Posts Tagged ‘American Heart Association’

Can I have sugar and still lose weight?


Yes.  It’s just 15 calories per teaspoon.

But go easy.  The AHA recommends no more than 100 calories of sugar daily for women and 150 for men …. and you have to realize that a wide variety of processed food already has sugar in it.  So if you sugar your breakfast cereal, that may be it for the day for you.

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With 2 Weeks’ Worth Of Trans Fat, Long John Silver’s ‘Big Catch’ Dubbed Worst Restaurant Meal In America – Consumerist

It hasn’t even been seven months since the Center for Science in the Public Interest unveiled its annual list of most calorific, fat-fortified meals, but the CSPI was apparently so grossed out by a new menu item from Long John Silver’s that it couldn’t wait to include in next year’s round-up and has awarded it the title of Worst Restaurant Meal in America.

LJS’s Big Catch is a large slab of haddock, which the fast food chain describes as “3X Bigger,” though it’s only in the fine print that it clarifies what exactly it is three times larger than. “Compared to one piece Alaskan Pollock by weight,” reads the fine print, though that’s still pretty vague as far as we’re concerned.

Still, it’s fish. How unhealthy could it be, right? The company claims that each serving is 7 to 8 ounces of fish, but that’s apparently the pre-cooked weight, as the end result is about 4.5 ounces of fish encased in another 3 ounces of fried breading, says CSPI.

And of course the meal comes with fried hush puppies and onion rings. All three components of the meal are cooked in partially hydrogenated frying oil, which CSPI says is responsible for most of the 33 grams of trans fat found in the meal. That’s 16 times the American Heart Association’s recommended daily maximum intake of trans fat, or more than two weeks’ worth.

The organization also alleges that LJS is understating the trans fat in its online nutritional information. For example, the company claims the hush puppies have 3 grams of trans fat, but CSPI tests found 3.7 grams. You might consider that acceptable, but CSPI’s test of the onion rings showed a much larger discrepancy. The website states 7 grams of trans fat, while CSPI claims to have found 19.5 grams. Info for the fish in the Big Catch meal is not listed on the chain’s website as it’s a temporary menu item, but CSPI says it found 10.4 grams of trans fat.

And this is all on top of the 19 grams of saturated fat and 3,700 mg of sodium already found in the meal.

via With 2 Weeks’ Worth Of Trans Fat, Long John Silver’s ‘Big Catch’ Dubbed Worst Restaurant Meal In America – Consumerist.

How do I quickly reduce my sodium intake?

Salt mounds in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. (Photo...

You may be surprised, but the salt you add at the table is a very small component of your sodium intake.  Most of our salt intake comes from restaurant food, and processed food.

WHAT you eat is more important here.  4 pieces of carry out pizza is 2-3 grams of salt.  We’d rather you place your limits here instead of trying to go without table salt. Because it’s not reasonable to ask you to never ever add salt to anything.  You’re not gonna do it.

Instead, choose food that’s naturally low in salt, and eat that, with a bit of salt to taste.

Study: Fish oil doesnt help prevent heart attacks

Fish oil

Eating fish is known to help protect against heart disease, and the Heart Association recommends it at least twice a week.”People who choose to eat more fish are more likely to eat heart healthier diets and engage in more physical activity,” and studies testing the benefit of supplements may not be able to completely adjust for differences like these, said Alice Lichtenstein, director of the cardiovascular nutrition lab at Tufts University in Boston.The results do show that people cant rely on a pill to make up for a bad diet, she said.”It is sort of like breaking a fish oil capsule over a hot fudge sundae and expecting the effect of the calories and saturated fat to go away,” she said.

via Study: Fish oil doesnt help prevent heart attacks.

Well put!  Here’s the key take-away.  Eat more fish.  You may not be getting the fishy benefit just from taking the fish oil.

Dietary Sugars Intake and Cardiovascular Health. A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association

National survey data also indicate that excessive consumption of added sugars is contributing to overconsumption of discretionary calories by Americans. On the basis of the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines, intake of added sugars greatly exceeds discretionary calorie allowances, regardless of energy needs. In view of these considerations, the American Heart Association recommends reductions in the intake of added sugars. A prudent upper limit of intake is half of the discretionary calorie allowance, which for most American women is no more than 100 calories per day and for most American men is no more than 150 calories per day from added sugars.

Dietary Sugars Intake and Cardiovascular Health. A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association.

There’s pretty inflammatory a new abstract out, so sweetened beverages and their link to obesity is top of the page news on CNN this morning.  Since the beverage industry is already counter-spinning this one, we’ll default back to the 2009 recommendation, above, which your doctor likely follows.

100 calories per day in added sugar from all sources — anything you eat or drink that has any form of sugar inserted into it.  That’s everything from iced tea to hamburger buns.

The only way to get there is to base your diet on real, unadulterated food.  Even one can of soda puts you over that, but so does pretty much any “normal” meal consisting mostly of processed, boxed, commercially adapted food.

Southern food may cause a 30 percent increased risk of stroke.

Breakfast for Dinner

“People who ate Southern food had a 30 percent increased risk of stroke,” Judd explained. “This was common whether they were black, white, male or female, and it did not matter where they lived, in the South or not.”Suzanne Judd, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham UAB Department of Biostatistics, recently presented her findings on a possible linkage between eating Southern-style foods and a higher risk of stroke at the American Stroke Association 2013 International Stroke Conference. Judd described Southern-style eating as a fairly high fat diet, including a lot of fried foods, processed meats, foods with a high sodium content, and sweet tea, consumed up to six days per week.

via Welcome to the REGARDS Study | The REGARDS Study.