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5 Healthy Foods That are Actually Healthy

In # 10: Communicating food science by Cade0 Comments

I found an article in the Orange County Register online by Amy Osmond Cook where she talks about “5 healthy foods that are ruining your diet.” She goes on to say such things as how fruit can interfere with weight loss. She goes on to also say that quinoa and oatmeal, when eaten for breakfast, are unhealthy because of the toppings you put on them. The article says how a bowl of oatmeal may add up to 700 calories and above. The final item that is labeled as unhealthy is a whole wheat wrap. The wraps are twice the size as two pieces of bread, which is too much for a diet. This article has many false claims and may scare many into not eating typically healthy foods such as oatmeal, fruit and whole wheat wraps. The first and faultiest point she has is that she brings up how bad the toppings are and how they increase the calories, making the original food unhealthy. This makes consumers afraid of eating foods such as oatmeal, because of the supposedly high calories. …

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Redeveloping Existing Products

In # 10: Communicating food science by Cody0 Comments

An article in the Chicago Tribune titled “Food-makers are taking salt and sugar out of food. But they’re adding fat” tries to simplify and explain to the average person why it is so difficult for food companies to take salt, sugar and fat out of processed foods. While this article is quite interesting, for me it would have been nice for them to expand more on reports and studies that they quote in the article. I think that just stating that a study conducted says something there is no basis for me to know whether it is a legitimate study or not. While this may be the case the article does a nice job of crossing the divide between academics and industry. The article pulls in experts in both of these sectors to help readers understand why this is such a complex issue. The article correctly states that when you take something out of the product, something else must be added back in, whether it be salt, sugar or fat. I enjoy how the article gives an insight on the …

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“What The Health” Goes Wrong

In # 10: Communicating food science by Thanh0 Comments

What the Health is a 2017 Netflix documentary film which critiques the health impact of meat, egg, fish, and dairy products consumption. Soon after the film is released, it creates a firestorm from a lot of nutrition experts and food scientists. It is an extremely biased pro-vegan documentary that exaggerates weak data and misrepresents science. The filmmaker, Kip Andersen, talks about the genetics that run in his family with a history of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Thus, he concerns about his future health. This leads to his motivation in finding out the causes of these epidemics and how to prevent them. He decides to go on to interview experts that claim that sugars and carbohydrates do not cause negative effects to health but animal fat does. I agree with the filmmakers that processed meat is unhealthy due to its high content of sodium and preservatives. Processed meat is declared a carcinogen through many studies. However, it is not true that processed meat is equally dangerous as smoking cigarettes. What the Health says sugar and carbohydrates have no correlation with …

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Can We Trust Jim?

In # 10: Communicating food science, Leftovers by Brandon0 Comments

I regularly research information about nutrition optimization and work out plans, so I came across Jim Stoppani a while ago and thought he was very interesting. He is a personal trainer who has his PhD from Yale in cellular and molecular physiology. This would lead me and over a million-other people that follow him to believe his information is accurate and precise. In the video, I watched called “9 Nutrition Rules for Building Muscle” he discussed his rules to maximize muscle gain for his “Shortcut to Strength” 6-week workout plan. He goes in detail about macronutrients and the amount of each to eat per pound of body weight, how often to eat, specific types of proteins to include, a handful of supplements to optimize uptake of vitamins and other nutrients. Personally, being a student of science I have taken classes in nutrition and biology so I had a very clear understanding of everything he said. The information was direct and straight to the point. He never really tried to “dumb” anything down. He speaks very clear and direct, a great …