Drinking calories, new help for pet health

May 5, 2008 9:12:27 AM PDT
We'll tell you why to "go red" in your effort to protest yourself from the Sun... and why you may not be what you "eat", but what you "drink." Beverage Burden

Okay so you've cut back on portions at your *meals, but the scales don't budge.

The trouble may be in your glass or cup....not on your plate.

A new study in the journal Obesity says Americans have increased the calories they drink.... a whopping 93-percent since 1965.

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weetened beverages.... like soda and designer coffees account for most of the increase.

It all amounts to an extra 222 calories a day - that's enough to pack on 10 pounds a year.

The jury is still out on whether diet beverages can also contribute to weight gain.... so for now experts say it's best to go easy on ALL the sweet stuff.

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Sun Protection

For sun protection... your skin needs sunscreen.

And new research shows that tomato products may help too.

British researchers found that volunteers who *ate tomato paste had 33- percent more protection against sunburn and sun-induced aging.

It didn't take a lot of tomato paste either - just about the amount you get on pizza or pasta.

Scientists say the lycopene in tomatoes isn't *a replacement for sunscreen, but a good additive.

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Home Healthcare for the 4-legged

There's a new healthcare guide for the 4-legged members of the family.

For the first time, there's a Merck-Merial home health manual *for pets.*

The book has tips on keeping Fido and friends healthy, taking care of minor problems, and determining when they need a trip to the vet.

Dr. Marty Becker, one of the veterinarians who helped write the manual, says the most overlooked part of canine care is dental cleanings.

"Owners should take a brush or a cloth, and periodically clean their pet's teeth. It really does cut the buildup of tartar, and helps keep their breath cleaner. It can also make a big difference in their overall health and energy."

One special focus is on the 45 million pets moving into their senior years, alongside their baby boomer owners.

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