February 20, 2013
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Study finds no increase in appetite tied to diet-soda intake
People who drank diet soda did not appear to consume more sugary and fatty foods than did those who chose water, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers also found that diet-soda drinkers ate fewer desserts at six months compared with their habits before the study started, while those who drank water consumed more fruits and vegetables than they had previously. Reuters (2/19)
New Curriculum: Go With The Whole Grain For Kids
Looking for a fun & engaging nutrition curriculum? The General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition is pleased to release a new and improved Go With The Whole Grain For Kids education curriculum. To learn more about the Bell Institute, its free resources, and access the Go With The Whole Grain For Kids education curriculum, visit www.bellinstitute.com.
Dietary Health
People are focusing more on food quality over just calories
"Portionality" is one of the themes put forward by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in a position paper, and registered dietitian Carolyn O'Neil writes that it translates into eating a variety of foods in moderate portions and trying to make healthy choices. RD Sharon Palmer says people are changing how they categorize foods, such as nuts, as they see the health benefits rather than just thinking of them as being fattening. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2/18)
Patients could benefit when physicians learn how to cook
The Culinary Institute of America and Harvard University teamed up to create the "Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives -- Caring for Our Patients and Ourselves" program that teaches doctors how to cook wholesome meals in hopes they will be able to give better nutritional advice to their patients. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Booster Shots blog (2/18)
Antioxidants in blood oranges offer health benefits, RD says
Blood oranges look like Florida oranges on the outside, but the dark, sometimes crimson, pulp inside sets them apart visually and nutritionally, registered dietitian Keri Glassman writes. The distinctive color comes from the antioxidant anthocyanin, which is known for helping reduce bad cholesterol and keeping blood vessels strong. Blood oranges also are high in fiber to keep the digestive system healthy and prevent constipation. U.S. News & World Report/Eat + Run blog (2/18)
Science & Research
Study links metabolic syndrome risk with taste reactions to food
The combination of a preference for sweets and a high sensitivity to bitter tastes means a higher likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome compared with those who have only one of those attributes, a study in the Journal of Food Science says. Researchers said gaining knowledge on the effects of bitter and sweet preferences on food choices may improve prevention efforts. EverydayHealth.com (2/14)
Study cites poor nutrition provided to high-risk ICU patients
An analysis of 193 intensive-care units in 29 countries found that patients at high risk of harm from improper nutrition received only 65% of prescribed calories and 51.5% of protein, according to Canadian researchers who reported the study at Clinical Nutrition Week 2013. There was geographical variation in the data, researchers said, with ICUs in Canada showing the best outcomes and ICUs in the U.S. having the worst outcomes. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (2/14)
Other News
Wello offers group workouts without leaving home
The website Wello offers group-exercise sessions with up to five participants and a trainer, all using webcams. The workouts can be less expensive than going to a gym for a similar exercise class, but still offer trainer feedback and the camaraderie of being with friends. All Things D (2/19)
Institutional Foodservice
Colo. officials weigh costs of serving breakfast after school day starts
State lawmakers in Colorado are considering legislation that would require schools to provide free breakfast for students after the school day begins if at least 70% of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, but some are calling for lawmakers to raise the bar to 80%, which would help balance costs, they say. Still, advocates contend that raising the number could leave more than 60,000 students without a healthy meal to start the day. Education News Colorado (2/18)
Recipe of the Day
Honey glazed acorn squash
Try out a new side dish tonight with this easy recipe. The Healthy Apple
Food For Thought
I tell people that it's not just about counting calories, it is about making calories count."
-- Sarah-Jane Bedwell, nutrition blogger, as quoted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Senior Career Services Officer (St. Helena) The Culinary Institute of America - Greystone Campus St. Helena, CA
Home Health DietitianPromise Care NJJersey City, NJ
Clinical DietitianMorrison HealthcareBaltimore, MD
Nutritionist/Dietician St. Mary's Hospital for ChildrenManhattan & Yonkers, NY
Clinical DietitianAlbemarle HealthElizabeth City, NC
Registered/Licensed DietitianArmstrong Nutrition ManagementOmro, WI
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