Registered dietitian Toby Amidor writes that fast-food chains have taken steps to make their menus healthier. To fit fast food into a healthy diet, RD Lindsay Vettleson suggests "undressing" menu items by taking off half the bun and avoiding sauces, mayonnaise and toppings such as bacon and cheese. RD Sherri Stastny recommends choosing salads over fries and adding vegetables such as lettuce and tomatoes to burgers.
Canned peaches are just as nutritious as fresh ones and sometimes more so, according to a study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. Canning "opens the cell walls of the fruit's flesh, and it makes nutrients such as vitamin A more readily available to our body," says food scientist Christine Bruhn
New USDA meat labeling rules went into effect Thursday, requiring packages to list where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered. The rules, which apply to steaks and roasts but not ground beef, were supported by some farmers groups and consumer organizations but opposed by the meat packing industry and the National Grocers Association.
Speakers at McDonald's annual meeting, including a 9-year-old girl, criticized the fast-food chain for offering an unhealthy menu and for marketing to children. McDonald's CEO Don Thompson defended the chain's menu and said it does not serve junk food, but he agreed the company has some issues and can be part of the solution.
Simple ingredient swaps, such as using 93% lean ground beef instead of higher-fat cuts, can lead to a healthier, lower-calorie burger on the grill this Memorial Day, registered dietitian Molly Kimball writes. Bison, turkey, chicken, vegetable and salmon burgers also are healthier alternatives, and choosing a whole-grain bun, low-fat cheese and lots of vegetables for toppings can help build a better burger, Kimball writes.