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.
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.
Dietitians say it's easy for people to make their own healthy sports drinks that combine water, electrolytes and carbohydrates. While registered dietitian Dave Grotto says water still is the best sports drink for most athletes, his homemade version adds lemon juice, some fruit juice or a teaspoon of honey, and a dash of salt to increase electrolytes.
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.