Seventy percent of Americans are trying to consume less sugar, while 63% say they are trying to lower their intake of high-fructose corn syrup, according to a poll by the International Food Information Council Foundation. The results appear in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
A Gallup survey found that 59% of men and 69% of women were heavier than their average ideal weight by 1 or more pounds. Researchers also found that 60% of adults said their weight was just about right, despite the worsening obesity epidemic, suggesting that Americans are moving to higher ideal weights to change their expectations as their actual weights increase.
There are healthy ways to feel energized without using energy drinks, which are under FDA investigation because of deaths linked to caffeine toxicity, registered dietitian Tiffany Barrett writes. Exercise, sleep and stress reduction are important, along with good nutrition, which includes getting enough water, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium.
Chef and owner of San Francisco's Slanted Door restaurant Charles Phan grew up eating the steamed dishes that are a staple in his native Vietnam, where, he writes, "a properly steamed fish is a benchmark for professional chefs." Phan hopes he can change the way Americans perceive steamed food and prove it is not just a cooking technique for the health-conscious, but a way to quickly create moist, flavorful dishes.
Having chefs in school cafeterias to educate children about food preparation and nutrition would have a larger impact than simply changing the offerings in the cafeteria, chef Tia McDonald writes. "Just as children must learn reading, writing and math, a quality food education is necessary for the transition to successful, healthy adulthood. And just as those children must have quality teachers to help them succeed, they should also have chefs in schools to build their foundation in food," McDonald writes.