Newsbites March 16 | The Family Fork

Newsbites March 16

A couple of interesting studies came out this week that stuck out.

Sugary soft drinks are being picked on again. Big surprise, but with lots of data behind it. A recent review has compiled facts and figures from almost 90 studies looking at the effect of sugary soft drinks on health outcomes. The review, out of Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, reported intake of sugary beverages, like regular soda, "fruit" flavored drinks, ice teas and the like have been linked with increased calorie intake and weight gain, lower intakes of calcium and other nutrients and perhaps most compelling an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

The authors paid particular attention to a study of over 91,000 women who were followed for 8 years. Women drinking one or more sugary soft drinks a day were twice as likely to end up with diabetes than women who drank less than one a day. When the women drank diet soft drinks instead the risk for type 2 diabetes went away. Hmm...(Click here to read the abstract of this study published in the American Journal of Public Health)

Ergo drinking sugar filled beverages is pretty much not a good thing, so let's eat more fruits and veggies. Unfortunately we are not eating enough of them. Again not a big surprise but you've always got to have the data to back up these worrisome issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) latest survey of the American diet less than a third of adults eat fruit twice a day and only 27% eat vegetables 3 times a day. (Data was compiled from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an ongoing survey. Click here for the CDC report). If we're not our kids most likely aren't either.

Have no fear, the CDC in partnership with the Produce for Better Health Foundation is launching the campaign "Fruits and Veggies, More Matters" complete with a new website to give people the information they need and want ( to help them incorporate more fruits and veggies into their diets. This website is brand new so check it out and let me know if you think it really is helpful. Hopefully this will help you have a fruit and veggie filled weekend!
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Registered dietitian Andrea N. Giancoli is a nutrition advocate, consultant and educator.