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Prepackaged Portion-Controlled Meals Can Lead to Greater Weight Loss Than Self-Selected Portions, Research Says

Increased portion sizes in Americans’ diets is widely recognized as a contributor to the obesity epidemic, and now new research published in Obesity, the scientific journal of The Obesity Society, examines the effect of prepackaged, portion-controlled meals on weight loss. The researchers found that when combined with behavioral counseling as part of a complete weight-loss intervention, a meal plan incorporating portion-controlled, prepackaged, frozen lunch and dinner entrées can promote greater weight loss than a self-selected diet.

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IFT Recommends Two Potential Options for the Term Natural

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) recently submitted written comments on the use of the term natural in the labeling of human food products. The current policy for the term “natural” on food labels is vague and leads to misinterpretation, confusion, and misuse of the term. In order to prevent and reduce consumer confusion, IFT is recommending that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consider either prohibiting the term entirely or clearly defining the term.

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Juan De Pablo to Receive 2016 DuPont Medal for Excellence in Nutrition and Health Science

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The Danisco Foundation (Daniscos Fond) has selected the University of Chicago’s Juan de Pablo as the recipient of the DuPont Nutrition and Health Science and Excellence Medal 2016.

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UF/IFAS Study Finds Consumer Knowledge Gap on Genetically Modified Food

While consumers are aware of genetically modified crops and food, their knowledge level is limited and often at odds with the facts, according to a newly published study by a University of Florida researcher.

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ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Issue Panel Considers MCDA as a Possible New Paradigm in Health Care Decision Making

ISPOR's 21st Annual International Meeting Issue Panel 12—Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis: A New Paradigm in Health Care Decision Making? What Are the Current Status, Challenges, and Opportunities?—was held this afternoon in Washington, DC, USA.

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Ut Southwestern Grilling Season Health Tips

Cooking meat, including beef, pork, fish, or poultry, with high-temperature methods such as pan frying or grilling directly over an open flame can increase exposure to chemicals that can cause changes in DNA that may increase the risk of cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.

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Low Hormone Levels Linked to Obesity in Teens

Obese teenagers already show signs of hormonal differences from normal-weight peers that may make them prone to weight gain, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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FDA Finalizes New Food Nutrition Labels

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The FDA recently unveiled the new required nutritional information label for packaged foods, the first significantly refreshed design in more than 20 years. Experts believe the new label will make it easier for consumers to make informed decisions about their health and the foods they eat.

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Sugar Substitutes May Cut Calories, but No Health Benefits for Individuals with Obesity

Artificial sweeteners help individuals with obesity to cut calories and lose weight but may have negative health effects, according to researchers at York University's Faculty of Health.

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Higher Salt Intake May Increase Risk of CVD among Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

In a study appearing in the May 24/31 issue of JAMA, Jiang He, M.D., Ph.D., of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, and colleagues evaluated more than 3,500 participants with chronic kidney disease (CKD), examining the association between urinary sodium excretion and clinical cardiovascular disease (CVD) events.

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Drop in Childhood Obesity Cannot Be Explained by Health Behaviors, The Latest in Heart Defect Prediction Tech, Eating After 8pm Not Linked to Childhood Obesity, and more Children's Health News

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Low Salt Diets Not Beneficial: Global Study Finds

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A large worldwide study has found that, contrary to popular thought, low-salt diets may not be beneficial and may actually increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death compared to average salt consumption.

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IFT Offers Food Scientist Perspective on FDA Label Update

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Less Decline Than Expected in Rate of Brain, Spine Defects After Folic Acid Fortification Program

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Rates of neural tube birth defects were already dropping before folic acid food fortification began in the late 1990s, but the decline has since slowed, according to a large new study.

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Experts: New Nutrition Labels Positive, But Don’t Expect Major Behavioral Changes

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What Does the New Nutrition Facts Panel Mean for You? Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Explains Changes

In the first major overhaul of the Nutrition Facts Panel since 1993, the Food and Drug Administration announced today changes that will be made to the Panel over the next two to three years. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its member registered dietitian nutritionists have analyzed the changes to assist consumers in understanding the new Panel and what they mean for people’s healthful eating plans.

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Escaping the Silos

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The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and American Heart Association join forces to improve health outcomes in Indian Country with Fertile Ground II: Growing the Seeds of Native Health.

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Hamburg, Shalala, Glickman, Angell Headline Food Law Conference at Georgetown University

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Former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Clinton Foundation President and former U.S. Secretary of Health Donna E. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, and Sonia Angell, deputy commissioner for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene headline a unique conference focused on food issues, “Vote Food 2016: Better Food, Better Health,” on June 3 in Washington, DC.

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Hamburg, Shalala, Glickman, Angell Headline Food Law Conference at Georgetown University

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Former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Clinton Foundation President and former U.S. Secretary of Health Donna E. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, and Sonia Angell, deputy commissioner for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene headline a unique conference focused on food issues, “Vote Food 2016: Better Food, Better Health,” on June 3 in Washington, DC.