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October 12, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • AND conference showcases food trends, dietitian says
    Selling foods in individual portion sizes, reducing sodium and added sugars, and an emphasis on products that contain whole grains were among the top food trends that emerged from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, registered dietitian Keri Gans writes. She argues that the "natural" foods trend is one that needs more clarification, as the FDA has not defined the term. U.S. News & World Report/Eat + Run blog (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

Dietary Health 
  • Nutrition experts are skeptical about posting calories
    Nutrition experts in Utah say they're skeptical that having fast-food restaurants post calorie counts will lead to overall changes in consumption that aid in the fight against obesity. Registered dietitian Suzanne Ware says calorie postings are a tool to help people make good food choices, but weight control is a lifelong issue that also involves physical activity. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Healthful food is moving to center stage, report says
    Restaurants, vending machines and other locations are incorporating more healthy and sustainable food, according to a culinary-trend report from Packaged Facts and CCD Innovation. The report identifies seven trends in various stages of adoption by chefs and grocers, including heirloom whole-grain bread, use of legumes at breakfast, more vegan options and veggie-burger alternatives to meat patties. The report also notes that the definition of "healthful" food has changed to reflect food that offers nutrition benefits, as opposed to food that is less harmful when overconsumed. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Science & Research 
  • Marketing strategies may play a role in obesity
    An editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine argues that impulse-marketing strategies, such as placing candy near the cash register, promotes emotion-driven purchases that may contribute to obesity. "The reality is that food choices are often automatic and made without full conscious awareness. ... What and how much people eat are highly influenced by contextual factors that they may not recognize and therefore cannot easily resist," the editorial argues. CBS News (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
  • Survey: Trans-fat intake has declined
    FDA researchers say consumers are eating less trans fat since a labeling requirement was established in 2003, but there is still room for progress. According to the survey, the average per-person intake between 2003 and 2006 was 1.3 grams per day, down from 6.1 grams per day between 1999 and 2002. FoodNavigator (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Prenatal intake of organic food isn't tied to penile defect in study
    Mothers' consumption of organic food during pregnancy did not significantly lower male infants' odds of developing hypospadias, a birth defect of the penis, according to a Danish study in the Journal of Urology. However, researchers found that high consumption of nonorganic butter and cheese was associated with a greater risk of hypospadias. Reuters (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fitness 
  • These fitness gadgets can give workouts a boost
    Five small gadgets, including a pedometer and a tape measure, can help keep track of workouts and progress toward reaching healthy goals. The list also includes BMI testers that help monitor fat loss, clip-on metronomes for pacing a workout and interval-training timers that set rest and exercise periods within a workout. HellaWella (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Recipe of the Day 
  • Savory baked apples
    Use some fresh fall apples for this homemade treat. The Well-Fed Heart LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
The calories, at the end of the day, are a piece of the puzzle but not a solution to the problem."
--Elena Yorgason, president of the Utah chapter of the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals, as quoted by The Deseret News
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