FOOD, NUTRITION & SCIENCE: Today's Abstract March 2012

March 26, 2012

In this month's issue of Food, Nutrition and Science: The Raw Milk Debate, Food Desert Study, Diet Drinks and Weight Loss and more.

In this month's issue of Food, Nutrition & Science: The Raw Milk Debate, Food Desert Study, Diet Drinks and Weight Loss and more.

The debate over raw milk is heating up. A study released by CDC (Centers for Disease Control) in February 2012 examined the number of dairy outbreaks in the United States during a 13-year period. Between 1993 and 2006, 60% (73/121) of dairy-related outbreaks reported to CDC were linked to raw milk products. But according to the Weston A. Price Foundation, the CDC has manipulated this data to make raw milk look dangerous, simultaneously dismissing similar dangers associated with pasteurized milk.

In a second story, people without access to supermarkets may have limited ability to purchase healthful foods, according to a study from the University of Georgia (UGA). The cross-sectional study examined the distribution of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit accepting stores across different neighborhoods in Leon County, FL, and surveyed 73 stores, finding that store type affects the availability and price of healthful food items.

And in a third story, replacing caloric, sugar-sweetened beverages with diet beverages could be part of an effective weight-loss strategy, according to a recent study from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Researchers found that swapping out caloric beverages for noncaloric ones resulted in average weight losses of 2 to 2.5%.

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