Not only are cherries a tasty snack but they are loaded with nutrition and health benefits. Sure you may have to spit the pits out, but for a nice cool summer snack, they are are hard to beat! Make sure to pick some up during the summer months as they are only in season for three months (May-July)! So here are just some of the benefits of the tasty burgundy fruit!
Keep in mind that there are primarily two different types of cherries. Sweet (Bing cherries) and tart(sour). Most cherry juices are made out of tart cherries, whereas desserts are made with sweet cherries. Both contain many nutritional benefits, however, tart is preferred when all nutritional and health benefits are compared. So next time you are in the fresh food section, pick the cherries and enjoy!
Even though this article is from 2010, it is still pertinent today!
We need to get moving and watch our diets!
Lets think about tomorrow, for today! #todayfortomorrow
Article by the Center for Disease Control
Older, more diverse population and longer lifespans contribute to increase
As many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue, according to a new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
One in 10 U.S. adults has diabetes now. The prevalence is expected to rise sharply over the next 40 years due to an aging population more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, increases in minority groups that are at high risk for type 2 diabetes, and people with diabetes living longer, according to CDC projections published in the journal Population Health Metrics. Because the study factored in aging, minority populations and lifespan, the projections are higher than previous estimates.
The report predicts that the number of new diabetes cases each year will increase from 8 per 1,000 people in 2008, to 15 per 1,000 in 2050.
The report estimates that the number of Americans with diabetes will range from 1 in 3 to 1 in 5 by 2050. That range reflects differing assumptions about how many people will develop diabetes, and how long they will live after developing the disease.
"These are alarming numbers that show how critical it is to change the course of type 2 diabetes," said Ann Albright, PhD, RD, director of CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation. "Successful programs to improve lifestyle choices on healthy eating and physical activity must be made more widely available, because the stakes are too high and the personal toll too devastating to fail."
Proper diet and physical activity can reduce the risk of diabetes and help to control the condition in people with diabetes. Effective prevention programs directed at groups at high risk of type 2 diabetes can considerably reduce future increases in diabetes prevalence, but will not eliminate them, the report says.
The projection that one-third of all U.S. adults will have diabetes by 2050 assumes that recent increases in new cases of diabetes will continue and people with diabetes will also live longer, which adds to the total number of people with the disease.
Projected increases in U.S. diabetes prevalence also reflect the growth in the disease internationally. An estimated 285 million people worldwide had diabetes in 2010, according to the International Diabetes Federation. The federation predicts as many as 438 million will have diabetes by 2030.
Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include older age, obesity, family history, having diabetes while pregnant, a sedentary lifestyle and race/ethnicity. Groups at higher risk for the disease are African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and some Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.
CDC and its partners are working on a variety of initiatives to prevent type 2 diabetes and to reduce its complications. CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program, which launched in April, is designed to bring evidence-based programs for preventing type 2 diabetes to communities. The program supports establishing a network of lifestyle intervention programs for overweight or obese people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. These interventions emphasize dietary changes, coping skills and group support to help participants lose 5 percent to 7 percent of their body weight and get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity. The program is working with 28 sites across the United States offering group lifestyle interventions with plans to expand to additional sites in the future.
The Diabetes Prevention Program clinical trial, led by the National Institutes of Health, has shown that those measures can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people at higher risk of the disease.
Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in 2007, and is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults under age 75, kidney failure, and non-accident/injury leg and foot amputations among adults. People with diagnosed diabetes have medical costs that are more than twice that of those without the disease. The total costs of diabetes are an estimated $174 billion annually, including $116 billion in direct medical costs. About 24 million Americans have diabetes, and one-quarter of them do not know they have it.
For information about diabetes visit www.cdc.gov/diabetes or the National Diabetes Education Program at www.yourdiabetesinfo.org. For a full copy of the report, visit http://www.pophealthmetrics.com/content/8/1/29.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Meal prep and cook time: <25 minutes
This Quick and Simple (Q&S) meal has plenty of protein and flavor!
Your choice of fish (wild caught, not farm raised)
1 Onion (preferably red)
1/2 cup Chicken Broth
1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
Old Bay Seasoning
Fish & Onion
Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the bottom of a glass pan, place fish on top (pictured)
Season fish with garlic powder and Old Bay to taste
Cut up onion and place on top of and around the fish
Place in oven and broil until done, typically 15-20 minutes. Should be flaky throughout
1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups water in a medium saucepan
(Chicken broth adds additional flavor and can be used instead/in addition to water)
Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.
1/4 cup of dry quinoa is typically enough for one person.
Pictured above is swordfish
Special thanks to Megan S. for providing this recipe!
Quality Nutrition = Quality Training
Eating smart not only makes your feel better and exercise more efficiently but aids in a lifestyle that is less prone to disease and other health complications.