Hy-Vee introduced Health & Wellness Forum, an online location for customers to ask questions and receive answers from Hy-Vee officials and other customers. The website is divided by topic, including gluten-free eating, heart health, exercise, organic food and vegetarian diet. That last category has generated active discussions and more than 825 views.
Researchers at Southampton University hypothesize that long-term health can be determined or programmed during the first 1,000 days of life -- from the prenatal period to age 2. They say a woman's prenatal nutrition may affect her child's heart, weight and diabetes risk. "What we are seeing is a window of opportunity where we can make better people," researcher David Barker said.
Researchers in the field of colloid science are creating products designed to allow reduced-fat and reduced-salt foods to taste and feel the same as regular foods, which may aid in the obesity epidemic. Researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed low-fat oil bubbles to use for cooking, and New Zealand-based experts have created a droplet that contains omega-3 fish oil that is coated with milk proteins to remove the fishy taste and smell.
Recent studies show that diet sodas may increase waist size and that the sweetener aspartame increases blood sugars in mice, but nutritionist Janie Norman of the University of South Florida's Diabetes Center says the low-calorie beverages don't necessarily raise the risk of diabetes in humans. Norman says, however, that the data strengthen her belief that water is the best beverage option.
Food-service staff at schools in Greeley, Colo., attended a boot camp to learn kitchen math and food safety as they prepared to switch to cooking fresh meals for students who returned this week. Many U.S. school districts are offering from-scratch meals as a way to fight obesity and improve nutrition, but they face challenges in bringing kitchens and equipment up to date and in keeping costs within budgets.