Timi Gustafson

Government study finds too much salt in bread | Timi Gustafson

The highest amount of salt Americans eat comes from bread, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nearly 50 percent of the salt consumed in the U.S. is linked to popular foods such as baked goods, cold cuts, cured meats, pizza, poultry, soups, sandwiches, cheese, pasta and snacks like pretzels and potato chips. Many items loaded with salt don’t even taste salty.

 

For weight loss, cutting back on calories matters most | Timi Gustafson

People who swear by a particular diet to lose weight may be fooling themselves, according to a recent study by scientists at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. There is no real evidence that low-carb, low-fat or high-protein diets make as big a difference as overall calorie reduction when it comes to weight loss, according to Dr. George Bray who worked on the study.

 

How long will you live? A new set of assessment tools may be able to tell | Timi Gustafson

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have come up with new assessment tools to determine the likelihood of death within a certain period of time.

 

Signs of memory loss found in younger people | Timi Gustafson

Loss of memory and other cognitive functions may start much earlier in life than previously thought, according to a clinical study from England. A modest decline of mental abilities such as reasoning and problem-solving was found in participants who were only in their forties.

This year could be different | Timi Gustafson

What is it with New Year’s resolutions that makes them so prone to failure, it’s almost ludicrous to think of making another one? You know how it goes: This year, it will be different! I can change! I will stick to my plans and see them through, no matter what!

A merry look at happiness and life over time | Timi Gustafson

We all know that our outlook on life changes over time. Scientific studies, however, show that many people grow happier or at least more content as they mature.

Nutrition guidelines remain unnecessarily hard to decipher | Timi Gustafson

The recently updated Dietary Guidelines by the government, called “MyPlate,” were designed with simplicity and user-friendliness in mind. To a certain extent this has been achieved, although the jury is still out whether it will make Americans finally change their eating habits. So far, there is little evidence of that.

Maintaining health for the better of all | Timi Gustafson

Soon the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether making health care coverage mandatory for all Americans is constitutional or not. The principal question is whether the government should have the power to make people buy a particular product – in this case health insurance – regardless whether they want it or not.

The civic duty to maintain health | Timi Gustafson

Soon the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether making healthcare coverage mandatory for all Americans is constitutional or not. The principal question is whether the government should have the power to make people buy a particular product – in this case health insurance – regardless whether they want it or not.

Considering a healthy diet | Timi Gustafson

During the past 20 years, Americans have become increasingly aware that their diet plays a significant role for their health. They also have become more disillusioned about the nutritional quality of the foods they are actually eating. Despite of these changes in awareness, most people’s eating habits have largely remained unchanged and the obesity crisis has worsened. These are the findings of a study report issued by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Salt in a diet is a problem for many | Timi Gustafson

Americans continue to have a much higher sodium intake than they should and most don’t care or don’t believe that it’s a major health concern, according to two new studies that were done for the American Dietetic Association (ADA).

Finding the right choices for you dinner plate | Timi Gustafson

It’s been almost a hundred days since the government released the latest update of its Dietary Guidelines. For the last 30 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have jointly given their recommendations for healthy eating to the American public – obviously without much success.

Potatoes cited as cause of weight gain | Timi Gustafson

Researchers at Harvard University say that the potato, an all-time American favorite, contributes to our national obesity crisis much more significantly than previously thought.

Tips on lowering the amount of pesticides on produce we eat | Timi Gustafson

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a Washington-based non-profit organization that studies food contaminants, has released new studies on pesticides on produce we all eat. The EWG uses several criteria to categorize fruits and vegetables in terms of the amount and varieties of pesticides found on them.

Why those who quit smoking gain weight | Timi Gustafson

Many smokers who want to quit are afraid they will gain weight, so they would rather not kick the habit. The fear of getting fat after quitting is not altogether unwarranted. Many ex-smokers do put on some extra weight, about five pounds on average.

Despite obesity crisis eating habits unchanged for most | Timi Gustafson

Most Americans are concerned with their weight and are changing their food choices. Although losing weight remains a key priority for most adults, a surprising number of consumers are now less concerned about the amount of food they eat than they were a few years ago.

Asthma cases on the rise | Timi Gustafson

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more Americans suffer from Asthma than ever before.

Considering whether the government should be concerned with well being | Timi Gustafson

Last year, I had the opportunity to visit Bhutan, a remote and isolated country in the eastern region of the Himalayas. There are few places left in the world where the cultural heritage is still as intact as here, although this is changing fast due to rapid modernization and development.

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