The most common killers in the United States are well known — heart disease and cancer. But there are other, less common causes of death that are actually much more typical in certain states compared with the nation as a whole.Now, a new map shows these so-called "most distinctive" causes of death for each state.The map is "a somewhat of a colorful and provocative way of starting some conversations and highlighting some unusual things that are going on," said study co-author Francis Boscoe, a research scientist at New York State Cancer Registry.In some cases, the most distinctive cause of death was not so surprising, the authors wrote. The flu was the most distinctive cause of death in several northern states, including Maine, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Deaths from plane or boat accidents were the most distinctive causes of death in Alaska and Idaho. And pneumoconioses, a group of lung diseases caused by inhaling certain dusts, were the most distinctive causes of … [Read more...] about Death in Your State: Map Shows ‘Most Distinctive’ Causes
White meat, such as chicken, may raise blood cholesterol levels as much as red meat does, a new, small study details.The finding surprised researchers, who didn't expect that eating large amounts of poultry would lead to higher blood cholesterol levels. Of the three diets in the study — red meat, white meat and nonmeat proteins — only the plant-based diet was associated with healthy blood cholesterol levels, the researchers found."When we planned this study, we expected red meat to have a more adverse effect on blood cholesterol levels than white meat, but we were surprised that this was not the case," study senior researcher Dr. Ronald Krauss, a senior scientist and director of atherosclerosis research at the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) in California, said in a statement. "Their effects on cholesterol are identical when saturated fat levels are equivalent." [Busted! The 7 Biggest Diet Myths]In the study, called the APPROACH — Animal and … [Read more...] about White Meat Can Raise Cholesterol As Much As Red Meat, New Study Shows
If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) proposed ban on trans fat is carried out, consumers likely won't notice much of a change, even though their foods will be healthier, experts say.Last week, the FDA issued a proposal that, if finalized, would effectively categorize trans fats as illegal food additives that would need to be phased out.However, many food companies and restaurants have already removed trans fats from their products, thanks to pressure from health advocates and a 2006 law that required the ingredient to be listed on food labels. [5 Foods That Face Changes with Trans Fat Ban]Considering trans fat has already been eliminated from so many foods — without people noticing much of a difference in taste, texture or price — consumers likely won't feel additional effects if the ingredient is banned, said Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a consumer watchdog group that has advocated for the … [Read more...] about Trans-Fat Ban: Would You Even Notice a Difference?
People are easily swayed by the size labels on our food, and will eat more if they believe they're consuming a "small" as opposed to a "large." And to make things worse, consumers aren't aware of their overindulgence.This distorting effect, on both perception and eating behavior, is worse for people who aren't much concerned with their nutrition, and for those whose minds are distracted by other tasks, the study found.The findings suggest size labels are contributing the to the country's obesity epidemic, the researchers said. Over the last several decades, food portion sizes have increased dramatically, along with people's waistlines ."People don’t realize that they have eaten more, so they're even fooling their stomachs," said study researcher Aradhna Krishna, a professor of marketing at the University of Michigan. This can lead to unintended overconsumption, and may result in obesity, the researchers said.Misjudging sizeThe results are based on five experiments, four of … [Read more...] about ‘Small’ Portions Can Fool Us into Eating More
Katherine Tallmadge, M.A., R.D., is a registered dietitian; author of "Diet Simple: 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations" (LifeLine Press, 2011); and a frequent national commentator on nutrition topics. Tallmadge contributed this article to LiveScience's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) continue to spark passionate debate: Emotions run high regarding studies of the impacts of GMOs on health and the environment, and much attention has been focused on one product widely made from GMO sources: soybean oil.Common in processed foods in both GMO and non-GMO formulations, soybean oil has high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, which have a well-studied relationship to inflammation, a known risk factor for heart disease, cancer, arthritis and a host of other diseases.Recently, the topic came to mind when I was interviewed about GMOs on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" as they reported that Chipotle — the … [Read more...] about GMOs Are a Grand Experiment on Health, Environment (Op-Ed)