RDNs admit their own diets aren't always the healthiest | FDA approves genetically modified salmon for commercial sale | House panel OKs new approach to calorie labeling rule
November 20, 2015
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RDNs admit their own diets aren't always the healthiest
Registered dietitian nutritionists admit they do not always eat as healthy as they should, and occasionally give in to a sweet tooth or a salt tooth. RDN Kari Gans says some days she does not eat any fruit even though it is available, while RDN Jackie Newgent finds her breakfasts are not balanced and RDN Holley Grainger said she fails to eat enough fish. U.S. News & World Report (11/18)
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Dietary Health
FDA approves genetically modified salmon for commercial sale
The FDA Thursday approved salmon that has been genetically modified for commercial production and sale. AquAdvantage salmon, developed by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies to grow faster than regular Atlantic salmon, is the first genetically modified farm animal approved for sale in the US. AquaBounty first sought approval for the product in 1995 and estimates it will take several years for the fish to hit the market. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (11/19), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (11/19)
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House panel OKs new approach to calorie labeling rule
The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday voted 36-12 in favor of a bill that would make it easier for supermarkets and pizza chains to comply with new calorie labeling rules. Companies would still have to provide caloric information in accordance with the FDA rules, but grocery stores would be able to use menu boards, and pizza chains would be able to post calorie labels online. The Associated Press (11/18)
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Science & Research
Study examines variation in blood glucose response to particular foods
Adults showed varied blood glucose responses when given identical meals, with some showing large increases in their postprandial blood glucose levels even after eating a healthy diet, while others had no increases, according to a study in the journal Cell. Researchers used a cohort of 800 Israeli adults and found that on average, personalized good diets decreased people's post-meal blood glucose levels and changed their gut bacteria makeup. HealthDay News (11/19)
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Other News
Ohio elementary students, staff walk on Wednesdays
More than 1,500 elementary students in Avon Lake, Ohio, this fall have been taking Wednesday walks with school staff to promote the health benefits of walking. Physical education teacher David Dick said the initiative will continue with a nutrition program and encouraging children to ride bicycles to school in the spring. The Morning Journal (Lorain, Ohio) (11/19)
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Institutional Foodservice
Fla. school nutrition professionals prepare Thanksgiving meal
turkey Thanksgiving
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School nutrition professionals in a Florida district in this article share how they are preparing a Thanksgiving lunch for students that meets US Department of Agriculture regulations. The meal includes 100% turkey breast, whole-grain stuffing and sliced carrots glazed with cinnamon and brown sugar. Central Florida News 13 (Orlando, Fla.) (11/17)
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Food For Thought
While I know planning ahead is the best way to ensure that the food I'm feeding myself and my family is nutrient-rich, the reality is, it often gets lost in the shuffle."
-- RDN Lisa Drayer, as quoted by U.S. News & World Report
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