How many times during a week do clients tell you they want to lose weight or talk about what they are doing to change their body weight? Among 48,026 U.S. residents over the age of 20 who answered the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2015–2016, 42% responding said they were actively trying to lose weight.
A new report in Nutrition Journal reveals that dispositional optimism—expecting that more positive things will happen in the future—may lead to better food choices. At baseline and every 6 months, 19,335 volunteers participating in France’s NutriNet-Santé study completed at least three online 24-hour diet records (2014–2018).
The growing popularity of soy products in U.S. and European diets has raised considerable controversy. While the soy-rich diets of Asia generate documented health benefits, questions persist about the safety of soy in some products.
What do residents of the United States have in abundance? In supermarkets and food outlets, Americans have easy access to ultraprocessed foods prepared using industrial techniques; for example, soft drinks and candies, powdered instant soups or noodles, various “nuggets” and pre-prepared meat, and pizza dishes.
People who are fond of adding hot chili peppers to their stews and sauces may be adding to their heart health. Among 22,811 women and men living in southern Italy, 24.3% regularly ate chili peppers four or more times a week. These peppers are part of the Mediterranean diet.
Need a quick-and-easy recipe to add to your COVID-19 shelter-at-home cooking repertoire? Try this take on greens and beans. You likely have everything you need in your pantry and may only need to source a dark leafy green for the fresh part.
Tell someone you’re a health, nutrition or fitness professional and the questions begin. As a RD I’ve been asked to calculate nutrient needs by complete strangers, am constantly peppered with diet du jour questions, and cannot get through the week without being asked about breakfast. Is it necessary? What should it include? or not? And, my favorite, “would it be better to skip breakfast or eat a donut if that’s the only option?” I’m all for everything in moderation but seriously?!? I’m not even going to answer that one.
Today, some consumers are still under the misperception that plant-based diets fall short when it comes to getting adequate nutrients like protein (IFIC 2019). However, scientific research continues to support consumption of more plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts (like walnuts), seeds and beans, as part of a healthy eating plan that offers a spectrum of potential health benefits.
According to a study in Endocrinology, soybean oil may cause genetic changes that lead to neurological conditions such as autism, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety and depression. Researchers compared mice that were fed three different diets high in fat: soybean oil, soybean oil modified to be low in linoleic acid, and coconut oil. Results showed that a…
Consumers are leading busy lives and are inundated with information and choice. Although taste remains a primary consumer driver in food choice, nutrition and health are also very important considerations. This is reflective of the evolving holistic conversation of health and well-being, as “nutrition” conversations no longer simply involve nutrients. This is not surprising, as the population is now multiple generations removed from farms, so it makes sense that there are more, broader questions from people about how and what food gets on their plates. So let’s talk a bit about the pork story.
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