Whole-wheat pasta commonly is used as a healthier alternative to white pasta that has been stripped of nutrients during processing, but registered dietitian Jaime Mass said it is important for shoppers to look for 100% whole wheat. Quinoa, brown rice, sprouted-grain and spelt pastas, along with buckwheat noodles, also are good options, but dietitians said it is important to check labels to make sure the pastas don't contain other ingredients, such as processed flours.
Registered dietitian Laura Dolfin says diet is a four-letter word she'd rather not use; instead she guides her clients toward lifestyle changes that reap long-term health benefits. The owner of a counseling and fitness center in Oostburg, Wis., Dolfin works with clients on making small, measurable changes, such as cutting back on soda and increasing daily servings of vegetables.
Nutritionists and parents are critical of new chocolate- and vanilla-flavored milk-based formula for toddlers, saying it will lead children to crave sweets and is an early start toward obesity. Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. said the beverage -- which contains 19 grams of sugar per 7-ounce serving -- is designed to encourage toddlers to drink milk and said it is no sweeter than the chocolate milk or orange juice many children drink.
Over time, bakers have learned to create whole-grain desserts with pleasantly light textures. "A common mistake is to use whole grains for classic kinds of baking for which they're not suited," said Mark Furstenberg, who is opening a bakery and restaurant in Washington, D.C. "We need to use them in a way that enhances the food we're making."
A bill introduced in Congress on Wednesday would provide a many-pronged approach to fighting obesity. Provisions include making sure federal food programs meet nutrition guidelines; requiring pediatricians to measure the body mass index of patients; and providing access to affordable, healthy food in rural and low-income areas.