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The 2010 US dietary guidelines tech report released

On June 15, 2010 the US Agriculture Secretary and Human Services Secretary announced that public comments are now being accepted on the 2010 Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Find the report here.

The actual 2010 Dietary Guidelines will be released at the end of 2010.

Upcomming nutrition discussions are likely to be centret around the following issues and new busswords:

Combining Nutrients, Consuming Foods
Translating and Integrating the Evidence
Energy Balance and Weight Management
Nutrient Adequacy
Fatty Acids and Cholesterol
Protein
Carbohydrates
Sodium, Potassium, and Water
Alcohol
Food Safety and Technology

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An Apple A Day And Kidney Stones

Researchers have found another reason to eat well: a healthy diet helps prevent kidney stones. Loading up on fruits, vegetables, nuts, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains, while limiting salt, red and processed meats, and sweetened beverages is an effective way to ward off kidney stones.

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Citrus-derived Flavonoid May Prevent Obesity

A flavonoid derived from citrus fruit has shown promise for preventing weight gain and other signs of metabolic syndrome which can lead to Type 2 Diabetes and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Snackwise – A new rating system for snacks

Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital developed Snackwise®. It’s a research-based snack rating system that calculates Nutrient Density in snack foods. Snackwise® is designed for use by any organization or individual interested in making healthier snack choices. It based on the content of 10 nutrients + energy.

Visit snackwise.org. A list of healthy snacks on the US market.

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Healthy Body Image Is First Step Against Childhood Obesity

For children, it may take several repetitions (10 or more) to have a child try a new food, but parents should retreat gracefully and try again another day rather than get into a battle of wills when the child refuses a food”.

Parents can increase the odds of getting a child to try a new food by having the child see them enjoying the food and having the child help prepare the unfamiliar food. “If the child is in the kitchen cooking with Mom or Dad, it’s unlikely that he/she will refuse the food that they’ve helped prepare.”

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Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Cuts Alzheimer’s Risk

In a 2006 study, Columbia University Medical Center researchers showed that elderly New Yorkers whose eating habits most resemble the Mediterranean diet have about a 40% lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease than do those with poor diets.

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The role of fruit juice in the diet

Fruit juice is one beverage that has seen a dramatic increase in consumer purchasing since the 1970s. While the beneficial effects of consuming diets rich in fruit and vegetables are well documented, the specific health effects of consuming fruit juice are less so. Further, the role of fruit juice in conditions such as obesity has also recently come under scrutiny, due to questions over how liquid calories affect subsequent energy intake. Limitations in the literature in this area include a lack of studies looking at different types of fruit juices and their effects on health, as well as studies that differentiate fruit juice from fruit and vegetable intake.

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A systematic review of the nutritional quality of organic foods

There is no evidence that organically produced foods are nutritionally superior to conventionally produced foodstuffs, according to a study published on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Abstract. See also Medical news today.

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American Dietetic Association’s official stance on vegetarian diets

The American Dietetic Association has released an updated position paper on vegetarian diets that concludes such diets, if well-planned, are healthful and nutritious for adults, infants, children and adolescents and can help prevent and treat chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes.

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Vegetarians Less Likely To Develop Cancer Than Meat Eaters

In a study of more than 61,000 people, Cancer Research UK scientists from Oxford followed meat eaters and vegetarians for over 12 years. Vegetarians are 12 per cent less likely to develop cancer than meat eaters, according to this new research published in the British Journal of Cancer .

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