From Antioxidants to Zinc, Dietitians Provide `Can-Do' Insight on Nutrition And Lifestyle
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- What's a phytonutrient anyway? Are carbohydrates good, or bad? Is it possible to prepare a healthful meal, without sacrificing taste?
The latest nutrition news can leave anyone's head spinning. That's why the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and Wiley recently released the second edition of the American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, as a practical, up-to-date resource for healthful eating. Taking the guesswork out of nutrition and food, the guide offers positive solutions for everyday eating and nutrition dilemmas, covering everything from supermarket shopping and eating out, to feeding kids, to today's "hot" food issues, sports nutrition and kitchen essentials.
"One practical tip that I share, especially with busy mothers, is to stock their pantry for convenience. There's more variety than many people realize in canned products including vegetables, fruits, soups, lean meats, stews and beans," said Roberta Larson Duyff, registered dietitian and author of American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide.
According to Duyff, using canned foods cuts down on mealtime preparation and provides plenty of nutrition and flavor. In fact, a nutritional study conducted by the University of Massachusetts found that recipes created with canned, fresh or frozen ingredients are similar in nutritional value and taste appeal. Perhaps best of all, when time and energy for cooking are in short supply, nourishing recipes made with canned ingredients can be ready in a moment's notice.
Some additional "practical tips" that are featured in the American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide include:
-- Paint Your Plate With Color -- Toss blueberries in your yogurt. Garnish your salad with sliced beets. Tuck spinach leaves into your sandwich. A rainbow of fruits and vegetables create a palette of nutrients and phytonutrients, or plant chemicals, on your plate: from oxidizing free radicals that may damage healthy cells, to having anti- inflammatory qualities, to lowering LDL cholesterol.
-- You Say Tomato -- Tomatoes contain lycopene, an important carotenoid, which may help prevent certain cancers. Research confirms that lycopene in tomatoes is converted by heat in the canning process, allowing the body to absorb it more easily. As a result, processed tomato products such as canned tomatoes and sauces are among the best sources of dietary lycopene.
-- Fiber: Bundled with Nutrients and Phytonutrients -- Fiber itself is full of health benefits of insoluble fiber in whole-wheat products, flaxseed and many vegetables that may reduce the risk of colon and/or breast cancer, as well as soluble fiber in legumes, oats, and many fruits and vegetables that may lower blood cholesterol levels, and reduce the chances of cardiovascular disease. Beyond that, most fiber-rich foods also contain antioxidant vitamins or minerals. And whole grains have lignan, a phytonutrient that may offer protection from some cancers.
-- Berry Tasty -- Antioxidants found in all kinds of fruits and vegetables may protect against certain cancers and promote heart health. Canned berries such as strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and cherries are among the many flavorful and convenient fruits with antioxidants.
-- Milk It for All It's Worth -- Besides the bone-building benefits, a trio of nutrients -- calcium, magnesium and potassium -- in many dairy foods may protect against high blood pressure and promote heart health.
-- "Soy" Good! -- Whether whole soybeans, tofu or soy milk, the many soy products sold today have isoflavones, which may protect against breast and prostate cancers, and promote bone health after menopause. Soy protein may be heart healthy, too!
"The real recipe for wellness is a combination of healthful eating (a variety of nutrient-rich foods, moderation and good taste) and a physically active lifestyle. Remember that healthful eating, even in a hectic world, is realistic, convenient and flavorful," Duyff said. "We hope the updated American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide answers consumers' many food and nutrition questions, and that it provides practical and positive solutions for eating for health. So read, enjoy, stay active and eat healthy -- for life."
Healthful Eating and Recipe Ideas:
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About Roberta Larson Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS
Roberta Duyff, an expert in food and nutrition, is nationally recognized as an author, consultant and developer of a wide variety of consumer publications, including the first and second editions of the award-winning American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide (Wiley), educational books, cookbooks, children's books and as a media spokesperson. A registered dietitian, fellow of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and certified in family and consumer sciences, she is strongly committed to consumer health and culinary nutrition as a noted food and nutrition leader.
About the American Dietetic Association
With nearly 70,000 members, the American Dietetic Association is the nation's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Chicago-based ADA serves the public by promoting optimal health and nutrition. Visit ADA at http://www.eatright.org.The Canned Food Alliance is a partnership of the American Iron and Steel Institute's Steel Packaging Council, the Can Manufacturers Institute and selected food processors. The primary mission of the Canned Food Alliance is to serve as a resource for information on the convenience, contemporary appeal, nutrition and versatility of canned food, more than 90 percent of which is packaged in recyclable steel cans. For dozens of mealtime solutions, be sure to visit the Canned Food Alliance online at http://www.mealtime.org.
About John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Wiley is a global knowledge company with a diverse portfolio of technology, business, consumer and how-to brands, computer-based learning tools, Web-based products and Internet e-services. Wiley's best-selling brands and imprints include Jossey-Bass, For Dummies, Betty Crocker, Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Bible, CliffsNotes, Frommer's, Unofficial Guides, Visual, Weight Watchers, Ernst & Young, JK Lasser, and Webster's New World. Founded in 1807, Wiley provides must-have content and services to customers worldwide. Its core businesses include scientific, technical and medical journals, encyclopedias, books and other online products and services, professional and consumer books and subscription services and education materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley has publishing, marketing and distribution centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. Wiley's Internet site can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com.