Over half of average American’s calories come from ultra-processed foods

March 24, 2016 by  
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If you are what you eat, Americans are unfortunately artificial. For all the Food Movement has achieved, from the elevation of farmers markets to leading a national conversation about inequities in our food system , the average American’s diet still consists mainly of junk food. Researchers at Tufts University and the University of São Paulo have learned that 57.9 percent of the average American’s calorie intake comes from what the team refers to as “ultra-processed foods.” Access to healthy food and the learned habits to consume it seems to be out of reach for many Americans. Processed foods are not necessarily unhealthy. The Food and Drug Administration has defined “fresh food” as food that has been only harvested, cleaned, and coated, i.e. fruits, vegetables, mushrooms. Under this definition, if the vegetable has been frozen, it is considered processed. However, the research team focused only on ultra-processed foods, which they define as “formulations of several ingredients which, besides salt, sugar, oils, and fats, include food substances not used in culinary preparations, in particular, flavors, colors, sweeteners, emulsifiers and other additives used to imitate sensorial qualities of unprocessed or minimally processed foods and their culinary preparations or to disguise undesirable qualities of the final product.” Related: Incredible edible landscape map shows you where to find free food Beyond the 57.9 percent of calories consumed from ultra-processed sources, the study found that 29.6 percent of the average American diet consists of minimally processed or unprocessed food, which includes meat, produce, eggs, and milk. 9.4 percent comes from processed foods, such as cheese or preserved produce. The remainder is derived from “processed culinary ingredients,” such as oils, salt, and seasonings. The researchers are most concerned about the added sugar in ultra-processed foods, which has been linked to health problems such as obesity and diabetes. These sugar-packed processed foods have replaced nutrient-dense, filling foods. Those who consume ultra-processed foods may finish their dish feeling “simultaneously overfed and undernourished.” The researchers identify sugary drinks as one of the main sources of added sugar in the American diet and recommend replacing that can of soda or glass of juice with water. While individual actions can make an impact, the widespread failure to eat healthy suggests a structural failure in the American food system. Shifting subsidies from corn or corn syrup to fresh produce would be an excellent start at addressing this problem. Via the Atlantic Images via  Masahiro Ihara/Flickr  and  Rex Sorgatz/Flickr

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This crazy Singapore school looks like it’s made from rainbow lollipops

March 24, 2016 by  
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Berkeley Becomes First U.S. City to Approve a Tax on Soft Drinks

November 7, 2014 by  
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Voters in Berkeley, California passed a historical measure earlier this week when they voted in favor of the first-ever soda tax in America, which will see sugary soft drinks taxed in response to their reputation for being high in calories and bad for your health. According to Forbes , Measure D , as it’s known locally, will levy a one cent per ounce tax on all sugar-sweetened beverages and flavored drinks, bumping the average price of a can of soda in Berkeley up by a total of 12 cents – and a two liter bottle up by 68 cents. Read the rest of Berkeley Becomes First U.S. City to Approve a Tax on Soft Drinks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: berkeley , California , california soda tax , diabetes , Health , heart disease , measure D , obesity , soda , soda bad for health , soda tax , tax , taxing soda

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Los Angeles Metro Board Approves Union Station Master Plan by Grimshaw and Gruen

November 7, 2014 by  
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Baking With Splenda Releases Carcinogenic Chemicals Into Your Food

January 29, 2014 by  
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There’s clearly something unnatural about artificial sweeteners – and new research shows that the ever-popular Splenda sweetener could release toxic chemicals when it’s cooked. According to a study recently published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health baking or cooking with Splenda releases carcinogenic dioxins into food. Read the rest of Baking With Splenda Releases Carcinogenic Chemicals Into Your Food Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial sweeteners , beneficial bacteria , cancer , candy , chloropropanols , cronuts , diabetic , gastrointestinal tract , healthy eating , Journal of Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health , Obese , Saccharin , soda , Splenda , sucralose        

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Richard Meier’s Reforma Towers Celebrate Natural Light in Mexico City

January 29, 2014 by  
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GalimotoCar Creates Working Cars From Recycled Materials in Tanzania

January 29, 2014 by  
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GalimotoCar is a small business in Tanzania that creates functional vehicles from trash and recycled materials ! The GalimotoCar mission is to promote Uhuru (freedom) throughout Africa by building a business that creates jobs and improves the quality of life of rural Africans. 100% of the money collected by GalimotoCar will be used to progress the business of creating jobs and recycling. You can follow this inspiring project on Facebook or by checking out the GalimotoCar blog . + GalimotoCar The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: car made from trash , GalimotoCar , global development , green design , green transportation , humanitarian design , recycled car , Recycled Materials , sustainable design , tanzania        

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Dilapidated 18th Century Barn Transformed into Gorgeous Modern Home in Yorkshire

January 29, 2014 by  
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Herbal Cold Care: DIY Throat Drops and Cough Syrup

January 29, 2014 by  
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If you have any interaction with the public at all, you’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of sickly people out there right now. Half my Facebook feed consists of folks who are whinging about their sore throats, hacking coughs, and other less-than-fun symptoms, and chances are that any store you step into will have at least one nose-blowing, wheezing sad sack wandering about. We can try to prevent ourselves from getting sick by eating well, getting enough rest, washing our hands, and loading up on vitamins, but if and when the cold gremlins win out, it’s good to have some soothing home remedies at hand. Read the rest of Herbal Cold Care: DIY Throat Drops and Cough Syrup Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cold , colds , cough , cough syrup , demulcent , DIY cough care , DIY lozenges , drops , flu , ginger , herbal , herbal lozenges , herbal remedy , home remedy , honey , horehound , infusion , lozenges , marshmallow , mullein , raw honey , sore throat , sore throat drops , syrup        

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Study Finds Sugar-Loaded Drinks Responsible for Over 180,000 Deaths Worldwide

March 20, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s ultimately unsuccessful efforts to ban the sale of super-sized sugary beverages within the city may have been met with skepticism by some, but a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health underscores just how devastatingly unhealthy these drinks can be. By looking at the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in 114 countries and correlating that data with rates of obesity-related deaths—that is, deaths resulting from heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers—the study found that sodas and their kin could be responsible for over 180,000 premature deaths each year— 25,000 of those in the US alone . Read the rest of Study Finds Sugar-Loaded Drinks Responsible for Over 180,000 Deaths Worldwide Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: american beverage association , american heart association , diet illness , energy drinks , harvard school of public health , high fructose corn syrup , obesity , obesity illness , soda , soda ban , soda consumption , soda death , soda health , sugary drinks , us diet

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