Nutrition experts say simple changes can make fattening comfort food healthier without sacrificing taste, such as substituting turkey or chicken for ground beef in meat loaf and using whole-grain bread and reduced-fat cheese for grilled-cheese sandwiches. Registered dietitian Holley Grainger recommends using chicken broth, low-fat milk or Greek yogurt in mashed potatoes, or stirring in a mild soft cheese or adding garlic and herbs for extra flavor.
As the PPACA's medical loss ratio rules cut into insurers' profits, many are entering agreements to employ doctors directly, acquiring information technology companies and participating in accountable care organizations.
Cooking shows, including reality-TV programs such as "Hell's Kitchen," create more informed consumers and do not necessarily add to the nation's obesity problem, says dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot, creator of the F-Factor Diet. Marlene Schwartz of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University disagrees, saying that watching TV promotes a sedentary lifestyle and that the programs may increase hunger and snacking.
Patients become less likely to adhere to medication plans as the number of prescribing doctors and the number of pharmacy visits required increase, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Health care providers, insurers and pharmacies should help patients simplify and streamline their prescription-filling practices, the study authors said.
Restaurants in the Los Angeles region are moving beyond El Salvador's national dish, the pupusa, to offer sophisticated food from a diversity of regions. Sonsonate Grill serves Salvadorean beers and food including a pan con gallina chicken sandwich. El Santiagueno is known for its soups, stews and desserts.