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The Checkup Archive: Dietary Guidelines

Ranch dressing revisited

Ranch is often offered to children along with cut-up vegetables or baby carrots. Like the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down, the ranch dip makes vegetables more palatable to kids who might otherwise shun them. But full-fat ranch is high in fat and calories, and reduced-fat versions are packed with sodium. Is it really such a great idea to induce kids to eat vegetables by loading those carrot sticks with such nutrition-unfriendly glop?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | March 8, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Dietary Guidelines, Family Health, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Parenting, School Nutrition, Sodium  
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Ranch dressing rules

For better or worse, ranch dressing is the most popular salad dressing in America. As I write in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, it has overtaken Italian dressing as our dressing of choice, both at the store and at restaurants.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | March 1, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Dietary Guidelines, Family Health, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, School Nutrition, Teens  
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Is that right? White bread versus whole wheat -- again

As I wrote in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 suggest that we increase our intake of whole grains by allowing those more healthful grains to elbow out the refined grains -- like white bread -- we consume in overabundance. Turns out that notion is hardly a new one.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 25, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Dietary Guidelines, Is That Right?, Nutrition and Fitness  
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Survey your cereal

In this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column I offer tips for adding more whole grains to your diet. The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 want at least half the grains we eat in a day to be whole, not refined. Hardly any of us come anywhere close to meeting that goal, though: While the USDA says less than 5 percent of us consume those three daily servings of whole grains, we somehow manage to eat twice as many servings of refined grains as we should.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 22, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Dietary Guidelines, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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New dietary guidelines, boiled down

Are you as excited as I am about the release yesterday of the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010? Probably no one is more excited, or perhaps relieved, than the folks who have been working for years to craft the new document. They've had to sort through lots of scientific evidence and consider the opinions of everyone from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association to the pro-vegetarian Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine as to what the document should advise about how Americans should eat.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 1, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Dietary Guidelines, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity  
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New federal dietary guidelines released

Federal officials Monday released the government's latest advice to Americans on what they should be eating, including specific new recommendations to limit salt intake. The departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services jointly issued the first updated version of the federal government's official Dietary Guidelines for Americans in five...

By Rob Stein  | January 31, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Dietary Guidelines, Family Health, General Health, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, School Nutrition  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Got milk? What kind?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 25, 2011
Federal Food Pyramid prompts a lawsuit by PCRM, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 11, 2011
Consumer Reports offers snapshot of American eating habits, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 4, 2011
Study links diet to longevity, but with confusing findings, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 28, 2010
New vitamin D recommendations, Rob Stein , November 30, 2010
Is 1,500 mg of sodium a realistic goal?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 2, 2010
 
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