Nutrition and Fitness Update – June 4, 2011

By Sensei Serge Sognonvi and Carmen Sognonvi
Originally published at

The Truth About Energy DrinksHere’s a round-up of the best news stories and blog posts that we came across this week on nutrition and fitness.

The TRUTH About Energy Drinks
Energy drinks comprise a $5 billion industry and there are over 600 different options on the market. It’s clear that they’re popular, but do they actually work? Nutritionist Chris Mohr separates fact from fiction, and reveals which energy drink has the same amount of calories and sugar as 6 Krispy Kreme doughnuts!

Don’t Waste Your Time With Consumer Reports Diet Rankings
Diets like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers have millions of followers, but nutritionist Rebecca Scritchfield warns to just stay away. Why? Because diets promote weight loss as their primary goal, when instead we should focus on overall health and wellness.

Less Active at Work, Americans Have Packed on Pounds
Why are Americans heavier than ever before? Sure, the proliferation of processed foods and larger portions play a role. But as New York Times health columnist Tara Parker-Pope explains, another major factor is that jobs requiring physical activity have plummeted from 50% in 1960 to just 20% today.

Shopping List: Healthy Food Awards 2011
Self Magazine sampled 255 products and declared their top picks for healthy foods in the categories of breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, dessert, drinks, and organic supermarket staples. Next time you’re grocery shopping, try out one of the winners!

New York Times Scoops USDA’s June 2 New Food Icon “Big Reveal”
For the last 20 years, the USDA has used the Food Guide Pyramid to educate citizens about healthy eating. But the government has just revealed that it’s ditching the pyramid for a plate, “sliced into wedges for the basic food groups and half-filled with fruits and vegetables.”

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