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February 2013

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A Food Fight of Epic Proportions

Cassie Rowe, MS, RD, LD/N

Earlier this month a new “rule” was proposed that will prohibit the sales of any unhealthy snacks at any school that receives government funding (i.e., schools who participate in the National School Lunch Program). There's some debate about the outcome of this regulation and when and if it’s implemented (that’s up to you, since the general public has time to comment). Depending on the angle with which you view this legislation, you may or may not be for it. This might just be a food fight for the record books!

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Food Porn: Just in Time For Valentine's Day

Cassie Rowe, MS, RD, LD/N

Yep! I said it. Food PORN. What is it? Well, it’s a term defined by The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) as “menu items with eye-popping levels of calories, saturated fat, sugar and/or sodium”, and it exemplifies the Xtreme Eating list put out by the same group which identifies the most unhealthy dishes at restaurant chains in the nation. Curious about the winners this year?

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Will people soon be adding spices to their daily vitamin regimen?

When you think cinnamon, the first thing to come to mind might be that delicious pastry stand, or your morning coffee. According to a recent publication in Delight Gluten Free magazine, cinnamon is now being sold in capsules! These capsules, sold by Carlson Laboratories, a family owned nutritional supplement business, contain 500 mg of Ceylon Cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon, native to Sri Lanka and taken from the Cinnamomum Zeylanicum plant, is known also as “true cinnamon” for its lower levels of a potentially harmful ingredient coumarin.

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Yay or Neigh? Horsemeat Found at Burger King?!

Cassie Rowe, MS, RD, LD/N

Maybe you’ve read the recent headlines—or maybe you’ve missed them, but it appears that Burger King sold burgers tainted with horsemeat in the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Ireland. Don’t worry—there hasn’t been any found in the US… so far anyway.

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Berry Good For You!

Cassie Rowe, MS, RD, LD/N

A brand-new research study published this year brings us more positive health-nutrition news. It appears that young and middle-aged women can decrease their risk of heart attack by eating a combination of blueberries and strawberries. Delish!