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Expert Perspective on Lead and Children's Health

Lead has been getting a lot of attention in the media recently. Questions linger about lead’s impact on health and ways in which we get exposed to it. To set the record straight, we spoke to a leading expert on pediatric health and nutrition, Dr. Keith Ayoob, Ed. D., associate clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, to get his perspective. Here’s what Dr. Ayoob had to say:

How do children get exposed to lead? 

Going Beyond the Grill: Nutrition Tips for Dad

My dad does most of the grocery shopping. He did while I was growing up, and he still does for my mom and for my brothers and sisters who live at home.

But, even though he grills sometimes, my dad doesn’t really cook (spoiler: my mom does most of it).

And, actually, if I had to guess, I would say that my dad is not really that interested in food at all.

Keeping Your Kids Hydrated and Healthy

Did you know that water is an essential nutrient?

While it’s always important to drink enough fluids to stay hydrated, this habit becomes especially important in the summertime. It’s hot and sweaty out there, which means our bodies are losing water to keep us cool.  

Better Know a Nutrition Scientist: Meet Julie

We invite you to meet Julie Hess, this year’s Sylvia Rowe Fellow. Julie is finishing her Ph.D. in human nutrition at the University of Minnesota and has bachelors’ degrees in English and French from the University of Texas at Austin.

What’s in the Dietitian’s Bag?

Registered Dietitian (RD): a food and nutrition expert who goes through rigorous academic and clinical nutrition training, culiminating in a standardized exam. When it comes food and health advice, RD's will give you the facts, but have you ever wondered what these health nuts have in their bags? Well, now you can find out! The RD’s of Food Insight are opening their purses (or man-purses) to give a look into what they carry with them every day. Check it out and you may be surprised – it’s not just snacks!

Questions and Answers on Lead in the Food Supply

What is lead?

Lead (Pb) is a naturally occurring mineral that’s found throughout our environment.  In the U.S., we are exposed to lead through a number of sources including soil, air, water, dust and paint.  At much smaller levels, lead can be detected in many plant based foods and beverages.

How does lead get into our food supply?

Make Room for Legumes

What are Legumes?

Legumes are the edible fruits, pods, or seeds of plants from the pea family Leguminosae. Sounds fancy, but you’ll probably find them in every grocery store, a burrito, or hidden in the back of your kitchen pantry. The Leguminosae family includes beans, peas, and lentils.

What’s On the Table for Menu Labels?

You may have heard in recent news that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) filed a notice delaying (again) a long-awaited menu labeling rule that was to be implemented on May 5, 2017. Under the rule, restaurants and retail food establishments that offer restaurant-type food with 20 or more locations would be required to provide calorie and other nutrition information on standard menu items.

Food Allergies 101 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know food allergies affect approximately 15 million Americans?  If you’re one of the many individuals or parents of children with food allergies, you are not alone.  If you’re newly diagnosed or know someone who has just been diagnosed, it is important to know and learn the basics about food allergens early and quickly.  May 14 is Food Allergy Awareness Week, but it kicks off an educational opportunity for the next 360 days.  Help us increase awareness about food allergies this week and every week of the year.  Learn a fact from our new graphic and share it along the way.

Wheat Grass: The Super Green Superfood?

Have you ever walked into a smoothie shop and wondered what is that green grass-looking plant sitting on top of the counter with the fruits and protein powders? Well, turns out, it is wheatgrass, and if you are like me, before writing this blog, I had no idea if it had any health benefits. Turns out, it does! Let’s take a look:

Wheatgrass is considered a food, and it grows from the seed of the wheat plant Triticum Aestivum. It is available in the form of juice, powder, and tablets, and it can be added to soups, yogurts, juices, or taken as a regular dietary supplement.