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September 10, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Overweight children 9 and older eat fewer calories, study says
    Overweight or obese children 9 and older eat fewer calories than their normal-weight peers, but the opposite is true for younger children, a University of North Carolina School of Medicine study found. The report on the website of Pediatrics said a focus on caloric intake may be appropriate for younger children, but older youths should work to become more active. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Berries top RD's list of fat-fighting foods
    Berries are at the top of registered dietitian Kim Schwabenbauer's list of foods that help fight fat because they increase a hormone that helps burn fat. Pistachios come in second because they contain protein and fiber that make people feel fuller, followed by Greek yogurt, an egg for breakfast and green tea. WPXI-TV (Pittsburgh) (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Low-glycemic diet may be difficult to follow, RD says
    Research has shown that a low-glycemic diet that includes slowly digested foods can be a good choice for weight loss, but registered dietitian Joy Dubost says it can be difficult to follow. She says many factors affect digestion, including food combinations and preparation. She advises people to eat a diet with a moderate amount of carbohydrates and fats, and says exercise also is important. National Public Radio (text and audio)/The Salt blog (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • FDA change could mean more vitamin D in bread
    Bakers can increase the amount of vitamin D in bread using D2 bakers' yeast, and add related claims of "rich source of," "high in" and "rich in," under new FDA regulations. "The baking industry is very interested, but until this change in the FDA regulations, the cost of changing the Nutrition Facts on their packaging for a nutrient content claim 'source of' did not seem to be worth it," said Jacinthe Cote of Lallemand. (France) (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Beans might curb risk of metabolic syndrome in obese people
    Consuming a large amount of dried beans, peas and lentils might stave off metabolic syndrome, according to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition. Data on overweight and obese participants show that those who underwent a dried-bean diet attained reduction in markers of metabolic syndrome similar to that of those who underwent a low-calorie diet. (9/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study links fructose intake to impaired insulin sensitivity
    High fructose consumption was associated with lower hepatic suppression of glucose production compared with high glucose consumption, a small study indicated. Researchers also found that participants who had medium-to-high intake of fructose and sucrose showed higher levels of bad cholesterol than did those who had high glucose intake. The findings appear on the website of Diabetes Care. News (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study: De-alcoholized red wine may benefit men with hypertension
    Drinking nonalcoholic red wine may help alleviate hypertension in men at high risk for heart disease, according to a small study published online in Circulation Research. Spanish researchers who followed 67 men 55 and older found that those who drank de-alcoholized red wine daily for four weeks experienced a significant drop in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels compared with those who drank red wine or gin. HealthDay News (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • S.C. school playground to become Healthy Fitness Zone
    Springdale Elementary School in South Carolina is turning its playground into a Healthy Fitness Zone for students and the community. The school is partnering with the city of Springdale to raise funds for a site that will include athletic fields, exercise equipment, a walking path and an amphitheater. The State (Columbia, S.C.) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Institutional Foodservice 
  • Schools have improved their food environments, study says
    From 2006 to 2010, public elementary schools in the U.S. increased the healthiness of their food environments by 3 points on a scale of zero to 100, while private schools saw a 5-point improvement, according to research from the University of Illinois in Chicago. The report in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that public schools added restrictions on fundraisers, signed fewer vendor contracts for sugar-sweetened drinks and offered more whole grains, while more public and private schools offered only lower-fat milk and grew more school gardens. Reuters (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Farmers market vegetable hash
    Use whatever veggies and herbs you have on hand for this quick and easy hash. The WHOLE Gang LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
For many children, obesity may begin by eating more in early childhood. Then as they get older, they continue to be obese without eating any more than their healthy weight peers."
--Asheley Skinner of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, as quoted by MedPage Today
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