Infants younger than age 1 shouldn't be given any fruit juice, while youths ages 1 to 3, 4 to 6 and 7 to 18 should drink no more than 4 ounces, 4 to 6 ounces and 8 ounces of 100% fruit juice daily, respectively, according to an updated American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement in Pediatrics. The recommendations also urged pediatricians to support policies to lower fruit juice consumption and boost whole fruit intake among children.
REDUCING THE FIBER GAP WITH ADDED DIETARY FIBER While dietitians may know the benefits of consuming a variety of fibers, most Americans only consume half of the recommended daily intake of fiber. Calorie Control Council has information about the various fibers that can be added to foods, including their benefits. Find out more.
Registered dietitians say pulses are a good source of nutrients and form the backbone of the traditional Mediterranean diet, which is linked to numerous health benefits. RD Kelly Toups says pulses such as beans, chickpeas and lentils can be added to any meal to "honor the spirit of the Mediterranean diet."
Keep a meat thermometer handy when grilling this summer, and check FoodSafety.gov for meat temperature guidelines, says registered dietitian Malena Perdomo. Meats should be marinated to avoid the formation of carcinogenic compounds found in charred or burned meat, Perdomo says, and grilling fruits and vegetables is a great way to add important nutrients to any meal.
A report that included data from 119 studies and 12 million women found drinking one small glass of an alcoholic beverage per day increased the risk of breast cancer for pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women. The analysis from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund said there was strong evidence that vigorous exercise may reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Research in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior outlined the positive effects associated with the Shaping Healthy Choices Program for schools, which includes having a garden, cooking demonstrations, health fairs, use of regional produce, family newsletters and wellness committees. The study found greater improvements in BMI measures among children in schools that participated in the intervention, compared with students in schools that were part of a control group.
Overweight or obese youths had a threefold increased odds of developing depression in adulthood, compared with normal-weight children who became overweight as adults, Dutch researchers reported at the European Congress on Obesity. The findings, based on data involving about 900 Icelanders born from 1907 to 1935 followed until age 75 on average, also showed a more than fourfold higher depression risk among those who were overweight or obese as children and adults.
A daily 30-minute brisk walk that gets the heart pumping is one of the easiest and most effective ways of reducing the risk of heart disease, but weekly strength training also is important to cardiovascular health, said Dr. Walter Willett at Harvard Medical School. Many studies show the health benefits of exercise, but people who also want to lose weight will need to push their workout to about one hour per day, said exercise physiologist Jonathan Rifkin of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
School nutrition professionals in a Wisconsin district are likely to stay the course on school-meal rules despite a federal directive that offers flexibility, says Steve Youngbauer, director of food and nutrition for the district. He says the district strives to prepare healthy meals that students enjoy and may replace a couple of whole-grain meals that have not been popular.