CARRAGEENAN UNDER FIRE

 CARRAGEENAN UNDER FIRE
Should clients avoid this popular food additive to protect gastrointestinal health?
Carrageenan may be the most controversial food additive that many people have never heard of. Although it has been used for decades as a thickening agent in a wide variety of foods, a growing body of evidence is raising questions about its safety. Those who seek its removal from the food supply point to studies that have linked carrageenan to digestive diseases, inflammation, and even cancer.
CARRAGEENAN UNDER FIRE



To date, the FDA

BENEFITS OF TWITTER CHATS

BENEFITS OF TWITTER CHATS
Q:How can nutrition professionals benefit from participating in a Twitter chat?
A:Twitter chats are a convenient way to interact with the online community. You can present yourself as an expert to a large online audience, bond with the RD and foodie community, and connect with potential clients.

BENEFITS OF TWITTER CHATS


Twitter Chat 101

Step 8:Feet To Ceiling 1

All Fitness Step 8:Feet To Ceiling 1 

 

High-Carb Diet Associated With Colon Cancer Recurrence

High-Carb Diet Associated With Colon Cancer Recurrence
Colon cancer survivors whose diets are heavy in complex sugars and carbohydrate-rich foods are far more likely to have a recurrence of the disease than are patients who eat a better balance of foods, indicate a new study by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers.
The connection is especially strong in patients who are overweight or obese, the authors wrote. More than 1,000 patients with advanced (stage 3) colon cancer participated in the study, one of the first to examine how diet can affect the chances that the disease will recur. The findings are being published online by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.


High-Carb Diet Associated With Colon Cancer Recurrence

Although the results point to a potential

GARLIC and Quinoa Salad With Roasted Garlic


GARLIC One of Nature’s Brightest Bulbs My mother used to tell me that the secret to her cooking was salt, pepper, and garlic—lots of garlic. She’d make potent Caesar dressings, bracingly sharp aiolis, and fragrant garlic-rubbed roast chicken. I loved her cooking because of it. We never understood how people could dislike garlic. (Some people are just plain crazy, I suppose, with their fear of garlic breath.) She added garlic for flavor and flavor alone long before it was eaten for its health benefits. Garlic has been found to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, improve circulation and immune function, and lower overall cancer risk. Not bad for something that tastes so good.

GARLIC Quinoa Salad With Roasted Garlic
Garlic imparts its flavor

‘Mindful Eating’ Lowers Weight, Blood Sugar in Diabetes

‘Mindful Eating’ Lowers Weight, Blood Sugar in Diabetes
Eating mindfully, or consuming food in response to physical cues of hunger and fullness, is just as effective as adhering to nutrition-based guidelines in reducing weight and blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes, suggests a new study published in the November issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


‘Mindful Eating’ Lowers Weight, Blood Sugar in Diabetes

In a comparison study

ZINC AND INFLAMMATION

ZINC AND INFLAMMATION
Age-Related Zinc Deficiency May Contribute to Chronic Disease Risk
A recent study published in the Journal of Nutritional Bio­chemistry found a biological explanation for age-related reductions in zinc status that may lead to impaired immune system functioning and systemic inflammation, which are contributing factors to chronic diseases. The study, which used cell cultures and a mouse model, suggests that improv­ing zinc status through diet and supplementation may be a viable strategy for reducing the risk of inflammatory diseases.


ZINC AND INFLAMMATION

“When the body has insufficient access to zinc

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

 

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Research Suggests Good Nutrition May Manage Symptoms Decades ago, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a group of developmental disabilities in which patients have significant social, communication, and behavioral difficulties, was consid­ered rare, and the prognosis of those who had it usually wasn’t good. Many individuals were committed to institutions for the rest of their lives because of their inability to function in society. But times have changed.
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER Decades ago, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a group of developmental disabilities in which patients have significant social, communication, and behavioral difficulties, was consid­ered rare, and the prognosis of those who had it usually wasn’t good. Many individuals were committed to institutions for the rest of their lives because of their inability to function in society. But times have changed.

The prevalence of ASD among adults and children

The Gluten-free Journey

The Gluten-free Journey Whether clients follow the diet because of celiac disease or the less understood gluten sensitivity, RDs serve as a guide for patients on a lifelong quest to relieve symptoms and improve health.

The Gluten-free Journey
 
After months of gastrointestinal discom­fort, abdominal pain, and bloating followed by weeks of medical testing, Susan finally learned she has celiac disease

RISING FOOD COSTS

RISING FOOD COSTS
How Last Year’s Drought May Affect This Year’s Prices
No one can say with certainty whether climate change is directly responsible for the droughts that have plagued the United States over the past couple years, but you can’t deny that 2011 and 2012 brought exceptionally dry weather to significant portions of the country.
RISING FOOD COSTS How Last Year’s Drought May Affect This Year’s Prices

In 2011, the most severe drought in decades hit large seg­ments of Texas, decimating the state’s cattle industry. In 2012, the Midwest and its grain crops bore the brunt of the drought. Although fluctuations in rainfall occur every year, extended periods without enough rain could pose a serious problem for the United States in the future.

DIABETES AND COMPLEMENTARY CARE

More Patients Are Following Alternative Diets to Manage the Disease
As diabetes cases continue to soar worldwide, people with the disease are turning more and more to alternative thera­pies to help manage it. Specifically, in an analysis of data from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey, Bell and colleagues found that more than 72% of people with diabetes use comple­mentary and alternative medicine (CAM) to manage their dis­ease. A literature review on the use of CAM among people with diabetes, published in 2007 in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, reported prevalence rates as high as 78%. Moreover, people with diabetes are 1.6 times more likely to use CAM therapies than people without diabetes.

DIABETES AND COMPLEMENTARY CARE

 
What Is CAM?