In a community agriculture group, consumers sign up for a season of deliveries from a local farm or other producers, and usually get deliveries weekly, depending on the provider. For farms, many offer a half-share – a single person – for around $300, and a full share, or family share, for about $600. But for 19 weeks of food during a typical season members usually end up receiving more than $600 worth of groceries.
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Consumers are firmly convinced that healthy food is more expensive than junk food. A new study published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service says that might be because we are making the wrong comparisons.
Andrew Carlson and Elizabeth Frazão turned to the USDA’s online guide, ChooseMyPlate, as a template for modeling a healthy diet. Using three different data sets, they estimated the cost of 4,439 food items.
The results are encouraging. “Are Healthy Foods Really More Expensive? It Depends on How You Measure the Price” shows that just looking at calorie costs, as earlier studies did, is too simplistic. For example, a bag of potato chips might be cheaper than a baked potato, compared calorie for calorie. But you might need to eat two portions of chips to equal the nutrition in a potato, and the chips would deliver more of what we don’t need, such as saturated fat and sodium.
To give a more accurate picture, Carlson and Frazão used three different metrics: price per calorie, per edible gram, and per average portion. When they overlaid the three, they discovered that grains, fruits and vegetables actually deliver more value for less money than less healthy foods.
The authors conclude:
When making food choices, consumers may need to consider the entire cost of their diets. Cheap food that provides few nutrients may actually be “expensive” for the consumer from a nutritional economy perspective, whereas a food with a higher retail price that provides large amounts of nutrients may actually be quite cheap.
That’s important. As I pointed out in We Are Killing the Kids, the cost of a diet heavy in what the authors of this study call “moderation foods” (processed foods with high levels of salt, sugar or fat) is a tsunami of added health care costs that threatens to swamp our health care systems.
Just what constitutes a healthy diet is the subject of ongoing and vigorous debates. A lot of other factors are part of the equation as well, such as environmental pollutants, access to fresh foods, cooking skills and time.
Specifics and disagreements aside, what this study adds to the conversation is reassurance that a healthy diet is within most people’s budgets.
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DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 DALE JR. FOUNDATION/NATIONAL GUARD/DIET MOUNTAIN DEW CHEVROLET – FINISHED 5th
AN EVENTFUL NIGHT. THERE WERE SOME HIGH POINTS AND SOME LOW POINTS. WALK US THROUGH IT:
“First off I have to thank the Dale Jr. Foundation employees and all the people who donate and my sponsors Diet Mountain Dew and National Guard for allowing us to get this weekend to raise awareness and put the decals on the car. I want to thank Sprint and NASCAR for putting the race on, Chevrolet and everybody else. We had a good car, we had a fun weekend and good speed. I’m real happy with the way things look for next weekend. It was uneventful. We worked really hard and we didn’t have any problems. The shenanigans coming on to pit road for that last segment was kind of unnecessary as far as the whole thing was not necessary we could have just lined them up and let whoever wanted to come get tires, come get tires. I think you have to start on the front row to beat cars as good as the No. 48 to be able to compete with that team you have to start alongside of them, starting fourth was a little tough. We just didn’t have enough laps really to mount any kind of a challenge. I mean they were gone after about two or three laps.”
THAT LAST SEGMENT, DID YOU FEEL LIKE A BIG DISADVANTAGE GOING IN OR DID YOU THINK YOU HAD A SHOT?
“Anything is possible. My mind was open to whatever might happen in front of me and to try to reach out and take opportunities that presented themselves. I wasn’t really counting myself out just yet. If you are not on the front row for a 10 lap segment… two of the best drivers in the series started on the front row they are hard to beat in a 10 lap run.”
SOLID EFFORT ALL THE WAY AROUND THROUGH THE SHOWDOWN TO THE ALL-STAR RACE AS WELL YOU HAVE TO BE PLEASED WITH WHAT YOU GUYS HAD OUT THERE TONIGHT HOW WAS IT TO DRIVE?
“It was great. I want to thank all the employees of the Dale Jr. Foundation and all the fans who donated and help us with our causes. Our sponsors Diet Mountain Dew, National Guard for giving us the opportunity to raise awareness this weekend, put the decals on the cars and Chevrolet, Sprint and NASCAR for doing all this. I want to thank the fans for coming out we had an awesome crowd, the best crowd I’ve seen at a race in a long time. That was great to see. Our race was pretty uneventful we just ran really hard and tried the best strategy we could to put ourselves in position to win. I think we did the best we could.”
HOW MUCH DID THE TRACK CHANGE THROUGHOUT THE RACE?
“Not a whole lot really. This track really doesn’t change a lot once the sun goes down it is pretty consistent.”
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF RICK (HENDRICK, TEAM OWNER) RIDING AROUND ON THE SIDE OF JIMMIE JOHNSON’S CAR AFTER HIS WIN?
“I guess you can talk him into anything (laughs). It is pretty awesome.”
WHAT DOES THIS SAY FOR YOUR 600? THIS HAS GOT TO BE SOME MOMENTUM FOR YOUR TEAM.
“Yeah, I think we showed what we are capable of doing here next weekend. We are probably going to bring the same car. We have a couple of ideas on how to make the car even faster, especially for qualifying that I hope will work out. I am real pleased with our effort. These races are little sprints and you really depend on the team to put the car out on the line ready to go, ready to take off, you can’t really wait for the car to come in or anything like that. Those guys did that all night. They built a great car. I had a lot of fun.”
THAT LAST RESTART MATT (KENSETH) SAID HE HAD A TERRIBLE TIME GETTING THE CAR GOING:
“He did, I tried not to spin him out or run into him. I figured we were not restarting in the best line. I knew even being Matt (Kenseth) I had a better opportunity. The leader has the opportunity; the leader is the guy who gets to take off first. You can’t match what he is going to do. You can only try to maintain and he is going to go first and he is going to beat you into the corner most of the time. He probably regrets and wishes he could have done a better job, but I think we were in a bad position just starting in that lane.”
WAS THE RACING AS FUN AND AS WILD AS THEY SAID?
“I enjoyed the race. I thought the cars drove well, my car drove the best it has drove here in a long time. I think we had an awesome crowd. I really don’t tend to notice too much as far as the capacity but I felt like we had a great group. That was really good to see. It seemed like everybody was really enjoying it even up before the race started the fans were really having a good time up there in the stands. I was sort of torn between where I wanted to be, in the car or in the stand (laughs).”
DID YOU NOTICE ANY DIFFERENCE WITH THE CHANGES IN THE SIDE SKIRTS?
“The car is just a little bit more of a handful to drive, but it is minimal. It was very small.”
THE ADVANTAGE FOR THE LEADER STILL SEEMS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME?
“Well, that is true. We did have some guys run up and pass the leader and just in a 20 lap segment when Denny (Hamlin) lost the lead the No. 5 and the No. 2 ran really close. Very close, normally we are having trouble getting within 10 car lengths of each other when cars are comparable to each other. “We saw some really close racing for the lead. I don’t think you can really take that 10 lap segment into account because of how good the No. 48 team is here and how good they are overall. I just thought it was awesome racing and I don’t know if that had anything to do with it. I don’t hate it.”
WITH THAT LAST SEGMENT AFTER MATT (KENSETH) BOBBLED DID YOU THINK YOU WERE DONE SINCE THAT WAS SUCH A SHORT RUN?
“Yeah, we were just working hard trying to gain what ground we could. Time was running out we were just trying to get as many positions as we could. We had put up a good fight all night and I just wanted to finish as well even though it didn’t look like we had an opportunity to win.”
HOW MUCH BETTER DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE 600 AFTER A SOLID NIGHT LIKE TONIGHT?
“Oh yeah, I mean when you run like this the week before it really makes you feel good. It really makes you look forward to it, not as many unknowns.”
TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT/MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET FINISHED 17TH
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE RACE FORMAT?
“It didn’t matter. As slow as we were, we couldn’t take advantage of it anyway. So, it didn’t matter to me.”
DID YOU POSSIBLY LEARN ANYTHING THAT YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO BRING BACK HERE NEXT WEEK?
“Yeah; don’t bring back what we just ran tonight. It just wasn’t very good. We just struggled all night.”
IS IT SOMETHING SET-UP-WISE THAT HURT YOU TONIGHT?
“Yeah. That would be why we didn’t run good. I can drive it if it’s (good). We just missed it tonight. We’re not going to hit it every week and if you’re going to miss it, you’d rather miss it on a night like tonight than next week.”
PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 MENARDS/CERTAIN TEED CHEVROLET – FINISHED 16TH
ON THE NIGHT
“After that one run we just got really tight. And then after that, it was okay; we just lost track position. But the car was really good. We just had something going on in the left front. I don’t know if we had something hanging up but the rotar was blown and built a lot of air pressure in the left front. It got really tight at that point and we just kind of lost all our track position from then. The car was pretty good. We just lost a lot of track position.
WHAT HAPPENED WITH YOU AND KEVIN HARVICK DURING THE RACE?
“I haven’t seen a replay of it. He ran me down low off of (Turn) 2 and I have shown him nothing but respect since I got here and he hasn’t shown that back. So, whatever.”
ON THE FORMAT, DID YOU LIKE IT?
“This is the only one I’ve been in so, I thought it was pretty neat.”
KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE – FINISHED 9TH:
ON THE NIGHT
“To beat Jimmie Johnson tonight; I don’t think it was going to happen. He was strong and I didn’t feel right in my car all night. So you know, it was our back-up car. I ruined the other one on Friday but the guys did a good job with this one; but yeah, that would have made a huge difference.”
YOU DIDN’T FEEL RIGHT?
“No. I just couldn’t get it to enter the corner right and go through the center right. It was just different.”
IS THAT WHY YOU WERE RUNNING THE HIGH SIDES?
“Yeah, I couldn’t run on the bottom. I was struggling out there. So, we still have decent speed in the Cup cars and they’re obviously fast. The No. 48 (Jimmie Johnson) shows that, but we’ve just got to get a little better for me.”
DID YOU LEARN ANYTHING NEW OR BETTER FOR NEXT WEEK?
“Yeah, I did. I learned a couple of things not to do.”
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE FORMAT?
“It actually seemed better once we got going than I expected. It puts a lot on those first three races especially to come into the pits up front and have the freshest tires on your car when you do hit the pits and just make that quick stop and go. It puts some pressure on you for that and then also the fuel mileage. If you stay out for the first two (segments), you’ve got to pit and get gas. It’s kind of tough. I like the format. I thought the format was better this year than in the past. But let’s face it, it will change again next year. It always does.”
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 BUDWEISER/RHEEM CHEVROLET – FINISHED SIXTH
ON HIS RACE:
“It was pretty cool to see the difference that the tires made at the end. We just needed a 20 lap segment at the end.”
ARE YOU A FAN OF THE 10-LAP SHOOTOUT AT THE END?
“No, we didn’t win.”
DID YOU NOTICE ANY DIFFERENCE WITH THE CHANGE IN THE SIDE SKIRTS AND HOW THE CARS DROVE?
“It seemed like there was a lot of good racing for this particular race track. It seemed like you had a few guys that could run up top but most everything was on the bottom, but no big difference.”
DAMAGE FROM WHEN YOU GOT INTO PAUL DID IT HURT THE CAR A LOT?
“It was mostly cosmetic it didn’t seem to change the handling at all. Just hit is with the quarter panel back there.”
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Eating less (83 percent) and exercising more (8 percent) are the most commonly used approaches to weight loss. Eating special combinations of foods (24 percent) and pre-packaged meals (17 percent) are also popular. Only 3 percent of online Americans have seriously considered or have actually had weight reduction surgery.
Unfortunately, our lifestyles put many obstacles in our path to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. “While lack of exercise (56 percent) and not wanting to give up our favorite foods (46 percent) top the list, stress (34 percent), eating bigger portions (31 percent), eating out (29 percent), eating too fast and eating on the run (both 20 percent) all play a role in our challenge to lose weight,” reported Carlson.
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ScienceDaily (May 18, 2012) Pregnant women, including those who are obese or overweight, should be encouraged to minimise weight gain through diet, according to major new research from Queen Mary, University of London.
Piling on excess weight during pregnancy increases the risk of complications for pregnant women but doctors have been cautious in advising women on ways to manage weight for fear of any adverse effect on mother or baby.
However, the new study published in the BMJ shows that following a healthy diet, overseen by health professionals, stems excess weight gain in pregnancy and reduces the risk of pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia, diabetes, high blood pressure and early delivery.
Half the UK population are either overweight or obese and the rates are rising. Around a third of women gain more than the recommended amount during pregnancy.
Previous research has linked obesity during pregnancy with an increase in a variety of risks including high blood pressure, diabetes, miscarriage, birth defects, blood clots, pre-eclampsia, and even maternal and infant deaths.
The new research, which brings together the results of 44 separate studies, is the largest of its kind and includes data on more than 7,000 women. It was commissioned and funded by the NIHR’s Health Technology Assessment programme.
The researchers investigated the effect of diet, exercise, or a combination of the two. They looked at how much weight women gained throughout pregnancy and whether mother or child suffered from any complications.
Although all three methods reduced the mother’s weight gain, diet had the greatest effect with an average reduction of nearly four kilograms. Exercise only resulted in an average reduction in weight gain of just 0.7kg. A combination of diet and exercise only produced and average reduction of one kilogram.
Women who followed a calorie controlled diet were 33 per cent less likely to develop pre-eclampsia, one of the most dangerous pregnancy complications that presents with raised blood pressure and protein in the urine. Their risk of gestational diabetes was 60 per cent lower, their risk of gestational high blood pressure was 70 per cent lower and their risk of early delivery was 32 per cent lower. However, the researchers acknowledge that these findings need to be confirmed by further large studies.
Crucially, babies’ birth weights were not affected by dieting.
The research was led by Dr Shakila Thangaratinam, a Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant Obstetrician at Barts and The London Medical School, part of Queen Mary, University of London with researchers in UK and Europe. She said: “We are seeing more and more women who gain excess weight when they are pregnant and we know these women and their babies are at increased risk of complications.”
“Weight control is difficult but this study shows that by carefully advising women on weight management methods, especially diet, we can reduce weight gain during pregnancy. It also shows that following a controlled diet has the potential to reduce the risk of a number of pregnancy complications.
“Women may be concerned that dieting during pregnancy could have a negative impact on their babies. This research is reassuring because it showed that dieting is safe and that the baby’s weight isn’t affected.”
Dietary advice was based on limiting overall calorie intake; balancing protein, carbohydrate and fat; and eating foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and pulses.
Dr Thangaratinam added: “What we don’t know is why diet should be so much better than exercise in controlling weight gain. It could be that it is simpler and easier for women to stick to. It may also be that eating a high-fibre diet has other positive health effects for a pregnant woman.”
Combining data on the thousands of women who participated in these trials will also allow researchers to further examine the effects of diet and exercise across women of various ages, body mass index, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and medical conditions.
The Women’s Health Research Unit at Queen Mary, University of London has recently established an international collaboration on Weight Management in Pregnancy (i-WIP) to answer these questions.
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Oh, come on. Really?! As if we didn’t already know enough bad stuff about sugar and how it can make us everything from overweight to diabetic to toothless, apparently sugar can also make us stupid. Seriously? Life is so stinkin’ unfair.
Researchers found that rats who were fed a high-fructose diet had a harder time finding their way out of a complex maze. Great. So does this mean those of us with a yen for Yodels need better GPS systems than potato chip people? Because frankly that makes me a little depressed. (Which only makes me crave cookies even more.)
Thankfully, there is an antidote of sorts for sugar-induced dimwittedness …
The same UCLA researchers found that when rats were given both the sugary stuff AND a supplement high in omega-3 fatty acids, they got through the maze way faster than rats that didn’t take omega-3s.
Well, that’s more like it! I don’t mind adding some extra essential fatty acids to my diet if it means I can eat candy without shaving points off of my IQ.
It’s not like omega-3s aren’t good for a bunch of other things, too, like your joints, skin, and heart — they’ve also been shown to lower cholesterol and help depression and act as an anti-inflammatory and … well, you get the idea.
Plus you can find them in foods like avocadoes and flaxseeds and salmon and walnuts and, of course, in supplement form.
Mmm, salmon for dinner + cake for dessert = No loss of intelligence!
Do you eat foods with omega-3 fatty acids?
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