I just finished my last two newsletters for this month -ADA times and Vegetarian Nutrition Update (both from the American Dietetic Association).
Here are some research briefs for your entertainment:
ADA times (Spring 2010, Volume 7/Issue 3)
(If you'd like the respective journal for the articles I listed, just let me know)
Lunchtime Coffee Break Best for Fighting Diabetes
-People who drank coffee with lunch were 1/3rd less likely to develop type 2 diabetes over several years than non-coffee drinkers. This was true for decaf and caffeinated coffee, with or without sugar, but drinking coffee at any other time of the day didn't influence diabetes risk.
Higher fast food prices lead to lower weight and diabetes risk
-Both weight and diabetes risk decreased for people in communities where fast food prices increased. The study also showed that the reverse was true: When fast food prices decreased, consumption, weight and diabetes rose.
Mediterranean Diet may aid those undergoing fertility treatments
-Women being treated for infertility may be more likely to become pregnant if they follow a diet high in fish, vegetable and vegetable oils. The study found that women undergoing fertility treatments who most closely followed the diet were 40% more likely to get pregnant compared with women who followed the diet the least.
Teen girls look to classmates to gauge weight goals
-Whether high school teen girls will try to shed pounds depends on the bodies and behaviors of their peers. Researchers found that an individual girl's attempts to lose weight is most strongly associated with the dieting behaviors of girls of a similar body size. For example, the odds that an overweight girl is engaged in weight control increase substantially when other overweight girls in her school are trying to lose weight. Researchers say this study demonstrated how social comparison theory improves understanding of how health behaviors are linked to social contexts.
Taxing unhealthy foods may encourage healthy eating habits
-Taxing unhealthy foods reduced overall calories purchased, while subsidizing the prices of healthy food increased calories because mothers used money saved on subsidized fruits and vegetables for less healthy treats for their family.
Drinking milk during pregnancy may lower baby's risk of MS
-Mothers-to-be with high milk or dietary vitamin D intake during pregnancy may help reduce their baby's chances of developing multiple sclerosis as an adult.
Moderate drinkers appear to gain less weight than non-drinkers
-Normal-weight women who drink a light to moderate amount of alcohol appear to gain less weight and have a lower risk of becoming overweight or obese than non-drinkers.
Magnesium-rich foods could cut colon cancer risk
-A study in Japanese men and women found that men who consumed at least 327 mg of magnesium daily were 52% less likely to develop colon cancer than those who consumed less than 238 mg.
A closer look at the link between diet and breast cancer risk
-A review of 18 published articles found an increased risk of breast cancer with high consumption of alcohol, and a lower risk with diets rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Obesity impairs body's ability to remember how to fight flu
-Obesity may limit the body's ability to develop immunity to influenza viruses, particularly secondary infections, be inhibiting the immune system's ability to "remember" how it fought off previous comparable bouts of illness.
Activia reaches restaurants
Einstein Bros. Bagels launched a fruit and yogurt parfait made with Dannon Activia Yogurt-the first prepared menu item featuring probiotic yogurt in a chain restaurant.
Panera is first to market
Panera bread is the first chain to voluntarily post calorie information on menu boards in all company-owned Panera Bread, St. Louis bread CO and Paradise Bakery & Cafe locations by April and in franchises by the end of the year.
Greek yogurt goes mainstream
Yoplait launched a Greek yogurt line that contains approximately twice the amount of protein per serving in other yogurts.
Sargento lowers the sodium in six varieties
Sargento foods is introducing six cheese varieties available in shreds, slices and snacks that will have 25% less sodium than regular cheeses.
Hellmann's switching to cage-free eggs
Unilever announced it will use certified cage-free eggs in U.S. production of Hellmann's light Mayonnaise and, once there is a consistent supply, in its other mayonnaise varieties.
PepsiCo to nix sweetened Drinks in schools
PepsiCo will remove its full-calorie soft drinks in schools in more than 200 countries by 2012., and will sell water, milk and juice with no added sugar in elementary schools. secondary schools will include low-calories drinks and sport drinks.
Wonder Bread makes Health pitch
Wonder Bread, which was first promoted as a health food 60 years ago, is again being promoted for its fortified "goodness" under a new name, Wonder Smartwhite.
Sony CEO requests Nutritious movie snacks
The CEO of Sony urged attendees of the National Association of Theatre Owners' annual convention in March to provide nutritious food items in movie theatres, such as fruit cups, vegetables with dip, yogurts, granola bars and baked potato chips.