Study: Americans eat fewer calories, but obesity persists | Kan. senator's bill would reform SNAP, save $36 billion | Food memory influences future eating habits, report says
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March 7, 2013
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Study: Americans eat fewer calories, but obesity persists
Although daily energy intake dropped by 74 calories between 2003 and 2010, the obesity rate in women remained at 35% from 1999 to 2010 and increased among men from 27% to 35% in the same period, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts offer several possible explanations, including the possibility that people are not getting sufficient exercise. The research appears in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (3/6)
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Dietary Health
Green powerhouse foods are part of clean eating, RD says
Registered dietitian Kari Kooi says dietary spring cleaning means choosing whole, unprocessed foods such as fruits and vegetables in place of processed meals that contain inferior ingredients. For clean eating, she recommends green powerhouse foods high in nutrients, such as asparagus, avocado, Brussels sprouts, kale and kiwi. United Press International (3/5)
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Kan. senator's bill would reform SNAP, save $36 billion
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has introduced legislation to eliminate waste and close loopholes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, with expected savings of $36 billion over 10 years. The legislation would restrict the use of other programs, such as those for welfare or home heating, to expand SNAP enrollment and would cut matching funds for employment and training programs, and nutrition education grants. KCUR-FM (Kansas City, Mo.) (3/6)
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Science & Research
Food memory influences future eating habits, report says
British researchers analyzed data from 24 studies and found distractions can make people eat more food in the present and at future meals. The report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition said if people used “attentive-eating principles” instead, it could lead to weight loss without calorie counting. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Booster Shots blog (3/6)
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Study links processed meat to higher risk of early death
A study that included almost 450,000 people found those who ate 160 grams or more per day of processed meats had an almost 44% higher risk of early death than those who ate 10 to 20 grams. Researchers recommended in BMC Medicine that people limit intake of processed meat to less than 1 ounce daily and said reduced consumption overall could lower the incidence of premature death about 3%. HealthDay News (3/6)
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Experts urge early allergen introduction
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is urging parents to introduce potential allergens, including eggs and peanut butter, to children when they are as young as 4 months old. "There's been more studies that find that if you introduce them early, it may actually prevent food allergy," said David Fleischer, co-author of the article in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. The Wall Street Journal (3/4)
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Activity tracker for children has a fun, social focus
Students at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Arlington, Va., use bright orange wristbands called Sqords that track their physical activity. The accelerometer is different from similar data-driven gadgets for adults because it is focused on scoring points, winning medals, competing with friends and sending messages through an avatar. The Washington Post/MisFits (3/5)
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Institutional Foodservice
Hundreds of hospitals to join healthy food initiative
The Partnership for a Healthier America said up to 400 more hospitals that use Morrison Healthcare Food Services will join its healthy food initiative. Hospitals are asked to offer lower-calorie meals and healthy snacks and beverages, along with serving more fruits and vegetables. PHA board Chairman James Gavin said hospitals should lead the way in improving nutrition standards for patients, staff and the public. USA Today (3/6)
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Food For Thought
Eating clean is a buzzword for a wholesome, unprocessed diet that drastically limits ultra-processed foods made from inferior ingredients while embracing whole foods like fruits and vegetables."
-- RD Kari Kooi, as quoted by United Press International
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