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October 9, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Social networks, apps offer new venues for sharing recipes
    Mobile-device applications are replacing recipe boxes, and social media sites are full of personal exchanges about food and nutrition, according to experts at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. Beth-Ann Eason of Epicurious and Gourmet Live said about 96 million people visited food-related websites in July, and more than half of shoppers have used apps while at the grocery. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Understanding America's Nutrient Shortfalls
National survey data shows that the vast majority of American adults do not meet the Recommended Dietary Allowance for essential nutrients like vitamin D, magnesium, and calcium, and more than half do not get enough vitamin C. Read more at
Dietary Health 
  • Calif. voters to decide question of labels on GMO foods
    California voters will decide whether the state will become the first to require labels on foods that contain genetically modified organisms. Supporters, such as organic growers, say the measure will give consumers more information on how foods are produced. Opponents, including food manufacturers, say it will raise prices and confuse shoppers. (Canada)/The Associated Press (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Dietitians pay attention to how fast-food eateries improve nutrition
    Registered dietitian Jo Lichten says dietitians pay attention to what fast-food restaurants do to improve nutrition, such as making it easier for customers to customize orders and offering a range of calorie options on their menus. She told the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo that like many clients, she goes to fast-food restaurants for convenience and appreciates that she can order from a children's menu to reduce calorie counts. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Soft-drink firms to bring calorie counts to vending machines
    Major soft-drink companies are partnering with the American Beverage Association to launch the Calories Count Vending Program, which will bring more low-calorie beverages, calorie counts and messages encouraging lower-calorie choices to vending machines next year. The program will start in municipal buildings in Chicago and San Antonio before spreading across the U.S. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Almond Recipe Contest: Calling MORE Foodies!
FNCE may be over, but the window is still open to enter your favorite clever, easy, better-for-you breakfast and snack almond recipes. Visit the Almond Board Facebook page for contest details, entries and voting through 10/17 to win great prizes!
Science & Research 
  • Study: Weight Watchers does well in comparison test
    Overweight and obese people who used Weight Watchers lost about as many pounds as those who used a diet program led by health professionals, according to a study in the journal Obesity. Researchers found that more than one-third of people on Weight Watchers lost 10% or more of their starting weight, compared with 15% who had Weight Watchers and help from professionals and 11% who only were enrolled in the professional weight-loss program. WebMD (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study ties omega-3 intake to lower inflammation in obese
    Daily intake of omega-3 supplements was associated with reduced expression of inflammatory genes and higher levels of anti-inflammatory compounds in fat tissues of severely obese participants without diabetes, an Austrian study showed. The results were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. NutraIngredients (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study: Higher vitamin K-1 intake reduces type 2 diabetes risk
    A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that participants who had higher intake of vitamin K-1 were 51% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than were those who had lower or unchanged intake. Data also showed a 17% decrease in type 2 diabetes risk for each additional intake of 100 ìg phylloquinone/d. (U.K.) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Higher-intensity exercise helps lower odds of metabolic syndrome
    Regular fast walks reduced the risk of metabolic syndrome by half, and jogging cut it by 40%, while an hour of walking had no effect, Danish researchers reported in the journal BMJ Open. The study suggests that exercise intensity rather than duration is key in preventing metabolic syndrome. HealthDay News (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Pumpkin hummus
    Pumpkin fever? Try this hummus recipe for a way to use this fall favorite. Light LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
Staying engaged in treatment is important in trying to work toward weight loss goals."
--Researcher Angela Marinilli Pinto, as quoted by WebMD
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