The University of Mississippi National Food Service Management Institute is sending trainers around the country to teach the latest child nutrition trends and healthy recipes to school foodservice directors. The institute's Allyson Russell says the mission is to introduce foods that students normally might not eat.
There is not enough scientific data on high-fructose corn syrup to "vilify it," compared with other forms of sugar, but people should reduce their added sugar intake from all sources, writes registered dietitian Hope Warshaw. She suggests reading ingredient labels to find all the added sugars in processed foods, including brown sugar, molasses, fruit nectar and honey.
How and when fruits and vegetables are stored and consumed may affect their nutrition value, Rice University researchers reported in Current Biology. The study found that harvested produce remains alive, is affected by light and can change levels of chemicals that may affect health value.
Babies who gained the most weight during the first four weeks of life had 1.5-point higher IQ scores at age 6.5 years compared with those with the least weight gain, Australian researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics.
The Cancer Center Recipes Just for You Web site from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center contains healthy eating advice and video and audio clips on preparing certain recipes. Consumers can also search for recipes geared toward dietary needs, such as gluten-free, dairy-free and low-fat.