Friday, November 5, 2010

Whats New in Nutrition

New Research:

Study Shows Being Obese Can Attract Bullies according to research in the June issue of Pediatrics. 

Weight Loss May Help Reduce Hot Flashes in Menopausal Women according to the July 12 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

Brown vs. White Eggs: No Difference in Quality according to a study according in the July Poultry Science.

Childhood Obesity Most Prevalent in Southern States with Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee near the top one-fifth of childhood obesity rates, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Public Transit Systems Contribute to Weight Loss and Better Health according to a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Researchers found that construction of a light-rail system resulted in more walking, weight loss, and an 81 percent decrease in the risk for becoming obese over time.

Fish Oil May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer according to a study in the July issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.  Regular intake of fish oil pills was linked to a 32 percent lower risk of breast cancer.

Since it was the first study to show this link, more research is needed to find the cause and effect of fish oil pills on breast cancer.

Study Reports Link between Fructose and Blood Pressure. A study in the July Journal of the American Society of Nephrology suggest that high intake of fructose in the form of added sugars is linked with higher blood pressure levels among adults without a history of high blood pressure, but critics caution other factors could be responsible.

Gastric Bypass Surgery May Help Reduce Hunger Ratings
According to the August American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, non-obese subjects, who were compared to severely obese patients, had higher hunger ratings than those who have had gastric bypass surgery. This suggests that the surgery normalizes excessive appetite.

Study Examines Pro-anorexia and Pro-bulimia Websites
A new study in the August American Journal of Public Health looked at the content and messages on websites that appear to support or encourage anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders.

According to the study, more than 91 percent of the websites were public, and more than 79 percent had interactive features such calorie and body-mass index calculators.

84 percent of the sites surveyed offered pro-anorexia content, while 64 percent provided pro-bulimia content.

“Thinspiration” material—such as photographs of extremely thin models and celebrities—appeared on 85 percent of the sites, while about 83 percent had overt suggestions on eating disordered behaviors, including tips to engage in extreme exercise, go on a multi-day fast, purge after meals and hide rapid weight loss from concerned family and friends.

New Food Products

Sara Lee Debuts Lower Sodium Deli Meats
Sara Lee’s new “Fresh Ideas” lower-sodium pre-sliced deli meats have 25 - 32 percent less sodium than the USDA standard for similar non-reduced deli meats, and come in four varieties: two kinds of turkey and two hams.

 Burger King Introduces Whole-Grain Bun to Lighten Up Sandwich
Burger King’s Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich is now served on a toasted ciabatta bun made with whole grains, resulting in less calories, fat and sodium compared to the original Tendergrill, plus the benefits of whole grains.

Chicken Breast Bacon Hits the Market (and I have seen it at Schnucks)
Murray’s Chicken now makes bacon from antibiotic-free chickens. The bacon is made from chicken thighs and breast meat seasoned with sea salt, maple sugar, celery powder and spices, a one-ounce serving of the “bacon” contains 35 calories and 1 gram of fat.

Behold a Bright New Bean
The “crimson” bean, developed by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service for viral disease resistance, is a maroon-speckled seed that could give rise to a new crop of the legume.

General Mills Gives Total Cereal Omega-3s
Total Plus Omega-3s Honey Almond Flax Cereal, which offers about 10 percent of the recommended daily value, also has calcium, vitamin D and at least 16 grams of whole grain per serving.

Restaurants Start Serving Between-Meal Snack Options
 According to Mintel’s Menu Insights, items described as snack, snackable or snacker increased by 170 percent since 2007 and is expected to continue rising.

“Snacks are a great way to ward off hunger between meals,” says ADA spokesperson Karen Ansel, MS, RD, “but to get the most mileage you really want to plan them in advance, not buy them on impulse.”

About half of snackers (52 percent) buy a sweet snack and 50 percent want something salty, but only 32 percent of snackers choose a healthy option.

“Snacks can easily pack more calories than meals if they are made with high-fat, high-calorie ingredients,” says Ansel. “And when you’re hungry and are eating on the run, you are much more likely to pick foods that are less nutritious.”

Indeed, more than half of snackers (61 percent) look for something portable, according to the Mintel report, and 64 percent opt for a snack they can sip.

“Beverages such as smoothies and shakes feel less filling so it’s easy to slurp a lot more calories than you realize,” says Ansel.

“The best snacking strategy is to plan ahead, sit down and enjoy it without distractions for a satisfying experience that won’t turn into mindless munching.”

New Television Drama Confronts Weight Loss, Body Image
ABC Family’s new drama Huge follows the lives of seven teens and the staff at a weight-loss camp as they deal with issues including self-esteem, friendship, rivalry, romance and body image.

The new series had 2.5 million viewers and is becoming ABC Family’s biggest ever series debut among 18- to 49-year-old women.  

Huge is ranked as cable’s top program in its Monday 9 p.m. Eastern time slot.

Blog's Source: Summer 2010 ADA Times
“Industry News” is compiled by Maria Caranfa, RD, director of Mintel Menu Insights in Chicago.

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