Displaying all posts tagged: Balanced Nutrition

At TEDxOrangeCoast: Getting addicted to health

Each year, millions of people are told to change the way they eat for better health. Why?  The bulk of medical spending is tied to lifestyle diseases, like heart disease, all of which are said to be preventable — if we just took better care of ourselves. I have been studying and observing people’s relationship with food for the past twenty years. We all generally accept the fact that what we eat and how we live affect our body and our health.  DON’T WE?!  So now I am more intrigued with another very important question — how can we create a society that’s addicted to health. The current conversation around nutrition isn’t very inspiring.  It’s no wonder (1) Experts rarely agree on nutrition science; (2) Media bombards us with conflicting reports; (3) Most doctors don’t have the time to talk about it.  Most of what we hear... Read more

Chicago Tribune: Dr. Mehmood Khan taking on the PepsiCo nutritional challenge

The Chicago Tribune recently profiled Mehmood Khan. In the article Mehmood said, among other things, that a healthy lifestyle, “is all about balance.” That means there are no “bad” foods, but some of them you just shouldn’t eat all of the time. Go to the article for the full story. Read more

Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day

This post is co-authored by Jose Luis Prado, President, Quaker Foods and Snacks North America, PepsiCo // Eating a healthy breakfast is a fundamental step in building a nutritious, total diet that meets the updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans. A growing body of research supports eating breakfast regularly for heart health, lower body weight and improved overall diet quality. Breakfast consumers tend to have higher micronutrient intakes, partly because of the fortification of breakfast cereals, and have a better macronutrient profile than “breakfast skippers” (1). Studies in children suggest that breakfast eaters are more likely to meet daily nutrient intake guidelines compared with children who eat breakfast infrequently or skip breakfast (2). Evidence suggests that regular breakfast consumers also have healthier body weights than those who skip breakfast (3). It has been suggested that skipping breakfast may lead to overall greater levels of hunger later in the... Read more

The importance of personal attention in nutrition

Connecting with people about the importance of nutrition requires personal attention. That’s the lesson from Dr. Steven Shapin’s recent book, “Never Pure: Historical Studies of Science as if It Was Produced by People with Bodies, Situated in Time, Space, Culture, and Society, and Struggling for Credibility and Authority.” Dr. Shapin, a professor of the History of Science at Harvard, traces the history of how people have viewed healthy eating and drinking. In particular, I was interested in the section in which Dr. Shapin discusses the meaning of “expert” in the nutrition science context. He outlines the tension between nutrition as hard science and nutrition as popular culture and does so in a compelling manner. Dr. Shapin begins with a discussion of the mainstream hard scientific view of nutrition. His narrative draws parallels between the standard clinical dietary focus of eating to avoid heart disease, diabetes and cancer... Read more

Calories, Calories, Calories – The Number & Type Matter

Getting the right nutrition within the right number of calories is a tricky balance every day.  That’s why PepsiCo is making it easier for people to understand and manage the calories they consume by committing to displaying calorie information on all products around the world by 2012, and increasing the range of foods and beverages that offer solutions for managing daily calorie intake. To help meet this goal, our designers are working to repackage products into single-serve offerings that better enable calorie control.  For example, Frito-Lay has expanded its product portfolio offerings through portion-controlled snack packs, including 100-calorie packs and single serve packs.  Quaker has introduced 90-calorie packs of such favorites as Quaker Chewy Granola Bars and Quaker Granola Bites. We are also clearly labeling the calorie content and nutrition profile of our products to help consumers manage their daily energy needs. In the U.S. for example,... Read more

PepsiCo’s Diverse Beverage Portfolio and Reduction of Added Sugar

As part of PepsiCo’s promise to encourage people to live healthier we recently announced aggressive, industry leading goals. One of these goals, which will make a difference in the diets of millions of people, is to reduce the average amount of added sugar per serving in key global beverage brands, in key countries, by 25 percent by 2020 which includes our efforts started in 2006. People drink a variety of beverages throughout the day and at PepsiCo we pride ourselves on the fact that we have something for everyone – Tropicana for breakfast, Pepsi Max for lunch, Aquafina for hydration, and Gatorade post-workout for example.  American consumers get just over 20% of their daily calories through beverages so by implementing this added sugar goal across our portfolio, we intend to reduce the amount of sugar in millions of diets. In support of our commitment we are already... Read more

Podcast: Sweeteners – Fact vs. Fiction

Would you like to replay the video or share the link to it with your friends? In this brief, 5 minute podcast, PepsiCo nutritionists Danielle Greenberg, PhD, and Joy Dubost, PhD, RD discuss what research shows about the differences between High Fructose Corn Syrup, natural sweeteners and table sugar, and the relationship between diet beverages and weight gain. Read more

Podcast: Whole Grains Fact vs. Fiction (Part 1 of 2)

Would you like to replay the video or share the link to it with your friends? Many of us have been told how important whole grains are to our diet, but do you know why they are so beneficial?  In this 2-part Sound Bites podcast, two PepsiCo nutritionists – Heather Nelson Cortes, who holds a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry, and Michelle Slimko, a registered dietitian and doctoral candidate in Public Health – discuss whole grains including insights into: What constitutes a whole grain and how to identify whole grains while shopping The difference between high fiber products and those that contain whole grains Tips on how to include whole grains in your daily diet Thanks to Heather and Michelle for their insights on whole grains. Please be sure to return the Food Frontiers blog on the Health and Wellness section of PepsiCo.com for other updates, information and podcasts in the... Read more

Podcast: Whole Grains Fact vs. Fiction (Part 2 of 2)

Would you like to replay the video or share the link to it with your friends? Welcome back to part 2 of our discussion with Heather Nelson Cortes and Michelle Slimko. Thanks for listening. Read more

Podcast: Antioxidants – Fact vs. Fiction (Part 1 of 2)

Would you like to replay the video or share the link to it with your friends? Many of us have heard of antioxidants, but not everyone knows what they are or how they fit into a well-balanced diet. In this brief, 2-part podcast, PepsiCo nutritionist Joy Dubost, a registered dietitian with a PhD in food science and nutrition, dives into the research around antioxidants, including: Why antioxidants are so good for you – and what are the best sources in the diet How consuming a variety of antioxidants benefit your overall health If processed foods contain antioxidants Thanks to Joy for her insights and facts about this important topic.  Please be sure to return the Food Frontiers blog on the Health and Wellness section of PepsiCo.com for other updates, information and podcasts in the future – and please leave us comments and feedback! Thanks again. Dr. Dubost is a Principal Nutritionist for... Read more

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