School Nutrition

Brown-bagging it in style, lessons learned after thousands of school lunches

Author: 
JeanMarie Brownson, Special to Tribune Newspapers
08/08/2012

Summer always goes too fast. Back-to-school advertisements  fill me with mixed emotions: I like the routine, I dread the monotony. A quick calculation tells me we've made more than 4,500 school lunches. Monotonous? With a modicum of imagination, no.Read more

The Gluten-Free Diet: Medically Required or Just a Fad?

Author: 
Shelly Asplin, MA, RD, LMNT
06/26/2012

Does it seem that at every turn someone new is following the gluten-free diet? It is true that many people are following the gluten-free diet as a fad. But for those with celiac disease (CD) or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), the gluten-free diet is a medical requirement.

To read the complete article, available on the Bean Institute website, click here.

Investigate carefully before going gluten free

Author: 
Judi Adams
06/14/2012

Wheat has long been a major contributor of nutrients to the American diet through consumption of bread, rolls, cereal and pasta.

Grains contribute more than 70 percent of the folic acid/folate; 50 percent of the iron and 39 to 60 percent of the three major B vitamins, and many other nutrients.Read more

That's How Much Cereal?

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Registered Dietitian Jill Weisenberger shows you how to pour the perfect portion of cereal.

New Food Choices Free of Trans Fats Better Align U.S. Diets With Health Recommendations

Author: 
Ilya Rahkovsky, Steve Martinez, and Fred Kuchler
04/19/2012

The trans fats content of new food products shows a marked decline from 2005 to 2010, along with an increase in the use of “no trans fats” claims on product packages, according to a report by the Economic Research Service (ERS) of the US Department of Agriculture. Read more

California Raisin Marketing Board Calls for Entries in the Fifth Annual "America's Best Raisin Bread Contest"

Author: 
California Raisin Marketing Board
04/04/2012

Fresh from the oven is the ultimate California raisin bread competition, honoring professional and up-and-coming bakers across the country. The California Raisin Marketing Board's (CRMB) fifth annual America's Best Raisin Bread Contest is now open and all industry professionals and student bakers are encouraged to enter their most mouth-watering masterpieces in one or all of the three categories of this competition: Artisan, Commercial and Breakfa

All eligible contestants are:Read more

ConAgra to FDA: There is ‘ample evidence’ to support qualified health claim on whole grains and type II diabetes

Author: 
Elaine Watson, Food Navigator-USA.com
04/05/2012

ConAgra Foods says there is “ample scientific evidence” to support a qualified health claim about whole grain consumption and a reduced risk of type II diabetes.Read more

CDC report finds U.S. population has good levels of some essential vitamins and nutrients

Author: 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
04/02/2012

Overall, the U.S. population has good levels of vitamins A and D and folate in the body, but some groups still need to increase their levels of vitamin D and iron, according to the Second National Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition, released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report offers a limited but generally favorable review of the nation’s nutrition status although the findings do not necessarily indicate that people consume healthy and balanced diets.Read more

Get Your Plate in Shape

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Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy products have all the nutrients we need for healthful lifestyles. Get your plate in shape by ensuring your meals include foods from all of these food groups. Learn more about building a healthy plate at www.eatright.org

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