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In an ongoing effort to determine the anti-inflammatory value of diets rich in some types of fish, scientists studying asthma and allergic reactions have found that a molecule produced by the body from omega-3 fatty acids helps resolve and prevent respiratory distress in laboratory mice.
In a few weeks, New York City restaurants will finish the job of eliminating artificial trans fat from the food they serve. The final phase of the City's trans fat regulation takes effect July 1, requiring restaurants to clear artificial trans fat from all their menu items. When first implemented last year, the new standard applied only to fry oils and spreads. It will now cover previously excluded items such as baked goods, frozen foods, cannoli, and doughnuts as well. Foods served in the manufacturer's original, sealed packaging, such as candy and crackers, are still exempt.
Researchers are studying whether adding a component of cotton plants to chicken feed might result in anti-cancer eggs and chicken meat.
Purified extract of Chinese red yeast rice, Xuezhikang, reduced the risk of repeat heart attacks by 45%, revascularization, cardiovascular mortality and total mortality by one-third and cancer mortality by two-thirds.
Whole grains, antioxidants, fiber, Omega-3s -- we know they're good for us and want to reap the nutritional benefits they offer, but we don't always know how to incorporate them into convenient and tasty meals.
Remuda Programs for Eating Disorders has published Eating Disorders: A Handbook of Christian Treatment, a comprehensive guide to the mysterious world of eating disorders. The handbook explains eating disorders, along with proper assessment and intervention, across the bio-psycho-social-spiritual continuum. It was written by a multidisciplinary team to be of value to a broad range of healthcare and pastoral professionals, practitioners, educators and students.
Amid the recent barrage of media reports striking fear in the hearts of dieters around the country, there is good news. The low calorie sweetener aspartame is vindicated in the rodent obesity hypothesis.
HSPH has relaunched its popular website, The Nutrition Source (www.thenutritionsource.org), one of the most visited nutrition sites and an independent, trusted source of nutrition information on the web.
dLife launches the dLife Recipe Finder and Food Look-Up, the world's largest and most comprehensive online nutrition database and look-up tool for people with diabetes. Visit www.dlife.com and search ingredients, prepared foods or even fast food to get in-depth nutritional analysis for more than 25,000 foods and access to over 10,000 diabetes friendly recipes. This revolutionary offering creates a complete one-stop resource to help people track daily carbohydrates in an effort to maintain an optimal diabetes diet and for overall healthy living.
Children between 2 and 5 years old experience developmental changes that affect their eating habits, and by anticipating and appropriately reacting to these changes, families can help turn their preschoolers into healthy eaters for life.
Young children can be picky eaters, spooked by strong flavors or unfamiliar ingredients, so family dinners tend to be seasoned to the taste of the pickiest eaters. But just because the three-year-old prefers milder foods doesn't mean the rest of family can't enjoy something with more zip. To help parents please all of the diverse tastes of their hungry hoard without spending all night in the kitchen, Mealtime.org has devised an intriguing dinnertime idea that easily creates four dinners out of one.
Fruits and vegetables that are rich in nitrates protect the stomach from damage.
Two more types of freshwater fish in southeastern North Carolina have been found to have elevated levels of mercury. They are yellow perch caught south and east of Interstate highway 85, and black crappie caught south and east of I-95. State public health officials are urging pregnant women and children to avoid eating those fish altogether, and urging others to limit their consumption of those fish to no more than one meal a week.