Diet & Fitness


peaches-072214.jpg Trader Joe's supermarkets have recalled peaches amongst several other fruit items over concerns of possible listeria contamination. The company has also pulled nectarines, plums and pluots (a plum apricot combination) from their shelves. News of the recall comes following a statement for the Wawona Packing Company that they have confirmed the presence of listeria in their packing plant.

caffeinesynthetic-072214.jpg The FDA has issued an official warning of powdered caffeine supplements that are currently being sold on websites like eBay and Etsy. The powder is nearly 100 percent pure caffeine and one teaspoon is equivalent to roughly 25 cups of coffee. The warning comes following the death of a LaGrange, Ohio teen named Logan Stiner, who reportedly overdosed on the powder.

yogurt-072214.jpg Those who consume yogurt regularly may be at a decreased risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a new study from researchers at Griffith University in Australia. For the study the researchers reviewed records about probiotic consumption from nine different studies including 543 adults. "The small collection of studies we looked at suggest regular consumption of probiotics . . ."

Wristband-071714.jpg Jawbone, the tech manufacture known primarily for its sound products, has manufactured a wristband called Up, designed to track the food intake of its wearer. According to PC mag, the food tracking device works with a smartphone app to allow users to "log what you eat and drink, quickly assess the healthiness of foods, and track your progress towards your goal weight."

cigarette-070811.jpg Gays and lesbians are more likely to face health risks from poor health choices like smoking and binge drinking, according to research conducted at the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. The study surveyed data on nearly 35,00 adults in the National Health Interview Survey. "Nearly 60% of bisexual and gay male youths in 1 study were currently using substances . . ."

freshfruitsvegetables-030514.jpg Over 75 percent of American kids are eating fruit every day, while 92 percent eat vegetables in the same time frame, according to research conducted by the CDC. The study, published in the NCHS Data Brief, also showed that intake levels declined as kids got older. Researchers surveyed data on kids aged 2-19 finding that 90 percent of kids aged 2-5 ate fruit everyday.

Stressedwoman-071414.jpg Stress can slow women's metabolism leading to weight gain, according to research conducted at Ohio State University. The study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, assessed data on 58 women (average age 53), who were questioned on stress levels and fed an identical diet.

velo-071114.jpg Bicycling does not cause infertility, according to research conducted at University College London. The study, published in the Journal of Men's Health, surveyed data on 5,000 cyclists, who rode their bikes more than 8.5 hours per week. The team found that improvements in bicycle seats have rendered concerns over infertility baseless.

obesity-022412.jpg Those who are extremely obese, i.e. with a BMI above 40, die much earlier than their less obese counterparts, according to research conducted at the National Cancer Institute. The meta-study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, found that those carrying at least 100 pounds over their ideal weight die 6.5 to 13.7 years sooner than those with healthy weights.

Beer-030512_21Aug12.jpg Teens who choose to drink may be more drawn to heavily advertised alcohol brands, according to a new study from researchers at the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For the study the researchers used national magazine readership data to analyze which age groups were most heavily targeted by which brands.

Beer-030512_21Aug12.jpg A new test may be able to accurately predict which teens are at risk to become binge drinkers, according to research conducted at the University of Vermont. The study, published in the journal Nature, predicted with 70 percent accuracy results for a group of 2,400 European teenagers followed for a five-year period (from the age of 14 to 19).

Darkchocolate-070314.jpg Those who regularly consume dark chocolate may enjoy improved walking ability, according to a new study from researchers at Sapienza University in Rome. For the study the researchers examined a group of 20 older adults between the ages of 68 and 70. Each of the adults suffered from peripheral artery disease, in which narrow arteries constrict blood flow to the limbs.

Racewalking-110613.jpg Strenuous walking may be linked with a decrease in Parkinson's disease symptoms, according to a new study from researchers at the Northwestern University Medical Center. For the study the researchers examined 60 Parkinson's patients between the ages of 50 and 80. Each of the patients were asked to walk at a brisk pace, increasing their heart rate to over 100 bpm, three times a week.

Beer-030512_21Aug12.jpg One in every ten deaths in the U.S. between 2006 and 2010 was linked with excessive alcohol consumption, according to a new report from the CDC. The study found that during that period binge drinking, underage drinking, drinking while pregnant and other risky behaviors resulted in at least 80,000 deaths per year. "We're talking about a large economic impact, people who are contributing . . ."

VitaminD-010913.jpg Vitamin D pills may help lower hypertension, according to research conducted at the University of South Australia. The study, published in the journal the Lancet, surveyed data on nearly 150,000 people to find a link between high blood pressure and vitamin D deficiency. Proven methods of lowering hypertension include cutting down on salt and keeping physically active.