Nutrition News

Prioritize Plants For Healthy Holiday Cooking

When it comes to holiday meals, meat is usually the star of the show – with starches playing a supporting role. This year, consider turning tradition around and prioritize plants. You’ll wow guests with the variety of colors and flavors, all while serving them nutritious, vegetable-filled fare with minimal meat – better for both you and the environment. Continue reading

WHO report says eating processed meat is carcinogenic: Understanding the findings

Last week the World Health Organization (WHO)’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that consumption of processed meat is “carcinogenic to humans (Group I ),” and that consumption of red meat is “probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A).” The report differentiates the two meats as follows: Continue reading

Research Roundup

Noteworthy nutrition studies highlighted by members of The Chan School’s Department of Nutrition

Glyphosate, the primary active ingredient in the herbicide grass“Roundup,” is a broad-spectrum, non-selective, systemic herbicide, which effectively kills all plant types. Glyphosate-based herbicide was introduced to the US in 1974 and now has become the world’s most common herbicide.

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2015 Dietary Guidelines will not include a focus on sustainability

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines will not include a focus on sustainability, according to a statement posted Tuesday on the USDA blog. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell wrote that sustainability – defined as evaluating the environmental impact of a food source – is beyond the scope of the dietary guidelines, citing a mandate in the 1990 National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act (NNMRRA). The final 2015 Guidelines are currently being drafted, but as Secretaries Vilsack and Burwell wrote, “Because this is a matter of scope, we do not believe that the 2015 DGAs are the appropriate vehicle for this important policy conversation about sustainability.” Continue reading