December 2011

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Nutrition-related topics are popular subjects of discussion as school nutrition professionals await the release of the new meal patterns. To go along with these hot topics of conversation, the December issue of School Nutrition, SNA’s award-winning flagship publication, takes a look at the latest nutrition news that you can use both on the job and in your personal life.

The December issue also features an overview of alternate proteins, including cheese, yogurt, dry beans and peas, eggs and peanut butter.

In “The Power of Two,” School Nutrition chats with Janey Thornton, PhD, SNS, and Katie Wilson, PhD, SNS, two SNA past presidents who now hold positions of national influence. Learn about the surprises and opportunities they have experienced in their new positions, as well as challenges and frustrations, and be sure to take a look at the important advice they give to their peers working in schools and districts across the country.

If you’re like the vast majority of Americans, you consume less than half of the recommended levels of fiber. Learn more about what fiber is, why you need it and how to incorporate it into your diet in “Become a Fan of Fiber.”

While it’s your right as a consumer to purchase and use any product on the market, health fraud—specifically the promotion of false or unproven products for profit—costs consumers billions of dollars each year. What should you know to help protect yourself? “Snake Oil or Solid Science?” examines the real deal behind advertised nutrition and health claims and promotions. Bonus Web Content: Dietary supplements fall into a special category under the general umbrella of “foods,” not drugs. Learn more about how to evaluate the claims of these products.

While meat-based foods are among the more conventional sources of protein in the American diet, “meat alternates” allowed in food-based menu plans for school meals, such as cheese, yogurt, dry beans and peas, eggs and peanut butter, deserve some attention, too. Discover these different protein sources in “Take Your Pick…of Proteins.” Bonus Web Content: If you’re looking for details about how other protein-rich sources like nuts, seeds, soy, yogurt and pasta can help to meet your protein needs, don’t miss this accompanying online-only content.

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