A new law in Vermont would make the state the first to label its genetically modified food. But industry groups object, saying it’s not constitutional. (Should you go non-GMO? Here’s what you need to know.) Plus, coloring books could be the new relaxation fad. Read on to get the full scoop on these stories and others that have caught our eye this week.
GMO Labels for the Green State
A law passed this week would make Vermont the first state in the U.S. to require labeling of genetically modified food. The law was passed “to promote informed consumer decision-making,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss. Studies have shown, though, that GMOs may not actually pose much danger. Trade groups such as the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Snack Foods Association and the International Dairy Foods Association argue the First Amendment allows them to decide what to include on their labels, and that no state should interfere. The law is set to go into effect on July 1. (U.S. News & World Report)
Exercise: Just What the Doctor Prescribed?
Would you work out more if a doctor prescribed you a specific regimen? That’s what one med student is betting on. His proposed “Take Prevention Rx” program has various components aimed at enforcing healthier lifestyles. It starts with a prescription, such as “Do 30 minutes of cardio exercises like brisk walking three days a week.” Then, doctors would give specific referrals for nutritionists and dietitians, followed by discounts or rewards for eating healthy meals. Could this be just what the doctor ordered? (Huffington Post)
Color Your Way Relaxed
You’re just not good at relaxing. We get it. Well, sometimes all it takes is getting in touch with your childlike side. A new fad finds plenty of adults picking up grown-up crayons and coloring books for a little doodling inside the lines. Research shows that the hobby can help with stress, work performance and insomnia. And three of the top 10 best-selling books on Amazon right now are coloring books. We’re sharpening our crayons! (Purewow)
A Better Way to Treat Depression
Good news for folks fighting the blues. A recent study found that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy might be a viable alternative to taking antidepressants. The treatment fuses a mindfulness approach with more traditional cognitive therapy to raise awareness of negative, spiraling thought patterns. It also teaches skills to help patients resist damaging thoughts. More than 400 people with major depression participated in the research; half were assigned to the therapy modality, and half were prescribed antidepressants. Over the course of two years, researchers reported that the therapy group’s relapse rate was slightly lower. (CBS News)
Read This Before You Pop a Piece of Gum
You eat well and you don’t have any major food allergies, so what’s that sharp pain in your stomach? If you’ve been aggressively chewing sugar-free gum, you may have your answer. Not only does chewing gum cause you to swallow air, but the sugar alcohols in gum may cause symptoms like bloating and diarrhea. If you’re struggling with stomach pain, stay away from sugar-free gum and be aware of sweeteners that end in –ol, instead, like sorbitol. (Fannetastic Food)