Third of Shoppers Cite Cost as Biggest Barrier to Healthy Eating

According to “COVID-19 Has Elevated the Health & Wellness Trends of Recent Years,” a report from Acosta, a global integrated sales and marketing services provider in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, 33% of today’s shoppers said that cost was the greatest obstacle to healthy eating. The report discusses the pandemic’s considerable effect on shopper priorities and advises how the industry can best meet consumer demands amid this new normal.

“COVID-19 has sharpened the focus on recent health-and-wellness trends, with nearly two-thirds of consumers taking a proactive approach to healthy living,” observed Colin Stewart, EVP, business intelligence at Jacksonville, Fla.-based

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Most Americans Are Not Eating a Cancer-Preventing Diet

Key Takeaways

  • A new study found that most people in the U.S. do not eat a diet that meets national dietary guidelines for preventing cancer.
  • Overall, people needed to incorporate more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fiber into their diet.
  • Experts recommend making small, manageable diet changes.

The majority of Americans do not eat a diet that meets national dietary guidelines for preventing cancer, according to a new study.

The researchers found that about 70% of adults didn’t eat enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The majority of participants didn’t get enough fiber in their diets.

The study, which was

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What doctors wish patients knew about healthy eating

What you eat plays a leading role in your health and well-being. When someone eats healthy, it helps to protect against many chronic diseases such as heart disease, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes and obesity. But with so many fad diets and food recommendations out there, it can be hard for patients to navigate what to eat and what not to eat.

Two AMA members took time to discuss what they wish patients knew about healthy eating. They are:

  • Stephen Devries, MD, a preventive cardiologist and executive director of the nonprofit Gaples Institute in Chicago.
  • Ethan Lazarus, MD, a family physician
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What Is Healthy Eating Without Cultural Foods?

Healthy eating is sometimes seen as a necessary evil.

On one hand, it’s essential to good health, but on the other, it’s suggestive of restriction and self-denial steeped in Eurocentrism.

Even in the Caribbean, where I’m from, many nutrition programs are modeled on the American food pyramid, which then implies what healthy eating looks like to the local communities.

However, nutrition and healthy eating are not a one-size-fits-all dietary prescription. Traditional meals and food culture deserve a seat at the table too.

In this article, I’ll explain why cultural foods are integral to healthy eating.

Cultural foods — also called

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Eating This Healthy Food May Increase Your Parkinson’s Risk, Study Says

If you’re like most people trying to stay healthy, there’s a good chance you’ve made some changes to your diet. After all, being conscious of what you put into your body can be one of the best ways to avoid heart disease, diabetes, or other serious health conditions. But research out of Harvard University has shown that one type of food marketed as being good for your health may actually increase your risk of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Read on to see which items you might want to cut back on.

RELATED: Eating This for 2 Months Can Add Years to

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Study Finds Eating a Vegetarian Diet Lowers Markers for Disease

Can eating a plant-based diet set you up for a longer, healthier life? New research shows that it can, as a review of thousands of vegetarians versus meat eaters shows that avoiding meat sets you up to have healthier biomarkers than meat-eaters. The new study looked at data from more than 166,000 adults in the UK, with the findings true across adults of any age and weight and regardless of whether they smoked or drank alcohol.

“Our findings offer real food for thought”,  Celis-Morales, Ph.D., the lead researcher at the University of Glasgow, said in a statement about the significance

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