January 2014 | Hotlunch.com | 1-888-376-7136

[Volume 6, Issue 1]

Food Advertising at School

Students, especially high school students, are exposed to food advertising every day. The food companies use this to build brand loyalty so the kids will buy their products, even when they’re out of school.

Most children get food and beverage marketing at school, study says http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/

This news story from the L.A. Times talks about a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association Pediatrics. The study finds that more than half of elementary students, and an even higher number of high school students see foods advertised at school.

Is it good or is it bad? Well, that depends. Its always a little scary knowing your students are the targets of marketing, but on the other hand, it might help make up for slashed school budgets.

Things to do at school:

  • Talk to your students about advertising techniques.
  • Teach students to criticize some of the ads they see – in school or in the media.
  • Have kids ‘rewrite’ the ads with healthier foods and activities.
Thirteen American Eating Habits

We’re going on specialized diets and getting picky about the types of cheese we eat, according to the Institute of Food Technologists.  Millennials like global foods and they love to snack.

13 interesting facts about America’s eating habits

This article from the IFT takes a look at some of the things that are changing about how we eat. Savory flavors are in, and so are hot sauces. But we love our specialty chocolate. Have a look at the IFT’s list and see how you and your students fit into these trends.
Dietary Supplements for Concussions? FDA Says No Way

Back in the day, when kids would hit their heads, they’d be told to ‘walk it off,’ or ‘you’ll be fine – you just got your bell rung.’  That seems so horrible now that we know more about the long-term dangers of concussions.

The best way to treat concussions is with medical can and finding ways to improve sports safety measures.  But, apparently, taking dietary supplements for concussions is a thing.

Dietary supplements can’t treat or cure concussions: FDA

This news story from Health Day looks at the FDA’s recent warning against products that claim to treat concussions. These products contain large amounts of turmeric and omega-3 fatty acids. Those ingredients may have other health benefits, but treating concussions isn’t one of them.

Things to Think About:

  • Kids (and adults) who may have concussions need to see a doctor.
  • Athletes who suffer from concussions need to stay on the sideline for a while, until the doctor gives the okay.
  • Dietary supplements aren’t going to speed up the process, as far as we know. It takes time and rest.
Low Fat Diets May Be Best for Teens

Teens who put extra weight on around the middle may do best to follow a low fat diet to get rid of that spare tire. Why? When you get older, having more fat around the belly adds to cardiovascular disease risk.

Teens’ fat intake more important than exercise for abdominal fat: Study

Teenagers should stick to low fat diets to prevent build-up of dangerous abdominal fat – irrespective of how much they exercise or how many calories they consume, according to a new study.
Feeling Down? The Right Nutrients Can Pick You Up

Many of us reach for comfort foods when we’re feeling blue. But, those foods are usually high in sugar, salt and fat. Next time you’re feeling sad, choose healthy foods that contain the nutrients your brain needs to perk up.

10 nutrients that can lift your spirits

This news story from The Washington Post lists 10 nutrients that can affect your brain and your mood.  These nutrients are calcium, chromium, folate, iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D and zinc.

Where to Get These Nutrients:
  • Dark green veggies like broccoli and kale are loaded with folate and minerals.
  • Cold water ocean fish like salmon and tuna contain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B6 and B12, and a little bit of vitamin D.
  • Blueberries and other colorful fruits contain phytochemicals that might help too.
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How Does Exercise Affect Protein Need?

Your body really prefers carbohydrates are fuel – so for most of us, exercise doesn’t change our need for protein. The amount of protein in a typical diet is generally adequate..

How Much Protein Do I Need When I Work Out?
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for protein is is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight per day. That's about 55 grams per day for someone who weighs 150 pounds, and it's the same whether you're a couch potato or a daily exerciser.

That might seem like a lot of protein, but it doesn't take much food to get up to that amount. Three ounces of lean beef has about 24 grams of protein, and one cup of yogurt has 12 grams. Plants have protein as well. One cup of cooked pasta has 5 grams of protein, two tablespoons of peanut butter has 8 grams, and one cup of broccoli has 6 grams or protein.

Good Sources of Protein
Protein is found in a variety of foods, but the most protein is found in meat, poultry, fish and seafood, eggs, legumes, nuts and seeds. The proteins found in animal products are complete proteins, which means they have all the amino acids you need.

Most plant-based protein sources are called incomplete proteins because they're missing some of the amino acids. Not a problem, though, because if you combine your plant foods, you'll get all the essential amino acids.

Choose protein sources that are low in fat, like non-fat milk, lean cuts of beef, skinless chicken breasts, seafood, and plant sources.

What About Muscle-Gainer Aids?
You may have seen advertisements for dietary supplements that promise to give you big muscles. They're mostly a mix of proteins, specific amino acids and substances like creatine. While some of them might help a little with recovery time or performance, the supplements themselves are not going to make your muscles any bigger.

Muscle growth requires resistance training (weight lifting) to put stress on your muscles. If muscle growth increases your body weight, then your protein requirement will grow a little bit too.

Elite Athletes Do Need More Protein
The average everyday exercise enthusiast doesn't have any exceptional protein needs, but elite athletes do. Marathon runners and triathletes, need 1.2 to 1.4 grams of protein per kilogram body weight because they will use some protein as energy. Weight lifters and body builders need even more protein, about 1.2 to 1.7 grams of protein per day, to provide enough amino acids for muscle repair and growth.

More About School Lunches, Nutrition and Healthy Kids

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I’ll Have What They’re Having: Study Finds Social Norms Influence Food Choices

Social Media as a Megaphone to Pressure the Food Industry

About Shereen Jegtvig
Shereen Jegtvig is a health and nutrition writer with two decades of experience counseling people on nutrition and diet. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Association of Health Care Journalists.   Shereen writes about nutrition for the large website About.com (http://nutrition.about.com), is co-author of Superfoods for Dummies (http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470445394.html) and Clinical Anatomy for Dummies (http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118116437.html). She also teaches Evidence Based Nutrition to nutrition graduate students at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.