Here’s some good summer reading for you at the end of this hot, hot summer. For readers who are middle aged, as well as for younger ones, a great way to get started on a healthier fall is to read our renowed columnist Dr. Chris Rosenbloom’s column on The Top Ten Questions About Food & Fitness After 50. She and her coauthor Robert Murray put in a nutshell what you need to know and how to do it. And while we were at it, a shout out of thanks to Dr. Rosenbloom for over a decade of fascinating columns and sensible advice on food and fitness. For those who missed columns, they are in the Nutrition Today archives that come free with your subscription, and much of the same material plus a lot of new topics can be found in Chris’s new book, published this past year.
The next two articles deal with two controversial topics. First are the nutritional profiles of those non-dairy alternatives that are popping up on supermarket shelves in a superb article entitled "Cow's Milk and Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives: What's the Difference?" by James E. Painter Ph.D, and his colleagues Margaret Schuster, MS, Xinyue Wang, and Tiffany Hawkins. This article objectively discusses the pros and cons on all of the various offerings. Next, Donald K Layman, Ph.D. tackles the question of sustainability and the role of cattle in sustainable food systems. You will be surprised, or at least I was, about the striking differences in sustainability in dairy cattle production from country to country, and how well the USA compares against countries like India in that regard. Take a look. That brings us to the second in a series on fake science and fake nutrition news by Sylvia Rowe and Nick Alexander. They explain what can be done by nutrition scientists and others to foster the trust in listeners and readers that is so important in separating out the facts from the fake nutrition related headlines.
Going forward with our series of primers on food ingredients, we take a look at both naturally occurring and artificial food colors in the new column by Roger Clemens DrPh, and Peter Pressman MD. In addition to explaining where some of those natural colors come from, they take a look at the regulations ensuring the safety of colors in foods, and some recent controversies about them.
Treating obesity in a country where many of the women are veiled for much of their daily lives creates special challenges. It isn’t immediately apparent that therapies that work in highly industrialized countries where female appearance is very much on display and improving appearance is a big incentive works as well elsewhere where those incentives don’t exist to the same degree. We conclude with a nice contribution from Maryam Akbari and her international colleagues on cognitive behavior therapy's effect in a weight loss program among obese Iranian women. The news is good!
Best wishes for a relaxing end of summer.
Johanna Dwyer DSc, RD