While a healthy diet is now factually proven to cost more than an unhealthy one, the gap between the two is not as great as you might think. In fact, a study published online December 5 in BMJ Open shows that the healthiest diets cost about $1.50 more per day than the least healthy diets.
A new position paper from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) says that healthy adults should consume 20%–35% of calories from dietary fat, increase their consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, and limit their intake of saturated and trans fats.
Published in the January issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (114; , 136–53), “Dietary Fatty Acids for Healthy Adults” recommends the following in addition to the advice stated above:
￼A large, population-based study of Midwest adults has shown that use of certain dietary supplements, including fish oil, echinacea and coenzyme Q10, was tied to changes in subjects’ systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels.
Clients struggling with weight and snack cravings may be just half an avocado away from being more successful. Overweight adults who eat about half of this green fruit during lunch can feel more full for a longer period of time, reports a study from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California.
Our national health discourse is often focused on food and nutri- tion issues these days. The many dimensions of the topic are so powerful that they can simultaneously catalyze and polarize people as well as codify consensus. “Cooking has surpassed both film and
literature as a springboard for serious conversation. This is the healthiest art movement in America right now,” said James Beard Award–winning author Rowan Jacobsen last summer at the Chef’s Collaborative National Sustainable Food Summit.
Now there's another reason to encourage clients to limit the sugar: Eating added sugar is associated with increased risk for death from cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a study published February 3 online in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study focuses on sugar added in the processing or preparing of foods, not naturally occurring sugars in fruits and fruit juices.
newsletter_teaser: Now there's another reason to encourage clients to limit their sugar intake: Eating added sugar is associated with increased risk for death from cardiovascular disease, according to a study published February 3 online in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Gina M. Crome, MS, MPH, RD, is an ACE-certified personal trainer and the owner of Lifestyle Management Solutions, a nutritional counseling and consulting practice that specializes in weight management and disease prevention. Having once weighed more than 300 pounds, Gina has unique insight into the mindsets of those impacted by obesity. Now 172 pounds lighter, she holds dual master’s degrees in clinical psychology and public health nutrition from Loma Linda University, where she received the Selma Andrews Award for Excellence and Professionalism.
If you knew someone in your social circle was making specifically healthy or unhealthy food choices, would it influence your behavior?
It’s likely, say researchers in the United Kingdom who have reported on a meta-analysis of several experimental studies that all examined whether access to information about the eating habits of others influences food intake or choices.
If you’re a vegan or vegetarian home cook, you are probably familiar with the unique umami flavor pop of nutritional yeast. Also known as “nooch,” this interesting food product is a deactivated yeast (a single-celled microorganism called Saccharomyces cerevisiae) that is grown on enriched, purified cane and beet molasses under carefully controlled conditions. Once harvested, it is washed and heat-dried to cause deactivation. Unlike baking yeast, which is a live culture, nutritional yeast does not “grow” or froth and does not serve as a leavening agent.