Calorie counts in context still may not impact food choice RESEARCH
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health shows that no matter how much calorie information is on a menu, people may still choose the food they like, and not what's supposed to be healthier.
The researchers wanted to find out if people would choose a lower-calorie item if they were given more information to help put calorie counts in context. The researchers recruited 1,121 adult participants, ages 18–89, from two New York City McDonald's restaurants at lunchtime.
At both restaurants, calorie counts were prominently displayed. Prior to ordering, one group received a sheet of paper with the recommended calories for a single meal (650 calories for women; 800 calories for men); a second group received information about recommended calories for a day (2,000 calories for women; 2,400 for men); and a third group received no instructions.
The researchers found the presence of additional information about recommendations for meal or daily eating had no impact on food choice. A majority of men and women ate more than the recommended intake for a meal—and neither type of information had an impact on the number of calories consumed, compared to the group with no information. Notable, the study found no difference between overweight and healthy-weight participants in their food choice behaviors.
It should be noted that one of the study's limitations is that the research failed to examine those who used the calorie counts and did eat less.
Higher salt intake may increase risk of CVD in those with kidney disease
A study published in JAMA shows that high sodium intake may increase the risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).!
Dietary fiber may play important role in ‘successful aging’
A study published in The Journals of Gerontology shows that eating the right amount of dietary fiber from breads, cereals, and fruits may protect against disease and disability as we age.!
Focus on Healthy Foods, Not Avoiding 'Bad' Ones, for Heart Health
Fewer heart attacks, strokes and deaths seen among those who follow Mediterranean-style eating plan. !
Building Muscle Could Boost the Body's Most Important Muscle
Having more muscle and less fat reduces the risk of early death in people with heart disease, a new study suggests.!