Daily Dose: 10/11/12

  Counting Calories at a Vending Machine: Yes, you heard that right. New vending machines from Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper will display calorie counts. The counts will appear on the machine buttons and will remind the thirsty of low-calorie options. Chicago and San Antonio will be the first to test the machines before they launch nationally. Officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration believe showing calorie information will help people make better choices. The soda industry is making a step in the right direction in the fight against obesity, but it will be a test to see if people actually choose the low-calorie beverage.

Eat Tomatoes to Reduce Your Stroke Risk: A new study shows people who regularly ate tomatoes are less likely to have a stroke. Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, an antioxidant decreasing the risk of heart disease. Researchers examined the diets of over 1,000 men near the University of Eastern Finland. At the end of the 12 year study, there were 25 strokes in a group of 258 men with the lowest lycopene levels, compared to 11 strokes in the high-lycopene group of 259 males, a 55 percent reduction in stroke risk. Lycopene lowers your chance of stroke by protecting cells from damaging free radicals, harmful molecules produced by the breakdown of food and toxic substances.

Pregnant Women Receive Prescriptions for Fruits and Vegetables: A group of 30 pregnant women in Austin, Texas, has another pharmaceutical prescription they need to fill-the FVRx produce prescription. These women are under the care of the People’s Community Clinic, which serves 11,000 low-income pregnant women. This prescription allows each user to a $1 per day on fruits and vegetables sold at farmers’ markets. The goal of the trial is that women need to eat healthy during pregnancy, a time where women are interested in eating produce. Doctors hope the women will continue their healthy eating habits after their children are born.