This week, First Lady Michelle Obama met with executives from Walmart, SuperValu, Walgreens and smaller grocery stores around the country to discuss the latest initiative in her Let’s Move! campaign. The goal? Get more fresh, healthy food into food deserts around the country. (Food deserts—those swaths of urban and rural areas around the country with limited access to supermarkets—are often cited as a factor in the obesity epidemic. It’s hard to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables if you can’t find them in your neighborhood, right?) The First Lady extracted a pledge from those corporate executives to get 1,500 stores selling fruits and vegetables in food deserts, making healthy food available to 9.5 million Americans. To put that in perspective, 23.5 million Americans live in food deserts.
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Some persistent food and health myths just don’t seem to go away. To really be healthy this summer, stick to common sense and don’t get duped by these five summer food myths.
The Myth: Garlic is a natural mosquito repellent.
The Truth: Garlic wards off vampires, but it won’t keep mosquitoes at bay. Researchers at the University of Connecticut tested the theory without success, although they did suggest that perhaps participants hadn’t eaten enough garlic to see results.
The Myth: Doing crunches is the only way to get a flat belly.
If you’ve ever found yourself arguing about whether eating meat is healthy for you and the planet and, if so, which meat to eat, you now have some answers. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), which brought us the “Dirty Dozen,” a list of the 12 most pesticide-ridden fruits and vegetables, released a report today showcasing the carbon footprint of 20 conventionally grown popular protein sources, from lentils to lamb.
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Lately, the only thing keeping me from a full night’s sleep has been the sun blasting through my window at 5 a.m. But there have been times when I’ve spent wakeful hours unable to sleep. During those spells of insomnia, I break out every tip I know to get normal sleeping patterns again…relaxation techniques, like deep breathing, getting into a “bedtime routine” of winding down, even journaling those stressful thoughts that keep my mind jumping. While these tips can help, I’m also interested in how to use food to beat insomnia (after all, I’m a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor at EatingWell Magazine).