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December 18, 2012
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Dietary Health 
  • Breakfast-food sales are up, but choices cause concern
    Sales of breakfast foods have increased 20% in the past four years, indicating that Americans are eating breakfast more often, but according to a report by Mintel, the foods they choose -- breakfast meats and pastries -- worry many nutritionists. "It's very hard to say whether it's better to not eat breakfast or to eat bacon and doughnuts," said Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. "This is not good news for Americans' diets and health." MarketWatch (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Gluten-free diet isn't necessary without celiac disease
    Following a gluten-free diet doesn't have health benefits or aid in weight loss for healthy adults who don't have celiac disease, research indicates. However, following a gluten-free diet can be beneficial if it means increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and practicing portion control with other foods. ConsumerAffairs.com (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Experts see lapses in pregnancy weight advice among providers
    Twelve of 24 overweight and obese women were advised by their health care providers to gain too much weight during pregnancy, based on guidelines for normal-weight patients rather than the appropriate ones for heavier women, a study revealed. Researchers also found only 10 women got advice about exercise during pregnancy. The findings appear in Women's Health Issues. HealthDay News (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • High-fat meals raise insulin needs, glucose levels in type 1 diabetes
    Type 1 diabetes patients who ate a high-fat meal required more insulin units but still had higher postprandial glucose levels than those who ate a low-fat meal, a study found. "The evidence from this study that dietary fat can cause postprandial hyperglycemia in some individuals with type 1 diabetes highlights the limitations of the current carbohydrate-based approach to bolus dose calculation that is widely used in intensive diabetes management," researchers wrote in Diabetes Care. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Poor diet may influence polyp growth in Lynch syndrome patients
    A study from the Netherlands found that people with Lynch syndrome, which confers a genetic predisposition to colorectal cancer and other cancers, who ate fast food or junk-food snacks were twice as likely to develop polyps as those with lower intake of such foods. The study did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship but researcher Akke Botma of Wageningen University said it suggests eating habits may play a role in polyp development among Lynch syndrome patients. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fitness 
  • Health experts debunk detoxification
    While some exercises and diets promote their "detoxifying" capabilities, health experts are skeptical. No scientific data support the idea that fasting, yoga, meditation or sweating has any special ability to clear the body of toxins. "The human body is designed to get rid of what we don't need," said Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin, chief of women's sports medicine at Harvard Medical School. Reuters (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Institutional Foodservice 
  • Fla. schools aim to prevent food waste
    Some Florida schools are reporting a high volume of wasted food and beverages in the cafeteria -- the cost of which they say is adding up. To encourage students to eat some healthier items, nutrition professionals recommend a combination of strategies, including presentation, taste and teachers modeling healthy eating. The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Recipe of the Day 
  • Cranberry quinoa salad
    This pretty, festive salad is perfect for the holidays. The Healthy Apple LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Editor's Note 
  • Best of 2012: 18 SmartBrief interviews with industry thought leaders
      
    SmartBrief's SmartBlogs network interviewed 18 industry thought leaders this month. Find out what these leaders are projecting for their industries in 2013, and see what other free SmartBrief newsletters you may be missing out on. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

Food For Thought 
Women received little, if any, feedback regarding whether their weight gain during pregnancy was healthy or not."
--Dr. Cynthia Chuang, as quoted by HealthDay News
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