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USDA Issues “Smart Snacks” Proposal to Encourage Healthy Food Choices in America’s Schools


USDA issued a new “Smart Snacks” proposal on February 1, 2013, to improve the nutritional quality of food in America’s schools and encourage healthier eating habits.  The proposal establishes standards for snack foods sold outside of the federally regulated school meal programs.Read more

Kids who eat cereal for breakfast have lower BMI

Jason Owen

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Now, a recently released study offers yet another reason: Children who start their day with a cereal breakfast—even if that cereal is presweetened—tend to have lower body mass indexes (BMIs) and less chance of being overweight or obese than children who eat other breakfasts or who skip the meal entirely.

The study was published in peer-reviewed healthcare journal Infant, Child & Adolescent Nutrition (ICAN).Read more

What’s Your Wheat Problem?

Anya Sacharow

Americans love food demons and our newest one is wheat. The top-selling diet book of the moment is Wheat Belly, in which a Wisconsin-based cardiologist blames the humble grain for everything from dandruff to dementia. Author Dr. William Davis advises never letting the stuff cross your mouth; the inclusion of healthy whole grains at the top of the USDA’s food pyramid is “among the biggest health blunders ever made in the history of nutritional advice,” he writes.Read more

Folic Acid: Are You Getting Enough?

Wheat Foods Council

Folic acid, a B vitamin, is a big deal and this week is National Folic Acid Awareness Week.  Not only can folic acid and folate containing foods help prevent devastating birth defects but they may also help protect against heart disease, and colon, cervical and breast cancers.  Preliminary research also indicates a connection between adequate folic acid intake and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease as well as Parkinson’s disease.
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Daily Bread Consumption May Protect From Cardiovascular Disease

University of Barcelona

Consuming bread on a regular basis may do more than provide you with fiber and other essential nutrients—it may also help prevent cardiovascular disease.

A study led by University of Barcelona’s Professor Rafael Llorach Ramon Cajal linked daily bread consumption to a healthier lipid profile, resulting in better cardiovascular health.Read more

“Dressed” for the Holidays

Jula Kinnaird



Holiday meal preparations tend to focus on the main dish and desserts, but side dishes play an important supporting role. To make sure your holiday meal boasts an all-star cast, try your hand at some homemade dressing this year. It’s easy and will give your main dish some real pizzazz – whether you’re serving poultry, beef, pork or even vegetarian.Read more

No-knead, low-effort dinner rolls

Alison Ladman, The Associated Press

Looking for an easy, low-maintenance recipe to help dress up dinner? Look no further! These low-effort dinner rolls perfectly complement Thanksgiving dinner or any special holiday meal.

The dough does not require kneading, so even novice bakers should have no trouble making these tender, delicious rolls. Simply toss the ingredients into a bowl, mix, set aside, shape, bake and viola!—fluffy homemade bread with minimal effort. Pressed for time? The dough can be prepared, placed in the pan, and refrigerated up to a day ahead. Read more

New school meals are important for children's health

By Thomas K. McInerny, M.D., president, American Academy of Pediatrics

Our children eat at least half of their daily calories at school. School meals can play an important role in introducing children to healthy food options, encouraging children to make healthier food choices and ensuring proper portion sizes. In 2010, a federal law called the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act set new school meals standards, and children are now seeing more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains on their cafeteria trays.Read more

Announcing our "Busting Fad Diets Tool Kit"

Jula Kinnaird

The Wheat Foods Council wants to help clear up the confusion and set the record straight for sound nutrition science on losing weight – and keeping it off – in combination with ways to eat healthfully. We’re launching our “Busting Fad Diets” Campaign, just in time for the holidays and New Year’s health resolutions. Click here

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