Thursday, May 15, 2014

Produce and Cereal: Stating the Obvious

Two reports in the last week made major headlines. However, none of us should be surprised by the results.

Produce Lowers Stroke Risk
Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce stroke risk by almost a third, according to a fresh look at recent evidence. The benefits rose along with the amounts of produce consumed. Stroke risk fell by 32 percent for every 200 grams per day of fruit people ate, and 11 percent with every 200 g of vegetables.

Kids' Cereals Loaded With Sugar
Eating a bowl of kids’ cereal every day would add up to eating 10 pounds of sugar a year, according to a new Environmental Working Group analysis of more than 1,500 cereals, including 181 marketed for children. 

Virtually all of the cold cereals contained added sugar, but kids’ cereals were especially prone to extreme sweetening. The average “serving” – an unrealistically small amount, in most cases – had nearly as much sugar as three Chips Ahoy! cookies. Children’s cereal contained an average of 40 percent more sugar per “serving” than adult cereals.

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