US government sued over EMR regulations Pasta - a vegetable in the US Sweeteners - not so sweet for babies EPA declares glyphosate safe AHA recommends diet & lifestyle changes to live healthier for longer
The US Department of Agriculture has further dumbed down US school meal guidelines, in its continued efforts to reverse the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (introduced by Michelle Obama) designed to promote healthy food consumption in schools. The latest proposals will see pasta, made from starchy, vegetable-based flour, being counted as a vegetable, processed foods such as pizza, burgers and chips being included on school menus along with potatoes and other starchy foods being considered a portion of fruit and vegetable. The agency sought to justify the watering down of the guidelines by stating they’re giving kids what they want in order to reduce food waste. Given the rising rates of childhood obesity in the US, the proposed guidelines look to be a complete set back for children’s current and future health, leaving parents to step in and take more responsibility. However, this will unfairly disadvantage children from households lacking in education about nutrition and its impact on health.
Sweeteners - not so sweet for babies
More and more food products are being reformulated with artificial, non-nutritive sweeteners as the war against sugar continues. A new animal study published in Gut sounds a warning over their impact on babies and young children. In the animal study, those consuming artificial sweeteners while pregnant, had babies with higher levels of body fat and damaged gut microbiomes, putting them a higher risk of developing metabolic disease in later life. Consumers need to be educated that if they consume sweet-tasting foods, it is better to do it in ways that minimise blood sugar spikes and subsequent insulin responses. For instance, by eating sweet foods immediately after balanced meals, with adequate protein and healthy fats, rather than consuming them as snacks between meals on an empty stomach.
EPA declares glyphosate is safe
Wrapping up its recent review of glyphosate as a cancer causing chemical, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that glyphosate does not pose a risk to human health, demonstrating a wilful dismissal of independent peer-reviewed science that suggests otherwise. The move once again highlights the revolving doors between industry and regulatory agencies. Unsurprisingly the news has been welcomed by Bayer given the decision is likely to give a huge boost to its efforts to negotiate out of court settlements in the thousands of cases currently being brought against them. The EPA’s decision will likely once again ignite the fierce debate over the potential role of glyphosate in the development in cancer.
AHA advisory recommends healthy lifestyle to stay healthy longer