RD: Diets should be healthy, bring balance, make sense | Food companies and parents must partner, first lady says | NYC's Dirt Candy puts the spotlight on vegetables
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March 15, 2013
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Study: Label colors alter perceptions about foods
A study found that students who were shown candy bars with green calorie labels believed the candy bars were more healthful than bars with red labels containing the same information. "These findings suggest that the design and color of the labels may deserve as much attention as the nutritional information they convey," researcher Jonathon Schuldt said. Food Business Review (3/13)
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RD: Diets should be healthy, bring balance, make sense
Weight-loss success is all about achieving balance and sticking to a plan, writes registered dietitian Cynthia Sass. She advises people to consider whether the diet they choose is designed for their body type and gender, and whether it makes sense to them. A weight-loss plan should be healthy and safe, she writes, and it should include being able to have the occasional treat and eat out. Health.com (3/7)
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Food companies and parents must partner, first lady says
First lady Michelle Obama praised food companies that are helping turn the tide on childhood obesity and urged companies to continue to work to make it easier for parents to make better food choices for their children. "It’s also about companies realizing that marketing healthy foods can be responsible and the profitable thing to do as well. ... And American companies can play a vital role to help make eating fruits and veggies fun and, yes, even cool," she said at the Partnership for a Healthier America's Building a Healthier Future Summit on Childhood Obesity. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (3/14)
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NYC's Dirt Candy puts the spotlight on vegetables
Amanda Cohen's Dirt Candy restaurant in New York City has become known for being a one-of-a-kind vegetarian restaurant. Like a mad scientist, Cohen runs around the tiny kitchen while deconstructing, distilling and dehydrating vegetables before rebuilding them into unpredictable meals. "There are all these pork and charcuterie restaurants, fried-chicken restaurants, barbecue restaurants," she says. "But nobody's really taking chances on vegetables." The Village Voice (3/13)
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Health-focused culinary school rates top 10 alumni eateries
The Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health in New York City has been training chefs in the art of creating healthier, largely vegetarian cuisine since 1987. Graduates have gone on to open restaurants around the country including Abby's Table in Portland, Ore., Arugula Ristorante in Boulder, Colo., and Good Karma Cafe in Red Bank, N.J. Forbes (3/12)
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Science & Research
Study links high-fat dairy to higher cancer mortality risk
Women with breast cancer who ate a serving or more of high-fat dairy products each day had a 49% higher risk of death from their cancer over a 12-year period, according to a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Kaiser Permanente researchers said the link could be higher estrogen levels in milk in Western countries, but officials with the dairy industry said the study did not show cause and effect. San Francisco Chronicle (3/14)
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Stoked Primal burns calories with animal-like movements
An exercise routine called Stoked Primal uses movements inspired by animals such as gorillas and panthers for a high-calorie-burning workout. It was created by fitness instructor Kira Stokes, who says she wanted a workout with a lot of movement and variety that can be done anywhere. FoxNews.com (3/13)
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Institutional Foodservice
Which snack foods could be banned from schools?
Newly proposed regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture could ban the sale of some snack foods in schools, including Rice Krispies, Fruit Roll-Ups and Doritos, Jacob Gershman writes. What seems to matter most for snack foods are the first two ingredients and whether an item has been fortified with vitamins, Gershman writes, explaining that Rice Krispies may be out because rice is not a whole grain or vegetable. Baked Lays may pass muster since potatoes are a vegetable, he writes. The Wall Street Journal/Law Blog (3/13)
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Recipe of the Day
Neapolitan smoothie
Just four ingredients -- bananas, strawberries, cocoa powder and milk -- make up this delicious smoothie. Happy Herbivore
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Food For Thought
A safe, healthy weight loss plan should never provide less nourishment than it takes to support your ideal weight."
-- RD Cynthia Sass, writing at Health.com
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