Study shows Mediterranean-style diet can be economical | Baby steps on introducing allergens | Miss. bans limits on food, beverage sizes
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March 21, 2013
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Study shows Mediterranean-style diet can be economical
A six-week Mediterranean-style cooking program that included providing healthy recipes and ingredients to make home meals helped study participants reduce food costs by more than half, rely less on food banks and lose weight over 34 weeks, according to registered dietitian Mary Flynn, who co-authored the study published in the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. Flynn said the study shows it is cost-effective to include a few plant-based meals in the food budget each week. RedOrbit (3/20)
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Dietary Health
Baby steps on introducing allergens
Babies 4 months and older who have successfully tolerated a few nonallergenic solid foods, such as carrots and bananas, can begin to try foods with higher allergy rates, such as those made with wheat, which contains gluten, according to American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology guidelines. Registered dietitian Tamara Duker Freuman shares her experiences in introducing allergenic foods to her children. U.S. News & World Report/Eat + Run blog (3/19)
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Congressman wants more FDA control over dietary supplements
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says he's seeking Republican support for legislation to require makers of dietary supplements and energy drinks to report to the FDA all supplements they produce, the ingredients and a copy of the product label. Durbin said the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act would increase transparency and help people using dietary supplements know whether there is a risk in taking them. The Hill/RegWatch blog (3/20)
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Science & Research
Experts: More research needed on nutrition and cirrhosis
Study data do not show oral or enteral nutrition supplements help patients with cirrhosis, but most trials of the therapy have been small and of low quality, Canadian researchers found. Assessing malnutrition is difficult in cirrhosis patients, but practitioners should try to determine nutritional status using mid-arm circumference, food diaries and hand grip strength, said Dr. Maitreyi Raman from the University of Calgary. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (3/15)
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Study shows healthiest, least-healthy counties in each state
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation analyzed county-based data to create a list of the healthiest and least-healthy counties in each state. They said least-healthy counties had higher mortality rates, more than 20% of children living in poverty, and higher rates of smoking and physical inactivity. USA Today (3/20)
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Beginning runners need to start slow, fitness expert says
Couch potatoes need to have a plan if they want to start running for exercise, says fitness expert Jenny Hadfield. People who are overweight should start with a walking program, while those who are not overweight can try a run-walk plan that starts with 30 minutes three times a week. U.S. News & World Report (3/20)
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Institutional Foodservice
Nutrition rating system to teach Conn. students healthy choices
Several school districts in Connecticut will use a grant to develop and test a nutrition rating system designed to help students identify foods that are good for them. Under the system, foods will be labeled green (foods that can be eaten more often), yellow (foods that should be eaten sparingly) or red (foods that should be eaten rarely). Record-Journal (Meriden, Conn.) (3/19)
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The growing appeal of speed-scratch cooking
School cafeterias, restaurant chefs and home cooks are finding new ways to combine fresh ingredients with shelf-stable ingredients, prepared foods and even leftovers to create new dishes that both tempt the taste buds and cut kitchen waste. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (3/20)
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Food For Thought
Recognize that if you try and do too much too soon -- nutritionally and physically -- it can be overwhelming, and that's how a lot of people crash and burn."
-- Fitness expert Jenny Hadfield, as quoted by U.S. News & World Report
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