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June 11, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Unhealthy foods are more appealing to sleep-deprived people
    A study presented at the Associated Professional Sleep Societies meeting found that seeing junk food stimulates the reward centers of the brain in sleep-deprived people, but not in people who were well rested. "The results suggest that, under restricted sleep, individuals will find unhealthy foods highly salient and rewarding, which may lead to greater consumption of those foods," said lead researcher Marie-Pierre St-Onge. United Press International (6/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Dietary cleanses are popular but unnecessary, experts say
    The are many popular dietary cleanses on the market that claim to promote health, but Dr. Adrienne Youdim of the Weight Loss Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles says people do not need them. She says the human body, using the liver, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract, is well-equipped to get rid of bacteria, chemicals and viruses and has a "very intricate way of detoxing on its own." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (6/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Raw-food diet can lead to nutrition problems, dietitian says
    A raw-food diet can lead to nutrition deficiencies in protein and vitamins D and B-12, says registered dietitian Monika Woolsey. She says organic brown rice and pea proteins will add protein with the correct combination of amino acids, and that using nutritional yeast can boost vitamin B-12 intake. KABC-TV (Los Angeles) (6/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Chef Todd English gives healthy-living tips
    Chef Todd English seeks to create delicious, nutritious meals and to spread information to help Americans get in better shape. "We see a lot of diners requesting more proteins and salads and less carbs," English said. "I think most important is portion control and moderation. Try to stay away from processed food, exercise more and eat food that leaves you feeling satisfied." ABC News/Food blog (6/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Poll: 64% are against NYC plan to restrict beverage sizes
    An American Mosaic Reuters/Ipsos poll indicates that 64% of Americans say they'd oppose a plan similar to one in New York City to limit serving sizes of sugary drinks. More than 70% said such a measure would not reduce obesity rates, and people who opposed the idea felt it would give the government too much control over their dietary choices. Reuters (6/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Music plays a key role in workouts, fitness expert says
    The right music playlist for a workout can stimulate neural pathways in the brain, increasing energy and improving mood, says fitness instructor Shirley Archer, a spokeswoman for the American Council on Exercise. She says playlists should match the exercise routine, so an aerobic workout needs to start with uplifting music, build and then slow down at the end. Reuters (6/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Hot Topics 

Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief for Nutritionists readers in the past week.

  • Results based on number of times each story was clicked by readers.
Institutional Foodservice 
  • N.C. supports expansion of school-breakfast programs
    The North Carolina Board of Education is seeking to expand school-breakfast options for students and is encouraging districts to find innovative ways to provide the meals. In Buncombe County, officials are considering a universal breakfast program, which Lynn Harvey, section chief for the state Department of Public Instruction's Child Nutrition Services, said has been shown to raise test scores and improve student attendance in some cases. Asheville Citizen-Times (N.C.) (6/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Recipe of the Day 
  • Meat-free, noodle-free lasagna
    This veggie lasagna doesn't have meat or noodles, but it packs a hearty punch. Hungry Girl LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
I betrayed my body; I took it down a dark path and I would never disrespect it like that again."
--Ryan O'Connell on doing a cleanse, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times
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