Sound Bites: Seafood Fraud, Organic Gatorade and a Tasty Inflammation Fighter

The latest nutrition and healthy-eating news

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By Megan O. Steintrager

Something Fishy Is Going On

Customers concerned about the sustainability and healthfulness of the seafood they buy — or who just prefer to actually get what they paid for — will want to check out a new report from the non-profit group Oceana that found one in five seafood samples tested worldwide were mislabeled. In the United States, the report found an average fraud rate of 28 percent, noting: “More than half (58 percent) of the samples substituted for other seafood were a species that pose a health risk to consumers, meaning that consumers could be unwittingly eating fish that could make them sick.”

Gatorade Dives into Organics

PepsiCo Inc., the maker of Gatorade, introduced a new line of USDA certified organic drinks, called G Organic. Available nationally this fall, the new drinks will come in three flavors (Lemon, Strawberry and Mixed Berry), and contain just seven ingredients (water, organic cane sugar, citric acid, organic natural flavor, sea salt, sodium citrate and potassium chloride). While it’s good for athletes doing hardcore training or racing to have a new organic option, nutrition experts point out that plain old water provides sufficient hydration for less intense activities.

Girl drinking gatorade after a run

And Speaking of Drinks…

Taxing sugar-sweetened drinks may be controversial, but evidence is mounting that the practice can help cut down on consumption, which will have a dramatic influence on weight and diabetes: “After adopting the country’s first tax on sugary drinks, consumers in Berkeley, California, are drinking 21 percent less of these beverages,” the American Heart Association writes, summarizing a new report in the American Journal of Public Health. Expect to see more cities put soda taxes into place. This coming January, Philadelphia will be the first large city to enact a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, according to the latest issue of the Tufts Health and Nutrition Letter.

Go Nuts to Fight Inflammation

Nuts are delicious powerhouses of protein, fiber and healthy fats, and there’s new evidence that they help fight health-harming inflammation, according to findings recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters has a good synopsis of the latest health findings of nuts. Start crunching more with our 7 tips for adding nuts to your diet.

Bowl of mixed nuts

Good News About Child Hunger

Here’s some happy news for back-to-school time: The number of hungry children in the U.S. has dropped to the lowest rate since before the Great Recession, NPR’s The Salt reports. Food insecurity still affects more than 12 percent of U.S. households as of 2015 surveys, though, so the news isn’t perfect. Check out Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to learn how you can help move the dial.

 

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