Review: Organic produce has more antioxidants, less cadmium | Importance of dietary fats being recognized | RD: Understanding post-weight-loss change is critical to maintenance
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July 16, 2014
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Review: Organic produce has more antioxidants, less cadmium
Organic foods contain more antioxidants, fewer pesticides and less cadmium residue, but the effects of these differences on health are unclear, according to a review of 343 peer-reviewed studies on organic and conventional produce. The findings were published on the website of the British Journal of Nutrition. HealthDay News (7/15)
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Importance of dietary fats being recognized
The anti-fat movement that began in the 1970s led Americans to shun meat, eggs and dairy while making way for low-fat fads and higher carbohydrate intake. The following rise in obesity, heart disease and other health problems has again changed the view on fat and led to recognition of the importance of the right kinds of dietary fats, registered dietitian Gina Lesako writes. Food & Nutrition Magazine online/Stone Soup blog (7/15)
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RD: Understanding post-weight-loss change is critical to maintenance
A successful weight-loss plan includes recognition that life after the weight loss will be different, writes registered dietitian Joan Endyke. She suggests making lasting dietary changes rather than just relying on exercise to lose weight more quickly, and writes that sustained exercise and reduced calorie intake after weight loss are key to maintenance. The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.) (7/11)
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A Whole Bunch of Healthy:
Over a decade of research suggests that consuming grapes may contribute to health in a variety of ways. Grapes of all colors - red, green and black — are a natural source of beneficial antioxidants and other polyphenols that help maintain a healthy heart. Grape polyphenols may also play a role in promoting other aspects of health, and research is ongoing to uncover the links between grapes and eye health, brain health, joint health and more. Visit grapesfromCalifornia.com for more information.
 
Science & Research
Study cites link between omega-3s, lower ALS risk
A diet rich in sources of omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, may help prevent amyotrophic lateral sclerosis by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress on cells, a study published on the website of JAMA Neurology says. HealthDay News (7/15)
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Studies link moderate drinking to greater heart risk
A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that even moderate daily consumption of wine or liquor, but not beer, was associated with a higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation. The risk of developing irregular heartbeat rose 8% for each additional drink of any kind of alcohol per day, an analysis of data from six studies found. HealthDay News (7/14)
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Fitness
Practical tips to do more stress-relieving exercise
Exercise increases endorphins and can serve as a type of meditation, two factors that are natural stress-beaters and mood enhancers, writes registered dietitian Mark Mahoney. Start small but commit to the addition of regular exercise; set goals; get a friend involved; and exercise in increments if that helps get it done, Mahoney writes. Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (7/14)
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Studies link reduced dementia risk with midlife physical activity
Older adults who were physically active in middle age had a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, according to two studies presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference. The association between lower dementia risk and midlife physical activity was observed both in seniors with mild cognitive impairment and older adults with normal memory and thinking abilities. HealthDay News (7/14)
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Institutional Foodservice
Conference attendees look to add healthier fare to menus
Many attendees at the School Nutrition Association conference said they are searching for healthy fare that aligns with federal meal requirements, even as SNA urges Congress to revise the standards. Others said they are seeking vendors that provide safer foods because of nut, gluten and other food allergies among students. The Associated Press (7/14)
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S.D. district to offer breakfast on the go
A South Dakota school district will launch a Grab 'n' Go breakfast-cart program at each high school, allowing students to pick up breakfast as they walk to class. Officials say they will offer the carts in the morning, but the program could expand to offer snacks at the end of the school day. KELO-TV (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (7/14)
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Recipe of the Day
Mexican chicken salad with roasted pepper salsa
Use your favorite toppings to personalize this salad. Simple Roots Wellness
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Food For Thought
Before devising a weight loss plan, start with an understanding that long-term changes are necessary to keep weight off. Life will be different afterward."
-- RD Joan Endyke, writing in The Patriot Ledger
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