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New national guidelines target sugar as latest dietary culprit

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New federal guidelines now spotlight added sugars in their depiction of a healthful diet, cutting the recommended daily allowance by more than half. Naturally sweet foods like apples get a pass, above, while “savory” foods such as store-bought spaghetti sauce can harbor surprising quantities of refined sweeteners.

New dietary culprits pass through the American consciousness in waves, with fat giving way to carbohydrates as enemy No. 1 and sugar rising over the past few years as the latest candidate for the “big bad.”

This month, the U.S. government released significant new food guidelines on how to “align healthy eating patterns” with a new focus on sugar consumption, and newly lowered thresholds for added sugar in the diet.


Upcoming lecture, library books examine bipolar disorder


The new year is a time to set goals and get things done. For those with a depressive illness, however, simple daily activities can be a challenge.


Tips for healthful snacks

Snacks can be an important part of a nutritious and balanced diet. But you need to be thoughtful about the quality and quantity of snacks. It’s very easy to overdo it, and too many snacks can easily derail efforts to maintain a healthy weight.


What's the real skinny on fatty foods?

If you are eating low-fat, avoiding eggs and buying skinless chicken breasts to avoid the fat, then you might be surprised – and relieved – to learn that there has been a complete reversal on the recommendation to consume a diet low in fat and eggs.

In a report released this month, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee no longer recommends restricting dietary fat. And this time, most nutritionists agree.


Anxiety in children: Early warning signs and gentle fixes to help them thrive

Anxiety is normal – until it’s not. All children feel nervous about something: monsters under the bed, bad storms, giving a speech. Increasingly, though, anxiety is spiraling to debilitating, even dangerous, degrees in children and teens. And often their struggles get worse before they’re noticed and helped.

A big reason anxiety simmers under the radar is that these kids tend to get good grades and are liked by others, according to psychologist Brendan Pratt, Ph.D., of the Pratt Center in Los Altos.


Mountain View family gives $1M for mental health care facility at El Camino

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The Satake family donated funds to improve mental health services locally in honor of their parents, James and Akiko Satake.

The Satake family purchased 36 acres of farmland in Mountain View Dec. 2, 1941. When Pearl Harbor was attacked five days later, their family business took a detour.

With forced internment for Americans of Japanese ancestry approaching, the Satakes secured a permit to voluntarily relocate inland to Nevada and then Utah – ending up in a town near Topaz, a camp where their Japanese friends and neighbors from the Bay Area were interned. James Satake, then a senior at Palo Alto High School, ultimately enlisted in the U.S. Army, served in Germany and returned to Mountain View with his family years later. His parents, Shinajiro and Shimano Satake, started a farm that over the years transformed into the long-running Satake Nursery on Marilyn Drive.


PAMF names internist, medical group president as new CEO

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation recently named Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D., its new CEO.

Vilardo succeeds Richard Slavin, M.D., who serves as CEO emeritus until his retirement in January.


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