Actor Ashton Kutcher recently landed in the hospital after adopting an all-fruit diet, which registered dietitian Marisa Moore says leaves out a lot of nutrients, protein and even fats needed to regulate bodily functions. She says fruit's natural sugars must be regulated by insulin and too much sugar could overwork the pancreas.
Registered dietitian Connie Morales says it can be a challenge to get heart surgery patients to adopt a healthy diet, so she focuses on making good choices and reading labels rather than giving up the foods they love. Morales, a cardiac rehabilitation expert at a hospital in Wilmington, N.C., loves the teaching part of her job and says, "Success with patients is education."
One in 25 children in the Green Bay, Wis., area school district reportedly have a food allergy or intolerance, prompting school nutrition professionals to prepare and label allergen-free meals each day. Officials say the largest increase in demand has been for gluten-free meals. Nutrition professionals are trained not to cross-contaminate the allergen-free meals, and say that type of care puts students and parents at ease.
The New York Times Tribute to Nurses honored four nurses from Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia. One of the winners, Debbie Gardiner, also received a Nightingale Award for advanced practice in October.
Milk is a key ingredient in desserts from some of the nation's most ambitious pastry chefs, who often change its texture while highlighting its wholesome, nostalgic appeal. Philip Speer of Uchiko in Austin and Uchi in Houston has created a fried-milk dessert with a corn-flake coating, and Nicole Krasinski offers a mix of milk, cream, roasted peanuts, vanilla and dark Muscovado sugar at State Bird Provisions in San Francisco.