Healthy UNH Blogger: Katie Cardinal

Extreme Makeover: Nutrition Label Edition

Thursday, October 7, 2010
By: Katie Cardinal

Approximately twenty years ago, Congress passed the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, which required all packaged foods to display a detailed nutrition facts label. This label was to include serving sizes, energy content, and ingredients. Overtime, however, companies have come up with a variety of ways to “trick” consumers with the writing they present on their packaged goods. Due to this deception by food producers, the Center for Science in the Public Interest wants to give the nutrition label a makeover! The suggested changes are as follows:

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Generics: A Tough Pill to Swallow?

Monday, September 27, 2010
By: Katie Cardinal

When you go to the pharmacy, which prescription do you choose? Do you go for the brand-name pill that’s been  around for years or the generic drug to save yourself a little money? What do you base your decision on? Do you  ever wonder if the generics are as reliable as the brand-name drugs?

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Changing the Pyramid

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
By: Katie Cardinal

For years, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Food Guide Pyramid focused on just that: food. It was a flat, one-dimensional view of the “perfect” diet that grouped all individuals, regardless of size or health status, into one category and focused primarily on counting calories and restricting serving sizes. When, however, the new Food Guide Pyramid was established in 2005, it took on a more complex, multidimensional look. As pictured above, the new Food Guide Pyramid focused on the utilization of vertical bands for each food group which taper toward the top of the pyramid.

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