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October 11, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • October brings value to vegetarian dining
    October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, and this year advocates are dangling the promise of cash and prizes in addition to the promise of better health for diners. The North American Vegetarian Society will hold a drawing for prizes up to $1,000 for omnivores who eschew meat for the month, and the Philadelphia Daily News will award a vegan dinner for two to the reader who sends in the most photos of restaurants that have the "V" word in the window. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Public-health expert calls for stricter food-safety rules
    Stricter U.S. food-safety regulations, better tracking and bigger fines are needed to reduce foodborne disease outbreaks, says Dr. David Dausey, founding director of the Mercyhurst Institute for Health. Dausey says consumer education also is needed because people are playing a "food lottery" with the existing safety system. FoodNavigator (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Gastric-bypass patients seek discounted restaurant meals
    Some patients who have had gastric-bypass operations are being given wallet-sized cards on which their surgeons certify that they received the stomach-shrinking surgical procedure. The idea is that presenting the card ought to win the patient the right to order off the children's menu in restaurants or receive discounts at all-you-can-eat venues. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • It takes detective work to find hidden gluten, dietitian says
    St. Louis University dietitian Rabia Rahman has to think like a detective as she helps patients with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity ferret out hidden sources of gluten. She says that not only must patients remove gluten from their diets, but they must be attuned to other sources: one person got sick after licking an envelope, and she has found that gluten can be used as a binder and coating for certain medications or in lipstick. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • More Americans drink diet beverages, CDC data show
    More people consumed diet drinks in 2012 than did in 2000, CDC researchers said, but overall only 20% of people choose diet beverages on any given day. Data showed that sugar intake from regular soda dropped from 150 calories per day in 2000 to 91 calories in 2008. USA TODAY (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study links magnesium intake to lower risk of colon cancer
    An analysis of studies that included about 339,000 people found that every 50-milligram increase in daily magnesium intake led to a 7% reduction in the risk of colon cancer, Chinese researchers reported in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Previous research linked increased magnesium to a reduced risk of colorectal cancer and stroke. Dietary sources of magnesium include green, leafy vegetables; meat; grains; milk; and starches. NutraIngredients (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • USDA says 1.5 million people use online SuperTracker tool
    About 1.5 million people use the USDA's free, online SuperTracker tool for healthy eating and physical activity, officials say. A feature that allows people to set personal calorie levels to meet weight-loss goals was showcased this week at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. The Boston Globe/Nutrition and You! blog (tiered subscription model) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Institutional Foodservice 
  • Dietitian helps parents understand new school lunch rules
    Parents in Boise, Idaho, who are concerned their children do not get enough to eat at lunch under federal nutrition rules usually are less worried once district dietitian Peggy Bodnar explains that students determine what they eat. Students must choose from three of five food groups, including one vegetable or fruit. But Bodnar admits that the meals, which are aimed at the average student, may not be enough for athletes who need more calories. KIVI-TV (Boise, Idaho) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Breakfast smoothies
    Find your favorite flavors in this collection of 40 breakfast-smoothie recipes. Whole Living LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
For most of our patients, when the patients change their habits, it changes the eating habits of the whole household. It's pretty educational."
--Ann Rogers, director of the Pennsylvania State Surgical Weight Loss Program, as quoted by National Public Radio's The Salt blog
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