Candies and Health: Taking a Closer Look

candiesA government database of surveys revealed that “thinner children eat candy.” While the authors did confess that the data they received “may not reflect usual intake” and “cause and effect associations cannot be drawn,” the findings still reflected that kids who eat candy tend to weigh less than those who do not. The paper received its funding from a trade association that represents the makers of Butterfingers, Hershey and Skittles.

The backlash from this – according to the Associated Press – is that makers of sweet-sugary food and beverages are “shaping nutrition science.”  One of the food industry’s most powerful tools is nutritional research funding.  This seems to be equipped with academic authority, resulting in it becoming a part of scientific literature.

However, the question of alternative supplements to sugar remains a pressing one without much of a conclusive answer. According to a diabetes-based study in Science Daily “results showed that those who used artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, may have worse glucose management than those who don’t take sugar substitutes.” The study examined individuals who reported their diets over the previous 24 hours.  They were then categorized as consumers of artificial sweeteners or high/low consumers of natural sugars. Then, the diabetes risk was measured via the capacity to manage blood sugars using an oral glucose test.

According to researchers at York University’s Faculty of Health who took the data to examine it, while it was the case that artificial sweeteners were beneficial to people struggling with obesity vis-à-vis calorie reduction and weight loss, simultaneously they may cause other adverse health effects.  As obesity researcher in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York, Jennifer Kuk explained: “Our study shows that individuals with obesity who consume artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, may have worse glucose management than those who don’t take sugar substitutes.”

Ultimately one will always find studies to indicate the benefits of sugar over sweeteners and vice versa.  The best idea for health maintenance – pretty much as

When Fast Food Makes You Fit

vegetablesWhat an interesting phenomenon. Fast food making you fit. But these days, since that is what New Yorkers seem to want, that is what they are getting. So instead of French fries on the menu, you will probably have a “wastED salad,” made up of waste (such as broccoli stalks, cabbage cores, carrot peels, roasted bread heels) and other such stuff that is usually put in the “waste” pile.

Who would have thought – even just a few years ago – that after the sushi craze would come the waste craze with a side dressing of spicy pesto vinaigrette. Toss out your burgers and give me some scraps. Well, people who have been concerned for the environment for many years are now actually doing something about it in their everyday lives. And eateries are responding in kind. Five Guys, Shake Shack, Sweetgreen and more are putting these items on their menus. Highly processed foods are on the out.

However, American diners still want speed and convenience. So how do they match that with fast food? That is where the above eateries have found their niche. People today want it all: great, healthy food, that is fast and convenient. They want to know what is going into their food and are willing to pay more for what they view as healthier.