Family meals and their rituals might be an underappreciated battleground for fighting obesity, say Cornell professor Brian Wansink, PhD, and coauthor Ellen Van Kleef, assistant professor at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Their study appeared online in Obesity on October 1, 2013.
It has been widely reported that, for the first time in two decades, the FDA has proposed a major overhaul of nutrition labeling on food packages (see the mockup of the proposed new label).
Among the most significant changes in the potential redesign are
Now there’s another reason to encourage clients to limit their sugar intake: Eating added sugar is associated with increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, 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.
Fat may seem like the enemy of civilized people—especially sedentary ones. Yet we cannot live without it.
Fat plays a key role in the structure and flexibility of cell membranes, and it helps regulate the movement of substances through those membranes. Special types of fat, known as eicosanoids, send hormone-like signals that exert intricate control over many bodily systems, mostly those affecting inflammation or immune function.
Cooking skills used to be passed down from generation to generation, but as fast food and packaged meals proliferated in our culture, many people lost the basic “know-how” of food prep. Food Revolution Day, a campaign put on by the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, aims to solve this issue by teaching children about food and cooking. The goal of this campaign is to get children excited about food by educating them in an engaging way, which will help teach them the skills that they need to live healthier lives.
Your clients’ best intentions for healthy eating during the week can be easily derailed if they haven’t thought through a plan. While it’s not always possible for clients to anticipate every curve ball that might get hurled their way, here are a few simple strategies from Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, that take only 8 minutes of focused time each week.
If you had to choose, would you rather spend 10 minutes more exercising or 10 minutes more preparing food each day?
A study by researchers at The Ohio State University’s College of Public Health suggests that because of the way Americans allot their time, the two may be mutually exclusive. The study found that a 10-minute increase in food preparation time was associated with a lower probability of exercising for 10 more minutes—among both men and women. The finding applied to single and married adults as well as parents and those with no children.
With springtime in full swing, a cook’s thoughts turn
to quick meals that don’t require a lot of time in a hot
kitchen. Poaching fish is a healthy way to feed your
family when you can’t take any more heat!
1 large orange
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 teaspoons (tsp) finely grated, fresh ginger root
2 tsp finely chopped pickled ginger
2 tablespoons (tbs) honey
1 pound skinless, deboned salmon fillets
1 or 2 tbs unsalted butter