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
Want to cut down on what you eat but need a helpful reminder? The answer may soon lie in your kitchen cupboards!
Several manufacturers now offer dinnerware that helps you measure food portions on your plates and bowls. For example, a company named Studio Penipento (877-310-8442) makes a line of ceramic bowls that come equipped with pastel dots on the bottoms and
sides that clearly indicate food amounts. Vessel’s (vesselinc.com) new line of everyday white plates and bowls has a
low ridge to help control portions.
Covering high-fat foods with plastic for microwave cooking can be hazardous to your health. The intense heat generated in the microwave can cause the plastic to leach chemicals into the food. These chemicals, known as phthalates, are known to cause serious health problems, such as cancer and sexual dysfunction. That’s why experts recommend microwaving your food in glass containers and covering them with a napkin or paper towel.
The merits of the Mediterranean diet are making a splash in the news these days. Not only is olive oil a staple of this diet; it is actually the principal fat listed in the Mediterranean diet pyramid (see the
May 2003 issue of IDEA Health & Fitness Source).