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2009-01-12 21:00:00

Bag lunches may not always meet the nutritional needs of preschool children, U.S. researchers said. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and Third Coast Research and Development Inc. of Galveston, Texas, said due to the increasing cost of food preparation and storage, more and more childcare centers are requiring parents to provide food for their children. The researchers studied for three consecutive days the lunches of 74 children ages 3-5 attending full-time childcare centers...

2008-12-31 19:58:08

The produce section may be a bit skimpy, but it is still possible to strive for five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, a U.S. expert suggests. Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, says the solution lies in choosing as much fresh seasonal produce as possible and adding frozen and canned fruits and vegetables. Frozen fruits and vegetables often contain nearly as many nutrients as fresh produce because...

2008-12-29 23:12:09

Many think weight gain is inevitable as days grow colder but a group of U.S. dietitians says this does not have to happen. Registered dietitians from Baltimore Northwest Hospital, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital and LifeBridge Health & Fitness say Americans usually gain about 1 pound during the winter months due to filling up on so-called comfort foods. The dietitians teamed up to devise ways cooks can cut down on waist-thickening and increase the nutrition in the meals...

2008-12-24 16:43:14

Holiday party-goers may choose to mingle first and eat later, but if they do, they could risk an upset stomach or food poisoning, U.S. experts say. Foods have been sitting at improper temperatures for too long have ruined many a holiday, says Dr. Vickie Vaclavik, a clinical nutritionist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. To deter bacteria growth, holiday party hosts should remember the two-hour rule, Vaclavik says in a statement. Foods should not sit...

2008-10-04 21:00:10

An important event is round the corner and you feel you are out of shape... Here's how to tone up in seven days flat! Swap tea... for something else. If you want to get in shape fast, ditch your regular cup of tea and go for a fat-burning one instead. Studies show that green tea revs up your metabolism, so aim for several cups a day. Take some supplement Fish oil supplements are a great way to shed pounds. A recent study found that volunteers who took them lost, on an average, two...

2008-09-26 15:00:32

Sometimes it seems that nutritionists deliberately set out to confuse us about what's good for us and what we can do without. Eggs are out, eggs are back in. Switch to margarine - no, go back to butter. Cut out red meat - no, cut out carbs. Drink eight glasses of water each day - no, never mind. But what appears to be conflicting news about nutrition is due to the ever- evolving nature of science, says Linda Van Horn, a professor of preventive medicine and nutrition researcher at...

2008-09-12 18:00:26

To: FOOD EDITORS Contact: Phil Versten of Z Trim Holdings, Inc., +1-847-549-6002, phil.versten at ztrim.com MUNDELEIN, Ill., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Z Trim Holdings, Inc. (Amex: ZTM) announced today that it will partner with students from the Hospitality and Tourism Academy of Baltimore's National Academy Foundation (NAF) High School to demonstrate its multifunctional fiber food ingredient at the Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage, and Lodging Expo, the largest trade show on the East...

2008-09-10 21:00:08

By Janet Helm Maybe you think nutritionists flip-flop as often as political candidates seem to do. Eggs are bad, no eggs are OK. Switch to margarine, no go back to butter. Drink eight glasses of water each day, no never mind. What appears to be conflicting news about nutrition can be attributed to the ever-evolving nature of science, said Linda Van Horn, a professor of preventive medicine and nutrition researcher at Northwestern University. New discoveries about the composition of...

2008-09-09 15:00:09

By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH Food plays such an enormous role in Judaism that many of the holidays are summed up thus: "They tried to kill us... We survived... Let's eat!" But feasting on many occasions through the year, plus the weekly Shabbat, can lead to excesses. And when some have a tradition of eating chopped liver or using chicken fat to glue flour together and stuff it into cow intestines to make kishke - you know "Jewish food" can pose some health problems. But there are...

2008-08-14 03:00:15

By Anonymous NUTRITION More than three-quarters of Americans say they are confident in their ability to prepare food safely, yet many report not following simple procedures to reduce the spread of bacteria in their kitchen or ensure safe cooking temperatures. In particular, less than half report using separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry, or produce, and just 29% say they employ a meat thermometer. These findings-in the third annual "Food Health Survey" conducted by the...