European explorers brought pumpkins and squash home with them from the New World, but Italians didn't settle for the ordinary orange globes Americans carve up every year. In Venice, gardeners developed the marina di Chioggia, or sea pumpkin, which is a slightly squashed sphere with gnarled, dark green skin and vibrant orange flesh. It's dense with a silky, rich flavor that lends itself to complex dishes, including a dramatic winter squash stew with tomato, dry-cured olives and garlic. Read more.
Students at 27 public schools in the District of Columbia will have a cafeteria salad bar this year, and 10 high schools will use an "Eat More Salad" campaign to help them build nutritious meals. The District's nutrition chief, Jeff Mills, says he spent the summer testing local sources for salad-bar greens and produce, and students will have access to locally grown nectarines, mushrooms, watermelons, tomatoes, squash, arugula and spinach.
Waist circumference may help predict mortality risk in obese individuals with chronic kidney disease, a study in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases suggests. Experts said the odds of dying from CKD were 2.1 times higher in men and women with waist sizes equal to or greater than 48 inches and 42.5 inches, respectively.
A survey conducted by the CDC indicates that Southern states have the highest obesity rates at 29.4%, while Western states have the lowest at 24.1%. None of the states surveyed had an obesity rate below 20%, meaning that the Healthy People 2010 goal was not met. Mississippi is the most obese state, with 34% of adult residents having the condition, while Colorado is the least obese with a rate of 21%, the CDC said.
Foods served at sit-down restaurants and fast-food chains have significantly higher calorie content compared with what is indicated in their menus, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found. Experts said that about 20% of restaurant-served foods tested had at least 100 more calories than indicated, which taken in daily could result in an extra 10 to 15 pounds annually. Sit-down restaurant items contained an extra 225 calories over what was reported, on average, while those of fast-food restaurants had an average of 134 more calories per item, researchers said.