Showing posts with label diet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label diet. Show all posts

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Study gives pause for consideration of the foods we eat

If you consider a 'balanced diet' as offsetting a hotdog with nuts, why should you put your body through the trouble?

"Eating a hot dog could cost you 36 minutes of healthy life, while choosing to eat a serving of nuts instead could help you gain 26 minutes of extra healthy life, according to a University of Michigan study.

The study, published in the journal Nature Food, evaluated more than 5,800 foods, ranking them by their nutritional disease burden to humans and their impact on the environment. It found that substituting 10% of daily caloric intake from beef and processed meats for a mix of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and select seafood could reduce your dietary carbon footprint by one-third and allow people to gain 48 minutes of healthy minutes per day.

“Generally, dietary recommendations lack specific and actionable direction to motivate people to change their behavior, and rarely do dietary recommendations address environmental impacts,” said Katerina Stylianou, who did the research as a doctoral candidate and postdoctoral fellow in the the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at U-M’s School of Public Health. She currently works as the Director of Public Health Information and Data Strategy at the Detroit Health Department.


Based on their findings, the researchers suggest:

  • Decreasing foods with the most negative health and environmental impacts including high processed meat, beef, shrimp, followed by pork, lamb and greenhouse-grown vegetables.
  • Increasing the most nutritionally beneficial foods, including field-grown fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts and low-environmental impact seafood."

Continue reading the article

The radar picked this up via Twitter: "New study finds one food can actually take 36 minutes off your life each time you eat it"

Study gives pause for consideration of the foods we eat
Study gives pause for consideration of the foods we eat

Friday, December 4, 2020

FM #404 Board of Health Meeting - 12/02/20 (audio)

FM #404 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 404 in the series.

This session shares the Franklin, MA Board of Health meeting held on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020.

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: some of the Health Dept were in the Municipal Building, the remainder, Committee, (and public) were remote via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda and to my notes.

The recording runs about 38 minutes. Let’s listen to the Board of Health meeting held on Wednesday, Dec 2. Audio file =


Agenda doc

Health Dept/Board of Health page

My notes from the meeting  


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FM #404 Board of Health Meeting - 12/02/20 (audio)
FM #404 Board of Health Meeting - 12/02/20 (audio)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Goodbye pyramid, hello plate!

The food pyramid is gone. The plate is here.

Here is a round up of some articles covering the changes in the presentation of the food guidelines as a plate:

5 Things to Know About the New Nutritional Guidelines

Goodbye, Food Pyramid: USDA to Announce a New 'Food Icon'

And last but not least, the Choose My Plate website can be found here

Franklin, MA

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Time to wake up on obesity

There are a number of problems in this world but many of them pale in comparison with obesity.

Franklin's budget problem is minor. The trash fee is minuscule.

Jamie Oliver gave this talk at TED recently. It is a powerful and yet easy message to take a step on. Today.

Powerful? Wait until you see the wheelbarrow!

What are you going to do?
When are you going to start?