This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

In this week’s news: Say hello to GMO-free Cheerios, a new tech toy to help shed pounds, and the DASH Diet tops list for 2014.
80404491

80404491

Kitchen utensils

Photo by: BananaStock

BananaStock

In this week's news: A high-tech fork tells eaters to proceed with caution; a cereal giant goes GMO-free; and a panel announces the best overall diet for 2014.

The Next Take on Slow Food?

A recent study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics examined the relationship between eating speed (fast or slow) and meal satisfaction. The result: Subjects who ate food at a slower rate were more satisfied than those who were asked to eat quickly. Eating at a slower pace can also translate into eating fewer calories.

In related news: A reporter for the Wall Street Journal recently tested an electric fork that helps moderate eating speed. When the eater scarfs down food too quickly -- taking multiple bites in 10 seconds -- the fork vibrates.

A New Rule For the Cafeteria Spork Set

Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released new school lunch guidelines in 2012, some parents have been complained about restricted serving sizes of whole grains and lean meats. This month, the USDA loosened the guidelines to allow larger portions of the two food groups. The move is expected to make it easier for school nutritionists to develop healthy options.

Just FYI, Chocoholics

According to USDA, the overall cost of food will increase by 1.25% to 1.75% in 2014. This includes such favorites as chocolate and cereal. Food costs that are expected to drop include pork and corn.

Cheerio, GMOs

In response to consumer requests, General Mills announced that original Cheerios will dispense with genetically modified ingredients. An official third-party GMO-free certification won't appear on the carton; buyers will instead see the term "Not Made With Genetically Modified Ingredients."

Make a DASH For It?

Each year, US News & World Report releases a list of the best diets. The diets are reviewed by a panel of experts who rate each diet on a variety of factors. This year, the DASH Diet, originally geared toward those with high blood pressure, beat out 31 other diets to be named the Best Overall Diet for 2014.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby's full bio »

Keep Reading

Next Up

This Week's Nutrition News Feed

In this week's news: California takes a hard stance on soft drinks; marketers realize there's more bread to be made in the gluten-free aisle; and an amino acid in spinach gets the spotlight.

This Week's Nutrition News Feed

In this week's news: Taking the long view of the diets du jour; growing up on raw foods; and having a complicated relationship with diet soda.

This Week's Nutrition News Feed

In this week's news: Nouveau fast-food franchises flaunt their healthy sides; coconut water claims get a reality check; rumors of kale's demise turn out to be greatly exaggerated -- and more.

This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

In this week’s nutrition news: Chocolate is good for more than just your heart, the war of the protein powders, and say buh-bye to this popular fad diet.

This Week's Nutrition News Feed

Tomato juice, ingredient labels, and tempeh in this week's Nutrition News.

This Week's Nutrition News Feed

In this week's news: Michelle Obama stumps for kale and more, while the dairy industry shelves its Got Milk campaign; obesity rates for young kids nosedive; and researchers show why Tetris may be good for your waistline.

This Week's Nutrition News Feed

In this week's Nutrition News, the benefits of yoga, dark chocolate and breathing deeply.

This Week's Nutrition News Feed

In this week's news: Having an off-again-on-again relationship with bread; debating the meaning of "natural" food; and naming as many Dr. Oz diet catchphrases as possible (it's a "miracle!").

This Week's Nutrition News Feed

In this week's food news, breakfast takes a hit and yogurt has even more benefits.

This Week's Nutrition News Feed

In this week's news: Tofu firms up its fan base; Butter Image Rehab 2014 continues; and a soda giant refreshes its ingredient list.