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Don’t Just Sit and Watch, Go Out and Play

Whether you are a diehard fan of football – or, as Americans call it, “soccer” – or not so much, it is impossible to escape the World Cup fever that has gripped the globe again this summer. With the competition in full swing, millions spend hours sitting in front of TVs and computer screens, while their teams engage in grueling matches. For the players it may be one of the most physically challenging sport events of any kind, but for the rest of us, it is basically party time for a month.

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Food Industry Works Hard to Improve Its Tarnished Image

Some leading food and beverage companies have announced new measures to improve their industry’s reputation and win back the trust of consumers. For example, advertising of unhealthy junk food to minors is scheduled to be phased out within this decade, and less confusing food labeling is also in the works, according to Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), an international network organization for hundreds of retailers and manufacturers that just held its annual summit in Paris, France.

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Convenience Is No Longer a Priority in Consumers’ Food Choices

People used to spend as little time as possible on their grocery shopping. Most supermarkets could satisfy whatever nutritional needs a typical family had. But that get-it-all-done-in-one-stop experience may no longer be as important as it once was. Although their daily lives remain as busy as ever, if not more so, today’s consumers increasingly diversify their food sources.

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Don’t Ask Your Doctor About “Low T”

A funny thing has happened in the United States over the last few decades. Men’s average testosterone levels have been dropping by at least one percent a year. Testosterone appears to decline naturally with aging, but internal belly fat depresses the hormone further, especially in obese men. Drugs like steroids and opiates also lower testosterone, and it’s suspected that chemicals like bisphenol A, or BPA, commonly found in plastic food containers, and diseases like Type 2 diabetes play a role as well.

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Fight Over Aged Cheese Leaves FDA in Stinky Situation

Did you see the news about our nation’s war on cheese? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will ban the sale of cheeses aged on wooden boards. That would include many of the cheeses imported to the United States as well as artisanal cheese made here. Now the agency is backing away from that rule, but I think this is an important moment to think about where our priorities lie. I suggest the FDA should ban products, not food!

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Eating for Bone Health

Have you ever thought about your bone health? Many people don’t until they learn for the first time that their bones are thinning, known as osteopenia, a condition that precedes osteoporosis. The latter is a serious disease and treating it comes with huge healthcare costs and potential morbidity. Prevention includes evaluating diet, lifestyle, and any supplements to improve bone health. Following is a list of key nutrients for strong bones.

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A Healthy Lifestyle Protects Best Against Stroke, Study Finds

Of course, you knew already that you should eat right, exercise regularly, not smoke, and not drink too much alcohol. Now a new study from Germany found even more evidence that you are well advised to follow these guidelines. In fact, your life could depend on it. Among countless other health benefits, people who maintain a healthy lifestyle have a significantly reduced risk of stroke, the study concluded.

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