Study: Majority of purchased food is highly processed | Where to look for healthy options in a convenience store | N.C. lawmakers OK bill to fund "food desert" produce program
May 22, 2015
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Study: Majority of purchased food is highly processed
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Data from 157,000 people showed 61% of the food they bought was highly processed and those foods accounted for about 1,000 calories of their daily diet, researchers reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Study author Jennifer Poti says the term "processed food" includes a wide variety of products, but data showed the best-sellers were refined breads, grain-based desserts, and sports and energy drinks. (5/21)
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Dietary Health
Where to look for healthy options in a convenience store
There are ways to eat healthy at a convenience store, and it starts with walking the aisles to figure out what's available, registered dietitian Jessica Dean writes. Options may include fresh fruit, low-fat milk, packages of nuts or seeds, calorie-free drinks, protein bars, low-fat dairy products and peanut butter, Dean writes. Food & Nutrition Magazine online (5/22)
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N.C. lawmakers OK bill to fund "food desert" produce program
The North Carolina House approved a bill to create the Healthy Food Small Retailer Fund, with $1 million to help convenience stores in "food deserts" offer fresh fruits and vegetables. The produce would be supplied by local farmers. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (5/21)
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Science & Research
Snacks high in protein could help teens curb hunger
People 13 to 19 who had normal weight or were overweight and who ate high-protein soy snacks in the afternoon consumed less dietary fat and showed improvements in cognitive function and mood, researchers say. The findings in the Journal of Nutrition indicate that "eating high-protein snacks in the afternoon helps teens improve the quality of their diets as well as control appetite," researcher Heather Leidy says. Science World Report (5/21)
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Metabolic syndrome increases mortality risk from CVD
Adults with metabolic syndrome had about a twofold increased likelihood of dying from cardiovascular disease compared with those without the syndrome, according to a Korean study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Higher mortality risk was observed among women with metabolic syndrome and people with diabetes and high blood pressure, researchers said. (5/21)
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Study looks at benefits, risks of gastric bypass with diabetes
Type 2 diabetes patients had lower blood pressure and A1C and LDL cholesterol levels, but higher rates of infection and bone fractures two years after having gastric-bypass surgery compared with those who did not undergo surgery, according to a Taiwanese study published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. Researchers also observed an increased prevalence of iron, calcium and vitamin D deficiencies among those who underwent the procedure. Reuters (5/21)
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Studies conflict on whether to sit or stand at work
Study data show there are health and productivity pros and cons to both sitting and standing at work. Certified manual therapist Shannon Skelton said the solution may be a combination of sitting and standing, but Dr. Alpa Patel of the American Cancer Society says people should just try to fit movement into their day. (5/21)
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Institutional Foodservice
Legislation seeks to expand milk options, availability in schools
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Federal legislation has been introduced to ensure students have more milk options in school and that the beverage is provided at every meal under school nutrition regulations. Under the bill from Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Joe Courtney, D-Conn., low-fat flavored milk with up to 150 calories per 8-ounce serving would be allowed under federal regulations along with low-fat plain milk, fat-free plain milk and fat-free flavored milk. International Business Times (5/20)
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Healthy cookout favorites
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Food For Thought
Foods that required cooking or preparation ... were generally less than 20% of calories purchased."
-- Researcher Jennifer Poti, as quoted by
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