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ADHD and anxiety, eating roadkill, food restrictions in restaurants – news to October 23 2011

Many foods, including some surprising ones, may lead to ADHD. A study showed that exposure to BPA before birth makes girls more likely to be anxious, depressed, and hyperactive at age 3 – and there was pushback on the study. A man lives off roadkill for 30 years. Animal blood is becoming more popular as an ingredient in some restaurants. Consumers are beginning to reject low-fat diets. A Paleo restaurant in Oregon appeals to people looking for gluten free, Paleo and low-carb options.  The Girl Scouts now have a locavore badge. Menus with more information about ingredients help people with food allergies and other restrictions.

Food and behavior – ADHD, anxiety, hyperactivity

Foods that may play a role in ADHD Oct-23-11 Everyday Health
Caffeine; sugar; artificial coloring; candies; soda; cake mixes and frosting; energy drinks; frozen fruits and vegetables with added coloring; high-mercury seafood; fast food; food sensitivities including milk, chocolate, soy, wheat, eggs, beans, corn, tomatoes, grapes, and oranges.

BPA may make girls anxious, hyperactive Oct-23-11 USA Today
Girls exposed before birth to high levels of the estrogen-like chemical BPA are more likely to be anxious, depressed and hyperactive at age 3, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. The American Chemistry Council disagreed with the study

Foods that people usually avoid – roadkill, animal blood

Man lives off roadkill for 30 years Oct-17-11 HuffPost Food
Over time, McGowan came to see the ecological and culinary benefits of eating only meat he found dead on the side of the road. (It seems his forager-instincts were limited to the flesh: he would buy fruits, vegetables, grains, spice and so forth like any other person.)

Chefs use animal blood for flavor and sustainability Oct-18-11 The Globe and Mail
To avoid throwing out part of an animal and to add flavor, some chefs are using animal blood as an ingredient.

Other – rejecting low-fat, Paleo restaurant, food restrictions in restaurants, and more

Consumers seek healthy fats as low-fat trend fades Oct-17-11 Food Navigator-USA
Consumers are beginning to reject low-fat diets as they become better informed of the health benefits of certain fats and oils, according to new research from Packaged Facts.

Paleo Diet inspires new restaurant concept Oct-18-11 Fast Casual
Dick’s Kitchen opened in Oregon last year – a ‘better burger’ restaurant with a Paleo-based menu that also features other lean protein choices including elk, buffalo, salmon and turkey. The grain-free, gluten-free menu with grass-fed meat appeals to people looking for gluten free, Paleo and low-carb options.

Girls scouts get locavore badge Oct-19-11 The Food Section
As part of a new program released October 1st to honor the organization’s 100th anniversary, the Girl Scouts has launched a “Locavore” badge.

Star ratings for health on food labels Oct-20-11 Food Politics
An IOM committee recommends a point system based on levels of saturated and trans fats, sodium, and sugars for evaluating food products.  The points are to be indicated with check marks or stars. The GMA fired back, suggesting that their own scheme is good enough.

Restaurants point out potential problems for people with food restrictions Oct-22-11 LA Times
Fast-food chains are updating their signs and menus with more information about ingredients and pointing out potential problems for those with food allergies and other restrictions.

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