• *** HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP A CULPRIT IN OBESITY EPIDEMIC - some studies have shown that a diet with high fructose corn syrup (found in sodas, iced tea, fruit drinks) can cause metabolic changes, including triggering us to eat more and to store more fat.  Other studies have shown that it kicks more fat into the bloodstream in the form of triglycerides, possibly increasing the risk of heart disease.                                                                          Star Ledger October 19, 2005 pp.61 and 66.
     
    *** CITY HEALTH AGENCY URGES TRANS FAT-FREE FARE - trans fats, a chemically engineered ingredient in cooking oils, act as cement in the human heart.  Also known as partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, are now found to be even worse for the heart than the saturated fats they were developed to replace. As of January 2006, all food makers must label trans fats on labels.  Star Ledger
     
    *** KIDS" EATING OUT IS LINKED TO RISK OF HEART DISEASE - Researchers found that school-age children who ate out four or more times a week had higher blood pressure, bad cholestrol levels and lower insulin sensitivity(affects diabetes). It also showed that these children drank almost twice as many sodas and other soft drinks.                                       Star Ledger
     
    *** WHY YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION TO GET HEALTHIER MAY BE PRETTY EASY TO KEEP - National health guidelines often suggest 30 to 60 minutes per day of exercise. However, new studies are showing that even a small increase in activity can improve your health. This month's Diabetes Care(a medical journal) showed that moderate exercise added almost 2 1/2 years to life expectancy.         
                                                Activity                              Benefit
                                 One hour of gardening a week             66% lower risk of sudden cardiac death
                                 55 flights of stairs a week                    33% lower death rate
                                 Walking one hour a week                    51% lower risk of coronary disease