Most obese adolescents lacking vitamin D

Obese adolescents lacking vitamin D — New study from Hasbro Children’s Hospital finds need for increased surveillance – A new study from Hasbro Children’s Hospital has found that most obese adolescents are lacking in vitamin D. The researchers call for increased surveillance of vitamin D levels in this population and for further studies to determine if normalizing vitamin D levels will help to lower the health risks associated with obesity.

When a salad is not a salad

When a salad is not a salad: Why are dieters easily misled by food names? – Dieters are so involved with trying to eat virtuously that they are more likely than non-dieters to choose unhealthy foods that are labeled as healthy, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. It seems dieter focus on food names can work to their disadvantage.

Vitamin D deficiency reduces lung growth and lung function

Vitamin D deficiency alters lung growth and decreases lung function – Vitamin D deficiency is linked to deficits in lung function and altered lung structure. Examinations of specific tissue responses revealed model mice had reduced lung function.

Low vitamin D in newborns may increase respiratory infections

Newborns with low vitamin D levels at increased risk for respiratory infections – The vitamin D levels of newborn babies appear to predict their risk of respiratory infections during infancy and the occurrence of wheezing during early childhood, but not the risk of developing asthma.

Eating healthier diet means living longer

Eating healthier means living longer — According to new study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association – The leading causes of death have shifted from infectious diseases to chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. These illnesses may be affected by diet.

Infants should get vitamin D supplementation

VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTATION FOR INFANTS — Infants should get vitamin D supplementation, says AAP – Breastfeeding is the ideal form of infant feeding, but supplementation with Vitamin D, starting soon after birth, is recommended because breastfed infants generally do not obtain adequate Vitamin D from other sources.

Fast food menus with calorie information lead to lower calorie selection

Fast food menus with calorie information lead to lower calorie selections for young children — Few areas currently mandate nutritional information on chain restaurant menus. – In a new study, the amount of calories selected by parents for their child’s hypothetical meal at McDonald’s restaurants were reduced by an average of 102 calories when the menus clearly showed the calories for each item.

Low fat diet improves mood in dieters

Mood improves on low-fat, but not low-carb, diet plan – A low calorie, low fat diet appears more beneficial to dieters’ mood than a low carbohydrate plan with the same number of calories, revealed by researchers.

Popcorn has highest levels of healthy antioxidants

Whole grain cereals, popcorn rich in antioxidants, not just fiber, new research concludes. – Snack foods like popcorn and many popular breakfast cereals contain “surprisingly large” amounts of healthful antioxidant substances called “polyphenols”, revealed by researchers at the 238th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

High fat diets are realy unhealthful

Do high-fat diets make us stupid and lazy? — New research in the FASEB Journal shows that high-fat diets are just as unhealthful in the short term as they are in the long term – Short-term memory getting worse? Exercise getting harder? Examine your diet. Eating a high-fat diet may decrease ability to exercise and cause short-term memory loss.

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