Southern cooking is in fashion all over America now, and it has gotten healthier than in the past, with a greater focus on fresh fruits and vegetables. A recipe for grits with roasted tomatoes, corn and goat cheese highlights Southern techniques and ingredients for a vegetarian dish that can be varied by adding a fried egg or cooked greens.
Students in California can reduce waste and do a good deed by donating uneaten or unopened food to their friends and to a homeless shelter through the Merced City School District's "sharing tray" program. The district is using computer software to track consumption, which officials say should help reduce waste and identify what foods children like and do not like.
A Canadian study found that people who were advised to eat cholesterol-lowering foods, such as soy milk and nuts, achieved a greater than 13% reduction in LDL cholesterol, compared with a 3% decrease for those told to follow a low-fat, high-fiber diet. The study found that food with viscous fiber, such as barley and oats, and food with plant sterols, such as enhanced margarine, are among the most likely to lower cholesterol. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Dried plum consumption helps fight bone fractures and osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, according to research published in the British Journal of Nutrition. Lead researcher Bahram Arjmandi called the fruit "exceptional" for bone health, adding that he believes prunes suppress bone breakdown, a process which often accelerates with age.
Nutrition experts say the "food first" approach is the best way to meet nutritional guidelines, but add that supplements can help make up for a less-than-ideal diet. They recommend people consider supplements to help in a few areas, such as iron and folate for women and vitamin B-12 for people over age 50, vegans and vegetarians.