Bloggers who write about their dieting and fitness efforts connect with those people who share their struggles. Sarah Reitsma was inspired by reading such blogs to create her own, FatLittleLegs.com, which she continues as an inspiration for others even though she has met her goal of losing 115 pounds.
The gut's breakdown of dietary fat -- lecithin -- during digestion was a much better predictor of heart disease risk than cholesterol levels and could be used as a screening tool, according to Cleveland Clinic researchers. The study in the journal Nature found that when lecithin breaks down in the gut, it forms choline, TMAO and betaine, all of which had a "dose-dependent" link to heart disease.
Washington-based chef Jose Andres is working with policymakers to improve food laws related to school lunches, childhood obesity and other issues. "How it is possible that when we are talking about the way we are going to feed America, no chef shows up in the room?," Andres says.
A study in the Archives of Ophthalmology found that women younger than 75 with the highest vitamin D levels had a 59% lower risk of age-related macular degeneration than those with the lowest levels. The protective benefit was seen in women getting the vitamin through dietary sources, not sunlight exposure.
Select schools in Virginia's Fairfax County and Washington, D.C., plan to introduce a reformulated chocolate-milk drink that is lower in fat and does not use high-fructose corn syrup after the beverage was banned from lunch programs because of criticism from health advocates. The new formulation got nods from some former critics, but other experts and nutritionists said the change in sweeteners will have little effect if the calorie content of the beverage is the same.