Food/Nutrition News

Dietary Sugars Intake and Cardiovascular Health: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association

Abstract- High intakes of dietary sugars in the setting of a worldwide pandemic of obesity and cardiovascular disease have heightened concerns about the adverse effects of excessive consumption of sugars.

In 2001 to 2004, the usual intake of added sugars for Americans was 22.2 teaspoons per day (355 calories per day).  Between 1970 and 2005, average annual availability of sugars/added sugars increased by 19%, which added 76 calories to Americans’ average daily energy intake.

Soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages are the primary source of added sugars in Americans’ diets. Excessive consumption of sugars has been linked with several metabolic abnormalities and adverse health conditions, as well as shortfalls of essential nutrients.

Late Blight Strikes Tomato and Potato Growers Statewide

By Dr. Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont Extension:
It's been an exceptionally rainy and cool summer and one of the consequences is that Late Blight disease has been reported in every corner of Vermont and across the Northeast. With these weather conditions Late Blight rapidly kills the foliage of tomato and potato plants. Many hundreds of farmers and gardeners have already been stricken, and it is likely that the situation will get worse unless the weather turns hot and dry.

LIFTING THE YOKE: Local Solutions to America's Farm and Food Crisis

Ron Krupp, author of The Woodchuck's Guide to Gardening and a Vermont Public Radio Garden and Farm Commentator for the past 8 years, announces the publication of his new book, Lifting The Yoke.  This book deals with many of the farm and food issues that are in the news on a daily basis, such as globalization, hunger and obesity, while searching for local, sustainable solutions.