With food luminaries like Alice Waters calling for major reforms to American school lunches, sending kids to school with a packed lunch can ensure that they get a balanced, nutritious meal. Since 4 out of 5 kids don't get access to refrigeration, though, it's important that parents do everything they can to ensure that kids' food remains at a healthy temperature where bacteria can't grow. A recent study of more than 200 kids' sack lunches found that only 1.6 percent of perishable items packed by parents were in the safe temperature zone. How can you ensure your child's lunch stays safe?
While ShopWell is designed to help you figure out the food that suits you best when you're at the store, we also want to make sure that you consume it safely once you get home. One in six Americans get food poisoning every year, and over 100,000 of them end up in the hospital. This week, our blog will offer a two-part series on food safety; this post will discuss when to keep food and when to throw it away at home, and on Monday (just in time for back-to-school!) we'll discuss keeping food safe in kids' lunchboxes.
If you're like most Americans, chances are you turn to a product's nutrition label for guidance on whether or not it's good for you. A 2010 American Dietetic Association study (with over 10,000 participants) found that 61.6 percent of respondents regularly examined the Nutrition Facts Panel. And with 2011 marking the 20th anniversary of required nutrition labels on products, most of us have gotten pretty good at scanning the label to find out the calories, fat, sugar, and vitamin content in our favorite foods.
ShopWell is honored today to announce that we received a great writeup from Phil Lempert of SuperMarket Guru in the bi-weekly Lempert Report. Phil is a leading food industry analyst, journalist and trend-watcher.
SupermarketGuru.com offer readers the latest food & health news, new food product ratings, money saving tips, unique recipes, food allergy info and resources to help get the most from every shopping trip. We are even more excited because SuperMarket Guru articles are consistently passed around our office both from our team and our board of directors on a regular basis.
Happy Registered Dietitian Day everyone!
I just want to take a moment to wish every Registered Dietitian a wonderful day. Thanks everyone for the work you do getting people healthy and keeping them that way.
I have had a wonderful past few weeks connecting with dietitians all over the country as part of the work I am doing for the ShopWell RD Network. I am honored to be amoungst such a dedicated and selfless group of professionals. I am also happy to work with such a great team here at ShopWell who really respect the
work of dietitians and take our expertise seriously.