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Food allergies are on the rise

In # 4: Food allergens in the news by Gerardo0 Comments

Food allergies within the US are on the rise and there’s no denying that.  Research from the CDC tells us that food allergies in children have grown around 50% between 1997 and 2011.  That’s 1 in 13 children in the US.  Around 90% of these reactions come from milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish.  These allergens cause an average of 300,000 allergy-related trips to ambulatory care every year by children under 18. There are 2 main theories for the rise in  food allergies: the hygiene hypothesis and gene expression.  The hygiene hypothesis is the thought that keeping our kids too clean has caused them to develop these reactions.  The reasoning behind this hypothesis is that a lack of exposure to these foods as a child makes the body mistake the protein for an invading germ.  Dr.  Leigh Vinocur believes that the overuse of antibiotics, and drugs related to these, cause gastrointestinal changes that affects how the immune system perceives a food protein. Another area being studied as being a cause in the rise of food allergies …

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Holding Back the Obesity Epidemic

In # 2: Junk Food Dissuasion by Gerardo0 Comments

Obesity is excessive body fat which leads to health problems.  In order to combat the obesity epidemic, you have to start with the big food companies setting an example.  If the companies stop selling so much junk food, people will still have to eat and they’ll turn to healthier foods.  This in turn, makes healthy foods a little bit cheaper since there’s so much supply of it because junk food isn’t a thing.  Of course this would be impossible but restricting the amount of junk food that companies can make could be a starting point.  With the limit on junk food production, people will have more supply from health foods and start eating those more often. Another angle we can approach this from is city planning.  Cities can get bike lanes which span through the whole city in order to promote healthy transportation.  This can be achieved by making bike lanes every 2 to 3 blocks from which bike riders can reach the buildings in between with ease.  We could take Barcelona as an example.  They have implemented “superblocks” into …

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Food is the Perfect Reminder

In # 1: You are what you eat by Gerardo3 Comments

When I was little, all I ate was whatever I wanted and at that age, that means a lot of sugar.  Growing up I was a big kid so I was always being bullied over it.  When I got to high school, I kept eating the same junk I was eating but I decided to start working out to see if it would do something.  It helped but I didn’t get the results that I wanted.  I started researching on eating healthy and I decided to drop all junk food.  Changing how I ate changed me completely.  From being a really shy person, I started feeling more comfortable with myself.  Eating healthier instantly had an effect on how I felt and acted throughout the week.  I was never a responsible kid but with these changes, I felt better and had more energy to do more things. Skip to about 2 months after I did the changes and I’m working 65 hours a week, waking up from Monday to Friday at 4 a.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 a.m.  …