Down the Nutrition Rabbit Hole

Summertime and the Living's Easy

Eee!  Day off!  I worked this past weekend and while I usually use my weekday off thereafter for errand running, today is most glorious because it is 64 degrees and sunny and I have no obligations.  No errands to run, no appointments to keep.  It's great.  And since it's gorgeous outside what do I do?  Go for my requisite run (great day for running and makes me feel good to be active) and stay inside and get lost in my own world of reading up on nutrition and following up on social media.  Well, and also maybe looking at homes on zillow I wish I could buy right now..

Rabbit Hole

Ever go down the rabbit hole when you begin looking at something online and two hours, five websites, three articles, and 15 twitter pics later find yourself coming-to?  That happened to me today and it was great because I learned a few new things about childhood nutrition and found some interesting CSPI pinterest boards that I feel compelled to share.

Better Beverages

Sugar-sweetened beverages are a big contibutor to our obesity epidemic.  Additionally, the pervasiveness of "fake sugars" in drinks and products is really starting to scare the bejeezus out of the nutrition and health professional community.  With that said, I understand that 64 ounces of plain water per day can get boring, so learning about natural ways to mix up the flavoring is an important health strategy.

 Image links to CSPI Pinterest Board: Better Beverages

Fruits and Veggies: Good for Your Wallet and Health

Unfortunately healthy eating gets billed as expensive and unattainable by many but it's simply not true!  It does take more diligence, basic food prep skills, and some creativity to eat healthy on a budget but I really like how CSPI illustrates serving for serving comparisons of cost and calories for the consumer.

 Image links to CSPI Pinterest Board: Fruits and Veggies Good for Your Wallet and Health

Added Sugar in the Diet

Role of High Fructose Corn Syrup in our Sugar-Obsessed World

It is important to stay mindful of the calories that come from added sugars and sweeteners as they are a significant contibuter to the obesity epidemic.  With the addition of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to our food supply 30+ years ago, we learned that something sweet and seemingly indulgent could come at a fraction of the cost of harvesting sugar cane (thanks in large part to government subsidies of the corn and soy industry, but that's a blog for another day).  And so HFCS began to sneak into hundreds of products in the marketplace.

The business of agriculture now produces approximately 17.5 billion (!) pounds of HFCS annually.  In fact the use of HFCS has become so insidious in food production you'll be hard pressed to find a loaf of bread or box of cereal without it listed as an ingredient.  While the message is getting out to the masses regarding sugar-sweetened beverages and sodas, I challenge you to begin to look at other sources of added sugar in the diet.  


The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons (27 grams) of added sugar daily for women and no more than 9 teaspoons (41 grams) of added sugar daily for men.  For the sake of comparison, the average American consumes 23 teaspoons (104 grams) of added sugar.  Check out this fantastic infographic from CSPI on added sugars!