This Week’s Nutrition News Feed
In this week's news: The rise of vegan Thanksgiving, food banks that grow kale and the problem with pizza joints and calorie counts.
Having a vegan feast is becoming more popular. According to the Department of Agriculture, Americans ate about 12% less meat in 2012 than in 2007. Instead of turkey and trimmings, some Thanksgiving cooks are making tofurkey (tofu shaped like turkey) or cooking portobello mushroom steaks with kale salad, pecan stuffing and mushroom gravy on the side.
Twenty food banks nationwide have started their own farms to help supply fresh produce to low-income families. Most food banks rely heavily on canned goods, which tend to be high in sodium. Farming offers an alternative way to feed those in need of assistance by providing fresh foods that are lower in sodium and added sugar.
Over the years, The New York City Department of Health has garnered a reputation for controversial ads, and a newly released promotion is no exception. With the tagline "your kids could be drinking themselves sick," the campaign targets sugary drinks and encourages parents to replace them with water, seltzer or nonfat milk.
The FDA requires all chain restaurants with at least 20 locations to disclose the amount of calories in foods served. However, new legislation in the Senate would exempt grocery stores and pizza delivery joints from posting those numbers. These establishments feel that they would be unable to comply with the FDA guidelines due to the number of offerings (for example, there are 34 million different combos of pizza toppings).