Many supplements are not in compliance with FDA safety requirements, according to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Pieter Cohen of Harvard Medical School said a 1994 law requires manufacturers to show that products are reasonably expected to be safe, but the FDA has received adequate data on only 170 ingredients from an estimated 51,000 new supplements marketed since the rule went into effect.
Small changes in diet and getting more exercise can help people with hypothyroidism fight weight problems, registered dietitian Nicole German writes. Foods that support thyroid function include whole grains, seafood, dairy, eggs and sunflower seeds, while foods high in sugar, cruciferous vegetables, soy and some nuts limit it.
A survey of school-nutrition professionals in Chicago Public Schools found that many students do not eat the healthy food provided under the district's lunch standards. Chicago adopted healthier lunch standards ahead of the national guidelines announced Wednesday. The lunchroom-workers union has presented a plan that would give them more input in food served at school, additional training, and protection if they discuss the food with students and parents. The workers also are seeking working kitchens in all newly built schools and more fresh food.
Sweet shrimp, spicy sausage, bitter greens and homemade vinaigrette can combine to make a summer pan bagnat or a classic salad. Either way, the dish goes best with a dry white wine such as pinot grigio.
Brown butter, a French classic, has been used by chefs for years, but more of today's menus are featuring dishes that include the ingredient, according to bon appetit magazine. A couple of quick suggestions include drizzling brown butter over popcorn or toasting breadcrumbs in it and tossing with steamed broccoli.