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

Special Report: CAT CORA


CAT CORA An Iron Chef with a Heart for Combating Hunger
As one of the newest members—and the first female—inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame, it’s no secret Cat Cora knows her way around a kitchen. First employing her cook­ing prowess in 2005 to best the brightest of culinary stars as the first—and only—female Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America (for which she may be most recognized), now the celebrity chef is utilizing social media technology to bring those top-rate cooking skills to the masses with a new iPad app. Called Cat Cora’s Kitchen, the app not only gives users deli­cious recipes but also assists users in organizing their time via a schedule that includes step-by-step instructions and esti­mated completion times for each dish.
CAT CORA An Iron Chef with a Heart for Combating Hunger

“We designed the app to serve as a tool for at-home chefs to plan and execute stress-free meals for their family and friends,” Cora says. “The meal planner is detailed with step-by-step instructions to make cooking meals easier for everyone. The less time you spend stressing over a meal, the more time you can spend actually enjoying it!”
In addition to penning popular cookbooks, conceptualizing fresh and exciting concepts for restaurants, and heading a line of specialty foods and cookware, Cora also finds time for phi­lanthropy, fighting both hunger and obesity through her non­profit organization, Chefs for Humanity.
But the most motivating of her endeavors? No question, it’s her four boys: “My kids inspire and motivate me every single day.”
Today’s Dietitian (TD): Iron Chef, TV host, contributing editor for O, The Oprah Magazine: What’s next?
Cora: I just opened a new Cat Cora’s Kitchen restaurant at the Salt Lake City Airport and hope to open more across the coun­try soon. I’m also putting the final touches on a shoe line, which will be available [sometime in 2013].
TD: In 2005, you founded Chefs for Humanity. What is this organization, and what sparked the idea for its inception?

‘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

MOBILE APP MOTIVATORS

 MOBILE APP MOTIVATORS 
New Tech Tools May Help Keep Clients Exercising Well Beyond the New Year
Happy New Year! After counting down the seconds to 2014, your clients probably started counting the calories they need to cut and the number of pounds they’d like to lose. As is typical every January, New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, exercise more, and eat healthier are made and then soon broken. Gym owners, fitness instructors, and personal trainers all confirm that at the start of every new year, the gym equip­ment and classes are mobbed, and training sessions are booked solid. By March, the crowds thin out considerably when busy schedules and lost motivation overshadow resolutions to exercise regularly. 

 MOBILE APP MOTIVATORS


Psychology Behind Motivation

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

Educating Young Palates

MindStream Academy is blending food, nutrition, and education to teach students how to live healthfully for the rest of their livesThe number of children suffering from childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, putting them at an increased risk for much more than teasing from schoolyard bul­lies. The US Department of Health and Human Services has reported that “being overweight during childhood and ado­lescence increases the risk of developing high cholesterol, hypertension, respiratory ailments, orthopedic problems, depression, and type 2 diabetes as a youth.”
Educating Young Palates
These conditions are a serious public health 

Healthful School Lunches

Healthful School Lunches: The start of the school year welcomes students with the promise and expectation of filling their minds with knowledge and—for the 32 million in our nation’s school meal programs—their bodies with nutritious foods. Only this year the implementation of the new federal lunch standards mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 is—ironically—leaving kids hungry.

Healthful School Lunches

And this youngest generation is speaking

Ethical Decision making

Ethical Decision making: An 85-year-old man was admitted to an acute care facility after suffering a stroke. Despite his advanced age and history of progressive dementia, his family never prepared documents that addressed advance care planning, which would have desig­nated a surrogate decision maker and indicated his wishes for his end-of-life healthcare.

Ethical Decision making

Before his hospitalization,

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?