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Archive for June, 2011

Ever wish you had your own nutritionist? What questions would you ask? This morning we had a our first “Ask Gerri” session on the Be Food Smart Facebook page. Nutritionist and registered dietitian, Gerri French RD, answered a slew of questions ranging from protein powder and long-term weigh loss to caramelized oatmeal and family body cleanses. You can see the full Ask Gerri session from today on our Facebook Page.

Our next Ask Gerri session is Thursday, June 16th at 8:00am PT.

Mark your calendar and jot down questions you want to ask throughout the week. Make sure to “Like Us” on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BeFoodSmart) so your are notified of Ask Gerri sessions and so you can post your questions.

Want to learn more about Gerri? See her full bio here and read our Q&A session with Gerri (also see related posts below).

This morning the USDA unveiled the new food guide for America titled MyPlate. This plate diagram replaces the old food pyramid that we’ve seen for years (see image below). If you visit choosemyplate.gov, in addition to this diagram, you will also see these dietary recommendations:

Balancing Calories
Enjoy your food, but eat less.
Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
Make at least half your grains whole grains.
Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Foods to Reduce
Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ― and choose the foods with lower numbers.
Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

MyPlate is an obvious improvement on the Food Pyramid which can be downright confusing at times. I also really like the bright, eye-catching colors and simplistic design. Here is my take on the diagram and accompanying recommendations:
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Here are a few food headlines that caught my eye this week:

Change in season: Why salt doesn’t deserve its bad rap
If you follow our blog, you may remember a recent post, Is ANYTHING Good For Me?, where salt was a source of much contention. It appears I’m not the only one trying to understand the sodium dilemma. In this article, Kristin Wartman explains why sodium is not all bad and why you should mainly consume unrefined sea salt. Read the full story on Grist.org

Pediatricians Warn Against Energy and Sports Drinks for Kids
Gatorade commercials are pretty compelling. Picture the mega athlete dunking a basketball and then sweating out droplets of brightly colored “dew.”  Healthy? Many moms think so. Unfortunately, sports drinks are loaded with sweeteners, artificial colors and extra calories and are not suited for children. Don’t even get me started on energy drinks.  If parents are allowing their children to drink something, that by definition, will give them “energy,” the kids need more sleep. Read the full story on NPR.org
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