Food Nutrition

Shitake Mushroom Demand: Is it Taste or Health?

2009-03-17 11:34
Shitake Mushrooms

Shitake mushrooms are nutritionally packed with health benefits. Health awareness is increasing among consumers, perhaps in turn increasing demand for shitake mushrooms among US growers. Over the next five years, shitake mushroom farmers expect to be busier than ever. Shitake mushrooms are the third most popular mushroom consumed in the United States.

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Florida Recognizes March As National Nutrition Month

2009-03-04 09:20

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) recognizes March as National Nutrition Month, which is sponsored annually by the American Dietetic Association. This year's theme is “Eat Right.” The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices that are healthy and cost-effective and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

“We should focus on eating right at any age,” DOH Division Director of Family Health Services Annette Phelps, A.R.N.P., M.S.N., said. “It is never too late to take steps to a healthy lifestyle.”

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New Guidelines Improve Nutrition In Child-Care Facilities

2009-03-03 11:32

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is seeking public input on new guidelines to assist child-care facilities in providing more nutritious foods and a healthier meal-time environment to children in Missouri.

The state health department is asking for public comment on the Missouri Eat Smart Guidelines for Child Care through March 16. The guidelines offer suggestions to enhance the nutrition of meals and establish a healthy setting at child-care facilities in Missouri.

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Kids, Teens Don't Eat Enough Fruit And Vegetable

2009-03-03 01:04

Children and adolescents aren't meeting guidelines for fruit and vegetable consumption, according to researchers at Ohio State University.

The researchers analyzed results of the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to assess the amounts of fruits and vegetables consumed by children and adolescents compared to Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations, and to identify factors related to low fruit and vegetable consumption.

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Tops Debunks Nutrition Myths

2009-03-02 11:21

Folklore and food lore often get mixed into a goulash of advice on nutrition. Well-meant advice covers when and what to eat, but it can be difficult to sort out the facts.

Just in time for March, which is National Nutrition Month, here are some food myths to chew on from TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), provided by Joan Pleuss, R.D., C.D.E., M.S., C.D., Senior Research Dietitian in the General Clinical Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

· Don’t eat between meals.

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How Do You Know If The Milk Is Really Organic

2009-03-02 09:13
Organic Milk

Scientists in Germany are reporting development of a new, more effective method to determine whether milk marketed as "organic" is genuine or just ordinary milk mislabeled to hoodwink consumers. Their report appears in the current edition of ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a bi-weekly publication.

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Multnomah County to Require Calorie Counts on Menus

2009-02-14 14:48
counting food calories

In an effort to slow and perhaps reverse the trend of increasing obesity, Multnomah County (Oregon) commissioners have voted to require Portland-area chain restaurants to include calorie counts on their menus. The vote was unanimous.

Even though Portland has a reputation as a place with a population who is active with healthy lifestyles, the county Health Department reports that two-thirds of the Multnomah County residents are overweight or obese.

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High Sodium, Low Potassium Linked To Increased Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease

2009-01-19 06:52

Two nutrients, sodium and potassium, may work together to affect blood pressure and heart disease risk, according to a new analysis from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health. When the ratio of sodium to potassium is too high, risk for cardiovascular disease was increased.

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Calories from homecooked recipes grow over time

2009-01-14 10:09

Recent research presented today at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Small Changes Summit that addresses childhood obesity shows that calories in recipes have gradually increased over time. Speaking before the Summit, Dr. Brian Wansink, Executive Director of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion said, "As an example, the calories in recipes in the iconic cookbook, The Joy of Cooking, have increased by 63% from its first publication in 1937 to its most recent edition in 2006.

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Vulnerable New York Should Have Access To Food, Nutritional Supports

2009-01-08 11:01

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that New York State is taking further steps toward assisting the State’s most vulnerable residents by authorizing a one-time, $1 million emergency increase in funding for regional food banks across New York. While visiting the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in Latham, Governor Paterson also announced that New York has received an additional $364 million in federal funding for the State’s Food Stamp Program over the last 15 months.

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Eating More Fish A Wise New Year Resolution

2009-01-07 08:13

Resolving to eat more fish, which contain long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3s), would be sage advice for most consumers, especially for those with heart disease, according to current research. The December 2008 Fats of Life and PUFA Newsletter electronic publications summarize findings that seafood omega-3s protect the heart, eyes and developing brain among other benefits.

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Sack Lunch May Not Have Enough Nutrition For A Preschooler

2009-01-06 14:59

Approximately 13 million children in the United States eat three or more meals and snacks each day at one of the country’s 117,000 regulated child-care centers. Due to increasing cost of food preparation and storage, more and more of these centers are requiring parents to provide food for their children.

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Florida Promotes Healthy Child Nutrition

2008-12-22 10:02

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) joins the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in promoting the Child Care Food Program, a federally funded USDA program that reimburses child care providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks to children.

"The Child Care Food Program encourages children to build healthy habits for life," said Philip E. Reeves, M.P.H., Bureau Chief of Child Nutrition Programs. "Parents seeking child care in Florida are encouraged to enroll their children in facilities that participate in this program."

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Nestle Satisfies Specific Nutritional Needs Of Athletes

2008-12-05 02:58

In the wake of the findings of its 5th International Nutrition Symposium, which explored scientific advances in nutrition and its importance in elite physical performance, Nestle has launched a new research program on the specific nutritional needs of athletes engaged in different kinds of sports. The program will provide data to help support a more personalized approach to sports nutrition in the future, which should lead to a new generation of personalized sports nutrition products for leading, and aspiring athletes.

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Good Nutrition Is Part Of Holiday Season

2008-11-25 23:25

Traveling with your family can be overwhelming, especially during the busy holiday season. Unfortunately many get drawn into buying an unhealthy snack or meal that might not otherwise be purchased. At airports, it's easy to wind up eating unhealthy foods or become dehydrated on a long trip, but whether you're in a rush or have time to spend before a flight, you can help your family make good choices to stay happy and healthy.

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California Legislation Promotes Healthier Nutrition Options

2008-10-31 02:15

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed SB 1420 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), which makes California the first state in the nation to have its restaurant chains with 20 or more locations statewide post calorie information on menus and indoor menu boards for consumers.

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No Need To Forego Nutrition In Tight Economic Times

2008-10-28 01:03
No Need To Forego Nutrition In Tight Economic Times

Consumer research just released by consulting firm Booz & Company confirmed that U.S. consumers have cut back spending significantly over the past six months and that more than one third of consumers have made measurable cutbacks in frequent purchases, such as dining out. That means more home-cooked meals and the opportunity to prepare healthier food. Contrary to popular belief, fresh produce doesn't have to break the food budget, particularly if you count on potatoes.

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Nutrient Related Facts About Today's Food Supply

2008-10-28 00:03

Consuming a balanced diet that meets the recommended servings of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, essential fatty acids and lean sources of protein still may not ensure ample nutrient intake due to changes in our food supply.

Changes in the average nutrient content of 43 fruits and vegetables between 1950 and 1999 resulted in the following:

• 6% decrease in protein
• 16% decrease in calcium
• 9% decrease in phosphorus
• 15% decrease in iron
• 38% decrease in riboflavin
• 20% decrease in ascorbic acid

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Nutritious Diet In A Fast Food World

2008-10-27 05:55
Eating Fast Food

A nutritious diet is not seen as being as important as physical activity when it comes to college students' health and wellness efforts, according to Indiana University researchers, even when the students live in an environment that provides classes, cues and motivation to eat healthily.

"Personal preferences triumph over discipline" when it comes to nutrition and healthy eating, the researchers note.

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Cancer Patients Take Control Through Good Nutrition

2008-10-18 14:05

Cancer and its treatment make it challenging for patients to get the necessary amounts of calories, protein and nutrients they need to help maintain a strong nutritional status. Because of this, patients often lose significant amounts of lean muscle mass and weight because they don't have an appetite, feel nauseous or have a strong aversion to foods. These symptoms can lead to clinical malnutrition, which may be found in 45 to 80 percent of cancer patients, and contribute to a weakened immune system and associated higher risk of infection.

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Developing Nutritional Interventions Against Chronic Inflammatory, Infectious Diseases

2008-10-18 10:10

A new company is being created as a spin-off from Virginia Tech research to develop nutritional interventions against chronic inflammatory and infectious diseases. BioTherapeutics Inc. will promote health and well-being through the discovery and development of nutraceuticals -- naturally occurring molecules that can be integrated into nutritional products and functional food ingredients.

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California Legislation Promotes Nutrition And Healthier Options

2008-10-13 11:04

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today signed SB 1420 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), which makes California the first state in the nation to have its restaurant chains with 20 or more locations statewide post calorie information on menus and indoor menu boards for consumers.

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Top Worst Rated Cereals High In Sugar

2008-10-02 01:31

Consumer Reports has evaluated 27 breakfast cereals that are most heavily marketed to children and have rated the top worst for their high sugar content. Two of the top worst rated cereals – Post’s Golden Crisps and Kellogg’s Honey Smacks were more than 50% sugar. Eleven of the tested cereals had more than 12 grams of sugar per serving.

Along with Post Golden Crisps and Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, the lowest rated cereals included:

Cap’n Crunch’s Peanut Butter Crunch (Quaker Oats) – 9gm sugar, l gm fiber and 200 mg sodium.

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Choose Healthy Cereal, Some Have More Sugar Than Should

2008-10-02 01:00
Cereal Bowl

The Consumer Reports has found that some cereals marketed in USA for children contain more sugar and fewer fiber than they should.

The report comes from Consumers International which looked at sugar and fiber percentages contained in the most popular 27 types of kids' cereals. The report found that some cereals contain more than half of sugar and almost no fiber, which is unacceptable for a mill. Some brands were putting more sugar and sodium into the food marketed to US compared with the food marketed to other countries.

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Pine Bark Extract A Potent Antioxidant

2008-09-21 13:42

Pine bark extract is a potent antioxidant, and may help boost the effects of vitamin C and other antioxidants, UC Berkeley scientists report. This story on an extract of pine bark is written by Robert Sanders in 02.05.98, but since the topic is very actual today, we decided to publish the work today.

An extract of pine bark has proven to be one of the most potent antioxidants, a property that may explain why pine bark has been used in folk medicine around the world, according to a new report by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley.

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USDA Sets Standards for Milk Substitutes in School Meals

2008-09-19 11:30

The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week released its final rule on guidelines for which beverages that can be considered a substitute for milk in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. In its standards on milk substitutes in school meals, USDA said other beverages must meet the nutritional value of milk.

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