This is the first Rebuild news digest, covering topics related to food, health, and depression.
The Mouths of Babes
The New York Times reports that meaningful parents buying organic cereal for their children are providing a less nutritious product because organic cereals are not fortified and enriched with dietary nutrients. Read more.
Note to parents: there is a reason cereal is fortified in the first place. Instead of buying the box, save some money and make your own porridge, experiment with egg dishes, or go the European sandwich route for breakfast.
As evidence that lawyers should not make our nutritional decisions, Attorney Anne Noyes questions legislating school lunches in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Children and adolescents who have low-fat diets often suffer from depression, fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, hormonal imbalances and (for young women) loss of menstrual cycle,” she writes. Yes, we need fats to keep our brains healthy. The problem for her argument is that the particular fats we need are not present in cakes, donuts, and cookies. I also know of no study suggesting that any of us are suffering from sugar-deficiency health consequences. More.
For more on the school lunch debate, Senator Tom Harkin introduced a bill that would affect what schools can sell in vending machines. The devil’s in the details as they say. More.
The Rich Get Richer
Supplement users have better diets than non-supplement users. Read more. The rich get richer, though we are all still poor in magnesium, supplements or no. Be careful about getting too rich, by the way. Note most male supplement users consume too much zinc and iron, both depression-fighting minerals if you are deficient. Both are toxic at high levels.
Some people are apparently getting nutrient supplements in enhanced water. Generally supplementation is healthful, but products like enhanced water could end up with questions similar to the current folic acid fortification program, discussed at our website and in the news.
Fight Depression, Build Health
Science Daily reports on a recent JAMA study on the link between Omega 3 fatty acids and diabetes. There is strong evidence that Omega 3 fatty acids help depression as well.
It’s not a depression buster if it has E.coli 0157:H57. Beef, high in vitamins and minerals, is a bad idea if it’s laced with pathogenic bacteria. Order the steak, pass on the burger, or acquire your own meat the old-fashioned way. Read more on the recent beef recall.
Organic Mega-Dairy Aurora threatens to sue industry watch-dogs. Read part of the battle at Chews Wise. For this writer’s commentary, visit the Ethicurean for “Aurora Confession.”
Moms and Babies
One in seven of us will face depression in pregnancy or postpartum, a new study says. Yale expert suggests the reasons are either hormonal or due to psychological adjustment. He forgot the fact that in no time in life is our nutrient requirement so great as it is in pregnancy or breastfeeding.
We hear often that the diet of the mom affects the offspring. The diet of the pregnant cow can affect her calf too. If there were assessments of cow mental states, their pregnancy diet would probably affect their postpartum mood as well. Ranchers in Virginia are talking about how to get their herds through the winter on a low feed supply and the implications for the in utero calves. More.