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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 The Region News One thing can help children eat more vegetables at school (BPT) - The U.S Depart- ment of Agriculture proposed a complete overhaul of school lunches subsidized by the fed- eral government in 2012. These changes aimed to limit calories, reduce sodium and increase the consumption of vegetables and whole grains. Improved nutri- tion is a laudable goal, but the realities of science and nutri- tion may surprise most people. That's because scientific studies show kids are more likely to eat their vegetables if they have ad- equate salt. Dark green vegetables like spinach and broccoli are among the most nutritious foods. How- ever, they all contain very bitter phytochemicals that affect their taste. A research paper from the University of Pennsylvania examined the response of tast- ers to varying amounts of salt in a range of foods that were naturally bitter, including veg- etables and other foods deemed to be healthy. Reducing the salt intake made these foods less ap- pealing and adversely affected the tasters' nutrient intake. In another study conducted at Ohio State University, cooked broccoli was fed to individuals from three different age groups: children, adults and senior citi- zens. The broccoli florets were prepared with different levels of salt. The results showed that even though participants were unaware as to which sample was which, salt significantly in- creased broccoli's palatability. A University of Vermont study to measure food consumption in schools before and after the salt reduction mandate confirmed what school lunch officials feared: they witnessed most students putting fruits and veg- etables into the trash instead of their mouths. The study showed that although students were re- quired to place more fruits and vegetables on their trays, they ate less of each. When students were involved in setting choices, several new student-approved recipes were added to the menu: barbecue chicken, buffalo chicken wraps, chicken salad wraps and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches - all savory comfort foods everyone enjoys. It was a stark reminder mtzionregion news@ corncast.net you cannot impose bland foods on individuals. And there is a reason for that - our bodies are telling us we need sufficient amounts of the essential nutri- ent, sodium. Public health poli- cy that is not based on evidence cannot outdo our bodies built-in mechanisms demanding those nutrients. Without salt, serious conse- quences arise. Per Dr. Michael Alderman of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, until the medical community has adequately stud- ied the effects of population- wide sodium reduction, it is best to exercise caution. "I'm concerned that experi- ments in population-wide so- dium reduction are making Americans, children and adults, guinea pigs. For instance, my re- search indicates that cardiac pa- tients put on low-salt diets had a higher rate of cardiac events than cardiac patients on normal sodium diets. We need to pro- ceed carefully here so that we don't cause harm," he says. Why eating breakfast boosts your health (BPT) - Want to make 2017 the year you focus on your health? Wellness goals are ad- mirable throughout the year, but too often well-meaning people make a common mis- take that sabotages their efforts: they skip breakfast. It's a daily choice that mil- lions of people shrug off as no big deal, but research proves breakfast is an important component in how you feel throughout the day. Fueling up solely on java may perk you up momentarily, but it doesn't do the trick long-term. Consider these five reasons why breakfast boosts your health and should not be ig- nored. Awakens your metabolism When you eat breakfast, you "break the fast" from your sleep periods and give your metabo- lism a wake-up call. When you sleep, your metabolism slows and you burn fewer calories while you rest. By eating a nutritious breakfast, you are sparking your internal engine so it bums calories and gives you more energy throughout Page 11 the day. Helps you focus Hunger can make people ir- ritable and it's hard to focus on work when your stomach is grumbling. By eating a balanced breakfast of fat, protein and fiber, the food is processed into energy, allowing you to feel fuller longer. Steadies the burn When you skip breakfast, the body panics for nutrition, so come lunch you tend to overeat. This in turn overwhelms the me- tabolism and you end up with peaks and pits of energy through- out the day. For steady energy and efficient calorie-burning, eat a nutritious breakfast and other meals on schedule. Encourages healthy choices People who eat breakfast tend to make healthier choices throughout the day. Accord- ing to MayoClinic.org, "People who. eat breakfast tend to eat a healthier overall diet, one that is more nutritious and lower in fat. In contrast, people who skip breakfast are more likely to skip fruits and vegetables therest of the day, too." Try starting the day with 100-calorie Thomas' Light Multi-grain English Muffins. Sets a good example When you eat breakfast, it sets a good example for your family. Plus, sitting down to a nutritious meal is a positive way to start the day together. You're helping your kids form healthy habits that will benefit them with increased focus and energy at school, ensuring they can do their best academically. Try this easy 5-minute recipe to start your morning. For more nutritious breakfast recipes, visit thomasbreads.com/recipes. Greek Yogurt English Muffin Ingredients: 1 Thomas' Light Multi-Grain English Muffin Plain Greek yogurt Sprinkle of.granola Handful of blueberries Honey for drizzling Directions: Split and toast English muf- fin. 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