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The Facts About Today's Nutrition and Health

Do you know the truth about your family's nutrition? The truth is, most of us don't.

For example, did you know that:
  • An estimated 65.2 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, defined by having a body mass index of 25 or more (National Center for Health Statistics).
  • 30.1% of US adults have hypertension (NCHS), often linked to diet and exercise.
  • High Cholesterol is a leading contributor to heart disease. High cholesterol diets are common in US and Canadian citizens.
  • Diabetes is estimated to effect 8% of the adult US population.
  • Each year, more than 500,000 Americans die of heart disease.
  • Several types of cancer, particularly colon cancer, bladder cancer and breast cancer, may be affected by diet.
  • Depression, eating disorders, distorted body image are often associated with poor nutritional status.

Our diets are endangering our health and the health of our children.

That's why we collected a variety of research and articles from leading industry resources to share with you. Take some time and check out what the experts are saying about our kids, our health, our nutrition and our lives.

Dangers to Your Health

The Problem with Additives. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently has approved more than 3,000 food additives for use in the United States. However, while approved for human consumption, food additives still threaten our health. This is one of many reasons why it is better to purchase whole foods, or those that have been minimally processed and treated.

Side Effects of Food Preservatives. Lance Armstrong's LiveStrong organization shares why some of the food preservatives used to stabilize and protect foods can actually harm humans when eaten in excess, according to the consumer advocacy group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
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The Health Dangers of Energy Drinks. Most energy drinks contain at least as much caffeine as a standard eight-ounce cup of coffee (~80m g). To put it into perspective, a 12oz. soda contains 18-48mg of caffeine. In addition to large doses of caffeine, energy drinks contain excessive amounts of sugar & legal herbal stimulants.

Whole Food Supplements – Are They Worth It? When preparing a whole food (fruit or vegetable) to be an ingredient in a supplement, the water must be removed by either spray or freeze drying. After the water is taken out you are left with an amount that is between 1/10 th and 1/50th of the original food mass. In other words if you had a supplement containing 500mg of a freeze dried whole food then that would be equal to between 2.5 – 5 grams of the real fruit or vegetable.

Energy Drinks, Hazardous to Your Health. "Makers of so-called "energy" drinks generally market them as dietary supplements," says Siobhan DeLancey, an FDA spokesperson. Dietary supplements are regulated differently than food. The FDA does not approve or review the products before they are marketed.

Protein Drinks and Bars Found Toxic. A new Consumer Reports Investigation on protein powders and protein finds that some ready-to-drink protein powders and protein liquids are contaminated...

General Nutrition

Poor Nutrition in America. The consequences of poor nutrition are considerable. Surprisingly, some studies suggest that the majority of Americans are malnourished. Indeed, Americans (more than Canadians and Europeans) tend to be overweight and undernourished. Poor nutrition results in poor behavior, lower core strength, increased body fat, slower mental problem solving, less alertness, and slower muscle response time.

Nutrition Can Save America. Poor nutrition destroys any nation. Good nutrition saves it. And in this NaturalNews special report, you'll learn why nutrition plays such a powerful role in the rise or fall of any nation.
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Can't We Get All the Vitamins we Need in Our Food? No. Independent studies conducted in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and many other countries show that the nutrient content of our food has fallen substantially over the past few decades. This report shares those studies and shocking information about the decline in natural nutrition.

Vegetables Without Vitamins. Imagine the shock of going online and discovering that the vitamin and mineral content of vegetables has drastically dropped. That’s what happened to nutritionist, Alex Jack, when he went to check out the latest US Department of Agriculture food tables. The stunning revelation came after Jack compared recently published nutrient values with an old USDA handbook he had lying around. Some of the differences in vitamin and mineral content were enormous-a 50% drop in the amount of calcium in broccoli, for example. Watercress down 88% in iron content; cauliflower down 40% in vitamin C content-all since 1975.

Cellular Health Communications is dedicated to the general public, clinical physicians and researchers as a platform for exchanging information about clinical and scientific advances in cellular health and health effects of nutrients on the function of cells, organs and the entire body.

Kids Health

Association Between Food Opportunities During the School Day and Selected Dietary Behaviors. Availability of competitive foods in schools has been linked to unhealthful dietary behaviors of students. Little is known about the food environment of alternative high schools, schools that enroll students at risk of academic failure. We examined correlations between food opportunities during the school day and selected dietary behaviors of students attending alternative high schools.

Celebrate National Nutrition Month by Helping Your Kids Eat Right. Each March, the American Dietetic Association celebrates National Nutrition Month® and encourages parents to take time to make sure their children are getting all of the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. The good news is that shopping, cooking and eating healthfully have just gotten easier with assistance from www.kidseatright.org, a new website from ADA and its Foundation.

Survey Links Fast Food, Poor Nutrition Among U.S. Children. U.S. children who ate fast food, compared with those who did not, consumed more total calories, more calories per gram of food, more total and saturated fat, more total carbohydrate, more added sugars and more sugar-sweetened beverages, but less milk, fiber, fruit and nonstarchy vegetables.