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More Simple Steps for Healthful Eating


In an earlier post, we offered suggestions from "10 Simple Steps," a nutrition education brochure published by the American Dietetic Association (ADA). The guide is based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Here are the final five "simple steps" for healthful eating. Step 6: Watch for solid fats and added sugar. According to the new USDA Dietary Guidelines, Americans eat too many foods containing...


A Shift in Food Shopping Habits


Some interesting data from the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) sheds light on how consumers shop for groceries and what their priorities are as they fill their carts. Shopping for Health 2011, the 19th annual study released by the FMI and Prevention magazine, found a change in behavior from previous surveys: Consumers no longer place such a high priority on avoiding undesirable ingredients in food -- such as fat, sugar and calories. Instead, they increasingly look for foods offering healthful components...


Boost Your Intake of Whole Wheat

Nutrition, From Our Kitchen

We love the Whole Grains Council, because it does so much to promote healthful eating. The organization has even developed a calendar that features a different whole grain each month of the year. July's featured grain is one familiar to all of us: wheat. In the United States, about two-thirds of all grains consumed are some form of wheat. A large portion of that is refined wheat, which is less nutritious than whole wheat. Even enriched wheat, which has been...


Cancer Prevention Starts Early, with Diet


A June article in the Nutrition Journal suggests that the diets of many American youth aged 8-18 fall well short of the recommended daily allowance of fruits, vegetables and whole grains -- foods known to be useful in cancer prevention. In addition, the article states, pre-adolescents and adolescents consume higher than recommended amounts of foods that have been found to increase cancer risk: red and processed meats, refined sugars, salt and alcohol. A recent study found that 6.2 percent...


Use Rice Cooker to Whip Up Whole Grain Recipes

Nutrition, From Our Kitchen

The Whole Grains Council (WGC) does a wonderful job of promoting healthful whole grains, and helping consumers discover delicious ways to incorporate them into our daily meals. One great way to simplify the preparation of these grains is by using a rice cooker. The WGC has added a new Rice Cookers For All Grains page to its website, to encourage experimentation with lots of whole grains using this convenient appliance. For added inspiration, the Council recommends a book called The...


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