February 19, 2013
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Healthy Start
Dietitian's book looks at benefits of plant-based diet
Registered dietitian Leslie Beck's new book, "The Plant-Based Power Diet: 10 Simpler Steps to a Healthier, Leaner, Energetic You," looks at how diet affects animals and the environment. She says more of her clients are looking for ways to incorporate plant-based foods in their diet and that there are easy ways to begin, such as meatless Mondays. The Windsor Star (Ontario)/The Canadian Press (2/18)
Dietary Health
Dietitians create app to help cancer patients with nutrition
Dietitians at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute created a smartphone application that offers recipes and nutrition tips for cancer patients and survivors. The Ask the Nutritionist: Recipes for Fighting Cancer app has a search function that lets users look for recipes based on their disease type or symptoms. KING-TV (Seattle) (2/15)
FDA sends warning letters about bogus flu treatments
The FDA has sent nine warning letters to companies that market dietary supplements and other products as treatments for the flu. The FDA's health-fraud coordinator, Gary Coody, says consumers do not know what they are getting in these products, which could be contaminated, counterfeit or contain no active ingredients. CBS News (2/18)
Science & Research
Diet, exercise programs curb weight gain in obese, pregnant women
Obese, pregnant women who underwent weekly weight-management sessions gained seven pounds less during pregnancy and had lost all of their pregnancy weight at three weeks post-delivery compared with those in the control group, a study showed. Another study revealed that 78% of obese pregnant women who were in a calorie-restricted diet and exercise program met the Institute of Medicine's guidelines on gestational weight gain, compared with only 30% in the control group. The results were presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine meeting. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/18)
Researcher points to phosphorous as a concern for meat consumption
A doctoral student at McGill University in Canada has released research suggesting that consumers should reduce their meat consumption in an effort to conserve phosphorous, a finite natural resource that is consumed in large part by the meat industry. "We need to manage our food system in an equitable and sustainable way, and we need to look at many resources and priorities simultaneously," she said in an interview about her research. Other experts suggest that phosphorous is not a priority resource and conservation efforts should be focused on more pressing issues. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (2/17)
Higher diabetes risk is seen in men who sit more
Data on 63,048 Australian men showed those who reported spending more time sitting were 12% to 19% more likely to develop diabetes than those who sat less than four hours a day. The results were published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. DailyRx.com (2/18)
Exercise after an illness is a balancing act, experts say
Returning to an exercise routine after an illness or surgery means figuring out how much activity could threaten recovery, says Dr. Damond Blueitt, a sports-medicine physician at Texas Health Fort Worth. On the other hand, Blueitt says too much bed rest can cause people to lose muscle and strength. Fitness trainers say they want clients to OK exercise with their physicians and will modify workouts during recovery. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (2/18)
Institutional Foodservice
School nutrition professionals learn tricks of the trade
School nutrition professionals in Oklahoma participated in a training session Monday in which they learned the importance of knife skills and creative ways to get students to eat their fruits and vegetables. Among the tips was to offer students samples as they wait in line. Nancy Sitler, child nutrition director at Sapulpa Public Schools, said mixing iceberg lettuce with fresh Romaine allows students to eat something more familiar to them. Tulsa World (Okla.) (2/19)
Recipe of the Day
Greek burger
Lamb is used to create this burger, kept extra moist with the addition of a milk-soaked pita. Epicurious/Self magazine
Food For Thought
I think the benefits people can expect to feel if they adopt a plant-based diet is they will feel leaner and lighter, physically they will."
-- RD Leslie Beck, as quoted by The Canadian Press at The Windsor Star
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