Tips to Help Kids Protect Their Teeth from Sugar

Sugar can be difficult to pass up, especially when you’re a kid. Today’s children are regularly subjected to sugary diets and uninformed eating habits. Although parents may not be giving their children foods that are high in sugar intentionally, there are steps that can be taken to help kids avoid the pitfalls of sugar, such as obesity and dental disease.

•    Monitor snacking choices. Provide healthy foods to eat. Ration empty-calorie foods such as sugar-packed sweets. Instead, offer healthy alternative snacks such as fresh vegetables and fruits and low-fat yogurt with no added sugars.

Nutrition and Your Active, Female Teenager

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Your teenage athlete might be active and happy — but unless she’s receiving adequate nutrition, she might be setting herself up for health problems later in life.

Eating healthfully can help fuel active teens’ performance and growth. That means eating enough food each day and making healthy food choices. However, some research indicates that girls’ caloric intake appears low for their activity levels.

Female teenage athletes are encouraged to get 60 percent of their calories from carbohydrates, 15 percent from protein and 25 percent from fat. But telling your teen that might not make a difference

— most teens’ nutrition know-how doesn’t affect their diet. Many female athletes are afraid to gain weight, so they undereat despite their high activity levels. Parents and coaches can help active teens by encouraging healthy eating.

The Weight-control Information Network (WIN) offers these tips to keep teenage athletes healthy:

– Pay attention to food choices and serving sizes. Choosing healthy foods in appropriate portions will supply adequate nutrients for teenagers. For example, one healthy food choice for teens is six one-ounce servings of grains every day, like whole-grain cereal.

– Provide protein. Protein repairs body tissue and builds muscles. Teens typically need five and a half one-ounce servings a day. Very active teens might need more. Lean meat, beans, tofu, eggs, veggie burgers and nuts and nut butters all provide protein.

– Pack some iron in your teen’s lunch. Iron replenishes the body, so it’s especially important for teen girls. Try eating seafood, lean beef, legumes, spinach and fortified cereals and breads.

– Make sure your teen eats healthy fats. A low-fat diet isn’t necessarily healthy. Fat is an important nutrient that helps the body grow and develop properly. It also serves as a source of energy, but be aware that some fats are better than others. Instead of saturated and trans fats, aim to provide 25 to 35 percent of her calories in the form of healthy fat. Unsaturated fat can be found in olive, canola, safflower, corn and soybean oils, avocados, salmon, whitefish, trout, tuna and tree nuts, such as almonds and walnuts.

For more information, download “Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers,” from www.win.niddk.nih.gov, or call 1-877-946-4627.

Pet Owners Embrace Natural Food Trend

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – For many people, their pets are their best friends who deserve the best care possible. This includes feeding them a high-quality food to ensure they are getting all the nutrition they need to be healthy inside and out.

Last year, U.S. consumers spent nearly $15 billion on food for their pets, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. And as more people choose organic and natural foods for themselves, they are also choosing natural foods for their pets. Industry research shows that natural and organic pet food products are growing at 20 percent a year.

That growth promises to be even stronger with the arrival of natural pet foods on supermarket shelves. Previously, such foods were available only from pet specialty and natural food retailers.

Purina One Natural Blends, launched in March, is the first natural pet food with broad national distribution in grocery stores and mass merchandisers, as well as pet specialty retailers.

“The growth of natural products is making its way to the pet food aisle, as more and more responsible owners are making the same healthy food choices for their pets as they are for themselves,” said Warren Eckstein, an internationally known pet and animal expert and Purina One spokesman.

Purina One Natural Blends dog and cat food is made with high-quality, natural ingredients formulated to deliver a healthy difference in pets’ energy level, skin and coat, teeth, gums and digestion. The line features Chicken and Oat Meal and Lamb and Barley formulas for dogs and a Chicken and Oat Meal formula for cats. The ingredients are carefully selected for their nutrient content and steam-cooked at the start at an optimal time and temperature to help maintain vitamins, minerals and flavors, according to the manufacturer.

All include protein sources to help support strong muscles; whole grains for digestive health; and omega fatty acids from natural sources, including canola and soy oils for healthy skin and coat.

For more information, visit www.naturalblends.com.