A study conducted by Baylor College of Medicine found that playing video games featuring fruits and vegetables may encourage children to have healthy eating habits. The children reported an increased intake of fruits and vegetables after playing two video games designed to promote healthy eating and then answering questions about the information. Two of the sites recommended are the Food Champs website (www.FoodChamps.org) and the Fruits & Veggies-More Matters consumer website (www.FruitsAndVeggiesMoreMatters.org).
An interesting article in USA Today highlights the debate about the difference between organic and conventionally grown produce. Is organic really better? Do foods grown organically contain less pesticides? Are they worth paying the higher price?
Many people (locavores) are purchasing their produce at the increasing number of weekend markets that are popping up in shopping plazas, parks, and parking lots. These farmers markets feature produce grown under organic conditions or by farmers that use minimal amounts of chemicals.
Wherever you choose to buy your food, remember that the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables to consume on a daily basis is a minimum of five servings.
An interesting article in the New York Times highlights how much dishwashers and washing machines have changed and along with the changes, how the amount of detergent and water needed in the newer machines is far less than in the older models. Here at Bumkins we talk about tablespoons of detergent for washing cloth diapers. Unfortunately, most people do not read instructions or follow directions so we could possibly be doing damage to these newer models. The article provides wonderful tips on how to use the appliances correctly and thus hopefully prevent any damage.
General Mills has announced it will lower the sugar content in children’s cereals from 11 grams per serving to no more than 10 grams per serving. The move comes in response to the growing problem of childhood obesity and the associated health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.