Researchers say women who eat a half cup of rice a day, the U.S. average, are ingesting arsenic equivalent to drinking 4¼ cups of water daily with maximum allowable arsenic levels. The Environmental Protection Agency, which sets arsenic limits for water at 10 parts per billion, should consider arsenic regulations for rice, the researchers say.
Southern cooking is in fashion all over America now, and it has gotten healthier than in the past, with a greater focus on fresh fruits and vegetables. A recipe for grits with roasted tomatoes, corn and goat cheese highlights Southern techniques and ingredients for a vegetarian dish that can be varied by adding a fried egg or cooked greens.
Children ages 3 to 5 almost doubled their intake of vegetables on days when they were given meals that included regular vegetable servings and dishes with pureed veggies versus days without the pureed veggies, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found. Children appeared to like the doctored recipes as much as they liked the standard meals, but researchers noted that this is not the only strategy parents can use to make children eat vegetables.
Adding krill-oil supplements to a high-fat diet for eight weeks reduced the levels of appetite-stimulating endocannabinoid compounds in mice, a study in Nutrition & Metabolism found. "Krill oil has a high potential to alleviate metabolic dysfunctions associated with obesity and other metabolic disorders," according to researchers at Norwegian fishing company Aker Biomarine.
Children who frequently received home-cooked fruits and vegetables at six months were more likely to consume more fruits and vegetables by age 7 compared with counterparts who received such meals less often, a study in the journal Public Health Nutrition found. Researchers did not find similar benefit in consumption of shop-bought fruits and vegetables. The results underscore the importance of giving fruits and vegetables in the early weaning period, they added.