More moms worry about own weight than their children's | RDs say cutting out all carbohydrates is unhealthy | Cooking meals as a family teaches healthy habits, dietitian says
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August 20, 2014
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More moms worry about own weight than their children's
A survey revealed 70% of responding mothers were regularly concerned about their own weight, while only 36% were anxious about their children's weight. Researchers also found 39% of mothers reported going online to seek information on diet and counting calories for themselves, while 23% did so for their children. Adweek (8/18)
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RDs say cutting out all carbohydrates is unhealthy
Registered dietitians Theresa Shank and Kelly Strogen say they don't recommend cutting out carbohydrates to lose weight because the body and brain need them to function properly. Strogen said eliminating whole grains removes a lot of fiber and B vitamins from the diet, and people who go on no-carb diets often cannot stick with them or they overeat other types of foods, which can be just as unhealthy. (Philadelphia) (8/19)
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Cooking meals as a family teaches healthy habits, dietitian says
Registered dietitian nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix says she made it a habit to have her family cook together on Monday nights, and now her three grown sons all enjoy cooking. She said cooking together makes Mondays more fun, helps teach healthy habits and allows children to take part in planning meals. The Huffington Post (8/19)
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No longer a dirty word, lard makes way into farmers markets, CSAs
Lard, or rendered pig fat, has had a bad reputation for decades -- but sustainable agriculture and farm-to-table trends are changing its image. Consumers seeking to avoid hydrogenated fats are creating demand for natural lard from farmers, many of whom had been throwing it away as a waste product before the boom started. Modern Farmer (8/18)
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Healthy is easy with Grapes from California.
Grapes add great taste to a healthy lifestyle, and are a great snack option that is easy to eat and to share. Grapes are also a convenient and tasty source of antioxidants and other polyphenols which may help maintain a healthy heart. A 3/4 cup serving of grapes has just 90 calories and is an excellent source of vitamin K. Visit for more information on the health benefits of grapes, delicious recipes and more.
Science & Research
Legumes help boost satiety
Canadian researchers found people who incorporated legumes -- beans, peas and lentils -- into their diet reported greater after-meal satiety than those who ate a control diet. The analysis appears in the journal Obesity. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (8/18)
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Vitamin D supplementation may improve outcomes in asthma patients
Children and adults with asthma who received high doses of vitamin D, along with a dry powder inhaler, exhaled a greater amount of air after 28 weeks of treatment than those who used inhalers alone, an Iranian study showed. The findings appear in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Reuters (8/18)
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At-home tools can help athletes stay healthy, prevent injury
Athletes who regularly push their body during training are sometimes advised to get chiropractic care or massages to prevent injury, but triathlete Seeley Gutierrez writes that there are simple tools to use at home to get physical-therapy benefits. Foam rollers, exercise balls or even a tennis ball can be used in routines to stay healthy and prevent injury, Gutierrez writes. Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (8/18)
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Yoga offers many benefits for seniors
Yoga can have physical and mental health benefits for seniors but it can be risky for those who have musculoskeletal problems, such as osteoarthritis, experts said. They recommended finding an instructor or trainer who is experienced and has specialized training working with older adults. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/18)
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Institutional Foodservice
La. parish is serving fewer lunches, more breakfasts
A Louisiana parish reports serving 2,000 fewer lunches daily under new federal standards for school meals, but lost revenue has been made up by increased breakfast participation. One official said school nutrition professionals employ an "offer versus serve" approach that encourages students to eat the items they accept on their tray. WDSU-TV (New Orleans) (8/18)
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Recipe of the Day
Snap peas and celery with burrata
Raw vegetables get special treatment with a creamy mozzarella cheese garnish. Eating in Your Underwear
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Food For Thought
I can't support a no-carb diet but given that the average American is mostly sedentary, their bodies don't need as many carbs."
-- RD Theresa Shank, as quoted by
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