Just When You Thought You Were Doing The Right Thing – and other news

by DavalosMcCormack on August 8, 2008

You try to take care of yourself. You try to be thoughtful about what you buy, what you put into your body. That’s why you stopped drinking sugar-laden sodas and switched to fruit drinks. After all, they have fruit right! And that’s good for you. Right? Well, apparently not.

A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that fruit beverages are often as packed with sugar as many sodas and may even raise a woman’s risk of diabetes more than their fizzy counterparts.

Here’s the really bad bit. Those findings held even though the women who drank fruit beverages overall had better eating and exercise habits than the soda drinkers.

So what the heck is going on? Well, the researchers think it’s because the fruit drinks are dense in calories and are often drunk in addition to usual food intake, between meals.

The only bright spot was that women who drank orange or grapefruit juice did not see an increase in diabetes risk, possibly because they usually drank these with a meal, such as breakfast, and not in between meals.

If You Want Slim Kids Make Sure They Get A Good Night’s Sleep
The older I get the more I appreciate how important a good night’s sleep is. And that’s true not just for folks of a certain age, it’s also true for kids.

A study in the August issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry says children and teens who get less sleep, especially those who spend less time in rapid eye movement or REM sleep, are more likely to be overweight.

And it doesn’t take much. Just one hour less of sleep a night doubles a kids risk of being overweight or obese.

The researchers think that sleep loss causes changes in hormone levels that may affect hunger and also provide the kid with more waking hours in which to eat. Also, sleep loss contributes to fatigue which may make a child less likely to want to be physically active and to want to choose sedentary activities.

But Finally Some Good News About Food & Kids

So, if you have reached this point you are probably thinking, OMG (that’s Oh My God if you are over the age of 28) I’m dead and my kids are going to be fat. But don’t give up. All you have to do to reverse the latter portion of the last sentence is give your kid breakfast.

An article in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association says breakfast really is the most important meal of the day for children. For a start studies show that poor nutrition affects a child’s performance in the classroom. Undernourished kids are more likely to flunk out, they are more likely to have a high absentee rate, they are more likely to do poorly in tests. In contrast good nutrition is shown to improve mental and behavioral performance.

Eating well is not just important for good physical health, it’s also important for good mental and intellectual health. For kids of all ages.  You too kid!

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