Almost everyone recommends eating more whole grains. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines, for instance, advise that at least half your daily grain intake be whole grains. That’s easier said than done, in part because it can be hard to identify truly “whole grain” foods. A recent Harvard study offers a simple way to increase the odds of choosing wisely: look for less than a 10-to-1 ratio of “total carbohydrates” to “fiber” on the nutrition label of whole-grain products. That’s the ratio found naturally in whole-wheat flour.
Monthly Archives: April, 2013
The researchers, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and elsewhere, pooled data from 97 studies done in more than a dozen countries, totaling nearly 3 million people. The surprising results: Overweight people were found to have a 6 percent lower overall death rate than those of “normal” weight.
The kidneys are the Rodney Dangerfield of major organs—they usually get no respect. Most people don’t appreciate their importance until something goes wrong. And increasingly things are going wrong with the kidneys of Americans, thanks largely to the rise in hypertension and diabetes resulting from the ongoing obesity epidemic.