A diet for infants that consists predominantly of unprocessed foods, including fruits, vegetables, poultry and fish, was linked to a lower risk of developing food allergies at age 2 compared with a diet of commercially produced foods, a U.K. study showed. Dietary nutrients educate the immune system, and inadequate amounts of them during a child's immune-system development may help explain the findings, said study author Kate Grimshaw. The study was published on the website of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
The "We Over Me" program has transformed the football field at Paul Quinn College in Dallas into a 2-acre urban farm that supplies fresh vegetables to the neighborhood and to a hospitality company that provides food for the Dallas Cowboys' stadium. Farm manager Andrea Bithell has been teaching the public about urban farming, including how to prepare a habitat for honeybees.
Taxing soda or other sugar-sweetened beverages to reduce consumption and fight obesity may not work as well as taxing cigarettes, because people easily can switch to other unhealthy foods, according to a study in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Researchers at RTI International said lower-income families tend to buy foods and beverages that are higher in calories, fat and sodium compared with products purchased by higher-income families, so a soda tax would be a regressive tax.
Nutritionists pack lunches for their children that offer lean protein, low-fat dairy, plenty of fruit and vegetable options, and a treat. Registered dietitian Kit Broihier says she includes ingredients for a wrap, such as turkey, lettuce, tomato and a tortilla, so her daughter can make it herself, while RD Ilaria St. Florian says she tries to strike a balance between healthy foods and foods she knows her children will eat.
West Virginia is in the early stages of implementing a statewide school-nutrition law under which all students would have access to free breakfast and lunch. Under the law, districts also are required to serve breakfasts in alternative ways to help increase participation. In one district, school nutrition professionals say they have seen an increase in meal participation since they began serving breakfast in the classroom.