Do Tests That Predict Genetic Health Risks Go Far Enough With Nutrition Changes? (video)

New Law Would Modernize Nutrition Labels, Clarify Terms Like “Healthy” & “Natural”

Most doctors have not had the training in nutrition to that level that they’d know enough about how different vitamin analysis tests affect your blood versus what’s absorbed in your cells. The exception would be doctors trained in nutrition and functional medicine at least to the point that they’d know about these tests of the biochemistry side of nutrition such as genetic and metabolic nutrition. Some of the tests have recommendations that are too general If you look over the recommendations for nutrition suggestions on some of these tests that mention supplements rather than prescription drugs, the recommendations may be too general if they just say any old fish oil rather than cod liver oil that contains specific amounts of DHA/EPA, and vitamins A and D3. Now, your doctor will have to decide whether your heart can use the various types of fish or krill oil, calamarine oil, or oil from a variety of algae, shellfish, or other sea life. Certain types of oil are healthy for your heart, depending on the condition of your heart and how it reacts to oils.
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7 nutrition bars that are worse than candy

And yet, nutrition is anything but certain. Sure, we know there are patterns of eating that help in minimizing the risk of various chronic diseases, but those patterns are far broader and less drilled down than most nutrition gurus and zealots would have you believe. And given the diversity of our species, I would be very surprised to learn, even were our knowledge far more specific than it is, that there would be a “one-size-fits-all” best. [Read: The Path to Health: Willpower and Skill Power .] Riskier than alienating friends with dietary proselytization is the risk dietary religions pose to their practitioners. That risk isn’t one of health in fact all of the aforementioned diets, when followed carefully, would likely improve a person’s health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases it’s one of sustainability. Unfortunately, when it comes to the various nutrition religions, their commandments tend to be brutally enforced, both by individuals and by their fellow congregants. As anyone who regularly reads nutrition blogs or Facebook pages knows, diet adherents tend to use their online platform to frown upon any and all dietary strategies beyond their house of worship.
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Calling for an End to Nutrition as Religion

As Consumer Reports testing has found, the labeling isnt always clear, especially when it comes to products like energy drinks. This bill would outline it for consumers before they take a sip. Those behind the bill say its time for food labeling to step into a new age of transparency. Childhood obesity has nearly tripled in the past 30 years and is a huge public health problem in this country that puts millions of American children at risk. Healthy eating is critical to combating this epidemic.
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By Wed, Feb 20 2013 at 3:24 PM Related Topics: Diabetes , Health & Well Being , Obesity Photo: Bartosz Niedzwiecki/ Shutterstock In 1970, Pillsbury filed for atrademarkfor a “non-frozen balance energy snack in rod form containing nutritionally balanced amounts of carbohydrate, fat and protein.” Dubbed Space Food Sticks, the glorified Tootsie Rolls were a boon to parents looking for a healthy-sounding snack for their kids, and kids got to feel like astronauts. Space Food Sticks were considered the first mass-marketed energy-nutrition bars also known as the first step toward reducing real food to the easy-peasy convenience of a candy bar. (But don’t get confused; if you’ve been to Kennedy Space Center or the Smithsonian Air & Space Center since 2006, you may have come across a Space Food Stick but it’s not the same snack as the ’70s sensation.) The idea isnt so awful: Condense protein, vitamins and carbohydrates into a compact package to stand in for a missed meal, to refuel during or after exercise, or as a healthy between-meal snack. But all the good is dependent on the components, which actually need to be healthy. Instead, a hodgepodge of dodgy ingredients are compressed into a product that winds up being much closer to a candy bar …
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