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October 15, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • Longer life span, lower BMI are seen among vegetarians
    Vegetarians and vegans had a longer life span, weighed less and had lower insulin resistance compared with those who eat meat, according to a study presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. The researchers also noted that pesco-vegetarians and semi-vegetarians showed "intermediate protection" from lifestyle diseases. (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Understanding America's Nutrient Shortfalls
National survey data shows that the vast majority of American adults do not meet the Recommended Dietary Allowance for essential nutrients like vitamin D, magnesium, and calcium, and more than half do not get enough vitamin C. Read more at
Dietary Health 
  • Frozen foods can be a healthy option, dietitians say
    Frozen foods have gotten healthier as manufacturers respond to consumer dietary demands for low-calorie, organic, gluten-free or allergen-free options, dietitians say. Registered dietitian Laura Cipullo says dietitians need to recognize that frozen meals are a viable alternative to fresh foods and could help people control portions and choose less-processed options instead of eating fast food or take-out. Today's Dietitian (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Nuts' healthy image is making a comeback, experts say
    Nuts are good sources of protein in any meal, and people who were once wary of their fat and calorie count now are taking a more balanced approach to including them in their diet. Connie Diekman at Washington University in St. Louis says researchers also have a better understanding of how nuts affect health and diet. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Lifestyle changes boost good cholesterol in diabetes patients
    Overweight and obese type 2 diabetes patients who underwent an intensive diet-and-exercise program showed a 12% increase in total adiponectin and a nearly 10% improvement in good-cholesterol levels compared with those who did not receive the lifestyle intervention, a study found. Patients in the lifestyle intervention group also attained significant improvements in adiposity, fitness, and blood glucose and fat levels, researchers noted. The results will appear in the Journal of Lipid Research. HealthDay News (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study finds no link between B vitamins and colon cancer risk
    A combination B-vitamin supplements that includes folic acid (B-9), B-6 and B-12 neither increased nor lowered a person's risk of colon cancer, according to a study of more than 5,400 older women involved in the Women's Antioxidant and Folic Acid Cardiovascular Study. The findings appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. HealthDay News (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study: Sprint intervals help burn calories in less time
    Sprint-interval training for just 2.5 minutes helped participants burn up to 200 extra calories, a study presented at The Integrative Biology of Exercise VI meeting indicated. The results may not translate into weight loss, but short, intense workouts may help in maintaining a healthy weight, researchers said. Medical News Today (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Prolonged periods of sitting increase diabetes, mortality risk
    A review of 18 studies found that sitting for long periods was associated with a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease and early death, even when people exercised. Writing in the journal Diabetologia, researchers underscored the importance of lowering overall sitting hours and breaking up the time with standing or walking. BBC (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Institutional Foodservice 
  • Minneapolis school nutritionists: Students need time to adjust
    School-nutrition professionals in the Minneapolis area urge patience as students get accustomed to eating the healthier foods being served this year. Although students at one middle school in Jordan, Minn., boycotted the lunchroom and student athletes complain about the portions, food-service directors report stable to improved participation at some schools. "This is a baby-step process. It is going to take years," said chef Marshall O'Brien, a consultant for area school districts. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Festive fall quinoa
    This quinoa salad features sweet potatoes, yellow peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and pumpkin seeds. Mom Foodie LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
These nutrient-rich foods can provide a good package of healthfulness in a very portable form."
--Connie Diekman, director of university nutrition at Washington University, on nuts, as quoted by the Los Angeles Tines
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