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Most consumers are no longer interested in dieting. They now favor mindful eating and choosing to “eat clean” with less processed foods and more whole foods such as veggies, fruits, ancient grains and green tea, as well as plant-based proteins like nuts and seeds.

The “What’s Trending in Nutrition" survey of thousands of registered dieticians has become a leader in identifying and tracking significant food trends. While consumers will continue to be concerned over foods that are GMO-free, sustainable or gluten-free, thanks to more transparency on food labels, they will be looking for more low-sodium and sugar-free options in 2017.

The RDs’ advice for eating healthier and make smarter purchasing decisions in 2017 includes eating more servings of fruits and vegetables, choosing high-quality, nutrient-rich foods in all food groups, limiting consumption of highly-processed foods, and instead of focusing on diets, choose foods based on a wholesome ingredient list and high level of quality proteins and carbohydrates.

Technology applications on digital devices have made shopping for healthier food and losing weight easier. However, since cost and other factors create barriers to the low income population being able to eat and purchase healthy food, RDs recommend increasing affordability and availability of nutritious food in low-income areas.

In her new book, “Our Earth, Our Species: How to Thrive While Creating a Sustainable World,” environmental consultant Ellen Meyers says consumers are more powerful than they think when they make smart food choices. She reveals the unfair advantage industrial food production enjoys over organic food production and how the unlevel playing field makes healthy eating nearly impossible for many of the economically disadvantaged. She also shares good news that many of our health and environmental problems are reversible with already existing solutions.

According to a nationwide report released by The Vision Council, people underestimate how their use of digital screens on computers, smart phones, tablets and TVs are having a negative effect on their eyes and overall bodies. These digital devices emit blue light, which is a type of light with short wavelengths that emit higher energy than ordinary light. It also penetrated deep into the eye, contributing to eye strain, neck and shoulder pain, headache, blurred vision, and dry eyes.

Luckily, there are some solutions that can alleviate the symptoms of blue light exposure and digital eye strain. There is special eyewear with blue light filtering capability as well as anti-reflective or anti-glare properties to help preserve ey health and maintain the body’s circadian rhythm to facilitate a good night’s sleep. In addition to eyewear, other ways to relieve digital eye strain include taking a 20-second break from the screen every 20 minutes and looking at something 20 feet away, reducing overhead lighting to eliminate screen glare, positioning yourself at arm’s distance from the computer screen, and increasing text size on devices.

The Vision Council is committed to educating the public that suffering from the effects of blue light exposure and digital eye strain does not have to be and should not be the norm.


Other articles of interest in this Winter 2017 TMIS eNewsletter:

* Remarks made by Catherine McKenna, Canadian minister of environment and climate change to the Toronto Board of Trade.

* Medically important antibiotics are no longer used for animal growth promotion thanks to implementation of new policies by the FDA.

* Natural and Organic study explores the size of the natural and organic market and how consumer expectations are making a fresh, natural positioning a “must have.”

* Advanced technology food waste recycling diverts waste from landfills and converts it to renewable energy not released into the atmosphere.

* New report from the International Fund for Animal Welfare advocates need for measuring happiness and wellbeing of people, animals and the planet, not just economic growth.

* National health survey confirms increase in Americans’ attempts to quit smoking.

* Alzheimer’s Association releases 10 early warning signs of Alzheimer’s.

* Demand for Green Cement as a sustainable product, reducing the carbon footprint of construction continues to increase.


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