What do the new food label changes mean to us?
This week the FDA proposed a number of updates to the current Nutrition Facts label in an effort to reflect changes in the American diet and what we have learned about nutrition in recent decades. The current labeling, in place since the early 1990's, has seen only one major change over the years: the addition of trans fat to the label in 2006. Seeing that the public may not be paying enough attention to the current labels, and worried that the labels have grown long in the tooth, the FDA is taking a long-needed step forward. The proposed nutritional labels affect all packaged foods except meat, poultry and processed egg products, which are regulated by the Department of Agriculture rather than the FDA. But what do these changes mean to us and how we purchase food? Let's take a glance at what's new:
Peanuts are not Nuts
Sneezing, hives, difficulty breathing, or nausea–are all allergy symptoms to peanuts.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), more than 3 million people in the United States report being allergic to peanuts, tree nuts or both, and approximately 1% of the U.S. population has a peanut allergy. Nearly half of the 150 deaths attributed to food allergies each year are caused by peanut allergies.
People with peanut allergies often are concerned about possible reactions from tree nuts; however, tree nuts are botanically unrelated to the peanut, which is a legume. It is estimated that 25 to 35 percent of people with peanut allergy have sensitivity to tree nuts, as well. The biggest reason people allergic to peanuts should be careful of items with tree nuts is that they are often manufactured around equipment that has touched peanuts (this is called “cross contamination”).
Happy Friday, Red Rabbit Friends and Partners!
Today is the reason why Americans (on average) have purchased 58 million pounds of chocolate this week. Why? Well, in case all of the snow has made you forget - it’s Valentine’s Day!
Happy Friday, Red Rabbit Friends and Partners!
As you know, Red Rabbit has been on a mission since 2005 to provide access to made-from-scratch, healthy meals to kids in the NYC Metro Area – but did you know we have an education department as well?
When we hear "Super Bowl Sunday," most of us think food. Aside from being the biggest game day of the year, the Super Bowl is one of the biggest snacking days of the year. For many Americans, an entire day’s worth of calories are eaten just during the time of the game.
The National Calorie Council estimated that 11 million pounds of chips are consumed during the Super bowl – we say "No, thank you" to that! Try adding some vegetables to an old party favorite, cutting out fried items, or making snacks at home to avoid unnecessary additives. Whether hosting/ attending a party or just watching at home – chose to put a healthy twist on the notorious day of mindless eating.
In case you haven’t noticed - winter is here!
Whether you’re a fan of cold temperatures, or prefer the heat of summer, the season is fully underway. While it has its share of unique and fun, calorie-burning activities - such as sledding, skiing, snowboarding and, in the case of New Yorkers, simply traversing the sidewalks after a snowstorm - winter also tends to come accompanied by a familiar foe: influenza, or, the flu.
First, don't worry! Your child isn't alone. Interest in vegetarianism, or in eating less meat in general, is on the rise in the US, fueled by positive health studies, animal rights, environmental concerns, and even popular culture. However, your child may show interest in cutting out meat for less complicated reasons, with taste, texture or a love of animals as distinct possibilities. Whatever the reason, you may have concerns that your child could miss out on vital nutrients by omitting meat from the menu. The good news is that with some education and training, your child can easily meet or exceed recommended nutrient allowances.
Types of Vegetarians
The lentil is a curious little member of the legume family. Shaped like tiny discs, they are highly versatile, tasty and nutritious. First thought to be cultivated nearly 8,500 years ago, they are one of the most time-tested sources of nourishment in modern human history. People from all over the world have used lentils as a primary part of their diet for generations, from Asia to the Mediterranean and Europe, and finally to North America around the turn of the 20th century. The cuisines of India and the Middle East heavily favor lentils, and are used in many soups, stews, and the popular Indian dish, dal. Lentils are known for their hardy nature, and can be grown in arid to semi-arid climates – too much rain actually reduces yield of these valuable seeds! They also don’t mind the cold, which makes them a great crop for the more mountainous states and provinces in the western United States and Canada.
Happy New Year, Red Rabbit Friends and Partners!
Even though the New Year celebrations are over, many of us are still buzzing with the excitement of having a clean slate for 2014. To help keep this energy going, we have compiled a list of the most popular health-related topics we saw throughout 2013, complete with links to some of our most popular blog posts – as well as some predictions on what will be making headlines in the upcoming months!
Happy New Year!
Celebrations abound across the globe during the holidays, and with them a smorgasbord of food. New Year’s is no different. Folks all across the globe enjoy ringing in the New Year with foods that carry not only symbolic value for those who partake, but can possess great nutritional value as well!
Here in the United States, one of the most popular New Year's Day dishes contains an abundance of protein, grains, greens and vegetables! You might have heard of it: “Hoppin’ Johns!”