Researchers say that paying cash for food may help people eat healthier because those who use credit or debit cards are more likely to make impulsive, unhealthy food purchases. Shoppers using larger baskets also were more susceptible to impulsive purchases of unhealthy products, while those who went to the store on weekends were less likely to be impulsive.
A meta-analysis of 11 studies found that barley and beta-glucan from barley significantly reduced total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels but did not affect HDL cholesterol or triacylglycerol levels. "Increased consumption of barley products should be considered as a dietary approach to reduce LDL cholesterol concentrations," the researchers wrote.
A Finnish study found that about 5% of young children born in June or July and about 9.5% of those born in October or November had an allergic reaction to food.
The study also showed that about 11% of young children whose 11th week of fetal development occurred between April and May were more likely to have a food allergy as infants and toddlers.
White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass said the Obama administration is optimistic that the stalled Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill will pass Congress in November. He told a conference of chefs and anti-hunger advocates that federal officials are listening to concerns about a provision in the bill that would suspend a temporary $2.2 billion increase in food-stamp benefits.
Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, has begun, and slow cooking may be the best way to prepare a traditional holiday meal, according to this article. Slow cookers, which are good for stews such as cholent and other dishes, may be a lifesaver when it comes to combining traditional cooking with a busy lifestyle. Slow-cooked cholent is made with beans, potatoes, barley, onions, garlic and meat such as brisket, short ribs or chuck roast.