The Case for a National Institute of Nutrition

Those of us who work in child nutrition and food systems already know the toll and negative impact diet-related chronic conditions have on communities – particularly in children. Federal child nutrition programs are overseen and managed by the USDA, whose support for farmers and industry often out weighs the health needs of the children the programs serve. Myself and many of my colleagues often express frustration at the lack of clarity and consistent nutrition science on which to build out critical programs which serve food insecure communities.

“The aggregate sum of research funding set aside for nutritional research across all federal agencies is estimated to be only $1.5 billion annually. To put this into perspective, national spending on candy is about $40 billion per year.”

There is a movement growing around the case to create a National Institute of Nutrition.  Check out a preliminary draft of the NIN bill here as well as additional information.

Statewide California Child Hunger Caucus

Thank you Jeff Bridges for your support to end childhood hunger! We enjoyed presenting with you, California Director Kathy Saile from No Kid Hungry, Pastor Karen Abrego (representing Senator Richard Pan’s office) and moderator Edie Lambert of KCRA in promoting the formation of a Child Hunger Caucus within the California State Legislature. It’s collaborations such as this which will truly move the needle to ensure all children in California have access to nutritious food. Stay tuned or contact us for more information.

Why Celiacs Need Bone Broth

Ask any adult Celiac who was diagnosed as a child and they’ll tell you, your healing journey is not just about eliminating gluten.  When your immune system isn’t working correctly, you are prone to collecting a host of other autoimmune diseases as you get older, for example, colitis, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or allergies. Continue reading “Why Celiacs Need Bone Broth”

Why You Shouldn’t Eat Sucralose (Splenda) – Ever

Sucralose has been marketed as being just one small step away from sugar nutritionally but tasting just like it. It’s used in a lot of “no carb” snack foods and regular folks, as well as people on carb-restricted and diabetic diets, use it for baking, coffee and cereal as a sugar substitute. Continue reading “Why You Shouldn’t Eat Sucralose (Splenda) – Ever”

Food to Boost Your Mood

Whether you are taking anti-depressants or not, whether your depression is inherited or a circumstantial, making these adaptations to your diet can make a big difference in helping you feel happy again. 

Scientist are finding mounting evidence that inflammation is a major contributor to depression. Following an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle can go a long way to alleviating your symptoms. You will have to see if following dietary suggestions like the ones below has an affect on your medication needs but they surely should help your symptoms. Continue reading “Food to Boost Your Mood”