- April 22 was Earth Day! If you missed it, you can still do your part (all year really). Check out these 10 tips to celebrate Earth Day in your kitchen. For more suggestions and information you can check out our previous post Eating Our Way to a Healthier Planet.
- You may have heard about Shabazz Napier – the NCAA Basketball player who claimed he would sometime go to bed hungry because he couldn’t afford to buy enough food? If not, most amusing if you learn via Jon Stewart. The statement caught everyone’s interest as the NCAA brings in millions of dollars every year AND it hardly seems right to do so on the backs of starving athletes. Well apparently, the cry of outrage was effective, this time, and the rules are about to change. Athletes will now be allowed unlimited meals and snacks in addition to the regular meal plan covered in their scholarships. Of course, this doesn’t mean they will be guaranteed adequate nutrition but at least now they won’t be prevented from doing so.
- Coffee, coffee and more coffee. Reseachers have found a link between increased coffee consumption and lower risk of type 2 diabetes. A cautionary note though – there must be a threshold so don’t over do it. They suggest that people consuming 3 cups (one cup is 250 ml) or more per day had the lowest risk but they do not say how much is too much. Also, they don’t mean the sugary, whip cream topped specialty drinks!
- Kids’ TV shows and commercials during kids’ programming often promote unhealthy foods. The authors suggest that this could be another explanation for the link between TV and computer use and unhealthy diets and increased body weights in children. The research comes from Sweden but it is unlikely North American programming is any better.
- Chocolate milk or not? Recently, a study came out looking at the effects of banning chocolate milk in the schools. Some spun the data as a bad thing suggesting that banning chocolate milk may do more harm than good; but others don’t agree. Read the reports and pick your side.
- Advice for eating healthy on a tight budget. Nothing particularly earth shattering but we all need reminders now and then.