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March 20, 2013
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Study: Healthy-food discounts can change eating behaviors
South Africans increased their intake of healthy foods and reduced consumption of snacks when offered rebates of up to 25% if they purchased items on a list of more than 6,000 items reviewed by nutritionists and doctors, according to research released by the Rand Corp. The analysis, published on the website of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, also found that the rebates increased by 9.3% the ratio of healthy to total food purchases. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Booster Shots blog (3/19)
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How many calories are in a 1 oz. serving of almonds?
160  47.13%
129  19.29%
147  16.35%
242  11.49%
I don't know  5.74%
160. But, research recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that when measuring digestibility, a one-ounce serving of almonds provides 129 calories versus the 160 calories currently listed on the Nutrition Facts Panel. Further research is needed to better understand the results of the study and how this technique for calculating calories could potentially affect the calorie count of other foods. Click here to learn more.
Dietary Health
Omega-3 fats, antioxidants may help RA patients, RD says
Research indicates a link between diet and inflammation, suggesting that certain foods could help patients with diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, RD Jennifer Nelson writes. Eating fish, walnuts and other foods high in omega-3 fats and colorful vegetables that are rich in antioxidants may help reduce inflammation, Nelson writes. Blog (3/16)
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Fast-food chains' secret menu items bypass labeling rules
Fast-food restaurants reportedly are creating secret menu items loaded with fat and calories that do not fall under nutrition-labeling regulations. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said it will release a list of the most unhealthy items. The group's registered dietitian Susan Levin said the goal is to alert people that these foods "are not without consequence." The Miami Herald (free registration) (3/19)
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Science & Research
Experts link U.S. deaths to sugar-sweetened drinks
About 25,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2010 were associated with consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association meeting. The findings do not prove a causal effect, but rather link a high intake of sugary drinks to deaths due to heart disease, diabetes and cancer, researchers said. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (3/19)
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Minty chewing gums may not help people lose weight
A study in Eating Behaviors found that participants who had chewing gum before every meal ate fewer meals, but were less apt to eat fruits and vegetables compared with those who did not chew gum. Researchers said the menthol in chewing gum can make fruits and vegetable taste bitter, which may lead people to opt for unhealthy choices. (3/19)
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Match workouts to blood type, dietitian recommends
Creating a diet and exercise program based on personal blood type makes sense because blood types create a genetic blueprint, says registered dietitian Dina Khader. People with type O blood do well with intense exercise, while those with type A do better with yoga-type exercises, she said. (3/19)
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Institutional Foodservice
SNA: Federal waiver for protein, grain limits should be permanent
The School Nutrition Association is supporting federal legislation that would lift the cap on grains and proteins in school meals. The legislation would make permanent a waiver issued this school year that gave schools more flexibility in implementing grain and protein requirements. Roll Call (free content) (3/15)
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Calif. district credits policy shift for drop in student obesity
The number of students who are obese or overweight has declined in a California school district since 2010, when about 39.8% of students were obese or overweight. Officials are crediting a revamped wellness policy, elimination of junk food during the school day and removal of chocolate milk from cafeterias as components of the district's recipe for success. One elementary school that was an early adopter of the new wellness policy hosted cooking classes, altered its fundraising methods and sent students home with healthy recipes. KPBS-TV/KPBS-FM (San Diego) (3/15)
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Pa. students go green for healthy living program
As part of Pennsylvania's Go for the Greens program, which promotes healthy living among students, Wingate Elementary School has teamed up with Wegmans grocery chain for the second year. Through the program, students were served samples of fresh vegetables, such as pepper coleslaw, broccoli and zucchini spaghetti. Officials at the school say they plan to continue their focus on nutrition and fitness to combat childhood obesity. Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.) (3/16)
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Recipe of the Day
Tomato, basil and spinach risotto
Your patience in tending to risotto will be rewarded with this fresh and delicious dish. Iowa Girl Eats
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Food For Thought
The variety of foods and nutrients that babies take in will have a much larger impact on their health than whether they're fed organic or not."
-- Tiffani Hays, pediatric nutrition director at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, as quoted by The Washington Post
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