Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What's making news in nutrition this month?

A Black cuppa a day keeps Diabetes Away

Data published in the BMJ Open journal showed the prevalence of Type II Diabetes is lower in countries where black tea consumption is high. Another reason to have a black cuppa... 

The Benefits of Interval Training

More emerging evidence is showing interval training is one of the most effective ways to burn calories, increase your metabolism and improve fitness. A recent study showed doing interval training for 20 minutes 3 x a week was more effective than jogging for 7 hours. In this study the participants did 20 minutes on an exercise bike 3 x a week, doing 8 seconds of fast pace cycling at a level that elevates heart rate and 12 seconds at a moderate, slower pace. 

Key findings from Australian Health Survey 

63.4% of adults are overweight or obese, an increase from 61.2% in 2007-08. The average man (18 and over) is 175.6cm tall and weighs 85.9kg. The average woman is 161.8cm tall and weighs 71.1kg. Between 1995 to 2011-12, the average weight increased by 3.9kg for men and 4.1kg for women. On average, men have a waist circumference of 97.9cm while women have a waist circumference of 87.7cm. How do you measure up against the average?

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