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October 29, 2012
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Dietary Health 
  • Dietitian's Fodmaps food plan becomes a global success
    Dietitian Sue Shepherd's Fodmaps diet, which she created to help people relieve celiac disease symptoms, has grown into an $8.3 billion market. Shepherd has authored eight cookbooks based on the diet, which avoids food molecules that are difficult for the body to absorb in the small intestine. Dietitians are using it with clients, and some gastroenterologists recommend it to patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Nutrition pros have growing opportunities, RD says
    Registered dietitian Jill Shaffer says there is an increasing need for nutrition professionals who can guide people toward healthy eating habits. She says more consumers are seeking nutrition help as science links more diseases to diet, and the opportunities for dietitians have expanded to include corporate positions, sports nutrition, journalism and wellness. The Times (Trenton, N.J.) (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Review: Trans fat has no effect on glucose, insulin
    A review of seven studies showed that participants' blood glucose and insulin levels remained similar after undergoing a high-trans-fat diet and then substituting oils, but showed higher bad-cholesterol levels and lower good-cholesterol rates, researchers reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Flavonoid-rich diet may protect women from stomach cancer
    Women who consumed more than 580 mg of flavonoids daily were 51% less likely to develop stomach cancer than those who had less intake, according to a European study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. However, researchers said high flavonoid intake was not significantly associated with stomach cancer in men. Reuters (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Poll indicates higher obesity rates in the U.S.
    Data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey show that 26.1% of U.S. adults are considered obese in 2012, compared with 25.5% in 2008. Researchers also found that the obesity rate in 44- to 47-year-olds increased to 30.4% this year, while it stayed consistent in those ages 24 to 27 and decreased 0.1% in those ages 60 to 63. The Huffington Post (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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  • Study: Up to 7.5 hours of exercise weekly is best for mental health
    A survey of 7,600 U.S. adults showed that those who got 2.5 to 7.5 hours per week of exercise had better mental health, Columbia University researchers reported in Preventive Medicine. However, they found that exercising beyond 7.5 hours led to an increase in symptoms of depression and anxiety in men and women and across age groups. HealthDay News (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Institutional Foodservice 
  • Schools offer free second helpings to curb hunger
    A Massachusetts school district is offering free second helpings to elementary-school students who say they are still hungry after eating lunch. Students must have eaten their entire first servings, including their vegetables, to receive seconds. Officials say they have not expanded the policy to high schools because of issues with enforcement and that students can eat an unlimited amount from the salad bar. Wicked Local/Brookline, Mass. (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Spinach and bean soup
    This hearty soup comes together in less than 20 minutes. The Well-Fed Heart LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
Adopting good self-care and arriving at a natural healthy weight come from maintaining healthy and reasonable eating practices and engaging in regular physical activity that is enjoyed."
--RD Jill Shaffer, as quoted by The Times
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