Healthier foods at our nation’s parks? Yes, but what about our favorite things like hot dogs and ice cream? Healthier food standards are being adopted by the National Park Service as part of its Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative. National Park Service director Jonathan Jarvis says our hot dogs and ice cream are NOT going away but what is coming to food service at national parks is a variety of healthy food options. Menus will include items such as fish tacos and yogurt parfaits.
There are two main types of salmon we can buy and they differ in the way they are raised. Caught in the wild or farm-raised. New research by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has found that farm raised salmon have just as much in the way of healthy omega-3 fatty acids that salmon caught in the wild do.
It’s important for us to understand proper food handling since it can prevent ourselves and others from getting sick from food. The USDA’s Kathy Bernard goes over the four rules of food safety: Clean, separate, cook and chill – and applies them to backyard grilling.
There’s a lot of talk about the role of protein in the diet – how it can make us feel fuller and potentially stave off weight gain. But how much protein is too much? We each need a minimum amount of protein a day. It helps build and repair cells and promotes healthy muscles, organs, glands and skin.The Harvard Medical School says one guideline is to make sure at least 15% of your daily calories come from protein.
Fish oil supplements are often recommended by health care givers for heart patients but what else are they used for? First of all, consult with your health care provider before you take any fish oil supplements as high doses can cause excessive bleeding.
The USDA has revised the Country of Origin Labeling program, COOL, and its original author, US Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota, says that’s a good thing. A news release from Senator Johnson and Senators Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Jon Tester of Montana praised the proposed rule that was published in the Federal Register on Tuesday. It will require each production step of the animal be printed on the labels of muscle cuts of meat. It also stops the packing facility practice of comingling livestock “from multiple origins and label the meat from those livestock with the same label.”
The proposed rule has grown out of the World Trade Organization’s finding that current COOL regulations are not up to its standards.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) says the new proposed rule will “create more problems for the U.S. beef industry” — including increased costs for processors, retailers and ultimately, for consumers. Senator Johnson says he’s glad the USDA put forward the proposal so “Americans can be further informed about the origin of the meat they feed their families.”
The proposed amended COOL rule is open for public comment through April 11th (2013).
Following healthy diet guidelines may be easier if there are easy to follow recipes that guide you. Not everyone likes to cook but the USDA and the Partnership for a Healthier America have named nearly 20 websites where you can find recipes identified as nutritious and meeting the USDA MyPlate guidelines. They’ve also got a collection of MyPlate based recipes on a new Pinterest page – and at ChooseMyPlate.
Here’s a diet approach, all foods are okay, some more so than others. The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has issued a position paper on The Total Diet. Andrea Giancoli explains it’s about overall diet patterns. Eating more foods that are “nutrient dense” than foods that aren’t means you’re on the right path.
The U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that the U.S. shrimp industry appears to be harmed by the importation of frozen warm-water shrimp and the ranking member of the Senate Ag Committee wants something done about it. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi is urging the U.S. Commerce Department to act promptly “to protect Gulf Coast shrimpers from unlawfully subsidized shrimp imports” from seven different countries.
The USITC determined that “there is reasonable indication that the US industry is materially injured” due to imports from China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The report says the imports are “allegedly” subsidized.
The New Mexico legislature has tabled a bill that would require GMO labels on foods and feed. Last Thursday, the New Mexico Senate voted down a committee report on the proposal. It had passed the public affairs committee earlier last week.
According to FoodNavigator.com, New Mexico Senate sponsor Peter Wirth, a Democrat, said although the GMO labeling bill died last week they are confident similar initiatives in other states WILL make it.
A bill introduced in the Missouri legislature (SB 155) would require all meat and fish produced in the state that is genetically modified and sold for human consumption to be labeled. A handful of other states also have GMO labeling proposals pending.