Canadian researchers found that more than half of 186 toddler foods studied had excessive sugar, meaning sugar was responsible for more than 20% of the products' total calories. Researchers targeted fruit snacks, cereal bars, desserts and cookies marketed for toddlers.
A small, six-week beauty salon-based intervention program called "Steps for a New You" found black women who received instructions and materials from a beautician increased their average fruit and vegetable intake from about two servings a day to three and a half servings daily.
To get the most nutrients from fruits and vegetables, buy the freshest produce from local vendors, chose products in season and shop just a few days ahead of when you plan to serve them, registered dietitian Jane Harrison says. She also says the outer skins of many vegetables are nutrient rich and that steaming is the best way to cook vegetables to ensure maximum nutrition.
U.S. growers of almonds and pecans through ads, recipe contests and other outreach have cultivated a market for their products in China, where consumers already associate American-grown walnuts as being a higher quality product than domestic ones. China, which is already the top foreign buyer of U.S. walnuts and pecans, this year is projected to become the leading export marketing for almonds.
A U.S. study found that resveratrol, a component of red wine, appeared to prevent the formation of damaging blood vessels associated with serious eye conditions, including diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Researchers also identified a novel mechanism of resveratrol activity that could lead to new therapies.