Study, That Nutrient Claim on Your Snack Food May Lead You to Buy the Less Healthy Choice

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It’s no secret that marketing affects the foods we choose, including which foods we think of as more nutritious. Back in 2013, AICR wrote about how the so-called “health halo” effect can make people think organic cookies are lower in calories and all-around healthier than the exact same cookies not labeled organic.

A new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics finds that this effect may extend to claims about foods with added vitamins and minerals.

For this study, researchers surveyed over 5,000 people who were selected based on age, sex, race, ethnicity, and education to mirror the U.S. population.

Each participant who took the online survey was randomly assigned to view one package of vegetable and one package of potato chips. Chip packages varied in their health claims and in the amount of key nutrients they contained. Read more… “Study, That Nutrient Claim on Your Snack Food May Lead You to Buy the Less Healthy Choice”

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    Large study finds (again) obesity links to many cancers

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    A large new analysis of research confirms that obesity links to many forms of cancer, supporting AICR’s findings on the obesity-cancer link and highlighting clear evidence that obesity is a major cause of cancer.

    The study was published today in the BMJ. It was funded in part by World Cancer Research Fund International, of which AICR is a member.

    The study was a review of review studies. The authors looked at analyses that included how measures of excess body fat relate to both the risk of developing and dying from cancer. Read more… “Large study finds (again) obesity links to many cancers”

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      Dads Largely Missing from Kids’ Obesity Prevention Research, Why that Matters

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      Parents are key when it comes to shaping children’s diet and physical activity. Moms and dads not only model eating, exercise and other health habits, they are also the gatekeepers for what food is served at home and what sports or other activities are available to the family. These influences likely have a profound effect on a child’s weight and therefore their weight as an adult. And kids who grow into adults with obesity are then at a higher risk for many cancers, including colorectal, postmenopausal breast and liver.

      But according to a new review published in Pediatricsthere’s little research to understand the specific role that fathers play in a child’s weight. In this review of over 200 childhood obesity prevention trials, fathers represented only 6% of parents involved in the studies. Read more… “Dads Largely Missing from Kids’ Obesity Prevention Research, Why that Matters”

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