nutrition http://wrkf.org en School Nutrition Fight Widens As School Board Members Join In http://wrkf.org/post/school-nutrition-fight-widens-school-board-members-join The political food fight over rolling back school nutrition standards is at an impasse for the moment. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:46:00 +0000 editor 28400 at http://wrkf.org Time To Relax The Sodium Guidelines? Some Docs Say Not So Fast http://wrkf.org/post/time-relax-sodium-guidelines-some-docs-say-not-so-fast We've all heard the advice to go easy on the salt shaker. Or, perhaps, more importantly, to cut back on eating packaged, processed foods that often contain a lot of salt.<p>And why? There's a lot of evidence linking excessive sodium intake to high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease.<p>The dietary guidelines <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/salt/?s_cid=salt_002">recommend</a> that adults consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day.<p>But a new study suggests that when it comes to the optimal amount of salt in our diets, there may be more leeway than we thought. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:46:00 +0000 editor 24695 at http://wrkf.org Time To Relax The Sodium Guidelines? Some Docs Say Not So Fast The Old And Mysterious Practice Of Eating Dirt, Revealed http://wrkf.org/post/old-and-mysterious-practice-eating-dirt-revealed <strong></strong>There's an old saying in the South: "A child's gotta eat their share of dirt."<p>Mamie Lee Hillman's family took this literally, but they weren't after just any old dirt.<p>"I remember my mom and my aunties eating that white dirt like it was nothing," says Hillman, who grew up in Greene County, Ga., and used to go with her family to dig for their own dirt to snack on. "It was an acceptable thing that people did."<p>"White dirt" is actually a soft, chalky clay called kaolin and is widely used to make porcelain, paper and paint. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:08:00 +0000 editor 24636 at http://wrkf.org The Old And Mysterious Practice Of Eating Dirt, Revealed Why We Got Fatter During The Fat-Free Food Boom http://wrkf.org/post/why-we-got-fatter-during-fat-free-food-boom If you want to trace Americans' fear of fat, the place to start is the U.S. Senate, during the steamy days of July 1976.<p>That's when Sen. George McGovern called a hearing to raise attention to the links between diet and disease.<p>And what was the urgency? The economy was booming, and many Americans were living high on the hog. A 1954 Capitol Hill restaurant menu offers a glimpse of what lunch looked like then: steak with claret sauce, buttered succotash and pineapple cheesecake. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:27:00 +0000 editor 24393 at http://wrkf.org Why We Got Fatter During The Fat-Free Food Boom Babies Who Eat Too Well May Be On The Path To Obesity http://wrkf.org/post/babies-who-eat-too-well-may-be-path-obesity Parents love it when their babies are good eaters, whether it's polishing off a bottle or happily grabbing bits of pasta. But researchers think babies who chow down with gusto might be setting themselves up for obesity later on.<p>By looking at pairs of twins, researchers were able to separate a baby's eating habits from parental influences. In this study, twins who were enthusiastic about food and took longer to get full had by 15 months gained 2 pounds more than a less enthusiastic sibling. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:28:00 +0000 editor 22740 at http://wrkf.org Babies Who Eat Too Well May Be On The Path To Obesity Can Mom's Pregnancy Diet Rewire Baby's Brain For Obesity? http://wrkf.org/post/can-moms-pregnancy-diet-rewire-babys-brain-obesity Moms-to-be are often reminded that they're eating for two. It's tempting to take this as an excuse to go for that extra scoop of the ice cream. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:58:00 +0000 editor 21669 at http://wrkf.org Can Mom's Pregnancy Diet Rewire Baby's Brain For Obesity? Is Sugar Addiction Why So Many January Diets Fail? http://wrkf.org/post/sugar-addiction-why-so-many-january-diets-fail We've survived the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, when rich, sweet treats come at us non-stop. Now is the season of reform, when gym memberships, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/02/15/146927835/can-a-diet-clean-out-toxins-in-the-body">cleanse books</a> and weight-loss plans sell like gangbusters.<p>The cycle has become so predictable, and disheartening, as our collective motivation to change our ways dissolves by February like a sugar cube in a glass of champagne. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:13:00 +0000 Eliza Barclay 21082 at http://wrkf.org Is Sugar Addiction Why So Many January Diets Fail? Cinnamon Can Help Lower Blood Sugar, But One Variety May Be Best http://wrkf.org/post/cinnamon-can-help-lower-blood-sugar-one-variety-may-be-best If I say cinnamon, you say ... sugar? It's a popular combination, of course.<p>But if you're interested in the health-promoting effects of cinnamon, you may want to think anew about the spice.<p>For instance, says <a href="http://www.bourbonsteakdc.com/the-team/">John Critchley</a>, executive chef at Bourbon Steak Restaurant in Washington, D.C., why not add it to savory dishes? He uses cinnamon to create a spice and herb rub for lamb loin. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 09:52:00 +0000 editor 20657 at http://wrkf.org Cinnamon Can Help Lower Blood Sugar, But One Variety May Be Best What Separates A Healthy And Unhealthy Diet? Just $1.50 Per Day http://wrkf.org/post/what-separates-healthy-and-unhealthy-diet-just-150-day If you want to eat a more healthful diet, you're going to have to shell out more cash, right? (After all, Whole Foods didn't get the nickname "Whole Paycheck" for nothing.)<p>But until recently, that widely held bit of conventional wisdom hadn't really been assessed in a rigorous, systematic way, says <a href="http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/dariush-mozaffarian/brief-bio/">Dr. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:50:00 +0000 editor 19736 at http://wrkf.org What Separates A Healthy And Unhealthy Diet? Just $1.50 Per Day Diet Of Defeat: Why Football Fans Mourn With High-Fat Food http://wrkf.org/post/diet-defeat-why-football-fans-mourn-high-fat-food Backing a losing NFL team isn't just bad for your pride.<p>It's bad for your waistline.<p>A study that links sports outcomes with the eating behavior of fans finds that backers of NFL teams eat more food and fattier food the day after a loss. Backers of winning teams, by contrast, eat lighter food, and in moderation.<p>After a defeat, the researchers found that saturated fat consumption went up by 16 percent, while after a victory it decreased by 9 percent. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 07:22:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 16393 at http://wrkf.org Diet Of Defeat: Why Football Fans Mourn With High-Fat Food