Study: Unsaturated fats may reduce impact of weight gain | Dietitian notes downsides to gluten-free diet | RDs: Keep fattening snacks out of sight at work
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October 17, 2014
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Study: Unsaturated fats may reduce impact of weight gain
Replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats in a diet may help reverse some of the cardiometabolic effects of gaining weight, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Swedish researchers said data showed that unsaturated fats may improve cholesterol levels even with moderate weight gain. Healio (free registration) (10/15)
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Dietary Health
Dietitian notes downsides to gluten-free diet
One problem with a gluten-free diet is that not all foods making the claim really are free of gluten, according to registered dietitian Tamara Duker Freuman, who specializes in digestive disorders. She said the diet is often credited with health benefits it may not have, and gluten-free foods can contain additives, such as xanthan gum, guar gum and gum arabic, that improve texture but can lead to gas and bloating. U.S. News & World Report/Eat + Run blog (10/14)
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RDs: Keep fattening snacks out of sight at work
Registered dietitians say resisting the temptation of unhealthy snacks at the office may be easier if people bring their own healthy treats to work and make sure they have a lunch that provides adequate energy. RD Samantha Cassetty said keeping candy and fattening snacks out of sight reduces the urge to nibble, and RD Keri Gans suggests having almonds, pistachios or dried cherries on hand as healthy alternatives. The Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (10/17)
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Science & Research
Study links depression, obesity in adults
Study data showed that 43% of adults with depression also were obese, and 55% of patients taking antidepressants were obese. Researchers from the National Center for Health Statistics said the data did not suggest a reason for the association, but Tony Tang of the University of Pennsylvania said obesity may be linked to self-esteem, social and health problems that could lead to depression. HealthDay News (10/16)
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Data on required exercise may help teens make better beverage choices
A study on the website of the American Journal of Public Health found a decline in soda purchases and an increase in water consumption when teens were informed that it would take a five-mile walk to burn calories from a soda, sports drink or fruit juice. HealthDay News (10/16)
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Healthy diet may reduce mortality risk with ovarian cancer
A study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute says women who ate a healthy diet prior to getting ovarian cancer had a lower post-diagnosis mortality risk than those who had less-healthy diets. University of Arizona researchers said the risk reduction was not seen among women with a history of diabetes or a larger waist circumference. Reuters (10/16)
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Exercise may lower risk of depression in adults, study says
U.K. research on more than 11,000 adults linked higher levels of physical activity to a lower risk of depression and to a reduction in depression symptoms, according to a report on the website of JAMA Psychiatry. The researchers noted, however, that being depressed could make it more difficult for people to begin exercising. HealthDay News (10/16)
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Institutional Foodservice
Fla. district's high-school cafeterias get high-tech makeovers
A Florida district is continuing its "High School Reengineering Program," which launched in 2010 to redesign high-school cafeterias, provide more nutritious food and allow for more time slots for lunch. One recent transformation included the addition of televisions and digital menu boards. Officials said past renovations have produced an average increase in meal participation of 20% in the first year. WPEC-TV (West Palm Beach, Fla.) (10/15)
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Neb. school district wins award for serving plant-based meals
Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska was awarded the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's Golden Carrot Award during National School Lunch Week for its emphasis on plant-based meals. Director of Nutrition Services Edith Zumwalt said the district spent more than $1.1 million on produce for meals served to its 38,000 students last year. KOLN-TV/KGIN-TV (Nebraska) (10/16)
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Food For Thought
Foods like almonds are great, since they're a wholesome snack that help fight cravings."
-- RD Keri Gans, as quoted by The Journal News
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