled are: high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, cigarette smoking, diabetes, coronary artery disease or peripheral arterial disease, atrial fibrillation, lack of exercise and poor diet.
However, risk factors that are specific to women include:
- Preeclampsia (high blood pressure and high protein levels in urine during pregnancy)
- Birth control pills
- Hormone replacement after menopause
- Women who smoke and have migraines with aura (migraine with sensory symptoms like flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in your hand or face)
- Atrial fibrillation (abnormal heartbeat)
Strokes can affect anyone at any age. If you identify with one or more of these risk factors, talk to your health care provider about how to lower your risk for stroke.
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