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‘Whole grain’ not always healthy

first_imgCurrent standards for classifying foods as “whole grain” are inconsistent and, in some cases, misleading, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers.  The Whole Grain Stamp, one of the most widely used industry standards, actually identified grain products that were higher in both sugars and calories than products without the stamp. The researchers urge adoption of a consistent, evidence-based standard for labeling whole-grain foods to help consumers and organizations make healthy choices. This study is the first to empirically evaluate the healthfulness of whole-grain foods based on five commonly used industry and government definitions.“Given the significant prevalence of refined grains, starches, and sugars in modern diets, [having] a unified criterion to identify higher-quality carbohydrates is a key priority in public health,” said first author Rebecca Mozaffarian, project manager in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at HSPH.The study appeared in the Jan. 4 online edition of Public Health Nutrition.The health benefits of switching from refined to whole-grain foods are well established, including lower risk of cardiovascular disease, weight gain, and type 2 diabetes. Based on this evidence, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommend that Americans consume at least three servings of whole-grain products daily, and the new U.S. national school lunch standards require that at least half of all grains be whole-grain rich. However, no single standard exists for defining any product as a “whole grain.”Mozaffarian and her colleagues assessed five different industry and government guidelines for whole-grain products:The Whole Grain Stamp, a packaging symbol for products containing at least 8 grams of whole grains per serving (created by the Whole Grain Council, a nongovernmental organization supported by industry dues)Any whole grain as the first-listed ingredient (recommended by the USDA’s MyPlate and the Food and Drug Administration’s Consumer Health Information guide)Any whole grain as the first ingredient without added sugars in the first three ingredients (also recommended by USDA’s MyPlate)The word “whole” before any grain anywhere in the ingredient list (recommended by USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010)The “10:1 ratio,” a ratio of total carbohydrate to fiber of less than 10 to 1, which is approximately the ratio of carbohydrate to fiber in whole-wheat flour (recommended by the American Heart Association’s 2020 Goals)From two major U.S. grocers, the researchers identified a total of 545 grain products in eight categories: breads, bagels, English muffins, cereals, crackers, cereal bars, granola bars, and chips. They collected nutrition content, ingredient lists, and the presence or absence of the Whole Grain Stamp on product packages from all of these products.They found that grain products with the Whole Grain Stamp, one of the most widely used front-of-package symbols, were higher in fiber and lower in trans fats, but also contained significantly more sugar and calories compared with products without the stamp. The three USDA recommended criteria also had mixed performance for identifying healthier grain products. Overall, the American Heart Association’s standard (a ratio of total carbohydrate to fiber of equal or less than 10-to-1) proved to be the best indicator of overall healthfulness. Products meeting this ratio were higher in fiber and lower in trans fats, sugar, and sodium, without higher calories, than products that did not meet the ratio.“Our results will help inform national discussions about product labeling, school lunch programs, and guidance for consumers and organizations in their attempts to select whole-grain products,” said senior author Steven Gortmaker, professor of the practice of health sociology.Other HSPH authors included researchers Rebekka Lee and Mary Kennedy; Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology; and David Ludwig, professor in the Department of Nutrition.Support for the study was provided by the Donald and Sue Pritzker Nutrition and Fitness Initiative; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Prevention Research Centers grant, including the Nutrition and Obesity Policy, Research and Evaluation Network); the New Balance Foundation; the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health.last_img read more

Clips of the Week: May 2, 2013

first_imgOur favorite web videos from the week that was:1. Tuckerman’s RevengeThings can get pretty rowdy at Vermont’s Tuckerman Ravine during the spring rut. This year was no exception, and here’s 30 seconds of it.30 Seconds of Tuckerman from Granite Films Jim Surette on Vimeo.2. Shutter’s Thru-HikeWe have been running dispatches from Chris Gallaway’s A.T. thru-hike, but here is a funny little video from last year’s hiking season.3. Basic Outdoors Epic-nessThe 2013 demo reel from Reel Water Productions. These guys know what they are doing.2013 Reel Water Productions Demo Reel from Reel Water Productions on Vimeo.That’s all for this week. If you have a video you would like to share for Clips of the Week, leave a comment or email [email protected] a great weekend!last_img read more

NYC Woman Married 10 Men, 2 on Long Island, Prosecutors Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York She said “yes” to the dress—10 times.Liana Barrientos, 38, of Manhattan, has been charged with filing a false marriage license, a felony, after marrying 10 men over the course of 11 years without ever filing for divorce from any of the grooms, Bronx prosecutors said.The Bronx District Attorney’s office said Barrientos also married two men on Long Island in 2002—in Hempstead and Huntington.According to a criminal complaint, 2002 was a particularly busy year for the alleged serial bride. During that year, she filed six different marriage licenses in her name, prosecutors said.Authorities uncovered the alleged wedding spree after scrutinizing a March 2010 marriage license filed in the Bronx County Clerk’s office that stated Barrientos had never been married before, according to the criminal complaint.Investigators found a marriage license dating back to Nov. 5, 1999. The license was filed in Eastchester.Since then, licenses were allegedly filed in Rye, Yonkers, Greenburgh, Mamaroneck and White Plains.The Hempstead marriage took place on Valentine’s Day in 2002. Exactly one month later another license was filed under her name in Huntington, authorities said.Barrientos, who was originally arrested last November, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at Bronx Supreme Court.last_img read more

Sumner County Sheriff weekly bookings: May 19 – May 26, 2014

first_imgThe Sumner County Sheriff weekly bookings into the Sumner County jail for May 19 to May 26, 2014 are as follows:  Rayburn, Bobbie L.61Perth, Ks.2022 E. 16th, Wellington Ks.WPDCity of Derby Warrant (F.T.A.)5/20/14 Baker, Jason W.34Wellington, Ks.274 W. Dexter, Wellington Ks.WPDCriminal Damage to Property5/24/14 Stangl, Christopher38Wellington, Ks.501 N. Washington, Wellington KS.SUSOProbation Violation5/19/14 Hicks, Billy J59Levelland, TX600 S Washington Wellington, KSSUSOCriminal Trespass5/22/14 Banister, Nathan T.52Wellington, Ks.501 N. Washington, Wellington KS.SUSOContempt (Child Support)5/20/14 Lea, Anbthony T.29Wellington, Ks.610 E. Hillside, Wellington Ks.SUSOServe Sentence5/23/14 Swank, Paige19Wichita, Ks.1200 E US166 Gueda Springs KsSUSODriving while suspended and possession of opiate5/24/14 Rice, Shawn David30Adrian, MILenawee County Jail, Adrian, MISUSOProbation Violation; DWS; Fleeing or attempting to elude; Criminal deprivation of property; Stalking; Criminal Threat5/21/14 Brown, Dustin A26Wellington, Ks.1111 E Harvey Wellington, KSWPDDomestic Battery, Disorderly Conduct5/22/14 Wilson, Chelsi L.26Mayfield, Ks610 E. Hillside, Wellington Ks.SUSOServing Sentence 48 Hours5/25/14 Dawson, Derek A.26Wellington, Ks.Lincoln  & WashingtonWPDDriving under the influence.5/25/14 Monday 0600  to  Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 5/19/2014 thru 5/26/2014 Gile, Brian35Derby, KsSGCO JailSUSOProbation Violation5/22/14 Washington, Michael W. Jr.38Wellington, Ks.1820 E. 16th, Wellington, KS.WPDSedgwick County warrant5/20/14 Hutton, Denise54Wichita, Ks.I-35, mp 33 Mulvane KsSUSODriving While Suspended5/19/14 Hughes, Rayshon T.27Wichita, Ks.610 E. Hillside, Wellington Ks.SUSOServe Sentence 48 Hours5/23/14 Schulz, Charles D56Wellington, Ks.508 E Lincoln Wellington, KSWPDWarrant Arrest- Distribute Herion, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia5/21/14 Rayl, Thornton L47Wellington, Ks.703 E Lincoln, Wellington KSSUSOWarrant- PV5/22/14 Cornejo, Savannah M19Wellington, Ks.Dollar generalWPDTheft5/22/14 NameAgeAddressArrest locationAgencyChargesArrest date Golden, Austin L.18Augusta, Ks.Butler County  Detention FacilitySUSOProbation Violation5/23/14 Araujo, Previn J.42Wichita, Ks.Sedgwick County JailSUSOFailure to Appear5/23/14 Lippincott, Cabriel A.36Wellington, Ks.I-35. mp 21,KHPPedestrian Under the Influence5/24/14 Burnett, Jesse32Wellington, Ks.SGCO JailSUSOArrest and Detain5/22/14 Wood, Christopher, A33Wellington, Ks.B and 15th, Wellington KSWPDDriving While Suspended5/21/14 Pitcher, Robert24Tulsa OkI35 MPKHPDriving under the influence, Driving while suspended, No liability insurance5/23/14 Ledesma, J’Lynn23Wellington, Ks.610 E. Hillside, Wellington Ks.WPDServing Sentence 48 Hours5/24/14 Williams, Denelious27Wichita, Ks.1200 E US166 Gueda Springs KsSUSOPossession of paraphernalia, Distribution of narcotics, No tax stamp5/24/14 Murry, Jonathan M.25Arkansas City, Ks.I-35, mp 16 Wellington, KsKHPDriving while suspended and No proof of Insurance5/25/14 McCulley, Jennine22Wellington, Ks.700 S Drury Road South Haven, KsSUSODomestic Battery.5/25/14last_img read more