- Author: Alec Rosenberg
Many people worry about the outside of their gut – watching their weight and suffering through sit-ups in search of six-pack abs.
Research from UC San Francisco is showing that we also should pay attention to what's inside the gut.
Gut bacteria may affect both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity, according to an article published this month in the journal BioEssays.
Researchers concluded from a review of recent scientific literature that microbes influence human eating behavior and dietary choices to favor consumption of the particular nutrients they grow best on, rather than simply passively living off whatever nutrients we choose...
Tulare top ag county in nation; former leader Fresno slips to third
Riding high milk prices in 2013, Tulare County took the crown as No. 1 ag county in the nation, and long-time leader Fresno was knocked to third place because of the drought. On Fresno County's west side, farmers depend on surface water from the San Joaquin Delta to grow their crops, but three years of drought have left some land idle. Second place went to Kern County. In 2013, ag value in Tulare County was $7.8 billion, Kern was $6.7 billion and Fresno was $6.4 billion. Visalia...
California leads the food revolution
Trendy food concepts like fusion cooking, farm-to-table, foraged menus, open kitchens and female chefs in leadership all began in California, says the KCET Food Rant. To find out why the Golden State is setting food trends, the reporter turned to Joyce Goldstein, author of "Inside the California Food Revolution." She attributes it to adventurous chefs, farmers and ranchers; open-minded diners; a long growing season; and available restaurant financing. KCET.org
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- Author: Monica Radrigan
San Joaquin County nutrition educators are not only promoting physical activity to the families they teach, but walking the talk together every day.
Family nutrition educators from University of California CalFresh [UC CalFresh] and Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program [EFNEP], two federally funded nutrition education programs that provide free nutrition workshops to low-income families, have joined together to practice the lessons they teach to their participants in San Joaquin County, including exercising for at least 30 minutes a day.
“I wanted to exercise more regularly,” UC CalFresh nutrition educator
- Author: Jeannette E. Warnert
Manufacturers of soda alternatives - like Gatorade, Vitamin Water and Snapple teas - are promoting misleading claims to entice health conscious consumers to buy their products, according to a report released today by the Atkins Center for Weight and Health at UC Berkeley.
Researchers investigated the growing and often confusing list of supplements added to the drinks. In most cases, they found, the beverages provide little or no health benefits, and might be dangerous.
"Despite the positive connotation surrounding energy and sports drinks, these products are essentially sodas without the carbonation," said Patricia Crawford, UC...