Youths who skip breakfast may lack key nutrients | Food industry on track to remove trans fats by 2018 | RD: Most people do not get enough EPA, DHA fatty acids
August 18, 2017
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Youths who skip breakfast may lack key nutrients
Youths who skip breakfast may lack key nutrients
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UK researchers found that 31.5%, 21.5% and 19% of children and teens who regularly skipped breakfast didn't meet the lower recommended intakes of iron, iodine and calcium, respectively, compared with only 4.4%, 3.3% and 2.9% of those who ate breakfast. The findings in the British Journal of Nutrition also showed that daily breakfast was missed by only 6.5% of youths ages 4 to 10, compared with almost 27% of those ages 11 to 18.
Hindustan Times (India)/Asian News International (8/17),  Xinhua News Agency (China) (8/18) 
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Dietary Health
Food industry on track to remove trans fats by 2018
US food manufacturers are making progress complying with an FDA order to replace partially hydrogenated oils, a key source of artificial trans fat, with healthier oils by June 2018. Registered dietitian Keri Gans says just because food is made with a healthier type of oil does not mean it is a healthy choice, so the diet rules about eating French fries still apply.
Bloomberg (8/17) 
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RD: Most people do not get enough EPA, DHA fatty acids
Most people do not get enough eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, which are long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and fish oils, said registered dietitian Christy Brissette. Research links consumption of these omega-3s with lower heart disease risks, and DHA is important in prenatal care for development of an infant's brain and eyes, Brissette said.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/17) 
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Daily meal frequency varies by culture, dietitian says
Dietitian Romina Barritta de Defranchi says meal frequency varies among cultures worldwide and there is no consensus on how many daily meals are needed for good health. Meal quality and nutrient quantity are important, she says, and nutrition experts can help people adopt a holistic attitude about food.
Food & Nutrition Magazine online (8/18) 
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Science & Research
Modifiable lifestyle risk factors tied to incident diabetes risk, study shows
Researchers analyzed data from the Jackson Heart Study involving 3,252 black adults without diabetes at baseline and found an association between moving up in the modifiable lifestyle risk factor category and an 18% lower risk of developing incident diabetes. The findings in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine also revealed that participants with a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or less who had average modifiable risk factor scores experienced a 40% reduced diabetes risk, while those with optimal risk scores dropped their risk by 47%, compared with those in the poor lifestyle group.
Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (8/15) 
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Researchers link self-compassion to improved health outcomes in diabetes
Adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes who had high levels of self-compassion experienced lower A1C and higher well-being and engagement with all self-management behaviors, including physical activity and dietary care, according to an Australian study in Diabetic Medicine.
Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (8/16) 
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Fitness
Research looks at effect of physical activity on metabolic syndrome risk
A study in Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental showed that each 10 metabolic equivalent hours per week increase in physical activity was associated with an 8% reduced risk for incident metabolic syndrome. Chinese researchers analyzed data from 18 studies involving 76,699 adults and found that those who met the public health recommendation of 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity reduced their risk for developing metabolic syndrome by 10%, compared with inactive participants.
Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (8/16) 
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Institutional Foodservice
Fresno, Calif., middle schools get new hydration systems
A $90,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente will provide all 17 Fresno, Calif., middle schools with a new hydrating system so students can fill their water bottles with filtered water during the day. Food Service Director Jose Alvarado said the system counts how often students fill their water bottles, which will help show how many plastic bottles are not going to the landfill.
KSEE-TV (Fresno, Calif.) (8/16) 
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Healthy banana funfetti muffins
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Quality of meals and quantity of nutrients at the end of the day are more important than meal frequency alone.
Dietitian Romina Barritta de Defranchi, as quoted by Food & Nutrition Magazine
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