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2009-08-04 11:23:15

The Nutrient-Rich Foods (NRF) Index is a new, objective, science-based way to measure the total nutritional quality of foods and beverages.Effective nutrition profiling should be based on existing science and validated against proven measures of diet quality, according to the August issue of the Journal of Nutrition. A study in the issue outlined the scientific approach taken to develop the NRF Index, a measurement of nutrient density validated against the USDA's scientifically based Healthy...

2009-07-01 16:24:50

Important findings for children and adults    Food prices rose by 5.5 percent in the past year and are expected to increase up to an additional 4 percent in 2009. Americans are seeking to get the most out of their dollar, and since together, dairy foods provide a unique package of nine essential nutrients, they are a nutritional bang for the buck.In a supplement to the current issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition (JACN), several prominent nutrition...

2009-06-04 14:34:00

Fruit2O(R) Essentials(TM) Offers Nutritional Benefits and Flavor of Fruit in a Zero-Calorie Fortified Water CINCINNATI, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- From the creators of Fruit2O(R), the original fruit flavored water, comes a new fortified water unlike any other - Fruit2O(R) Essentials(TM) - providing nutrients found in two servings of fruit with zero calories in each bottle. Studies have shown that 80 percent of Americans do not drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day, and as much as...

2009-03-20 09:42:00

Test Your Nutrition Knowledge at CountryCrock.com and You Could Also Win a $25 Visa(R) Gift Card Instantly ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Do you know how much calcium you need each day? Or which foods are good sources of vitamin D? If you are curious about answers to these and other nutrition questions, then pull up a chair to the virtual chalkboard at www.CountryCrock.com. Take the Shedd's Spread Country Crock(R) Calcium quiz for the chance to instantly win a $25 Visa(R)...

2009-03-12 15:44:27

Boosting calcium consumption spurs weight loss, according to a study published in the most recent issue of the British Journal of Nutrition, but only in people whose diets are calcium deficient. Angelo Tremblay and his team at Universit© Laval's Faculty of Medicine made the discovery in a 15-week weight loss program they conducted on obese women. The participants consumed on average less than 600 mg of calcium per day, whereas recommended daily intake is 1000 mg. In addition to following...

2009-03-02 08:13:00

Shedd's Spread Country Crock(R) Calcium Plus Vitamin D Helps Kids and Adults Get More of these Vital Nutrients ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite general knowledge of the importance of calcium in our diets, nine out of ten girls and three out of four boys don't get enough of this important nutrient.(1) In addition, a recent study indicates that there has been a decline in Vitamin D levels among Americans, children and adults over the past 10 years.(2) Shedd's Spread...

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2009-03-02 07:38:38

New study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association evaluates supplement intake Micronutrients such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C play essential roles in maintaining health. As older adults tend to reduce their food intake as they age, there is concern that deficits in these micronutrients lead to medical problems. In a study published in the March 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers examined how well different...

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2009-02-09 14:30:00

New research from Boston University School of Medicine found that teens who consumed closer to three daily servings of dairy foods had less body fat and lower body mass indexes (BMI) than those who consumed less dairy. "Our research found that adolescents who consumed less dairy had consistently higher levels of body fat," said Dr. Lynn Moore of Boston University School of Medicine, the study's lead author. "The results further support existing evidence that consuming low-fat and fat-free...

2008-10-14 12:00:08

ROSEMONT, Ill., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- A new clinical report released yesterday by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) at its National Conference and Exhibition, titled "Prevention of Rickets and Vitamin D Deficiency in Infants, Children and Adolescents," now doubles the recommended amount of vitamin D for infants, children and adolescents. The AAP adjusted their recommendations for vitamin D issued in 2003, from 200 IU a day beginning in the first two months of life to 400 units per...

2008-10-11 00:00:13

A U.S. researcher is calling for a sea change in how governmental agencies advise people to take vitamin D. Anthony Norman of the University of California, Riverside, says about half of the elderly in North America are not getting enough vitamin D to maintain healthy bone density, lower their fracture risk and improve tooth attachment. "It is becoming increasingly clear to researchers in the field that vitamin D is strongly linked to several diseases," Norman says in a statement. "The...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.