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  • Quote:"The kids in the group offered low-sugar cereal options (original Cheerios, Rice Krispies, and Corn Flakes, all of which have 1 to 4 grams of sugar per serving) ate about one serving of cereal, and they were much more likely to serve themselves fresh fruit, with 54 percent of those children having fruit, compared to just 8 percent of the kids eating sugary cereal. The Froot Loops group ate almost twice as much cereal as the low-sugar kids.

    What's interesting is that even though the children eating lower-sugar cereal poured on more sugar from the sugar packets, they still ate half as much sugar in their breakfast overall: about 12 grams, compared to 24 grams for the sugary cereal eaters. Add in the fact that fruit has many nutritional benefits, and that the less sugary cereals tended to have more fiber than the sweeter varieties, and it's a no-brainer; the healthier cereals made for a healthier meal, and the kids still got fed.

  • Quote:"The memo points out that even the Cuban ruling elite leave Cuba when they need medical care. Fidel Castro, for example, brought in a Spanish doctor during his health crisis in 2006. The vice-minister of health, Abelardo Ramirez, went to France for gastric cancer surgery. The neurosurgeon whoheads CIMEQ [Centro de Investigaciones Médico-Quirúrgicas] hospital – widely regarded as one of the best in Cuba – came to England for eye surgery, returning periodically for checkups.
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