December 2016 | | 1-888-376-7136

[Volume 8, Issue 12]

Smart Phones, Tablets and Inactivity

The use of electronics has been associated with inactivity for a long time. Video games and computers get plenty of blame and even when I was a kid I'd get yelled at for watching too much TV (and we only had 4 channels).

Today we have even more electronic gadgets to play with when we’re waiting for someone or something. Or if we’re just bored and killing time. We can read a lot, learn a lot and play a lot on our smart gadgets but they may be related to weight gain – at least in kids.

Smartphones, Tablets and Weight Gain in Teens Study Found Obesity Risk Up 43 Percent If Kids Used Screen Devices More Than 5 Hours a Day

This news story from HealthDay News describes a study that finds teens who spend more than five hours a day on their smart phones and tablets were also more likely to drink sugary beverage and be less active. They were also almost twice as likely to be obese compared to kids who didn't use smart phones or tablets at all.

What to do:

  • There's no need to take smart phones away, but it's important to get an hour or so of physical activity every day.
  • Cut back on the sugary soft drinks and sweet snacks. Drink more water and low-cal beverages.
  • Teach kids the importance of eating a healthy diet with the right amount of calories.
Change Your Life and Prevent Heart Disease

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. But, that doesn't mean it's inevitable. There are plenty of things we can do to reduce the risk of getting heart disease. Those simple lifestyle changes will also help reduce your risk of other diseases.

The Power of Simple Life Changes to Prevent Heart Disease

This news story published by the New York Times talks about how simple lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of heart disease so even if you have a family history of heart disease, you and lower your odds.

What You Can Do:

  • Don't smoke. Get help if you can't quit on your own.
  • Get moving. Walking, jogging, lifting weights, playing sports. Anything that gets your muscles moving.
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish and whole grains.
Swap Out Beef for Beans

Legumes such as dry beans, peas and lentils are loaded with fiber that's good for your digestive system and all will also help keep you feeling full longer. Beans are also high in protein and low in saturated fats so they make a great heart-healthy substitute for red meat.

Beans Beat Meat for Satiety Thanks to Filing Fibre

This news story from Food Navigator describes a study that compared burgers made with beans and peas with burgers made with veal and pork to see which ones would keep study participants feeling full longer.

The high protein patties made with beans and peas had 12 percent fewer calories than the meat patties but they also had a higher satiety rating.

Do You Know About Choline?

If you’re interested in nutrition you’ve probably read articles about calcium, vitamin D, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, and so on. But what about choline? Have you heard of it?

Choline doesn’t get much notice because humans can make choline so for years it was thought that dietary choline wasn’t necessary. But, maybe that’s not true after all.

The Nutrient You Didn't Know You Were Missing

This news story from The Washington Post tells all about choline and suggests that 90 percent of us aren’t getting enough.

So what does choline do? It works with omega-3 fatty acids and some of the B vitamins so it’s necessary for brain and heart health, normal liver function and can help with athletic performance.

Eggs are rich in choline, so it’s a good reason to eat an egg or two every day. Beef, chicken, fish, Brussels sprouts and Lima beans are also good sources of choline.
Diagnosing Food Allergies Is Tricky

Food allergies may be more common than they used to be… or maybe not, it’s hard to tell. They’re often hard to test and diagnose so patients just go by a feeling.  Add in food intolerances and it becomes even more confusing.

How Bad Are Food Allergies? We Don't Know, Experts Say

This news story from NBC News describes the state of food allergy testing and diagnosing. In short, current tests include skin tests or blood tests, but they’re not all that accurate. So, experts say more research is needed.

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About Shereen Lehman

Shereen Lehman is a health and nutrition writer with two decades of experience counseling people on nutrition and diet. She has a master's degree in human nutrition and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Shereen writes about nutrition for the large website (, is co-author of Superfoods for Dummies ( and Clinical Anatomy for Dummies (