New Book – Calories In, Calories Out: Which Side Of The Energy Balance Equation Outweighs The Other?

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saladsStudies are underway to test the effectiveness of types of calorie labeling on foods. Will knowing both the number of calories and the amount of exercise it will take to burn off those calories be more effective in consumers making healthier food choices?

Catherine Jones and Elaine Trujillo, MS RDN, authors of The Calories In Calories Out Cookbook (The Experiment, 2014), espouse the idea that effective weight loss and maintenance come from knowing both sides of this equation. Their critically-acclaimed new book, showcasing 200 delicious low-calorie recipes, gives readers both the calories in and calories out values. It’s the only cookbook that has taken this bold and novel approach and applied it to home cooking. The mission of the 400-page tome is to promote a healthy lifestyle through cooking at home, using whole versus processed foods, and stepping up exercise to achieve energy balance.

Before the research results of the ongoing studies are validated, Jones and Trujillo have jumped the gun by giving readers all the information they need in their book. As Jones says, “Knowing both the calories in and calories out values make eating and drinking a much more conscious process. You’ve got facts the to help you make the healthiest choices possible. When you’re lured by the sweet scent of a large gooey Cinnabon, and we all have our weak hungry moments, knowing that it contains 880 calories that will take about 200 minutes to burn off, might empower you to walk by and feel good.”

The trend towards calorie awareness is catching. Major food companies are beginning to shift their focus to lower-calorie, reduced-fat, healthier foods. In a five-year study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, results showed that Americans have cut back an average of 78 calories from their daily diets, reducing 6.4 trillion calories in sales of food and beverages. The excellent news is that this reduction is driven by consumer demand. Processed food sales have been stagnant, and a marketing campaign against sugary sodas has been highly effective. Companies have changed to smaller package sizes, they are adding less oils, sugar and salt, and many are actively inventing healthier products.

Yet the fact remains that over one-third of adults in the United States are obese, and obesity is a culprit of many of the serious health problems from diabetes to heart disease. More needs to be done to prevent a looming national health crisis and economic disaster with rising healthcare costs.

Would listing calories out values on foods help reverse the rates of weight gain and obesity? Jones says, “It’s certainly worth sharing that knowledge with consumers. It can only empower them and it will teach the younger generations to think twice before they eat. They are the ones that will ultimately reverse this rising weight trend, or not.”

With Halloween around the corner, trillions of calories are about to be poured into the streets. Kids and adults will spike their sugar levels to the moon. Have you ever thought to consider the total number of calories that can be held by a smiling jack-o-lantern-shaped loot bag? According to a study by Loyola University Medical School, the average trick-or-treater collects 4,800 calories and over three cups of sugar. For some, who make collecting candy their primary goal, the calorie count can be much higher, even into the tens of thousands. The Calories In and Calories Out Blog has practical advice on what to do with all that loot. So, before you get your costumes on, find your running shoes to burn off the booty.

CATHERINE JONES is the award-winning author or coauthor of numerous cookbooks including Eating for Pregnancy: An Essential Nutrition Guide and Cookbook for Today’s Mothers-to-Be, and, with Elaine Trujillo, The Calories In, Calories Out Cookbook and Eating for Lower Cholesterol. She is a nonprofit founder, app developer, frequent blogger, and freelance journalist. ELAINE TRUJILLO, MS, RDN, is a nutritionist who has years of experience promoting nutrition and health and has written numerous scientific journal articles, chapters and textbooks.

Seizures, Epilepsy, Attention Deficit, Tourette’s And Other Neurological Disorders

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qaQ & A With Dr. Michael Wald

1. True or False: All of these conditions may have in common, as their cause, infections?

ANSWER: True – Viruses, bacteria, fungi and various parasites may be implicated as a potential cause of all of these conditions. Testing can help figure this out

2. True or False: Tourette’s may be caused in many children by streptococci infection specifically?

ANSWER: True – Strep may grow constantly in the nasal passages and produce Tourette’s symptoms seasonally and then go away. The strep cause an immune reaction that produces antibodies that attack the brain causing symptoms.

3. True or False: Hormonal problems may be involved in seizure activity?

ANSWER: Yes – Deficiency of testosterone, when associated with seizures, may actually lower (improve) seizure threshold.

4. True or False: Urine testing of amino acids and neurotransmitters, and the recommendation of appropriate nutrition based on these tests, is all that is needed to manage seizures, epilepsy, Attention Deficit and Tourette’s?

ANSWER: False. Although potentially helpful, urine testing is far from perfect. Also, many other nutrients may help these conditions that are determined upon other types of testing. Lastly, many scientific studies have been done that provide valuable information regarding potential causes and nutritional strategies for these issues; in many cases eliminating the need for further testing.

5. True or False: Seizures of unknown origin in children and adults may be caused by genetic problems (in-born errors of metabolism) that often go untested and untreated.


6. Which of the following nutrients may help Seizures, Epilepsy, Attention Deficit Disorder and Tourette’s?

a. Omega 3 fatty acids
b. Pyridoxine (B6)
c. Magnesium orotate
d. Amino acids
e. All of the above

ANSWER: All of the above may, more or less, help these conditions. Only symptoms and signs, considered along with precise lab work, can determine the best combination of nutrition.

– Dr. Michael Wald, Brain-Energy Blast

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How U.S. Obesity Compares With Other Countries

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bellymeasurementsmallFrom Your Health Journal…..”A very interesting article from PBS Newshour that I had to promote called How U.S. Obesity Compares With Other Countries written by Franco Sassi. We know that obesity is on the rise in many parts of the world, as well as obesity related illnesses such as heart disease, asthma, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and weak joints. Sedentary lifestyle, along with less physical activity and more technology is creating a planet of overweight humans. But, how does the United States compare to other countries with regards to obesity. New data is stating that in the U.S., Canada and Ireland, obesity is still on the rise, but the pace is slowing. Childhood obesity rates are slowing in the U.S., as well as in England, France and Korea. Obesity has become one of the biggest threats to public health in developed countries and increasingly so in emerging economies, especially in urban areas. Please visit the PBS Newshour web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It was well written and very informative.”

From the article…..

New data is providing a gleam of hope in an otherwise fairly dark picture. After decades of rapid growth, adult obesity is stabilizing in many developed countries.

In the U.S., Canada and Ireland, obesity is still on the rise, but the pace is slowing. Childhood obesity rates are slowing in the U.S., as well as in England, France and Korea.

Despite these encouraging trends, obesity has become one of the biggest threats to public health in developed countries and increasingly so in emerging economies, especially in urban areas. At least one in two people are now overweight or obese in more than half of the 34 OECD countries — and numbers are set to rise further.

In most countries, obesity is strongly linked to gender and socioeconomic standing, with poorly educated women two to three times more likely to be overweight than those with more schooling. For men, disparities are less prominent and almost non-existent in many countries.

In the U.S., however, obesity is more likely to be linked to race than to income, with African-Americans and Hispanics more likely to be overweight than non-Hispanic whites or Asian-Americans.

Hover over the bars on the graphic below to see how U.S. obesity rates compare with other OECD countries. Click ‘Next story’ to see how self-reported obesity figures compare with measured rates in each country.

Why do we need to halt the epidemic? Obesity and the chronic diseases associated with it are killers, with severely obese people dying eight to 10 years earlier than their peers.

There is also a financial loss. In Sweden, for example, obese people earn some 18 percent less than others.

But the financial impact itself is mixed. During their life-span, an obese person costs the health care system 25 percent more than a person of normal weight, or up to 3 percent of total health expenditure in most OECD countries (5 to 10 percent in the U. S.). However, due to a shorter life expectancy, overall heath care costs for obese people are not higher than for a non-obese person.

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