Displaying Time Rather Than “The Crime”

What do you think about picking up a beverage or a food product displaying the amount of time you’d need to run to burn off calories from a sweetened drink rather than showing the calorie amounts? Do these numbers on a food product even mean anything to you or people around you? Researchers are showing that this could be very beneficial in leading to fewer consumers buying sweetened beverages by using this new technique.

By researching African American teenagers in West Baltimore stores, where signs advertised were total calories for the product, calorie percentages of recommended intake for the day and the time amount of jogging it would take to burn off these calories, it was found that the signs with the time amount of exercise displayed was the most effective. Since many people don’t seem to understand the amount of calories they are consuming in the day, having this available can show them easier ways of looking at what they are really putting into their bodies as well as reducing the sales of high caloric foods and beverages.

This particular study showed these signs to neighboring stores and noticed a trend when these signs when up. Sales of non-sugary drinks went up, especially water, and soda, iced teas and sports drink slightly declined. The amount of time for jogging was based on a 110 pound teenager jogging for 50 minutes to burn off a 20 ounce bottle of soda. However, this number would vary for others such as a 150 pound person would only need to jog for about 40 minutes. Jogging was chose in this study because they figured this is an exercise not a lot of people like to do.

Overall, I think that this study was very interesting which is why I chose to blog about it. I think our stores need to think of new ways to display calorie amounts in a way to motivate and change peoples minds of choosing high caloric beverages and foods. We have began to list nutritional data in restaurants and fast food places not too long ago, so why not come up with this new effective technique in many different locations to see the affect it has on people? What are your thoughts?


Reduce Your Risk For Developing Cancer Today!

Each year, the American Cancer Society estimates the numbers of new cancer cases and deaths expected in the united states in the current year and compiles the most recent data on cancer incidence, mortality, and survival. A total of 1,596,670 new cancer cases and 571,950 deaths from cancer are projected to occur this year. Find your way to create a new healthy lifestyle, by using some small tips below, in order to decrease your risk of developing cancer today.

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, there’s quick tips to reduce your risk for developing cancer as well as losing weight in a healthy way!

1. Cut down on sugary drinks and energy dense foods. Include more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans into your diet.

2. Raise your physical activity status. This will not only help you maintain or lose weight, but also reduce your stress levels naturally!

3. Always check your serving sizes. Look at nutrition labels. It only takes small steps to developing a sense of your portion sizes!

4. Add only 30 minutes of exercise to your daily routine every day! Think about how quick 30 minutes go! You can even accomplish this by watching television on breaks or walking on a treadmill while watching your favorite movie. Another option can be pumping up the volume on your speakers to your favorite music to get you going! Once you get moving you won’t want to stop.

5. Limit your consumption of red meats —  like beef and pork. Stick to lean meats and protein sources!

6. Limit your alcohol to 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women. And no, it doesn’t count if you save all your drinks during the week to consume the drinks on the weekend in one night!

7. Try limiting your sodium consumption. Remember, anything processed, you should always check the labels for!

The New American Plate: Aim for meals made up of 2/3 or more of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, or beans and 1/3 or less of animal protein (meat)

Calorie dense foods pack on a lot of calories, are heavily processed, low in fiber, and high in fats and sugar. Some examples include fatty meats like sausage and prime rib, butter, margarine, potato chips, pretzels, french fries, cheeseburgers, sweets and pretty much any baked good. It’s important to limit these foods as much as possible! Remember, moderation is key… try not to make it a habit to eat a muffin every morning for breakfast, instead set a specific day for yourself so you have something to look forward to on that day if that’s what makes you satisfied.

  • Very Low Calorie-Dense Foods
    Includes most fruits and vegetables, skim milk and broth-based soups.
  • Low Calorie-Dense Foods
    Includes many cooked grains, breakfast cereals with low fat milk, low fat meats, beans and legumes, low fat mixed dishes and salads.
  • Medium Calorie-Dense Foods
    Includes meats, cheeses, high fat mixed dishes, salad dressings and some snack foods.
  • High Calorie-Dense Foods
    Includes crackers, chips, chocolate candies, cookies, butter and oil, bacon, full fat mayonnaise.

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Raw cookie dough: Can We Blame For a Whole Lot of Pain?

There is a threat of Escherichia coli in unbaked cookie dough. An investigation into a 2009 outbreak of E. coli said that ready-to-bake cookie dough, eaten raw, was the main reason for this. The CDC believes steps need to be taken to keep it from happening again. The CDC is urging companies to add a warning message, either in commercials or on packaging, to unbaked cookie dough. Officials tried to find the source of these outbreaks and it was linked to the sugar and fat in the cookie dough. It was in the year 2009 that such a case had come up, where there was an outbreak of the E. Coli disease and it had caused about 77 people to land up in hospitals with severe infection from the disease. This had led to calling off about 3.6 million packs of dough from the markets!

Nestle’s U.S. baking division said that it was voluntarily recalling its Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned of the risk of contamination with E. coli bacteria. Its not easy to determine which of the ingredients, or what part of the manufacturing process, led to the contamination of the cookie dough, but it’s possible that flour could be to blame because it goes through much less processing compared to other ingredients.

This is a warning to think before taking a bite of that delicious unbaked cookie dough!