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December 6, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Review finds conflicting evidence on tying foods, cancer risk
    U.S. researchers analyzed studies on 50 foods, including dairy, breads and spices, and found conflicting evidence for most about their effects on cancer risk, according to a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. One researcher said too many studies with weak evidence associated specific food ingredients with cancer risk, scaring people into changing their diets, only to have the data refuted. Reuters (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Dietary Health 
  • Doctor's cookbook aims to help Americans eat better, avoid illness
    Dr. Michael Fenster is a certified cardiologist by day but wears a very different hat at night: professional chef and cookbook author. Fenster recently released a cookbook that stresses food quality over quantity and has tips to help Americans eat more sensibly. "My credo is to put quality back into our food-making decisions. Avoid the junk food, watch the portion sizes and also time it," he said. Hernando Today (Fla.) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • "Local" once again tops list of culinary predictions
    The National Restaurant Association's list of food and beverage predictions for 2013 includes many familiar items that were trending this year, with locally sourced meat, seafood and produce topping the chart. On the beverage side, chefs ranked house-made soft drinks, gourmet lemonade and organic coffee as next year's most sought-after drinks. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • More Americans consider obesity a major health concern
    A Gallup survey found that Americans consider access to and the cost of health care to be the most urgent problems. Researchers also found that more Americans find obesity to be a major issue, with 16% saying it is an urgent medical problem, compared with only 1% in 1999. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Researchers say evidence against sodium does not add up
    Columbia University researchers say scientific data on the health benefits of reducing sodium are controversial. The report on the website of the journal Health Affairs found that many studies show little or no association between salt intake and high blood pressure, and the researchers said that to conceal the scientific uncertainty of the issue is bad science and bad policy. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Unhealthy pregnancy diet raises diabetes risk in babies
    Babies born to mothers who ate a diet high in carbohydrates and saturated fats during pregnancy showed high blood glucose levels and markers of insulin resistance in their cord blood, a study found. Researchers said the findings in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrate that diabetes may start in the womb, and highlight the importance of a healthy pregnancy diet in preventing the disease. (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Recipe of the Day 
  • Roasted butternut squash with lentils and walnuts
    Celebrate orange foods with this yummy dish. Meal Makeover Moms LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
I think it's better to drink diet soda [than regular], but diet soda does have its drawbacks."
--Michael Jacobson, executive director of Center for Science in the Public Interest, as quoted by the Chicago Tribune
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