Dessert is an additional opportunity to add a serving of fruits or vegetables to a daily diet, registered dietitians said. Applesauce, mashed bananas, honey or maple syrup can be substituted for sugar in dessert recipes, and sweet potatoes, shredded carrots and zucchini can be added to breads, muffins and cakes. RDs said a healthy dessert can be as simple as topping fruit salad with honey or grilling or broiling pineapple.
Pinnacle Foods Group is launching a campaign for its Birds Eye brand with the theme "At Birds Eye, It's Always Vegetable Season," building on its larger "Wonder of Vegetables" effort. The campaign includes a branded Facebook application with recipes and tips from chef Marcus Samuelsson.
An informal online poll of Michigan residents found that 49% of 275 respondents said they would give up meat to improve their health and treat heart disease, while 36% said they would eat more vegetarian food but still include meat in their diet. Dietitians said people who give up meat must have a carefully planned menu to ensure they get enough nutrients, and that those who want to go vegetarian or vegan should talk with a nutritionist first.
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.
Smokers who ate a variety of fruits and vegetables had a 27% lower risk of developing squamous cell lung cancer compared with those who had less variety in their fruit and vegetable consumption, a European study found. However, the researchers said the risk reduction was minor compared with quitting smoking.