Just the Facts...
Whoppers of Mass Destruction
Burger King has introduced the bunless Whopper, hoping to keep low-carb dieters loyal. The new sandwich ranks among the worst new restaurant menu additions, with 38 grams of fat, 85 grams of cholesterol, and 590 grams of sodium. Our advice: Have a BK Veggie instead. If you hold that mayo, it’s got less than 10 grams of fat.
Diabetes risk can be estimated with a simple tape measure and a blood test. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention measured the waist size and blood fat levels of 9,183 adults. Those with the highest scores on both accounts were three times more likely to have diabetes.
Kahn HS, Valdez R. Metabolic risks identified by the combination of enlarged waist and elevated triacylglycerol concentration. Am J Clin Nutr 2003;78:902-3.
Mice Tests Mislead MS Researchers
University of Sydney researchers report that multiple sclerosis (MS) may be due to the death of brain cells that produce the myelin sheath surrounding nerve cells—not attacks from the patient’s immune system as previously indicated by animal studies. The first hypothesis was largely based on perceived similarities between MS and an artificially induced condition in animals called Experimental Allergic Encephalitis. Neurology experts say the animal model was so inappropriate that it delayed progress in MS research. New human studies may now provide the breakthrough that MS patients have been waiting for.
New Scientist (26 February 2004)
Growing the Next Generation of Couch Potatoes
The more children watch TV, the less likely they are to eat fruits and vegetables, say researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health. Obviously, they aren’t watching PCRM’s Food for Life, which debuted on WISDOM Television in February 2004.