In the News: Common Food Ingredient Could be a Carcinogen

By , SparkPeople Blogger
A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Common Food Ingredient Could be a Carcinogen
An ingredient that's in everything from cheese to soymilk is coming under fire. Have you even heard of carrageenan? And should you be worried? Today's Dietitian

Your Veggie Burger: Is It Healthy?
Sure, veggie burgers are cholesterol-free and usually packed with fiber, but are they "healthy"? What exactly is in a processed veggie burger?  Food Network blog

Blaming the Patient, Then Asking Forgiveness
Facing his own health crisis, a doctor apologizes for judging his unhealthy and overweight patients--and urges other physicians to do the same. NYT

Experts suggest modified activities for obese Boy Scouts
The Boy Scouts have banned anyone (kids included) with a BMI of 40 or above from participating in the group's quadrennial National Scout Jamboree. Should they have offered alternative activities, as some experts are suggesting? USA Today

In Health-Conscious Denver, Limits on Group Exercise
Denver is cracking down on commercial activity in public spaces--specifically group workouts in parks. Do you agree or disagree with the decision? Instructors say they permits the city is offering will drive them out of business. NYT

Why Do You Pig Out After You Work Out? Do you head home from the gym with good intentions, only to dive face-first into a bag of chips? Do you struggle with post-exercise overeating? Find out why. FITNESS magazine

50 Things to Grill in Foil
If you like to grill, you'll love this roundup of dozens of foods you can cook in foil packets. Spicy scallions or steamed mussels, anyone? Bonus: almost no mess to clean up! Food Network

Supplements Called Risky Are Destroyed
The manufacturer of two sports supplements the FDA had warned about has voluntarily destroyed the products. Have you tried these products? NYT

My Top 10 Mud Run Tips
Thinking of trying a mud run? Don't miss these tips from someone who got down and dirty. Fit Bottomed Girls

Lose Stress at Work: 4 Things to Try Today
Keep your cool at work with these easy, effective tips. mEquilibrium

Is Your Cellphone Ruining Your Fitness?
Your cellphone can help or harm your workout efforts. How can you keep technology working for you and not against you? Women's Health

Desk jobs can be killers, literally
You likely have heard the news that sitting isn't good for you. This is another story about why standing beats sitting--especially on the job. Washington Post
Which stories topped your "must-read" list this week?

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Regarding the Boy Scout article. I have a step-son who would have probably been denied the chance to attend the mentioned camp when he was young and in scouts. (His troop never attended national events.) Yet, he played football and while not always a starter did play in many games (state champions senior year). He wrestled and had his share of wins with some pins. We live on a farm. He did his share of work and some of it was physically demanding.

Yes he was overweight but he was also a big boy. However, if he was capable of doing the mentioned believe he would have done just as well as someone with a perfect BMI and does not do much physical activity on a regular base.

The article mentioned that ones in the ‘gray’ area could attend if they submitted medical information. By all rights if the week is extremely physically challenging all attending should have a thorough physical (not just weight, height, BP, temp, rubber stamp type) before attending. While a physical may not find all problems, at least parents would know they did what they could, if something happen (pass a physical today, have heart problems tomorrow).

Bottom line if a doctor clears one to attend, BSA should allow them to attend. With physical papers in my hand, I would have fought for him to have that right.
I watched a video on the Doctor who apologized for his prejudice and read 2 of the articles and plan to read a couple others. I enjoyed the grilling in foil because I have been looking for different ways to make veggies (it had a few). The one on Denver limiting access to the parks for groups is disappointing, but that is the way things have become in Colorado. They are constantly adding fees to anything they can add fees to and causing businesses to close and fire people and to move to other states. No matter what you do you have to get a permit or license to do it and pay a large fee. They say that they only require a permit if money is paid, but how do they knowo the group is not just a large group of friends getting together to exercise. If a group from my church decides to do group exercising each week and no money is exchanged, they are going to require a permit because they cannot tell that no money is being exchanged. Report
I cut out carrageenan almost two years ago. Before then, I had almost daily GI issues. Now, I only have problems when I eat out. But, you have to be vigilant. I bought "cream" without looking at the ingredients, and threw it out when I happened to see that it had carrageenan. I make pumpkin pies with no fat evaporated milk -- everything else has carrageenan. And basically no frozen food except plain fruits, vegetables and meats. Report
Re: 7 strategies to stop pigging out after a workout: I was glad to read this article. It reinforces what I had dumbed my way around to: That my body was letting me know it needed something after my new classes I'm taking, but in my ignorance, the messages got tangled up with rewarding good behavior with food for years.

So, I'm not sure i understand exactly the best time to fuel for a strenuous workout. My head says it would make more sense to fuel with the carb/protein meal at a certain time BEFORE the workout so that the needed nutrients are in place. I DO need to hydrate better before, during and after workouts. I leave my water bottle in my chair when I'm taking the pool class. And though there is water all around me, it's not going inside me, sitting in the chair on the deck. Report
i read the boy scout jamboree article in my local newspaper and it made me SO angry!! not only is it completely counter-intuitive - we worry for overweight scouts, therefore we will ban them from a weekend of engaging physical activity? how does that even make sense?? - but also, the girl scout jamboree was one of the best times of year to my young self. i dont know if i qualified as obese or not, but i was definitely overweight. and i had a blast, running around, hiking, canoeing, chopping was great exercise, but i was always having so much fun that i never even cared. it kills me to think they would ban any other young kid from that just because they're overweight. this coming on the heels of the bsa's insistence on banning gay scout leaders (even while finally accepting gay members) just makes me not too impressed with the organization in general. Report
I find it disturbing that two of this week's articles have to do with rules LIMITING physical activity! Report
correlation does not equal causation Report
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