South Africans increased their intake of healthy foods and reduced consumption of snacks when offered rebates of up to 25% if they purchased items on a list of more than 6,000 items reviewed by nutritionists and doctors, according to research released by the Rand Corp. The analysis, published on the website of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, also found that the rebates increased by 9.3% the ratio of healthy to total food purchases.
A study in Eating Behaviors found that participants who had chewing gum before every meal ate fewer meals, but were less apt to eat fruits and vegetables compared with those who did not chew gum. Researchers said the menthol in chewing gum can make fruits and vegetable taste bitter, which may lead people to opt for unhealthy choices.
About 25,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2010 were associated with consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association meeting. The findings do not prove a causal effect, but rather link a high intake of sugary drinks to deaths due to heart disease, diabetes and cancer, researchers said.
The School Nutrition Association is supporting federal legislation that would lift the cap on grains and proteins in school meals. The legislation would make permanent a waiver issued this school year that gave schools more flexibility in implementing grain and protein requirements.
Research indicates a link between diet and inflammation, suggesting that certain foods could help patients with diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, RD Jennifer Nelson writes. Eating fish, walnuts and other foods high in omega-3 fats and colorful vegetables that are rich in antioxidants may help reduce inflammation, Nelson writes.