RD: FODMAP diet's carb restrictions may reduce digestive problems | RD lists spice swaps to boost meals' nutrition | Dietary guidelines draw criticism from meat industry

March 25, 2015
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RD: FODMAP diet's carb restrictions may reduce digestive problems
A FODMAP diet may help reduce gastrointestinal problems because it restricts carbohydrates that draw water into the GI tract, which can cause diarrhea, constipation, bloating and gas, nutritionist Shanti Lewis writes. The diet can be expensive and difficult to follow, and could lead to changes in gut microflora and nutrient deficiencies, Lewis writes. The Baltimore Sun (3/24)
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RD lists spice swaps to boost meals' nutrition
Some spices may offer greater health benefits than others, registered dietitian and chef Sara Haas says. She recommends using sage instead of parsley, ginger in place of nutmeg and oregano rather than thyme. Choose rosemary instead of basil when cooking meat, and cayenne pepper over regular black pepper, Haas says. The Huffington Post (3/24)
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Dietary guidelines draw criticism from meat industry
The North American Meat Institute objects to language in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans that recommends lower intake of red and processed meats. NAMI's Betsy Booren said the guidelines appear to be "shouting to limit red and processed meat, and whispering about lean" meat, which is referenced only in a footnote. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (3/24)
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Sioux tribe commits $5M to "Seeds of Native Health" campaign
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Minnesota is putting $5 million toward the "Seeds of Native Health" campaign to improve the diets of Native Americans. Poverty and a loss of traditional foods have contributed to unhealthy diets, obesity and chronic disease among Indian populations. KSTP-TV (Minneapolis) (3/24)
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Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

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Study cites brain benefits from milk
Researchers found greater levels of glutathione, an antioxidant that helps prevent oxidative stress, in the brains of older individuals who consumed more milk. Oxidative stress is linked to a number of diseases, including Alzheimer's disease. The findings appear in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Science World Report (3/24)
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Diabetes patients may face reduced life expectancy, higher health costs
A study in Diabetes Care found fewer life years and greater health care expenses linked to diabetes. For individuals with diabetes, the predicted life expectancy had an inverted U-shape for most BMI classifications, with overweight individuals having the highest life expectancy. Higher lifelong health costs were seen in whites and women compared with blacks and men. Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (3/24)
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U.S. sees more energy-drink-related ED visits among youths
Emergency department visits related to energy drinks increased from 1,145 in 2007 to 1,449 in 2011 among youths 12 to 17, according to a study in Nutrition Reviews. Sales of these beverages rose by 53% during the study period. "Companies say these products are safe to market and sell to children as young as 12, but the evidence says otherwise," study author Jennifer Harris said. USA Today (3/24)
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How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

Neighborhood design is factor in physical activity, study says
Neighborhoods that offer bike lanes, walking trails, playgrounds and light rail systems may have a greater effect on physical activity than personal choice, a study in Obesity Reviews says. Researcher Stephanie Mayne said neighborhoods built to encourage exercise allow people to more easily integrate physical activity into their daily routine. MedicalDaily.com (3/24)
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N.C. district gains waiver from 100% whole-grain requirements
A North Carolina district that showed a drop in participation in school meals has secured a waiver allowing it to serve 50% whole grains, rather than 100% whole-grain dishes. The temporary waiver is through the end of next school year. WLOS-TV (Asheville, N.C.) (3/23)
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Recipe of the Day
5-spice tilapia
A quick and flavorful glaze puts this tilapia over the top. Eating Well
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Food For Thought
In my house, [oregano is] the essential condiment -- a match made in heaven for pasta sauces and risottos."
-- RD Sara Hass, as quoted by The Huffington Post
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