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What’s Going on in Nutrition #2 + Giveaway Winner


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Injecting Botox Into Stomach Does Not Promote Weight Loss – Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology as well as American Gastroenterological Association

So, apparently researchers have been testing ways to delay gastric emptying and increase the feeling of being full. Attempts to inject botulinum toxin A was shown to help delay gastric emptying but did not allow obese individuals to feel more full or lose weight.

It’s crazy to think about injecting botox into someone’s stomach to help them with their eating habits and weight loss. Oh science and their attempts to help obese individuals. It blows my mind what attempts are being made.


Gatorade to remove controversial ingredient by Candice Choi

Not sure if any of you have been following the consumer complaints against gatorade and the ingredient BVO (Brominated Vegetable Oil) and it’s flame retardant characteristics. After the many complaints, PepsiCo Inc. is removing the BVO from Gatorade. Unfortunately, Gatorade is not the only drink to contain this ingredient as Powerade also contains BVO. BVO is banned in Japan and the European Union. BVO is used as an emulsifier which helps the mix of the liquid so it is evenly distributed. Fanta, Mountain Dew, Snapple, Sun Drop and Squirt are also among the other drinks containing BVO.


Claire Squires inquest: DMAA was a factor in marathon runner’s death by BBC News London

If you’ve been a reader, you may remember my post about the marathon runner, Claire Squires that died running the last stretch of the London Marathon. A news release has come out stating that the drug DMAA was found in her system and could be a factor that led to her death. DMAA was not banned in the UK at the time of her race. DMAA is a dietary supplement that has effects much like caffeine. It’s abbreviations come from it’s 1,3-dimethylamylamine structure. DMAA has been recalled in the US Military as it has links to fatal heart attacks of two US soldiers. DMAA is found in the dietary supplement Jack3d which is what Claire Squires had in her water bottle to help get her through the 26.2 journey and she had stated she would drink it if she “hit the wall.” This one scoop of Jack3d in her water bottle is being questioned as the resulting factor for her death because Claire also had a heart condition and it cannot be completely determined that the DMAA was the reason for her death, it is just a possible factor.

Q: Did anything shock you in the above articles?

Q: What do you think about BVO?

Q: What are your views on DMAA and Jack3d?


What’s Going on in Nutrition #1

whats going on in nutritionI wanted to start out with a quote

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human body, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
~Thomas Edison

Then, I wanted to talk about the Biggest Loser. I’m an episode behind, but the other day they quizzed the contestants on some statistics of childhood obesity and many were shocked, even I was shocked at a few of them. As a dietetics student, I am aware of some of these shocking statistics but as the years progress, it gets worse. I wanted to share the quiz questions.

When searching for the exact questions, I came across a great blog post by George Van Antwerp that broke them down. Here is what George had, and please feel free to visit his blog post as well to find a really cool infographic on childhood obesity and more information! It’s a great post!

Here are the questions:

Then to me, the most shocking question was

“What percentage of overweight children ages 5-10 already have at least one risk factor for heart disease”

The answer was 60%, yes sixty! These are just children!

My teacher said something very interesting in class yesterday. She said when working with picky eaters she brings up the idea of beer. Most people don’t enjoy the taste of beer the first time they try it. But somehow they continue to introduce it and they adapt to it. People always say it’s an acquired taste and the more you drink it, it’ll eventually grow on you. So she said, why can’t that be the same for food? The example she used was broccoli. She stated a lot of people don’t like broccoli, but with enough introductions to broccoli, can’t they acquire the taste for it just like they do for beer?

I can admit that it’s really hard for me to eat most vegetables because of the taste. One of my professors told my in my freshman year that I was a supertaster and that is why most vegetables were not pleasing to me. I’d be interested in attempting something like this. Continuing to try one vegetable until I can tolerate it.

USA Today, posted yesterday an article “Study: Obese drivers more likely to die in crashes

According to the article, BMJ Group’s Emergency Medicine Journal stated that the risk of death was increased by the more obese the driver was. The definition of obese is a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or higher.

“The study’s authors pointed to previous research that showed that an obese driver’s lower body is propelled farther upon impact before a seat belt engages the pelvis.”

The article also pointed out the fact that morbidly obese individuals rarely wear seatbelts anyway and this is a factor in accidents as well.

Q: Do you think people can adapt and acquire foods they don’t like?

Q: Is there something you might attempt to introduce multiple times in order to acquire the taste?

Q: What statistics shocked you about childhood obesity?

Q: Have you ever thought about the use of a seatbelt in overweight individuals?

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