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Fans Are Left In Stitches After Spice Dares Karlie Redd to Break Her Diet with a Piece of Bread – Atlanta Black Star

Posted: September 16, 2020 at 3:55 am

Friends make you laugh, give helpful advice when you need it most, and sometimes they may even help you cheat on your diet. At least thats whatSpicedid when she met her old pal and Love and Hip Hop Atlanta co-starKarlie Redd recently.

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, the Jamaican dancehall artist shared a hilarious video of herself tempting Karlie with a good piece of bread. In the clip, Spice is heard attempting to lure Karlie into breaking her diet, telling her try it Karlie and its so good. @iamkarlieredd Im all the friend you need, Spice captioned the clip that garnered over 170,000 views and over 400 comments. Fans were left in stitches after Karlie quickly gave into temptation, grabbing a plate and napkin to indulge.

One fan wrote, Spice is the friend our grandparents warned us about!. They added, Grandma-If yuh friend jump off the bridge yawh guh dweet?Karlie- Yessss. While another person commented, Thats how food be talking to me in my head when Im on a diet or dont wanna eat late.

A third fan jokingly wrote, Karlie gave in so fastspice your not a good friend. While another left a comment saying, If Peer pressure was a person, is the Devil on your shoulder was a person. It wouldve spice.

Karlie shared the same clip on her Instagram. When your on a diet And your friends dont want you to be Great! Tag Your Peer Pressure Friends@spiceofficial, the reality star captioned the post.

Karlies fans, however, were a little disappointed she caved in so quickly, including one fan who joking wrote, Omg!!! Lol I cant believe you let@spiceofficialget u in trouble like that!!!. They added, I knew yall were up to no Ill see u in the gym in the morning bread girl. While another user wrote, My god why you do itttt lolI love bread omg but starting tomorrow no more bread.

Despite the relapse, the reality star appears to be keeping with her overall health and figure. Over the past few months, Karlie has been blessing her timelines with stunning photos showing off her gorgeous beauty and curves. Two weeks ago, the television personality also shared a lovely picture of herself in a royal blue bathing suit. Karlie wore her hair in a royal blue short cut to match.

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OTC Drug and Dietary Supplement Market Forecast to 2027 – COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis by Product ; Type ; Form ; Distribution Channel, and…

Posted: September 16, 2020 at 3:55 am

The OTC drug and dietary supplement market was valued at US$ 2, 93,255. 40 million in 2019 and is projected to reach US$ 4, 92,102. 49 million by 2027; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6. 8% from 2020 to 2027.

New York, Sept. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- announces the release of the report "OTC Drug and Dietary Supplement Market Forecast to 2027 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis by Product ; Type ; Form ; Distribution Channel, and Geography" -

The growth of the OTC drug and dietary supplements marketis mainly attributed to the factors such as growing awareness regarding general health issues and growing preference for non-prescription drugs over prescription drugs. However, the market is likely to get impacted by the drawbacks associated with the stringent FDA regulations related to safety and efficacy of OTC drugs during the forecast period.

Government and consumers mounting pressure on reducing pricing would help accelerate the prescription to OTC (Rx-to-OTC) transition.There is a widespread support for OTC usage among physicians for fever, cold/cough, and minor ailments of that nature; beyond that, the physicians do have some reservations.

Although there are generic prescription medications that are cheaper than OTC drugs, most of the OTC drugs are cheaper than prescription drugs.OTC drugs need to be ingested in lower dosages compared to prescription drugs.Although there are a few prescription drugs available as OTC drugs, their dosage requirements are much lower when sold OTC, than when they are bought via prescription.

In recent years, many prescription allergy medicines such as chlorpheniramine , cetirizine , fexofenadine among othershave been switched to OTC.According to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, 81% of adults in the US use OTC medicines as their first line of treatment for minor illnesses.

On an average, consumers in the country make ~26 trips every year to buy OTC medications. Further, they visit their doctors roughly thrice per year.

Based on Product, the OTC drug and dietary supplement market is segmented into cough and cold products, vitamins and dietary supplements, analgesics, gastrointestinal products, sleep aids, oral care products, ophthalmic products, antacids, feminine care, and others.In 2019, the analgesicssegment accounted for the highest share of the market.

Growth of this segment is attributed to the growing awareness regarding general health issues related to body painand growing preference for non-prescription drugs over prescription drugs across the world. However, vitamins and dietary supplementssegment is likely to register the highest CAGR in the global OTC drug and dietary supplements market during the forecast period.

Based on type, the OTC drug and dietary supplementsmarket is segmented into branded and generic. The generic segment held a larger share of the market in 2019 and is estimated to register a higher CAGR of 7.1% in the market during the forecast period.

Based on form, the OTC drug and dietary supplementsmarket is segmented into tablets, capsules, powders, ointments, liquid, and others. The tablets segment held the largest share of the market in 2019 and is estimated to register the highest CAGR of 7.5% in the market during the forecast period.Based on distribution channel, the OTC drug and dietary supplements market is segmented into hospital and retail pharmacies, retail stores, online channels, and others. The hospital and retail pharmacies segment held the largest share of the market in 2019; whereas, theonline channels segment is estimated to register the highest CAGR of 7.5% in the market during the forecast period.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, Council for Responsible Nutrition consumer survey, National Center for Biotechnology Information, The Global Burden of Disease Study, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA),Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), and World Health Organization (WHO), are among the major primary and secondary sources referred for preparing this report.Read the full report:

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The 12 Best Fruits to Eat on a Low-Carb Diet – Everyday Health

Posted: September 16, 2020 at 3:54 am

When it comes to cutting carbohydrates, its not only pastries and bread you have to think about. Carbs are also in fruits (which explains their sweetness), so logic might suggest canceling this type of food, too but dont.

While many low-carb diets recommend avoiding fruit because it tends to be higher in carbohydrates due to its natural sugar, its not ideal for health. Fruit contains many health-promoting nutrients, and removing them from the diet completely could be detrimental, explains Trista Best, a registered dietitian at Balance One Supplements, an online vitamin supplement shop based in Wilmington, Delaware. For example, fruit (as well as vegetables) providesheart-healthy dietary fiber, along with vitamins and minerals that the body uses as antioxidants to fight various chronic diseases, points out past research.

So you know including fruit in your diet, even a low-carb one, is beneficial. But that doesnt mean that anything goes. A standard low-carb diet involves eating no more than 20 grams (g) to 100 g of net carbs per day, depending on your weight loss goals, according

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Some fruits have a lower amount of net carbs than others, making them a better choice. (Net carbs are total carbs minus fiber and sugar alcohols, and are often counted in low-carb dieting, such as Atkins.) So to hit your weight loss goal, it helps to choose fruits with the lowest amount of carbs.

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For teens with severe obesity, bariatric surgery works, but is rarely used. Experts say that needs to change – The Detroit News

Posted: September 16, 2020 at 3:54 am

Philadelphia --Gavin Perrin has his work cut out for him this semester. The Susquehanna University sophomore is taking a hefty 22 credits in a demanding accounting program. But as he planned to head back to campus this month, the pandemic permitting, Perrin was thinking about the fun stuff: seeing all the friends he made last year, moving in with his new roommates, playing sports.

It's a far cry from Perrin's high school days.

"I was that type of kid in high school who would rather be anywhere else," Perrin said.

It's not that his high school was a bad place. The difference is him: "I feel like a new man."

Between his junior year of high school and his freshman year of college, Perrin lost more than 200 pounds. At 5-foot-10, the 19-year-old from Turbotville, Northumberland County, is down to 230 pounds. He says he feels healthier, more confident.

Gavin Perrin is photographed at his Turbotsville, Pennsylvania home Sept. 3, 2020. He has lost a substantial amount weight through bariatric surgery.(Photo: TOM GRALISH, TNS)

Perrin accomplished that through a lot of hard work that included diet change and exercise. But it probably wouldn't have happened so quickly without another strategy that's used to help only a small number of the estimated 4.5 million American children and teenagers with severe obesity: bariatric surgery. That's despite growing research that it is an effective, safe way to deal with a health problem that has reached epidemic proportions. Obesity increases the risk of hypertension, liver disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, and many other health problems, even among teens.

The American Academy of Pediatrics in December came out in support of bariatric surgery as an "evidence-based effective treatment of severe obesity" and said greater access to the surgery for pediatric patients ages 13 and older "is urgently needed." There is no authoritative count of how many of these surgeries are performed each year on teenagers, but estimates range from 450 to about 1,600. Most experts agree it's less than 1% of the youngsters who might benefit.

"It's definitely underutilized," said Elizabeth Parks Prout, medical director of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program, a joint effort with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. "We're not treating everyone who needs treatment, unfortunately."

'A tool for change'

Most teens who undergo bariatric surgery, like Perrin, have the gastric sleeve procedure, in which 70% to 80% of the stomach is permanently removed. Not only is the size of the stomach greatly reduced, but, especially significant, the surgery also affects hormonal balance, including the production of ghrelin, often referred to as the hunger hormone.

Surgery along with lifestyle changes result in a 20% to 30% average weight loss for adolescent patients, Prout said. Lifestyle changes alone aren't effective for long-term obesity treatment, many experts say.

A growing body of research shows there are few post-bariatric surgery complications, though many programs recommend nutritional supplements in response to concerns about postsurgery deficiencies.

Money, not safety, is one reason few teens get this surgery. It's not unusual for insurers to turn down adolescents for the surgery, according to the AAP, especially children from low-income families and children of color who may be stymied by complex, and at times costly, insurance appeals, or inconsistent coverage policies. These families may also lack access to a bariatric surgery program near them.

Some parents and patients fear going under the knife for something they might think could be handled without surgery. In addition, doctors involved in bariatric programs say other physicians often hesitate to refer younger patients, in part due to misunderstanding about the surgery.

"It's a surgery to help you to be able to be effective in the changes in your diet and exercise," Prout said. "The surgery is not a cure. The surgery is a tool for change."

Ann Rogers, director of the Penn State Surgical Weight Loss Program, said she thinks the stigma of obesity can extend to its treatment.

"Obesity isn't a choice. It's not a lifestyle people want to embrace," Rogers said. "It's a chronic and recurring medical condition, just like cancer. So if we have medical therapies that are designed to treat medical problems, we should use them."

'What am I waiting for?'

Lyndsey Gibb, 17, said she's always been "a bigger kid," at least since she was a toddler. "It was something that continued to get out of control as I grew when I hit the teenage years. That's especially when it got bad," she said.

The Dillsburg, York County, teenager tried various diet and exercise programs and went to multiple nutritionists, but nothing ever kept the weight off. Then a couple of years ago, her father had bariatric surgery. As her dad shed weight, she noticed other changes in him. He was more confident, less self-conscious about what he wore, less restricted in the things he would do. She decided she wanted that for herself.

Gibb had her surgery last December at Hershey Medical Center with Rogers. Since then, she's lost 115 pounds and intends to shed another 60. Her BMI went from almost 53 to 36. (Severely obese is considered to start at a BMI of 35 to 40.)

"I definitely feel a lot better, more so confidence-wise than health-wise," Gibb said. "Health-wise, I feel like I can do more, but just being more comfortable with what I look like and what I can wear makes me feel a lot better."

Gibb said she is excited that she can now wear stylish brands like Simply Southern that she always liked, but didn't come in her old size. She gave up riding horses because of her weight. She thinks that could be an option again. Just walking is more enjoyable.

She's beginning her senior year at Northern York High School. COVID-19 permitting, she's looking forward to the prom. Growing up in a rural area, Future Farmers of America is an important activity for her. It involves speaking in front of large groups of people.

"It will help if I feel better about how I look," she said. "I'll be more confident in what I'm doing, and hopefully I can even be better at what I'm doing because of it."

To those who would say she was too young to have this kind of surgery, she has a ready answer.

"What am I waiting for in my life? I've dealt with this for how many years now? My dad got it when he was 40-something years old. It's either I live with how I am and continue to go up and down, or give this a shot and be able to improve my quality of life sooner."

Gavin Perrin is photographed at his Turbotsville, Pennsylvania home Sept. 3, 2020. He has lost a substantial amount weight through bariatric surgery.(Photo: TOM GRALISH, TNS)

A new start

Perrin started his battle with weight at a young age, too. From ages 4 to 15, he participated in a medical weight-loss clinic program where he was given nutrition counseling. Finally, he was told there was nothing more they could do for him. By the time he got to the CHOP bariatric program, his BMI was 65.

"I had high blood pressure. I was borderline diabetic. Even walking around, my feet would burn up. I'd get tired really quick. I did try to play sports, but I couldn't last," Perrin said. "My size definitely bothered me. I could tell from a young age there were these differences, and I wasn't the same as everybody else."

Eating in public places made him feel self-conscious. "Even if they're not looking at you, you felt as if all eyes were on you."

In elementary and middle school, he had temper problems. He thinks his weight had something to do with it.

In high school, he found himself not wanting to go most of the time. He didn't ask anyone to the prom, and no one asked him.

He was a sophomore when he entered CHOP's program. He spent about a year in the presurgery program, which included education and lifestyle changes like a high-protein diet, vitamins, and medication. He had his doubts, given his past experiences. But for the first time, the pounds started coming off _ and staying off. He also was no longer prediabetic, and his blood pressure returned to normal.

"I thought, 'These are people I can trust.'"

By the time he arrived for freshman year at Susquehanna University, Perrin was very different from the kid who underwent weight-loss surgery.

"No one knew me. I could kind of reinvent myself," Perrin said.

After taking charge of his body and his health, "I felt like I could really talk to anybody. I didn't have trouble going out and meeting new people."

The high schooler who preferred to stay in his room became a college student who set goals of meeting as many people as he could. He was a regular at the campus gym. He joined the rugby team and played pickup basketball.

Last month, classes at Susquehanna started online, and Sept. 20 is his back-to-campus day. His roommates will be waiting. He's got a new job as an academic coach for freshman business students. Perrin's ready for whatever the future might bring.

"As long as coronavirus doesn't get in the way," he said, "I think these next couple years are going to be the best time of my life."


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5 Ways Your Workout Should Change If You’re Watching Your Carbs – Women’s Health

Posted: September 16, 2020 at 3:54 am

Lets get this out of the way right off the bat: Carbs are not your enemy. But, compared to fat and proteins, carbsin their endless snackable formscan be the hardest macronutrient to resist. Carbs dont carry a strong appetite-satisfying effect, says Paul Kriegler, RD, a Minnesota-based certified sports nutritionist and personal trainer with Life Time Fitness health clubs. So even if you crush a bag of Goldfish while bingeing Selling Sunset, you might still be hungry and crave more. For that reason (and others), dialing back on pasta, cookies, and bread has become a popular diet move.

Whether youre following a carb-restricting diet like keto (which limits carb intake to 5-10 percent of your total calories) or just cutting some of that extraneous starchy snacking, adjusting your workouts is vital. Consuming fewer carbs can stall your fitness progress and make your workouts feel, well, more like work. Heres how to tweak your sweat sessions so you can stay on top of your fitness game.

Someone whos generally well-nourished can store about two hours worth of carbohydrate energyin the form of glycogenin their muscles and liver, says Kriegler. Thats a pretty decent tank of gas for a standard workout. But if youre not adequately refilling that tank with enough carbs, youll be starting subsequent workouts from a glycogen deficit. That could cause you to feel more fatigued than normal during a workout and want to cut it short, he explains.

You can avoid that entirely by planning to shorten your workouts from the get-go. How much you should dial things back depends on your training experience and overall health, says Kriegler. Exercising for as little as 10 minutes was shown to have the same benefits as traditional endurance training in a study published in PLOS One. So, consider starting there and slowly adding on 5 or 10 minutes to your workouts. This way, you can ease into working out with less fuel and get a sense of how much energy you realistically have to put toward your sweat sesh.

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Carb cutters might need to dial back on high-intensity workouts (like running, swimming, boot camps, and boxing) in favor of more moderate-intensity ones (like the elliptical, resistance training, slow cycling, and walking), says Audra Wilson, R.D., a clinical dietitian with the Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery Program at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital.

Youre just not really fueling yourself adequately to be able to perform high-intensity exercise to your utmost ability, she explains, and that can lead to muscle damage and breakdown. That doesnt mean you cant do any high-intensity workouts; it just means that if you do them too frequently, you may be self-sabotaging. Kriegler recommends that those cutting carbs stick to one to three hard workouts a week, one to three that are moderate, and one to three that are easy. Plan to stick to this scaled back fitness regimen until you add more carbs to your diet.

Your bodys preferred source of energy is always carbs. It takes more oxygen to break down fat and protein for energy, explains Wilson. If you start your workout with cardio, youre going to bottom out your limited glycogen stores right at the outset; then, your bodys going to turn to protein and fat for energy. Translation: Your body will literally break down your hard-earned muscle to provide energy for your strength workout, preventing you from making gains, says Wilson. Eep!

But regardless of how many carbs you eat, doing cardio before strength will cut into the number of weight lifting reps you can perform, according to a study from the The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Not only that, it'll decrease your muscle power while increasing how hard a workout feels, a separate study from the same journal found. Bottom line: Stick to post-lifting cardio whenever you can.

Theres a lot of buzz about working out before youve eaten in the morning, but experts dont recommend it. Its not a research-backed way to lose weight, and it would lead to muscle breakdown, says Wilson. In fact, cardio on an empty stomach caused twice the amount of protein breakdown in muscles than doing the same workout after eating, research published in the Strength and Conditioning Journal found.

If youre limiting your carb consumption, plan to eat those carbs at the meals right before or after your toughest workouts, says Kriegler. Then, its either going to give you the juice you need to get through that higher effort or replenish what youve burned through during the workout.

When you lower your carb intake, the less insulin your body makes; and the less insulin in your body, the harder it is for your body to retain electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and calcium.

Electrolytes are minerals that help trigger muscle contractionsif you don't have enough in your body, your body won't be able to perform a bicep curl or move your leg forward to take your next running step, explains Kriegler. You might experience more tension or cramping in your muscles, too. Even if you dont change the amount of load youre putting on your muscles, you might benefit from longer rest periods.

That could just mean an extra minute or two between sets of heavy lifts, or an extra day of recovery after a more intense workout. How do you figure out what kind of rest you need? Listen to your body. If you have extra time during your workout to rest more, great, says Kriegler. If you need to be efficient and just adjust your training frequency throughout the week, thats fine, too.

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‘We Had To Take Action’: States In Mexico Move To Ban Junk Food Sales To Minors – NPR

Posted: September 16, 2020 at 3:54 am

A person buys soda at a convenience store in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on April 13. The country has high levels of obesity and medical conditions that health authorities warn are related to a diet high in soda and processed foods. Mauricio Palos/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

A person buys soda at a convenience store in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on April 13. The country has high levels of obesity and medical conditions that health authorities warn are related to a diet high in soda and processed foods.

Picture this: You're 17, you walk into a corner store and grab a Coca-Cola and Doritos, but the cashier refuses to sell them to you because you're underage.

That rule is expected to soon become reality in parts of Mexico, as lawmakers in several states push legislation to keep junk food away from children, partly in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

First Oaxaca's state legislature passed a ban on selling or giving out high-calorie packaged foods and sugar-sweetened drinks to minors on Aug. 5. Less than two weeks later, Tabasco state approved a prohibition, too. Now at least a dozen other states are considering similar legislation.

"I know it can sound a bit drastic but we had to take action now," says Magaly Lpez, a lawmaker in Oaxaca's Congress who spearheaded the ban.

More than 70,000 Mexicans have died from COVID-19, the world's fourth-highest recorded death toll, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins University. Two-thirds of those who died in Mexico had an underlying medical condition such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular problems, according to Health Department officials. That has led to a new urgency to change diets so that the younger generation doesn't suffer those ailments.

"The damage of this kind of diet is even more visible because of the pandemic," says Lpez, who is a member of President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador's Morena party.

The party's critics, however, say its leaders are using preexisting health conditions in COVID-19 patients to distract from a weak government response to the virus outbreak.

Yet few would deny the country consumes large amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages and processed snacks with little nutrition or that Mexico has a major weight problem.

One-third of Mexicans aged 6 to 19 are overweight or obese, according to UNICEF. They may not be disproportionately affected by COVID-19 now, but they can suffer myriad health issues, especially in adulthood.

"Bottled poison"

Senior federal officials have been calling on citizens to cut back on junk food. Assistant Health Secretary Hugo Lpez-Gatell has called soda "bottled poison."

Mexico's assistant health secretary, Hugo Lpez-Gatell, speaks about plans for Mexico to produce an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford, at the national palace in Mexico City, on Aug. 13. Hector Vivas/Getty Images hide caption

Mexico's assistant health secretary, Hugo Lpez-Gatell, speaks about plans for Mexico to produce an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford, at the national palace in Mexico City, on Aug. 13.

The country's overweight health issue "is not the fault of individuals, it's the fault of this nutritional environment that has been developed to favor those [junk food] products instead of health," Lpez-Gatell, Mexico's coronavirus czar, said in July. He has since endorsed the Oaxaca bill.

Oaxaca congresswoman Lpez says legislators from all over the country have called her for advice. In addition to Tabasco, Chihuahua state is debating a junk food ban, and Mexico City's mayor says her administration is looking into something similar. A federal senator from Oaxaca says he wants to make it national law.

Oaxaca's governor approved the state's law last week. Legislators still have to draw up enforcement mechanisms, and punishment could include fines and even jail.

Business pressure

A nationwide law would not be easy. "There are powerful commercial interests that don't want it to happen, but we must prioritize the well-being of our children," Lpez says.

The business owners' association COPARMEX said the legislation "will be an obstacle to commercial freedom and will incentivize the informal economy."

Cuauhtmoc Rivera, the president of the National Small Businesses' Alliance, has been a vociferous critic. "Formal businesses will close and transition to sidewalks and street corners, where consumption of these products will continue," without regulation or oversight, he says.

A street vendor sells sweet snacks in Mexico City in 2016. Several states are pushing to ban the sale of junk food and soda to children to improve the population's nutrition levels. Eduardo Verdugo/AP hide caption

A street vendor sells sweet snacks in Mexico City in 2016. Several states are pushing to ban the sale of junk food and soda to children to improve the population's nutrition levels.

Rivera finds these laws particularly troubling at a time when coronavirus prevention measures have crushed small businesses. His group estimates 150,000 businesses had to close during the pandemic and it expects many will not reopen.

Business groups also say the bans would disproportionately affect the underprivileged.

"The daily battle of the average Mexican is to stretch the little money you have as far as it can go, to fill the stomachs of everyone in your house," Rivera says. The cheapest, easiest calories, especially in urban areas, he says, are things like soda, potato chips and white bread.

Power dynamics

There are power dynamics at play that helped make these kinds of foods so widely consumed, according to Ana Larraaga, of the public health advocacy group Salud Crtica ("critical health").

"We should not only be looking at the companies, the brands, that are involved in the processing in the food but also the political context that allowed the lack of regulations," she says.

Larraaga says the government failed to regulate junk food and soda for decades. She notes that a former leader, Vicente Fox, had once served as CEO of Coca-Cola Mexico before becoming president in 2000.

In 2013, Coca-Cola tried to buy goodwill by sponsoring a school fitness program in Mexico. Several public institutions adopted the program, but it's now widely seen as a failure.

Things began to change in 2014, when the government imposed a tax on sugary drinks. The tax contributed to a 6% drop in soda drinking in its first year, according to government research, while milk and water consumption climbed.

And last year, a new federal law passed. Starting in October, giant-font warning labels will be slapped on the front of food packages: "EXCESS SUGAR!" "EXCESS SODIUM!" "EXCESS TRANS FATS!"

Larraaga says the junk food ban for minors is another encouraging step toward nutrition, if it really catches on. "Whether this policy will work or not ... I definitely think it depends on the acceptance of the population," she says.

"Something healthy instead"

Oaxaca could be primed to embrace it. In the rural Oaxacan town of Villa Hidalgo Yallag, citizens have physically blocked chips and soda delivery trucks from entering since April, saying they don't want outsiders to bring in the coronavirus or junk food.

NPR spoke to several teenagers in Mexico City and Oaxaca state and found almost all knew about health problems related to junk food and agreed change was needed.

"I'd be frustrated at first if I couldn't buy a Coke," said 16-year-old Wendy Trevio, "but I'd adapt. And maybe I'd think twice and buy fruit or something healthy instead."

And 17-year-old Daniela Santiago in Natividad, a small town in the highlands of Oaxaca, said during a workshop with a nonprofit: "We learned about all the diseases associated with a bad diet, hypertension, diabetes, things like that, and I didn't know about all that."

Santiago thinks avoiding junk food should not be a problem, since Natividad's residents have easy access to fresh produce and can stick with traditional dishes based around beans, vegetables, fruit and corn tortillas.

But she knows it may not be so simple in urban areas.

"People in cities are always pressured by their work or school schedule and have no option but to eat junk," Santiago says, "even if they know it's unhealthy."

'We Had To Take Action': States In Mexico Move To Ban Junk Food Sales To Minors - NPR

The 8 Foods to Eat to Reduce Your Lifetime Risk of Breast Cancer – The Beet

Posted: September 16, 2020 at 3:54 am

Breast cancer is thenumber one cancer among women in the US, afflicting about 276,000 women a year, or 1 in every 8 women over their lifetime, which is why so many of us are searching for ways to reduce the risk of a diagnosis. On a positive note, whendetected in the earliest stages breast cancer is 99 percent treatable to a five-year cure.Even betternews: Eating to lower your lifetime risk of breast canceris as simple as choosing a whole food, plant-based approach.To be clear, nothing you eat directly causes or prevents cancer, but new research shows that you can lower your risk by thelifestyle choices you make.

"Preventative dietary measures includereducingthe intake of alcohol, red meat, and fat while increasing intake of fiber and vitamin D as well as phytoestrogens from various food sources," according to one study that looked at the role of diet and breast cancer risk. All in all, nutrition impacts 35 percent of all breast cancer cases, the study found.

Thisstudy specifically links meat and dairy to an elevated risk of breast cancer:Women who ate just one-quarter of a cup of full-fat milk or dairy a day had an increased risk of breast cancer. Doctors encourage patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle of daily exercise and a minimally processed, low-fat diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans. Whole foods, high in fiber and rich in antioxidants are crucial to reducing the risk of breast cancer.

Adding more fiber and antioxidants to your diet is the best way to reduce your risk of breast cancer. The best part is you may be eating these foods on a daily basis already. Here are the best antioxidant-rich and fiber-packed foods to reduce your risk of breast cancer, according to the latest studies.

Decreasing the number of fatty foods in your diet and replacing them with whole foods will reduceyourrisk and have been shown to improve the survival rate of breast cancer patients. Onestudyshowed that a low-fat diet reduces the risk of death from breast cancer by 21 percent. Adding fiber and antioxidantsfound in fruit and vegetablesto a diet low in animal fat is optimal for breast health. Women on a high-fiber diet were 8 percent less likely to develop breast cancer, compared to those who ate less fiber. An increase in dietary fiber lowers blood sugar and estrogen levels in the body, which is key to slowing or halting tumor growth.

Fiber-rich foods typically are also high in antioxidants, which are notonly important for preventing breast cancer butin treating it as well. Antioxidants contain nutrients that boost your immune system and protect againstfree radicals, which are molecules thatdamage tissue and can lead to cancer growth. Antioxidants also block the cancer-causing effects ofcarcinogensand can help women in remission lower their risk of reoccurrence.

So whether you're genetically predisposed by having one of the genetic markers, or recently diagnosed for the first time, or are recovering from breast cancer treatment, a plant-based dietis known to improvebreast health, according to a growing number of recentstudies.

Dark leafy greens, such as broccoli and kale contain a chemical calledsulforaphane that has anti-cancer properties, according to studies. Onestudy found that sulforaphane in broccoli not only possesses anti-cancer properties but also restricts tumors from growing in the lab and can prevent cancer from spreading. Kale is packed with antioxidants since it is high in vitamin C with 80 mg in one cup, which preventscancerfrom forming in the lab.Researchshowed the carotenoids in kale canboost the body's immunity against diseases andstop free radicals from damaging cells that can lead to cancer growth. Women who ate the most carotenoids had the lowest levels of cancer in that study. Carotenoids are found in vegetables such as carrots, corn, and tomatoes

This may come as a shocker to most people, but soy foods don'tincrease the risk of cancer, new studies have found, but may even help to prevent it. Incorporating soy foods like tofu, miso, edamame, and soy milk once a day forover a lifetimereduces the risk of breast cancer because the phytoestrogens that mimic estrogen actually suppress the amount of actual estrogen in the body. Isoflavones are the soy protein often linked to breast cancer but whole food sources, such as tofu don't have high enough levels of it to trigger cancer growth. Soy supplements are known to have high levels of Isoflavones, so if breast cancer runs in your family, you may want to stay away from concentrated levels or supplements. A small amount of plant-based phytoestrogens appear to be protective, so your best bet may be to just eat a regular serving of edamame or tofu a day.

Berries are rich in antioxidants and contain anti-inflammatory properties, but the most powerful berry against. breast cancer is blueberries. Blueberries improve brain and heart health as well as reducing cancer risk and are high in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and flavanols, which are helpful compounds that work to detox the body from pollutants and cellular damage from free radicals. Studies show thatphytochemicals and nutrients increase antioxidant activity in the blood and help your body repair cell damage that can lead to cancer growth as well as prevent DNA damage on a cellular level. Eating berries and deep-hued fruits and vegetables every day help your body stay on top of the cellular damage caused by the stress of oxidization that comes from toxins in the environment or the food we eat.

Researchers discovered that women in Asia are about 5 times less likely to develop breast cancer than those who live in North America. Possible explanations include the fact that green tea consumption is higher in Asia and has been found to decrease risk by about 30%,

In one study researchersdiscovered that those who drink one green tea daily, have a lower overall risk of cancer. Doctors stress that patients shouldn't substitute green tea for any cancer treatments or medications but should opt to drink one glass daily along with your regular course of treatment.The antioxidant, EGCG in green tea is what makes this hot beverage so powerful: A study showed that an EGCG supplement can decrease breast density in young women, which in turn reduced the risk of cancer.

"Walnuts contain multiple ingredients that, individually, have been shown to slow cancer growth, including omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytosterols," says one leading study. "In previous research, consumption of walnuts has slowed the growth of implanted breast cancers."

Omega-3 fatty acidshave been shown to help fight inflammation which in itself is beneficial in avoiding heart disease and a host of other chronic conditions, but it is also linked to cancer. Onestudy showed that adding walnuts to your meals daily may slow the growth of breast tumors. Walnuts are the most studied nuts and researchers believe that even7 whole walnuts a day are enough topack major health benefits. Specifically, nutrients such as ellagitannins, melatonin, and gamma-tocopherol in walnuts are believed to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, which can ultimately lead to cancer growth.

In the lab, "white mushrooms have been shown to block estrogen synthase enzymes which fuel tumor growth,and researchers found that when comparing 1,000 breast cancer patients to the same number of healthy controls, those who ate more than just one half of a mushroom per day experienced a 64 percent risk reduction over women who ate no mushrooms," a study found This powerful effect from such a tiny amount makes us want to eat mushrooms every day of our lives. Sneak them into your smoothie or salads!

Eating garlic and onions in large quantities may protect against breast cancer, according to a new studyout of Puerto Rico. The authors looked at women 30 to 79 and found that those who ate "moderate to large" amounts of garlic and onions had the lowest rates of breast cancer. Other cancer risks were also found to be lower, including lung, stomach, and prostate, possibly due to the flavonols andorganosulfur in garlic and onions which have been shown to prevent cancer cell growth. Sofrito, a popular base in Latin American cuisines, uses tons of garlic and onion along with a variety of peppers. The study found those who consumed sofrito once per day had a 67 percent reduced risk, compared to those who never consumed it. Researchers found that Puerto Rico, where garlic and onion is a staple of the cuisine, has the lowest breast cancer rate among womenin the U.S.

Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, is known for relieving inflammation and pain but also for having an effect on lowering the risk of breast cancer. A study found "curcumin has chemopreventive and antitumoral activities against some aggressive and recurrent cancers," the study said.Another study found curcumin not only stops tumor growth but also prevents malignantcancers fromspreading: The "anticancer effect" of curcuminrelates to the fact that it appears to half "cell cycle and proliferation," as well as"cancer spread and angiogenesis," the study says, which is how the body supplies new blood vessels to a tumor.

Studies say that along with avoiding meat and full-fat dairy, you should stay away from all fried foods, pre-packaged baked goods and junk food to cut down on saturated fats and trans fats in your diet as well as lowering your alcohol intake. Alcohol consumption has been known to increase estrogen levels in women andjustthree drinks a week is enough to increaseyour risk of breast cancer by 15 percent.

Meat is not only high in fat but when it gets cooked at high temperatures it releases toxins that are known to cause cancer. Processed meats and cold cuts are high in fat, salt, and preservatives, meaning you should limit or avoid intake to lower your cancer risk. The samestudythat found drinking 1/4 of a cup of milk led to a 30 percent increase in the risk of breast canceralso discovered that drinking one full cup of milk per day,drives up your risk from 30 percent to 50 percent. So the more milk you drink, the higher your breast cancer risk.

An overall healthy, balanced diet filled with whole plant-based foods is proven to be the most beneficial for overall breast health and reduces your lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. We'll see you in the produce aisle, buynig mushrooms.

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The 5 Potentially Harmful Food Additives to Look for on the Label – The Beet

Posted: September 16, 2020 at 3:54 am

When was the last time you read a label? If youre like us, you see the word Organic,Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, All-Natural, Vegan and Organic on a label and think: thats for me, because I am trying to eat healthy. Not so fast. These words don't tell the whole story.

In fact, many of these processed foods (like spreadable dairy-free cream cheese and other foods you look for to be healthier alternatives to the full-fat dairy) contain hidden additives thatmay bepotentially unhealthy if eaten frequently or in large amounts. The truth is that even the most well-meaning food makers have to add preservatives and additives to their foods to keep products shelf-stable and delicious for weeks, months, or even longer.

If you're trying to eat healthily, you need to look for these five food additives and try to avoid them. (They're in everything.) Did you know that Maltodextrin spikes your blood glucose higher than table sugar? That's just one ingredient. See what else is lurking in that so-called healthy food.

So before you toss that tofu cream cheese or coconut-milk yogurt into your basket, thinking these are full of wholesome goodness, first check the label for five potentially harmful ingredients you need to know more about, and have an honest understanding of, since they could potentially do as much harm to your diet as your healthy intentions are doing good.

Justhow healthy or dangerous are those packaged items you have come to rely on? We break down what the heck these ingredients are, why theyre there in the first place, and the potential risks or harmful side effects.

What its designed to do: A thickener, preservative, and alternativesweetener

What the studies say: Maltodextrinhas a higher glycemic index than table sugar, which means eating it can cause a spike in blood sugar after eating foods that contain it, whichcan be dangerous for anyone with diabetes or insulin resistance. It's often used as a sweetener but can be worse for you than plain old table sugar so if you're avoiding that, avoid this.

This 2016 study conducted by doctors in the Netherlands found that substituting unprocessed starches with Maltodextrin may increase the product's glycemic load, meaning elevates the sugar content and drives up how much blood glucose your body needs to metabolize in one sitting. This can lead to insulin response, fat storage, or weight gain. A study conducted by doctors at the University of South Carolina found evidence that foods that increase the glycemic load also increase inflammation, which is a major contributor to chronic diseases.

Who should stay away: People who are watching their weight, or are diabetic, or have Celiacs Disease or are gluten sensitive, because Maltodextrin is derived from wheat and can contain gluten.

Where you find it: Often in packaged or processed foods like pasta, salad dressing, cereal, canned soup, low-fat products, powder formulas, protein powders, and supplements.

Bottom Line: If you are not sensitive to gluten you can probably tolerate Maltodextrin in small amounts but it can add up if you are not watching labels but longterm, the tollthat inflammation takes on the body might make this one ingredient that most people will want to tryto skip, not just anyone gluten insensitivities.

What its designed to do:Xanthan Gum isused as a thickener or as a stabilizer or emulsifier and many of your favorite gluten-free products probably contain it.

What the studies say: The word "gum" is not far off, since it can really mess up your intestines if you're not careful about amounts. When consumed in high doses, a study by Northern General Hospital discovered that Xanthan Gum can cause colonic distress, and is "a highly efficient laxative agent" that can cause flatulence and increase the "frequency of defecation." One study out of Brazil also found that it might cause inflammation in humans based on research conductedin the lab. Animals fed a diet that included Xanthan Gum had an increase in inflammatory tissue.

Who should stay away: Anyone with a sensitive stomach or concerned about their level of inflammation or who are already prone to IBS or diarrhea.

Where you find it:Bakery products, cake mixes, pie crusts, cereal bars, salad dressings, pasta sauces, spreads, vegetable patties, frozen pizza, honey-roasted peanuts and more.

Bottom Line: Added to many gluten-free products, Xantham Gum might upset your stomach as much as gluten itself.

What its designed to do: A soluble fiber used as a thickener and binder

What the studies say:This stuff expands, which is great if you want to feel full but super dangerous if eaten in large quantities. In the 1990s, diet pills that used Guar Gum were banned by the FDA because they could swell up to 10 to 20 times the original size when ingested, causing dangerous blockages in the body. After a series of incidents where people suffered from esophageal and intestinal obstruction after taking the diet pills that contained Guar Gum, an analysis of FDA reports found that Guar Gum poses a deadly risk of swelling and obstructing the esophagus and small intestine. The FDA has now banned the use of Guar Gum in diet pills and strictly regulating the amount that can appear in food products.

However since Guar Gum is a soluble fiber, studies on high-fiber diets given to those with diabetes have shown that soluble fiber as part of a high-fiber diet can help reduce blood sugar levels and LDL (so-called bad cholesterol) by up to 20 percent over three months.

Who should stay away: Everyone should stay away from diet pills that contain the additive and stay wary of the amount used in food products, but if you need to add soluble fiber to your diet to lose weight, for medical purposes, it can be safe in small amounts.

Where you find it: Ice cream, yogurt, salad dressing, gluten-free baked goods, sauces, kefir, breakfast cereals, vegetable juices, pudding, and soup.

Bottom Line: Thanks to the FDAs strict regulations, the amount of Guar Gum in food products pose no risk of obstruction, however, its important youre aware of the amount youre consuming since some foods like vegetable juices are allowed to contain 2 grams.

What its designed to do: Preserve and inexpensively add fat to foods

What the studies say:Palm Oil is bad for your heart, and can drive up cholesterol, but because it's cheap and stays solid at room temperature but melts when heated (like margarine), it's in 50 percent of all products at the store. A study conducted out of the University of Columbia found that contrary to the popular notion that Palm Oil can reduce cholesterol, it has minimal health benefits and can actually raise cholesterol even in small amounts, because of its high concentration of saturated fat.

Since Palm Oil is used so frequently in cooking, another study from Malaysia looked at what happens when you reheat foods that have been cooked with palm oil and found that the more often the oil gets heated the worse it is for you, becoming denser it became, and the likelier to lead to plaque deposits that can clog arteries and lead to heart disease. found that when the oil is reheated, it can actually increase plaque deposits in arteries.

Who should stay away: Anyone watching their saturated fat intake or concerned about the environmental impact of harvesting Palm Oil since it has led to deforestation acrossthe planet, and the equivalent of 300 football fields of rainforest are being destroyed every hour.

Where you find it: Look at any supermarket aisle of packaged goods: About 50 percent of the products contain Palm Oil. Why? It's inexpensive and easy to add to any processed food. In fact, it's the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet, but it's terrible for your heart. From pizza dough to margarine (because it's solid at room temperature) pretty much everything you buy at the store has palm oil added to it.

Bottom Line:In shampoo and hair ingredients, Palm Oil can be great, but if you're watching your cholesterol (and you should be) this is one to skip.

What its designed to do: A preservative, curing agent, and flavoring agent

What the Studies Say:Lactic acid sounds so innocent since it's made by our very own bodies when we work out hard. However, in a study by doctors at The University of Augusta, Georgia in 2018, two-thirds of patients who took lactic acid experienced brain fog, confusion, and short term memory loss as well as bloating and fullness.

Who should stay away: Anyone tryingto focus,keep their brain sharp or with a sensitive stomach. But for the most part lactic acid has not been determined to be harmful to you.

Where you find it:Pickled vegetables, sourdough bread, beer, wine, sauerkraut, kimchi, and fermented soy foods like soy sauce and miso.It is not from animal products (despite the word lactic which sounds like it comes from milkit actually occurs in the fermentation process). It also occurs naturally in your body when you need to convert glucose to fuel.

Bottom Line: If youre someone who takes a product with Lactic Acid on the label you may want to monitor your symptoms and decide if you are having those issues as well.

Although small amounts of these additives wont pose any high-risk health dangers in the immediate term, its essential to know preciselywhat's in theproducts you buy. These additives will likely be acceptable in moderation, but the best bet to avoid food additives is to stick to eating whole foods, like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds, so you dont even have to worry about double-checking a label.

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Major road construction returning to downtown Plymouth – Hometown Life

Posted: September 16, 2020 at 3:54 am

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Equipment works on striping a layer of the road surface along Main Street in downtown Plymouth on July 13, 2020. (Photo: JOHN HEIDER |

Temporary pain for motoristswill result in long-term gain for drivers and bicyclists in downtown Plymouth beginning Tuesday.

Road crews are expected to begin road diet-striping operations on Main Street between Ann Arbor Trail and Ann Arbor Road on Tuesday, according to a statement released by the Plymouth Downtown Development Authority.

Motorists shouldexpect some delays and detours around rolling work crew operations, which are expected run a few days.

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The road diet will add two dedicated bike lanes and a left-hand turn lane on Main Street between Ann Arbor Trail and Ann Arbor Road, while reducing vehicular lanes from two in each direction to one in each direction.

This week's projected is funded by aroads improvement bond that Plymouth residents passed 1,028-728last November.The first phase of the ambitious road-construction project saw milling, fresh paving and re-striping of Main Street from Wing to Church streets.

Contact reporter Ed Wright at or 517-375-1113.

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