Junk Food Today, Asthma Tomorrow?

A new study out of Europe indicates that children who ate 3 or more burgers a week were more prone to asthma and wheezing, while children that consumed more fruits and fish were less prone. Anyone surprised? We’re comparing something that is full of saturated fat and calories with fruits, an anti-disease wonder food and lean omega-3 fish. But the study did not just focus on meat; it looked even further into other habits that individuals were most likely to have when they ate burgers. It looked at overall lifestyle of junk food and unhealthy food choices.

A new study out of Europe indicates that children who ate 3 or more burgers a week were more prone to asthma and wheezing, while children that consumed more fruits and fish were less prone. Anyone surprised? We’re comparing something that is full of saturated fat and calories with fruits, an anti-disease wonder food and lean omega-3 fish. But the study did not just focus on meat; it looked even further into other habits that individuals were most likely to have when they ate burgers. It looked at overall lifestyle of junk food and unhealthy food choices.

What else will come out in the coming years as we further examine our diets? If YOU are focusing on eating healthy, mainly from plants, then you need not worry. A lot of these studies with their scary results look at individuals that get no bang for their nutritional back. If you stay on course to only put foods in your mouth that provide benefit, then these studies can remain someone else’s problem. The benefits of a healthy diet are abundant – and every study we see proves this!


4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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