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October 8, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Fuller plates may help improve nutrition, dietitians say
    A fuller plate could lead to better nutrition as long as it holds more vegetables and fewer meats and starches, according to experts at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. Still, registered dietitian Ellie Krieger says she doesn't want people to give up their favorite tastes just to cut fat, and she recommends using small amounts of full-fat dairy, such as cheese, to make a dish seem luxurious. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
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 
  • Analysis finds vitamin C supplements lower blood pressure
    People with hypertension who took high doses of vitamin C supplements lowered their blood pressure, Johns Hopkins researchers reported. The analysis was a review of data from 21 clinical trials that used an average dose of 500 milligrams per day for a median time period of eight weeks. (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Sucrose-sweetened drinks raise fat levels, study finds
    Overweight participants who consumed sucrose-sweetened drinks such as regular cola showed higher fat levels at six months compared with those who drank other beverages, according to a small study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers said those who drank regular cola increased liver fat by 132% to 143%, skeletal muscle fat by 117% to 221% and visceral fat by 24% to 31%. Blood triglycerides increased 32%, and total cholesterol was up 11%, researchers added. (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Genes can predict desire to be thin, researchers say
    Genetic and nonshared environmental factors can influence the internalization of the thin-ideal among women, a study of 343 female twins ages 12 to 22 found. Researchers wrote on the website of the International Journal of Eating Disorders that shared environmental factors did not significantly affect the thin-ideal internalization. News (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Climbing Jacobs Ladder makes for a good cardio workout
    Jacobs Ladder, a fitness machine that is popular among military special forces and on "The Biggest Loser" TV show, offers an intense workout that exercises multiple muscles to burn more calories. The climbing machine can get a person's heart rate up while being gentler on joints. Chicago Tribune/Reuters (free registration) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Hot Topics 

Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief for Nutritionists readers in the past week.

  • Results based on number of times each story was clicked by readers.
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Fla. district could record which foods students throw away
    School board members in a Florida district are considering installing cameras on trash cans in cafeterias to determine which foods students are throwing away. The goal, school nutrition professionals say, is to find out why students are not eating some food and to work to make meals more appealing. School officials say the data recorded by cameras also would help them determine how food presentation affects consumption. NBC News (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Swiss chard and lemon stir fry
    Rainbow Swiss chard and lemon flavor this easy pasta dish. The Healthy Apple LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
The ultimate goal is to work within the mandate and actually provide food [the students] want to eat."
--Tod Howard, a Florida county school board member, as quoted by NBC News
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