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Diabetes, naturalwashing, man-made meat, and carnivorous vegetarians – news to July 1 2011

Solutions like a very low-calorie diet and avoiding heavy dinners are suggested for diabetes. Naturalwashing, labeling products as natural, is common as there’s no standard definition of “natural” – can you believe the labels? “Grown in the USA” labels are becoming more popular, catching up with “natural” and “organic.” Researchers are working on man-made meat made from stem cells. And a large proportion of the USA population may be flexitarians, people who consciously choose to occasionally have meat-free meals.

Diabetes – calories, dangerous foods, meal timing

Very low-calorie diet may reverse diabetes Jun-24-11 WebMD
A very low-calorie diet of 600 calories a day may be able to reverse type 2 diabetes, preliminary research suggests.

10 dangerous foods for diabetes Joy Bauer Food Cures
High-sugar foods like candy, cookies, syrup, and soda; fruit juice; raisins and other dried fruit; pancakes with syrup; greasy fried foods including French fries, potato chips, and doughnuts; refined starches including white bread, white rice, white pasta, and anything made with white flour; whole milk and whole milk dairy products; high-fat meats including bacon, hamburgers, bologna, hot dogs, and spare ribs; packaged snacks and baked goods such as snack cakes and pastries; pretzels

Meal timing and diabetes Jun-29-11 Diabetes Self-Management
It is commonplace in the United States for dinner to be the largest meal of the day. However, many researchers and people with diabetes question whether timing meals this way produces the best health effects – could a large dinner, or a late dinner, be harmful to your health?

Product labeling – naturalwashing, “Grown in USA”

Naturalwashing – how natural is that product? Jun-28-11 New Hope 360
Beyond individual certifications or labels, there’s still not a clear definition of what it means to call a product “natural.” And it’s hurting the natural products industry. The new greenwashing.

“Grown in USA” labels surging in popularity Jun-28-11 Business Wire
Asked “Which is the best description to read on a food label?”, 25% of consumers said “100 percent natural” or “All natural.” Another 24% said “USDA Certified Organic” or “100% organic.” Surprisingly, 17% preferred “Grown in the USA.”

Meat – man-made meat, carnivorous vegetarians

Man-made meat Jun-28-11 Food Navigator-USA
Researchers are currently working on producing a burger from around 10,000 stem cells extracted from cattle. The cells are left to multiply by more than a billion times, producing muscle tissue that will then be used to make burgers. Also hear an interview with a professor of physiology.

The rise of the carnivorous vegetarian Jun-30-11 Hartman Salt
“Flexitarians,” meat eaters who consciously choose to go meatless on certain days or for certain meals, comprise 30-40% of the U.S. population, and the numbers seem to be growing. Versions of vegetarianism include ethical eater, flexitarian, nutritarian, pescetarian, rawist, vegangelical, vegivore, and VB6.

Other – iced water and digestion, cooking and handling bean sprouts, and more

Iced water with meals Jun-24-11 Dr. Sinatra’s Heart Healthy Blog
Iced water with meals may make digestion difficult

California-grown food on Sundays Jun-24-11 Daily Dish
The California Legislature has passed a resolution urging Californians to eat food grown in the state on Sundays.

Gluten-free “fad” still helps celiac awareness Jun-27-11 Abilene Online, reported in GMA SmartBrief
‘Gluten-free’ is a must for some, but a fad for others. Having GF foods more widely available help celiac disease sufferers.

Advice for cooking and handling bean sprouts Jun-27-11 FoodBev.com
The UK’s Food Standards Agency is revising its guidance on the consumption of sprouted seeds such as alfalfa, mung beans (usually known as beansprouts) and fenugreek. As a precaution, the Agency is advising that sprouted seeds should only be eaten if they have been cooked thoroughly until steaming hot throughout. They should not be eaten raw.

MSC launches online sustainable seafood search tool Jun-28-11 Fish News EU
The Marine Stewardship Council has launched a new online tool to help shoppers find certified sustainable seafood, linking customers to businesses that use the MSC ecolabel on packaging.

Longevity diet Jun-29-11 WebMD
Limit these foods to stay as young as possible, inside and out: potato chips and French fries; doughnuts and sugary pastries; hot dogs, bacon and pepperoni; less-than-lean red meats; alcohol

Unhealthy foods removed from Olive Garden children’s menus Jun-29-11 Orlando Sentinel
Olive Garden has ditched french fries and milkshakes on its kids’ menus, replacing them with grapes and fruit smoothies.

California Pizza Kitchen adds natural and gluten-free options Jun-29-11 BusinessWire
CPK is offering ten new menu items including natural chicken and meats and also gluten-free pizza crust option for all pizzas.

Is saturated fat really bad for you? Jun-30-11 Food Navigator-USA
The evidence linking saturated fat and risk of cardiovascular disease is “not conclusive,” and must be evaluated in the context of its replacement by other macronutrients. When recommending using mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs and PUFAs) instead, a clear distinction should be made between omega-6 and omega-3 PUFAs.

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