Happenings in the Health World: Wednesday

Here at DiseaseProof we plow through dozens of health-related news stories every day, here are recent stories of note:

  • KFC Getting Grilled According to The New York Times a nutrition advocacy group is suing Kentucky Fried Chicken to stop using partially hydrogenated oils in food preparation. Marian Burros reports:
    The plaintiff, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which frequently criticizes the food industry and the government, seeks to have the District of Columbia Superior Court either ban use of the oils in KFC's cooking or force the company to post signs telling customers that its food contains trans fat and can cause heart disease.
  • Trans Fat to the Tummy HealthDay News reports a new US study shows trans fats chub up mid sections even when calories are reduced. Diana Kohnle writes:
    "Diets rich in trans fat cause a redistribution of fat tissue into the abdomen and lead to a higher body weight even when the total dietary calories are controlled," Lawrence L. Rudel, a professor of pathology and biochemistry and head of the Lipid Sciences Research Program, said in a prepared statement.
  • Teen Smoking at a Plateau Since the 1990s the number of teenagers who smoke was on a steady decline, but a new survey reveals a standstill. The Associated Press reports:
    A survey released this week showed that smoking among high school students held steady at around one in four teenagers between 2003 and 2005. Two other surveys in the past year or so found that teen smoking has apparently plateaued since 2002.
  • Save a Buck and Your Health Rising gas prices and the high cost of eating out has left many members of the work force packing lunch and eating at their desks. It's a great way to save money and protect your health too. Elizabeth Lee of The Chicago Tribune explains:
    When you make the meal, you control what goes in it. Want lower-sodium deli meat? It's available at the grocery store. Watching your weight? You control portion size.
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Helena - June 20, 2006 5:56 AM

I have very mixed feelings about trans fat bannings. It sounds great, but I always feel very angry when I see fast food advertised as healthy just because it is fried in unhydrogenated soybean oil. I don't know about the US, but that's a trend here. It was even in the news last week: a children's hospital served their cancer patients french fries (fried in soybean oil) because "snacking can be healthy". That's terrifying, isn't it?

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