FDA proposes rule on mandated sugar labeling | Smartphone photos help RDs build brand, showcase healthy food | RDN: Fruit has unique place in healthy diet
 
July 27, 2015
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FDA proposes rule on mandated sugar labeling
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The FDA on Friday issued a proposed rule that would require food and beverage companies to list amounts of added sugar and recommended consumption levels on the nutrition labels of packaged food and drinks. The proposed rule sets the recommended intake of added sugar at no more than 200 calories a day, equal to about 13 teaspoons and 10% of the standard 2,000-calorie diet used for nutrition guidance. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (7/24)
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Dietary Health
Smartphone photos help RDs build brand, showcase healthy food
Dietitians can use their smartphones and some good editing applications to take photos that bolster their professional brand and show that foods can be affordable, beautiful and nutritious, says registered dietitian Alexandra Caspero. Natural light keeps photos from looking dull, and Caspero recommends using different surfaces, kitchen props and white dishes to showcase food. Food & Nutrition Magazine online (7/27)
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RDN: Fruit has unique place in healthy diet
Fruit has a unique place in the diet, with nutrients that can make it closer to vegetables but carbohydrate contents that can make it more like grains, said registered dietitian nutritionist Carrie Dennett. Physically active people may eat more fruit to get additional carbohydrates, but fruit should not be a substitute for nonstarchy vegetables, Dennett said. The Seattle Times (7/26)
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Science & Research
U.S. calorie consumption shows downward trend, data show
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Information from three large diet databases show calorie consumption by Americans has started to decline since peaking in 2003, and when combined with a flattening of the U.S. obesity rate, it has given public health experts hope that the changes will be meaningful. Eating changes have been seen in all demographic groups, but the biggest shifts are among households with children. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (7/24)
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Mass. restrictions help reduce junk food in schools, study finds
Restrictions on junk food and sugary drinks in vending machines that took effect in the 2012-13 school year in Massachusetts schools are working, according to study data. The standards were some of the most strict in the country when they were implemented in schools. WBUR-FM (Boston) (7/23)
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Study links healthy diet to lower risk of cognitive problems
A healthy diet may reduce the risk of executive brain function problems among seniors, but the effects were seen only among whites and not blacks, researchers reported at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference. Study leader Carol Derby said diet is a promising target for preventing cognitive decline and assessing diet may help identify people who would benefit from nutrition counseling. Medscape (free registration) (7/23)
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Few diabetes patients meet all risk factor control targets
A study published in Diabetes Care revealed that only 35% of more than 5,000 diabetes patients evaluated met targets for A1C and LDL cholesterol levels and blood pressure, with more white than black patients meeting the targets. Researchers found 72% of patients met targets for A1C levels, 63% for LDL cholesterol levels and 73% for blood pressure. MedPage Today (free registration) (7/24)
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Fitness
Boxing gives Parkinson's patients a boost, researcher says
A University of Indianapolis researcher who has studied Parkinson's disease patients in a noncontact boxing program for eight years found they had better improvements in balance and flexibility than those who participated in other types of exercise. Stephanie Combs-Miller tracked 88 patients in the Rock Steady Boxing program and said while she does not know exactly why Parkinson's patients do so well with boxing, her theory is that the exercise engages the whole body and focuses on endurance, strength and flexibility. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (7/26)
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Institutional Foodservice
New Orleans program teaches students about nutrition, health
Students are learning about food, nutrition, cooking, and subjects including science and social studies through the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans program. "The mission is to change the way kids eat, live and learn in New Orleans," said Dominique Harris, communications director for FirstLine Schools. The Hechinger Report (7/24)
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Recipe of the Day
Honey porter glazed chicken skewers
These skewers feature chicken thighs and a honey-beer marinade. The Beeroness
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Food For Thought
Fruit is the most healthful sweet around. We naturally like the taste of sweet because we were literally born with an affinity for it."
-- RDN Carrie Dennett, as quoted by The Seattle Times
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