A bill in Congress would add labeling and registration requirements for dietary supplements to protect consumer health, but industry groups are pushing back, saying the FDA does not adequately enforce regulations already in effect. A government report found that many people are not well informed about supplements and how they are regulated, and bill author Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says the FDA does not have the power or resources to monitor the supplement industry.
Vegetable gardens are becoming more popular in rural areas nationwide as a lower-cost way to eat healthy and as a hedge against uncertain economic times and rising food prices. Many gardeners grow produce for themselves and can, preserve, freeze or sell any surplus.
MyPyramid.gov was replaced by ChooseMyPlate.gov. While ChooseMyPlate helps people make healthier food choices, the simplicity of the divided-plate concept leaves things out, nutrition experts say. Marjorie Sawicki, assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics at St. Louis University, said the concept does not emphasize water, weight loss or physical activity, or provide information about disease risk. Sawicki also questioned how ChooseMyPlate works in areas of food insecurity.
Data from two national surveys revealed that U.S. adults who did not smoke marijuana were more likely to be obese than those who regularly used the drug. However, the study in the American Journal of Epidemiology does not prove that marijuana use causes weight loss or is responsible for the connection, the researchers said.
Look for the type of fat rather than total fat and carefully consider calories, carbohydrates and portion size when analyzing nutrition-label information, registered dietitian Molly Kimball writes. She offers reference ranges and upper limits for cholesterol, sodium and sugar, and advises people not to focus on measures such as calories from fat or percentage of daily values because they can be confusing.