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U.S. no longer world’s fattest developed country

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A new report for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization pinpoints Mexico as the world’s fattest developed nation.

32.8% of Mexican adults are considered obese. This counts people aged 20 and older whose body mass index is 30 and above. The United States sits at 31.8 percent of American adults are considered obese.

“Household surveys from Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique and the Philippines [] find that dietary diversity is strongly associated with household consumption expenditure,” according to the report.

When income correlates with nutrition, it causes a greater chance for malnutrition.

The report focuses largely on malnutrition in the world.

“26% of all children under the age of five are stunted and 31% suffer from vitamin A deficiency, while an estimated  1.4 billion people are overweight, of whom 500 million are obese,” according to the report.

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Spring Break’s “healthy” alcoholic drinks

So I haven’t posted in the past week because I’ve been away on Spring Break in Key Largo, Florida. And with Spring Break comes a lot of drinking, namely sugary margaritas and daiquiris on the beach or tropical beer at the tiki bar. While we were out one night, a fellow barfly suggested to my friend to get a vodka soda instead of a vodka tonic, because it had less calories, in fact almost close to zero. I’ve heard this before, but it didn’t sound right. So now I’m debunking it. “A jigger of 80 proof unflavored vodka contains 64 calories, while 90 proof has 110 calories and 100 proof offers 124 calories,” according to a livestrong.com article. 

64 cals, not bad. So what other drinks aren’t going to have more calories than a big mac?

Fitday.com has composed an interesting list:

1. Champagne

2. Martini

3. Vodka Soda

4. Gin and Tonic

5. Fizzy Lemonade

6. Mojito

I was especially surprised about the last two. But switching out a few ingredients can make it much more healthy, such as the simple syrup for honey. It probably makes it taste much fresher too.

On my Spring Break, we also made homemade pina coladas with ice cream, fresh pineapple and coconut cream. They were delicious and who knows how much healthier or more fattening they were then using the store-bought mix. Regardless, pina coladas are known for being filling, fatty drinks. They made #3 on Forbes’s list of most fattening cocktails behind a Long Island Ice Tea and Margarita. White Russian and Mai Tai were close behind at 4 and 5.

Whatever you’re drinking, enjoy it. Social occasions are about fun and relaxation. Just drink responsibly.

Cheers!

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Vegetable Smoothies

Summertime is fast approaching. Pretty soon thirsts will be out of control from the sweltering heat. But that’s nothing a little smoothie can’t take care of. And it’s not a fruit smoothie I’m talking about. It’s a vegetable smoothie. That’s right, I said vegetable.

In a New York Times article, there are five recipes for the adventurous containing arugula, cabbage and carrots. You might think it sounds disgusting, but carrots are good in cake, right?

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Soda, it sounds like a drug

Originally from a post on tumblr.

WHAT HAPPENS TO A PERSON’S BODY WHEN THEY DRINK A COKE:

  • In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
  • 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
  • 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
  • 45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
  • >60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
  • >60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
  • >60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.

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Sugar makes up 16 percent of kids’ diets

If you find that your kid is having bouts of hyperactivity followed by lulls of cranky tiredness, it’s probably because sugars make up 16 percent of their diet. That’s about 362 calories from added sugars for boys and about 282 calories for girls. In the teen years it increases to 442 calories for ages 12 through 19.

That’s not all the study, done by the CDC, found out.

  • Non-Hispanic white children and adolescents consume a larger percent of their calories from added sugars than do Mexican-American children and adolescents.
  • There was no difference in consumption of added sugars by income among children and adolescents

This is an important finding, at least in my opinion, because many people blame unhealthy eating on income; that those with lower income tend to eat fatty, sugary foods. And those with lower income are often minorities. These findings show that income might not have as big of a role in eating healthy as we thought. Although it is more expensive to buy organic, perhaps there are still other factors at play that affect the types of foods people eat.

In the middle ages, the rich often at sugary foods and no vegetables. The rich today still likes it just as sweet.

Other findings:

  • More added sugars calories came from foods rather than beverages.
  • More added sugars calories were consumed at home rather than away from home.

The fact that more added sugars are coming from the home is also disturbing to me. Home should be a haven for children. Parents should be protecting their children and providing for their children, and that includes providing them healthy, nutritional meals and snacks.

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Now that the food cops have spoken…

 When you think of opinion pieces or the editorial section of the newspaper do you think of it as a page for uppity journalists to rant and rave about issues that really piss them off, or piss off the white, middle-age male population they write too?

To tell you the truth, that’s exactly what I think of when I read the Op-Eds.

But an editPhillip Morris, The Plain Dealerorial written by Phillip Morris about the state of nutrition in inner cities and how we can legislate diets opened my eyes to editorials. They can be revolutionary.

Morris really drills home a point at the end of his opinion, “A healthy appetite can’t be legislated. But it can be taught.”

My advice, read his piece. It’s short, but might as well say a thousand words.

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