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April 30, 2012
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Healthy Start 
  • RD offers tips on eating more plant-based foods
    Diets that rely heavily on plant-based foods can be high in fiber and protein and low in saturated fat and cholesterol, registered dietitian Pam Stuppy writes. She suggests eating vegetables at lunch and snacks, adding beans to soups and salads, and sprinkling nuts and seeds on snacks and cereal to get more plant-based foods each day. SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.) (tiered subscription model) (4/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Dietary Health 
  • Expert discusses high-fructose corn syrup
    Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, says in this interview that high-fructose corn syrup is likely no worse for consumers than table sugar. However, "we should worry about sugar in general," he said. Hu said that because high-fructose corn syrup is cheap, it has become widely used and is now a main source of calories. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (4/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Chefs prove eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive
    Despite their background working in Michelin-starred restaurants, three chefs dreamed of creating a place that was more affordable without skimping on ingredients or flavor. "[We wanted] farmers market food at a price we could afford," says chef and co-owner Erik Oberholtzer. Thus, Tender Greens was born. The affordable, healthy eateries serve locally sourced fare all under $11 a dish, and the chefs plan to expand its seven locations to 30 within the next 10 years. CNBC (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Science & Research 
  • Fast-food commercials might be a factor in obesity risk
    A study involving more than 3,300 participants ages 15 to 23 found that those who were better at recognizing fast-food advertisements shown with the brand name removed were more than twice as likely to be obese compared with those who knew only a few. The finding was presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. HealthDay News (4/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Studies show worldwide prevalence of lactose intolerance
    While about 2% of people of Northern European descent are lactose intolerant, the problem afflicts about 95% of Asians, nearly 100% of Native Americans and as many as 80% of Hispanics and African Americans. Over-the-counter pills containing lactase can ease symptoms. (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study: Poor, depressed moms tend to overfeed their babies
    A study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting showed that poor, depressed single mothers were 15 times more likely than those who were not depressed to overfeed their babies by adding cereals to bottles, which can contribute to childhood obesity. "It is important to provide support for parents related to healthy feeding practices if we are to end the epidemic of childhood obesity," lead author Dr. Candice Taylor Lucas said. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (4/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Study: Obese teens have difficulty managing glucose levels
    Half of overweight and obese teens with newly diagnosed diabetes who received metformin-only treatment failed to regulate their glucose levels after nearly four years, while those who either had metformin/Avandia therapy or metformin plus lifestyle modification did not fare much better in glucose control. Researchers also found that 1 in 5 patients who had glucose-control treatments developed severe complications, suggesting that heavy teens may face difficulties in regulating their glucose levels. The findings appear in the New England Journal of Medicine. Google/The Associated Press (4/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Wyo. organization uses hip-hop dance to get students moving
    A volunteer group recently taught students in Wyoming about hip-hop dance to get them moving and expose them to new things. The students performed the moves as part of their physical-education class. Gayla Hammer, a sixth-grade science teacher, said the lessons are especially beneficial to students who are not traditional athletes, and teachers said students appeared more confident following the lessons. Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Institutional Foodservice 
  • Minn. district makes transition to healthy meals
    Bertrand Weber, the school nutrition director in Minneapolis, has worked to transform school menus -- providing students with more fresh, nutritious food. Next year, each high school in the district will have a salad bar and offer six categories of entrees each day. Currently, students are taste-testing recipes, and Weber plans to study whether additional schools should have kitchens. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recipe of the Day 
  • Asian edamame fried rice
    Make it a meatless Monday with this healthy version of a takeout favorite. Skinny Taste LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Food For Thought 
The evidence for the health benefits of plant-based foods is undisputable. Massive amounts of research support the recommendation for us to include more of these foods in our diets."
--RD Pam Stuppy, writing at SeacoastOnline
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