No Science Behind Blood-Type Diets

They are a fad that refuses to fade, but no solid evidence exists to show whether or not eating plans tailored to ABO blood types promote health, say Belgian researchers who tried their best to find some.
Source: Reuters Health
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Health Tip: Help Kids With Diabetes Deal With Shots

Prepare the injections where the child can’t see you

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Highlights Economic Opportunity and Job Creation of Regional Food Hubs

ELKWOOD, Va., May 30, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today highlighted the economic opportunity provided by strong local and regional food systems for America’s farmers and ranchers while touring Blue Ridge Produce, a regional food hub that aggregates, markets and distributes locally grown fruits and vegetables for sale to wholesale customers in the region surrounding the nation’s capital. Founded in 2011, Blue Ridge Produce currently works with 120 farms of all sizes throughout Virginia to supply local supermarkets, food service companies and regional distributors.

Weight Loss Might Ease Psoriasis

Obese people on low-calorie diet reported relief of skin symptoms, better quality of life

Source: HealthDay
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Sugary Drink Consumption Down Among U.S. Kids

More evidence that Americans are heeding calls to cut back on sugary drinks appears in a report from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Source: Reuters Health
Related MedlinePlus Pages: Carbohydrates, Child Nutrition, Health Statistics

Task Force: Screen for Gestational Diabetes After 24 Weeks of Pregnancy

Practice would provide a substantial benefit with few risks, experts say

Source: HealthDay
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Health Tip: Eat Right for Healthier Sight

Foods that may improve eye health
Source: HealthDay
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Celebrate National Salad Month!

May is National Salad Month and with the warmer weather here, there’s no better time to give your oven a rest and enjoy a lighter meal.  When we typically think of “salad,” we think of a traditional side salad or green salad.  I encourage you to experiment–don’t forget that salads include fruit and can be expanded to include protein, which make delicious entrees. 

A salad can be a nutrition powerhouse.  To boost the nutrition of your salad, think about adding color and texture.  Start with the greens and instead of using only iceberg lettuce, try mixing in darker greens like spinach, kale or red leaf lettuce.  Add your favorite veggies for flavor and crunch–cucumber, tomato, shredded carrot, radish, red onion and baby peas are a few options.  Fruits and a sweetness to your salad. Try citrus fruit like Mandarin oranges and grapefruit or go with sliced strawberries or fresh raspberries as a topping.  Don’t forget the protein.  Beans like garbanzo, black or pinto beans add protein, fiber and flavor to any salad.  Low fat cheese or a lean meat like fish or chicken breast is also a great addition.  Nuts and seeds also make a terrific topping, adding crunch and flavor.

One of my favorite entree salads is a Cobb salad made by a local restaurant.  It consists of Romaine lettuce topped with grilled chicken breast, diced tomato, crumbled blue cheese, avocado, bacon and topped with a balsamic vinaigrette.  This past weekend I decided to replicate the salad at home, making a few tweaks to make it a bit healthier.  I added some red leaf lettuce and mesclun greens to the Romaine lettuce.  I substituted gorganzola cheese since my family prefers it and it has a similar flavor.  Instead of regular bacon, I used lower-fat, thin-sliced, turkey bacon.  I grilled the chicken breast  and added the avocado and tomatoes just like the restaurant version.  It turned out beautifully and my family loved it–I’ll definitely make this again!

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Fruits & Veggies–More Matters has a long list of salads in their recipe database from which to choose.  Sweet to savory, entree salads to side dishes, there’s something for everyone.  So lighten up now that summer is upon us and find your favorite salad!

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Many Medical Students Have Anti-Fat Bias, Study Finds

That poses a significant barrier to the treatment of obesity, researchers say

Diabetes Warning

Source: HealthDay – Video
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