A study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that from 1999 to 2012 the number of children consuming artificial sweeteners increased from less than 9% to about 25%. Researchers reported 44% of adults and 20% of children consumed low-calorie sweeteners more than once per day, and the likelihood of consuming them increased with body mass index levels.
Providing the liver with the food it needs to detoxify the body naturally is a better option than a restrictive detox diet, said registered dietitian Sheah Rarback. Foods that help the liver perform its detox duties include cruciferous vegetables that have sulphoraphane, which triggers production of detoxifying enzymes, and fruits that contain anthocyanidins, Rarback said.
Sustainability will be the biggest watchword in food products for 2017, predicts Ketchum Global Research and Analytics. The firm's most recent report surveyed 114 nutrition experts, who identified concern over sustainability at all points of the production process, from ingredient-sourcing to location of manufacturing.
National menu labeling laws for chains with 20 or more locations are set to take effect in May, and the FDA has issued information aimed at clearing up confusion. Information ranges from straightforward methods for calculating calorie counts to how to account for bread baskets and customizable dishes.
Researchers surveyed 184 breast-feeding mothers and found that 55% gave vitamin D drops to their babies but only 42% overall gave the recommended daily intake of 400 IU. The findings in the Annals of Family Medicine also showed that 90% said they would prefer taking vitamin D supplements themselves instead of giving drops to their babies.
The US Preventive Services Task Force has reiterated 2009 guidance recommending that all women of childbearing age take 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid supplements daily to reduce the risk of neural-tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. The recommendations were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
"Weekend warriors" who exercised just once or twice per week had lower mortality and cancer risks compared with people who did not exercise at all, researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study found any exercise level was beneficial, compared with inactivity.
Glen Rock, N.J., students will be able to purchase an organic school lunch every Thursday through March as part of a pilot program offered by Pomptonian Food Services. The idea was adopted following parents' input into the school lunch program.