Studies suggest fat may not be so unhealthy after all, and eating low-fat or fat-free foods can lead to a carbohydrate-heavy diet, said registered dietitian LeeAnn Weintraub. Public health experts are more focused on the type of fat consumed instead of the amount, Weintraub said, so a balanced meal with healthy fats could follow a Mediterranean diet plan and include foods such as salmon, root vegetables and mixed greens.
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Properly thaw all ingredients before putting them in a slow cooker to make sure they heat safely and completely, and promptly refrigerate leftovers, says registered dietitian nutritionist Casey Luber. Other slow cooker food safety tips include washing produce, hands and utensils before preparing ingredients and tossing out foods that sits too long in a cooker during a power outage, Luber says.
Food retailers and governments are trying to find sustainable solutions to food deserts, and some supermarkets are experimenting with online food delivery and using charitable contributions and tax incentives to open stores in food-desert areas. Roger Thurow of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs says beyond increasing access, nutrition education also must be part of the solution.
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A study in Diabetes Care showed that overweight and obese adolescents who belonged to the 85th to 94th percentiles and 95th percentile or higher, respectively, had a hazard ratio of 8.0 and 17.2 for diabetes mortality in midlife, respectively, compared with those in the fifth to 24th percentiles. Israeli researchers evaluated 2,294,139 adolescents between 1967 and 2010 and found a graded increase in diabetes mortality from a body mass index of 20.0 to 22.4 kg/m2 onward and from the 25th to the 49th BMI percentile group.
Supplementing with omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids during pregnancy and early lactation may help breast-feeding mothers reduce the risk of allergy development in infants, according to a Swedish study in Acta Paediatrica. The researchers followed 95 pregnant women with a family history of allergies during the randomized study and identified a link between daily supplementation of EPA and DHA and lower instances of children with IgE-associated allergic disease.
A 398-page review released by Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy concludes that biotech crops are as safe as those grown conventionally. The two-year review of 900 research publications found no evidence of environmental or health risks related to the cultivation and consumption of biotech crops.
Consumers may perceive foods labeled "light" as less tasty than identical products without the label, according to researchers at Ghent University in Belgium. Subjects tasted four cheese samples from the same block of Gouda, each with a different label, and reported less enjoyment of the two that indicated they were low-fat.
Static whole-body stretching was found to improve upper and lower body arterial function in sedentary young men, according to a Japanese study in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Researchers said regular stretching may be an alternative to aerobic exercises for people who are unable to do them.
A New York state district recently installed two new school cafeterias, a move that expanded students' fresh-meal options. Previously, all meals were prepared at the district's high school and delivered to the other schools, which limited what could be served.