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October 18, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Study: Skipping breakfast leads to higher food intake
    Skipping breakfast was linked to increased hunger, cravings for high-calorie foods and higher overall food intake throughout the day, according to a small study presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting. MRI results revealed that those who did not eat breakfast showed stronger activity in the orbitofrontal cortex, a brain region associated with reward and food pleasure, when shown pictures of high-calorie foods, compared with those who ate breakfast. HealthDay News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Dietary Health 
  • Food choices can help reduce inflammation and pain, RDs say
    Research shows the benefits of a Mediterranean-style diet for reducing inflammation and managing pain, dietitians said. RD Jessica Crandall says high-fat, high-sodium foods can raise inflammation levels in the body, while foods with antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids can reduce them. Foods that may help reduce pain include fish, green tea, red grapes, pomegranates and coffee. The Detroit News (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Minneapolis adds corner stores to fresh-produce program
    Minneapolis is expanding its program to bring fresh produce to neighborhood stores, even though first-year results are mixed. Some grocers report having trouble finding small quantities of fruits and vegetables to sell, but other store owners say they are making a profit and the program takes time. Minnesota Public Radio (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • The best ways to incorporate quinoa
    Quinoa, the protein-packed grain that has received a lot of attention over the past few years, can deter new tasters with its bitter flavor and odd texture, but when prepared in the right ways quinoa can add a delicious and nutritious kick to meals. Try incorporating quinoa into dishes by letting the grains swell in a pot of stew, pureeing them in smoothies or adding them with other grains to create a tasty patty. The Washington Post (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Study: Counseling boosts fruit intake, but not veggie intake or exercise
    African-American adults who were counseled about eating more fruits and vegetables and getting more exercise to prevent cancer and heart disease did increase their fruit intake over the next month, according to research from the Medical University of South Carolina. The study, presented at a cancer conference, found that participants did not eat any more vegetables or get additional exercise, however, and researchers said they will follow up to see if those two components come into play beyond the one-month study period. Los Angeles Times/Booster Shots blog (tiered subscription model) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Higher IQ scores seen in children at higher risk of eating disorders
    U.K. researchers looked at more than 6,000 children and found that those who had a higher risk of developing an eating disorder were more likely have higher IQ scores and better working memory than the low-risk group. However, the study published in the journal Psychological Medicine showed that the high-risk group had poor attentional control. (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Longer formula feeding is tied to greater leukemia risk
    Prolonged formula feeding and delayed introduction to solid foods were associated with an increased likelihood of developing pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a study found. Researchers said that the risk for ALL rose by 16% for every extra month of formula feeding. The findings, which did not show cause and effect, were presented at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting. HealthDay News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study: Knee injuries are reduced by earlier muscle training
    Female athletes who received neuromuscular training at ages 14 to 18 had a 72% lower risk of an anterior cruciate ligament injury than did those who received the training later, a review of clinical trials found. Researchers wrote in the American Journal of Sports Medicine that athletes who received the training at age 19 and older had half the risk of injury compared with peers who were not trained. Reuters (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • USDA helps schools prioritize purchase of local food
    In new guidelines released Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture allows school food authorities to prioritize food purchases from local or regional farms. The announcement comes as schools nationwide are celebrating National School Lunch Week. In its memo, the USDA provides guidance to help schools develop contracts with Community Supported Agriculture organizations and details about the definition of local food and the types of products to which a geographic preference can be applied. (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Panel shares tips on catering to patrons with allergies
    Up to 5% of Americans have some kind of food allergy, and 1% have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, making it essential for restaurants to create menus and dishes that don't put allergic patrons in danger, said AllergyEats! founder Paul L. Antico, who organized a conference in Boston this week. "I want the restaurants to become more allergy-friendly and show them that they’re going to get a lot more business." The Boston Globe/Metro Desk blog (tiered subscription model) (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Sausage hash
    This easy hash will make the whole family happy. Mommy Hates Cooking LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
Because we are a neighborhood store we wanted to provide the neighbors with access to the fresh produce. Even if we aren't going to make money on it, still it's a good service for the neighborhood."
--Store owner Ahmad Hawari, as quoted by Minnesota Public Radio
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