Harvard University researchers found that men had a 16% lower risk of getting cardiovascular disease if they had daily vitamin D intake of at least 600 IU a day, but women did not share in those benefits. The study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says the findings on women were unexpected but consistent with other data and may be linked to the low dosage of vitamin D used in the study protocol.
Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., is fighting to repeal an amendment to an agriculture-spending bill that would reopen proposed nutrition regulations for public schools, while Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, is seeking to muster support among colleagues to block Woolsey. Republicans say the regulations are unfunded mandates for schools and that the amendment would prevent them from raising the cost of school lunches. Ultimately, the amendment would roll back measures enacted to improve nutrition standards.
Teresa Braden says she knows simple things such as a splash of color and how foods are arranged on a plate can make the difference in whether patients at Fort Harrison VA Hospital in Montana eat their meals, which affects nutrition and healing. The hospital cook says even simple garnishes, such as an orange slice or adding cinnamon to oatmeal, can entice the senses without interfering with nutritional guidelines set for patients.
Berries of all varieties provide antioxidants that protect against heart disease and can help with weight control, dietitians say. Jan Yudt, a registered dietitian at Porter Health System in Valparaiso, Ind., says berries are "cell protectors" and are an easy way for adults to reach the recommended 2½ cups of fruit each day.
A French study of 7,625 people 65 and older found that those who used olive oil regularly had a 41% lower risk of stroke compared with those who never used the oil. Researchers also examined levels of oleic acid, which is found in olive oil, in 1,245 older adults and found that the third of those with the highest levels of the acid in their blood had a 73% reduced risk of stroke compared with the third with the lowest levels.