Reuters (10/12, Doyle) reports that research suggests “keeping sodium intake low may prolong life according to a new study that set out to clarify the long-term risk of eating too much sodium and the benefits of cutting down.” After “following more than 3,000 people with elevated blood pressure for over 24 years,” investigators “found that risk of death from any cause rose in a straight line along with sodium intake.” The findings were published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Parents can encourage children to eat healthy foods by having neutral and playful conversations, reminding them foods are crucial to self-care, and making them aware of the social and environmental effects of unhealthy foods, psychologist Lisa Damour writes. They also should be role models to their children in choosing healthy food options, Damour writes.
The New York Times (10/12)
1. Add flavor, not fat. Many recipes suggest rubbing the bird with butter before roasting. If you roast a turkey without overcooking, it won’t dry out—there’s no need to rub it with butter beforehand. Skip it and avoid adding extra saturated fat. Try chopped fresh herbs and garlic mixed with a little heart-healthy olive oil instead.
2. Avoid added salt. We’ve found that conventional turkeys (with added salt solution) do stay moister but if you’re watching your sodium intake, avoid them.
3. Skip the skin. A 3-ounce portion of light meat without skin has only 132 calories and 3 grams of fat. With the skin, that jumps to 168 calories and 6 grams of fat. (Dark meat has more calories but also more iron: three ounces of dark meat supplies 15% of the recommended daily intake of iron; white meat has only 8%.)
4. Broth is better. Many traditional stuffing recipes call for butter. Use a bit of chicken broth instead to keep it moist without the added fat or calories.
5. Hold the sugar. Sweet potatoes are already sweet, so why load them up with brown sugar and marshmallows when just a touch of maple syrup or honey accentuates their great flavor?
6. Forgo the butter. The key to tasty gravy is using all the drippings from the roasting pan (with the fat skimmed off). This gives plenty of flavor without the added fat or calories. Forgo added butter, which really bumps up the calories and fat.
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Researchers studied videos of two meal times for 120 families with children ages 6 to 12 and found that those who had the television on, even in the background, tended to eat less healthful meals and enjoy mealtime less than families who did not have a TV on during dinner. The study in the journal Appetite found 43% of families had the TV on for both meal times, about 25% had the TV on for one of the two meals and one-third had the TV off during both meals.