August 28: Weekly Health Roundup

The Disappearing Healthy School Lunch

Even though many schools in the U.S. have revamped their lunches to be more health conscious, students still may not be getting their daily fruits and veggies in. Turns out students scarf down their chicken nuggets and mashed potatoes while leaving the vegetables largely untouched. Fruit and veggie consumption actually went down 13% after the mandatory inclusion in school lunches. There’s still work that needs to be done around improving the eating habits of our youth, via Washington Post

Another Sugar Substitute Emerges

We’re all on the hunt for guiltless sweets and we may just have stumbled onto something promising. From the company that first introduced the sugar cube back in 1875 launched it’s newest product called allulose – a rare sugar found in nature. And while it has the stamp of approval from food experts, they warn against eating too much of the food, since bacteria in our large intestines may feast on it and cause gas and painful intestinal problems, via NPR

Birth Order Affects Women’s Weight

Firstborn women can claim their fair share of positive personality traits. They tend to be more driven, better leaders, higher earners etc. Unfortunately, firstborn women are also more likely to be overweight or obese when compared to their younger sisters. A recent study found that firstborn girls were slightly lighter at birth but as adults, we often overweight or obese. The findings are much in line with studies done of first- and second-born men, via CBS News

Drink This. Lose Weight.

Drinking a pint of water before each meal could help you drop those stubborn pounds, according to a new study released this week. Participants in the study that drank a liter of water prior to eating lost an average 9.48 pounds over 12 weeks while those that did not lost an average of 1.76 pounds, via The Independent

Life Expectancy and Illness Rise Globally

A major study conducted in 188 countries found that, while life expectancy has increased, so has the amount of people “living more years with illness and disability”. Experts in the health field emphasize the need for investment in finding “more effective ways of preventing or treating the major causes of illness” in order to make the longer, via Reuters

Time to Weigh In

Do you have any tricks or tips for getting kids to actually eat their veggies that you could share with the U.S. school lunch administrators? Are you excited to try the new sugar substitute or does it make you nervous? Are you (or someone you know) a firstborn daughter? Do the stereotypes hold true in your experiences? We just have to know what you think – drop a comment down below!