Fifty-seven percent of U.S. adults over age 18 use menu labeling information like calorie counts to determine their orders, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The researchers looked at surveys from 17 states and found that women were more likely to use menu labels, and the labeling helped customers pick lower-calorie options, reported TIME. Full Story (7/11/14)
Children's health is a top priority for families, according to the United Soybean Board's 21st Annual Consumer Attitudes About Nutrition study. Researchers found 73% of respondents cited instilling healthy eating habits in children as important, while 71% cited reducing childhood obesity and 67% cited increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables. Full Story (7/9/14)
Is milk's sour reputation an accurate one?
Concerns about antibiotic use, hormones and poor living conditions for cows have given milk a questionable reputation, but these rumors may be unfounded, registered dietitian Kerry Neville writes. Regular tests indicate 99.99% of milk to be antibiotic-free, and while growth hormones are used by some dairy farms, the repercussions may not be as great as critics say. Food & Nutrition Magazine (July/August 2014)
TV portrays unhealthy foods in a positive light
A study in the Archives of Disease in Childhood says 32.6% of unhealthy food cues shown in children-oriented television programs were presented in a positive light, while only 19.8% were portrayed in a negative light. Researchers also found that sweets and other unhealthy foods accounted for 47.5% of all food-specific placements, while sugar-laden drinks made up 25% of all placements for beverages. Medical News Today (7/4/14)
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