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December 17, 2012
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Healthy Start 
Dietary Health 
  • With planning, vegetarian diets can fuel athletes
    Athletes who are vegetarians can get the nutrition they need with careful planning to ensure adequate energy and nutrients, registered dietitian Linda Copp writes. Tips include eating iron-rich foods such as leafy greens, chickpeas and dried apricots, and calcium-rich foods such as broccoli, figs and tofu. San Diego Union-Tribune (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Meals to Heal fills a dietary niche in cancer care
    Meals to Heal delivers meals to cancer patients at home, using a healthy Mediterranean-style menu created by registered dietitians who are certified as oncology specialists. The group's chief clinical officer, RD Jessica Iannotta, says the service fills a need in the cancer community with fresh, healthful meals created around evidence-based information. Today's Dietitian online (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • FDA begins allergen research
    The FDA has begun a study to determine safe thresholds of allergens. The research will help the agency respond to concerns about allergen contamination and petitions for allergen-label exceptions. Supermarket News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Milk intake has different impacts on iron, vitamin D stores
    Every cup of cow's milk raised 2- to 5-year-olds' vitamin D levels by 6.5% on average, but lowered iron stores by 3.6%, Canadian researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. They said they suspect that the more milk children consume, the fewer iron-rich foods they eat. CBC.ca (Canada) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study suggests weight-loss link from whey protein, amino acids
    A small study found that older, obese adults who consumed whey protein and amino acids as part of their weight-loss program lost more fat than did those who followed a diet without those ingredients. The ingredients "increased muscle metabolism, and this may have triggered a greater reduction in body fat," said researcher Robert Coker of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, who adds that the results could also apply to younger people. WebMD (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fitness 
  • Aerobics outperforms resistance training in weight loss
    Data on overweight and obese middle-aged participants showed those who performed aerobic exercise alone or in combination with resistance training burned more fat and lost more weight compared with those who only did resistance training alone. The results were published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. HealthDay News (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Institutional Foodservice 
  • L.A. schools to give students more say in meal planning
    The Los Angeles Unified School District will make nutrition education part of the school curriculum, give students more input in school meals and ensure that they receive at least 20 minutes to eat. David Binkle, L.A. Unified's food-services director, says nutrition professionals plan to continue surveying students about school meals and form "culinary advisory teams" to help direct school-nutrition efforts. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Recipe of the Day 
  • Carrot souffle
    This light and creamy side dish would be a welcome addition to your holiday table. The Well-Fed Heart LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
Most vegetarian diets are able to meet the nutritional needs of athletes if they include an extensive variety of foods."
--RD Linda Copp, writing in the San Diego Union-Tribune
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