Review finds cancer websites lack nutritional guidelines | The growing popularity of protein | Workplace weight-loss programs show results, study says
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March 28, 2013
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Review finds cancer websites lack nutritional guidelines
The websites of only four of 21 National Comprehensive Cancer Network institutions offer nutritional guidelines, and of the seven that provide links to other oncology sites, only 44% had such recommendations, researchers reported on the website of Nutrition and Cancer: An International Journal. The researchers said information offered on the sites was inconsistent and not always cancer-site specific. MedPage Today (free registration) (3/27)
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Dietary Health
RDs encourage single-day diet strategies to lose weight
Using a "one-day diet" plan that calls for a specific action can help people get back on track after a weekend or holiday splurge, and is a sensible alternative to off-and-on weight-loss efforts, registered dietitian Elisa Zied writes. Dietitians say that strategies include keeping a food diary, making sure to eat breakfast, including a "rainbow" of colorful foods on the menu, keeping healthy snacks available, reducing portion sizes and eating full-fat foods in moderation. U.S. News & World Report/Eat + Run blog (3/26)
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The growing popularity of protein
Packaged food labeled as high in protein is gaining popularity with consumers who are seeking energy, satiety and muscle building. Though the CDC says most Americans consume more protein than necessary, consumers see high-protein food as a healthful choice. The Wall Street Journal (3/26)
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Science & Research
Workplace weight-loss programs show results, study says
Work sites may be fertile grounds for weight-loss programs, according to research from Tufts University and Massachusetts General Hospital published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Data from two Boston workplaces found that employees who participated in a six-month weight-loss program lost an average of more than 17 pounds, compared with a control group that averaged a 2-pound gain. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Booster Shots blog (3/27)
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Bariatric surgery alters gut microbes that aid weight loss, study says
Part of the way Roux-en-Y gastric-bypass surgery helps people lose weight is to change the makeup of gut bacteria, according to data from an animal study at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. The study in the journal Science Translational Medicine found that obese mice injected with gut bacteria from other mice that had had bariatric surgery also lost weight and fat, without the surgical intervention. Reuters (3/27)
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Which whole-grain labels should you watch for?
There are a number of product stamps used to identify heart-healthy whole-grain foods, but researchers from Harvard University, who examined labels on 545 products, determined that the best comes from the American Heart Association, which requires a ratio of no more than 10 parts carbohydrate content to 1 part fiber. USDA recommends eating three or more servings of whole-grain products each day. United Press International (3/26)
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Soy-rich diet linked to longer lung cancer survival in women
Researchers tracked about 450 female lung cancer patients in China and found that those who had consumed the most soy in foods such as tofu before diagnosis lived longer than those who ate the least. The study appeared in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. HealthDay News (3/26)
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N.J. mom's fitness challenge emphasizes healthy lifestyle
Jackie Totilo says she helped her daughter increase her physical activity to reduce elevated cholesterol levels, and then used her ideas to build a fitness program at school that led to a Kids Kamp Challenge. Totilo says children need to be taught the importance of being physically active, eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep or they will be at risk for preventable chronic diseases. Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.) (3/26)
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Institutional Foodservice
Minn. school showcases successful food-service program
School-nutrition stakeholders recently visited a St. Paul, Minn., elementary school to get a firsthand look -- and taste -- of the district's successful food-service program. The district debuts about 10 new recipes each year, all of which meet strict nutritional requirements and get approval from student focus groups. Food sampled during the visit included "smart cookies," coconut chicken, turkey hotdogs, brown rice and vegetables. Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (3/27)
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Recipe of the Day
Polenta and garden vegetable bake
This hearty, filling dish is a bit like lasagna but comes together in 45 minutes. The Picky Eater
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Food For Thought
Including plenty of raw fruits, salads, cooked veggies, soups, stews, grain and bean dishes can help you gain control of your overall diet and steer you towards optimal health."
-- RD Julieanna Hever, as quoted by U.S. News & World Report's Eat + Run blog
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