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September 20, 2019

Instagram is implementing a new policy to its platform that will restrict posts advertising weight-loss products to anyone under 18 years of age. From CNN: "Content that makes a miraculous claim about certain diet or weight loss products, and is linked to a discount code or other offer, will no longer be allowed and will be removed from the platform." 

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June 2, 2017

Last month, the unexpected death of a 16-year-old boy rattled the country as the cause of death was reported as a caffeine overdose. Since then, the safety of caffeine and caffeinated beverages has been a more prominent topic of discussion. While evaluating substances in our food supply could be a step toward positive change, there’s a related issue that deserves to be addressed.

Why are people, particularly teenagers, turning to caffeine to treat mental and physical fatigue?

Often, the answer lies in a lack of quality sleep. According to a poll, more than 87% of teens aren’t getting near the recommended amount of sleep, which can be upwards of 10 hours a night. This is strikingly problematic, as sleep does more than provide us with energy.

Sleep is also an integral part of metabolism. The majority of our HGH (human growth hormone) is released during stage 3 of sleep. HGH is essential for normal growth and repair, but is needed in higher quantities...

April 1, 2015

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Adolescents who play sports are often interested in protein powder and shakes to help “improve their performance.”

Is this appropriate, let alone helpful?  Essentially, no. Sports dietitians generally agree that if a balanced diet is consumed, protein supplements are not necessary for adults.

Furthermore, there is a lack of definitive research on these types of supplements, particularly in children. What might be appropriate for adults in specific athletic situations does not translate to kids in the wide age range of 12-18.  Teen growth and development is unique.

Young athletes do need to watch energy and fluid intake.  As activity levels increase, so must energy intake and careful attention should be paid to meeting daily requirements of certain micronutrients like calcium, iron and B vitamins.  While additional protein is important, making quality protein choices is key.

It is important to note that over-consumption of protein fr...

March 30, 2011

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Caffeine is a compound found in food and beverages.  It is naturally produced in the leaves and seeds of many plants.  The main food and beverage sources of caffeine are coffee, tea, kola nuts, and chocolate, but it is also produced artificially and added to certain foods, beverages and over the counter medications.  Caffeine is considered a drug because it stimulates the nervous system leading to the “caffeine buzz” (increased alertness/elevated mood) people sometimes feel.

 While caffeine is thought to be safe in moderate amounts for adults, teenagers need to limit their caffeine intake for a number of reasons. 

First, teens usually get most of their caffeine from soft drinks and energy drinks.  These beverages tend to have added sugar and artificial flavors, filling teens with empty calories (and often replacing more nutritious beverages and foods) and undesirable additives.  Higher doses of caffeine ca...

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