Here’s one more reason to dread Monday mornings: Chances are you put on a few pounds over the weekend. According to a University of North Carolina study, most people consume an extra 82 calories each weekend day compared to during the week. That can add up to an extra 13,000 calories—or
31⁄2 pounds—each year! The reasons for the weight gain were attributed to eating out (larger portions) and drinking alcohol more often on weekends.
Remember the old adage that an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Well,
a new book about diet & dermatology confirms that eating that Granny Smith apple may in fact reduce your
visits to the dermatologist. The promise behind The Acne Prescription: The Perricone Program for Clear and Healthy Skin at Every Age (HarperCollins 2004) is that fruit and certain other foods promote a healthy complexion. Maybe you should trade
that Botox injection for a bowl of blueberries!
Although short-term studies have shown that conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) can reduce body fat mass and increase lean mass, the long-term effects of this dietary supplement have not been researched. Now, a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2004; 79 , 1118–25) has determined that CLA may have long-term effects on reducing body fat in overweight but otherwise healthy adults.
To lay the foundation for lifelong good
nutrition, the ADA recently published guidelines
to give parents practical guidance on feeding their babies and very young children. “The Start Healthy Feeding Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers” answers frequently asked questions about specific nutrient requirements, food allergies, appropriate portion sizes and food safety
According to the March issue of American Demographics, two-thirds of Americans check food labels to find out how the foods they are buying are made, while almost half seek out organic foods at least some of the time.
n When purchasing food, how often do you look
at the label to find out how it was produced?
n How often do you purchase organic or
With more families adopting a meatless diet, parents are bound to have questions about raising vegetarian children. This is especially true for those who adhere to a strict vegan food plan, one that eschews all animal products, including dairy and eggs.
Professional cooks have long decorated their customers’ plates with garnishes designed to tempt the palate. Now, an article in the February issue of Food & Wine magazine recommends that home cooks pay more attention to the hues of the food they serve to their family members.
Food experts say that having the right gadget can help even the novice cook. Here’s a list of the top 10 kitchen tools you should have on hand:
1. an 8-inch chef’s knife
2. a garlic press
3. a vegetable peeler
4. a grater or zester
5. a kitchen timer
6. a plastic or stainless steel colander
7. a plastic or wooden cutting board
8. an instant-read food thermometer
9. thick potholders or oven mitts