Friday Roundup: Week of 5.12.12 – 5.18.12

Welcome to the Friday Roundup – A weekly update highlighting the news links that were hot, and not so hot, in the world of food, health, and nutrition.

This week superweeds threaten the US food supply, McDonald’s says soda is a fruit, coffee may lower your risk of dying, and a new drug may prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s to those genetically predisposed.  I may be biased, but this is way more interesting than who got booted from Dancing With The Stars 3 nights ago….

McDonald’s Helping Kids Get Their “5 A Day” With Fruit Soda? – No, this isn’t a joke.  This week McDonald’s is trying to claim that a new fruit soda counts as a serving of fruit and vegetables.  And I thought the whole “ketchup is a vegetable” thing was ridiculous…  (Weighty Matters)

Fish Tied To Lower Colon Cancer Risk: Study – More great evidence of the benefits of eating fish.  How you can lower your risk of heart disease and colorectal cancer at the same time.  (Medline)

GM Crops in Crisis: Roundup-resistant “Superweeds” – Dear Monsanto, please stop your BS.  It’s getting old and we do not want to suffer for it.  High-tech Monsanto farms do not work better than real farms. (Food Politics)

Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality – The largest-ever study of the relationship between coffee consumption and health found that frequent coffee drinkers have a lower risk of dying from a variety of diseases, compared with people who drink little or no coffee…  I’m not gonna lie, I love this study.  (NE Journal of Medicine)

New Bid to Prevent Alzheimer’s Early – The first large scale study is underway looking at the prevention of Alzheimer’s in predisposed young adults who don’t even show signs of memory loss yet.  If this bodes well, it could change the lives of many.  (Wall Street Journal)

Why it’s More Difficult for Women to Lose Weight – Yeah, yeah, we all already knew this one, but here we are presented with why.  (Huffington Post)

Recipe of The Week: Just in time for summer and the grill, this turkey burger with green garlic and parsley looks so good you’ll feel great swapping out ground beef for heart-healthy lean turkey. (NY Times)

Have a great weekend,


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