Week in Brief: February 28-March 2

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Looking for some of the week’s top information? Here are five stories from the foodservice industry for February 27-March 2.

Growing Number of Americans Can’t Afford Food, Study Finds

From HuffingtonPost.com, read article here.

In a recent report from the Food Research and Action Center, a nonprofit research group, 1 out of every 5 Americans, or 18.6%, told Gallup pollsters that they couldn’t always afford to feed their family.  Although the unemployment rate has fallen in the past few months and one would think the amount of income being spent on food would increase, the percentage has actually decreased.  Factors such as increases in food and gas prices, as well as decreases in income for most low-to middle-class Americans, contributed to this decrease in money spent.

The report also found that only 12% of voters believe our country spends too much money on food assistance programs.  78% believe we should spend more or the same amount on food stamp and other food assistance programs, due to our growing disastrous economic outlook. Read the full article on HuffingtonPost.com

School Cafeterias To Celebrate National School Breakfast Week March 5-9

From SchoolNutrition.org, read press release here.

Next week (March 5-9), school cafeterias across the country will celebrate National School Breakfast Week.  The slogan this year is titled, “School Breakfast – Go for Gold”; its focus will be on encouraging students to eat healthy breakfasts at school, which studies have shown improve a student’s behavior in class,  test scores, and lessens sick and tardy days.

“School Breakfast – Go for Gold” will incorporate special menus and breakfast recipes, as well as puzzles and brainteasers to help students use their brains before starting class.  They are even offering students the chance to design their own t-shirts that highlight the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast.  Read the full press release on schoolnutrition.org

Sugar Should be Regulated Like Alcohol, Tobacco, Commentary Says

From CBSNews.com, read the article here.

A new commentary published in the February issue of Nature says sugar is as toxic as alcohol and tobacco, so it should be regulated similarly in order to curb its consumption.  (Photo supplied by MorgueFile.com)

According to the authors, sugar consumption has tripled over the last 50 years, causing a 30% increase in obesity.  They argue that sugar is toxic to the body due to its consumption often resulting in chronic diseases, such as heart disease or diabetes, and that it is potentially addictive because it acts on the same part of the brain.

The authors argue that’s why the government should step in and regulate sugar consumption among consumers, by taxes, age restrictions and other policiesRead the full article on cbs.com

Still Hungry?  Many Americans Having a ‘Second’ Breakfast

From USAToday.com, read the article here.

Due to the current fast-paced society, most Americans don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast, so many are grabbing ‘on-the-go’ snacks to carry them through the morning until lunch.  Many food companies are now marketing toward this trend by introducing smaller snacks that tend to be lower in calories and filled with fiber in order to curb appetites, since consumer seem to be more calorie-conscious in the mornings.

General Mills introduced its Fiber One bars, both in a 140-calorie and 90-calorie option, while Quaker Oats is focused on selling its banana nut bar, which also has 140 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.

Yet, this snacking habit could lead to overindulging and extra calories and pounds, say experts.  The key is to limit your amount of calories, while still fueling your body consistently throughout the day to receive the energy it needs.  Read the full article on USAToday.com

Upcoming Food Holidays in March

From Gone-ta-Pott.com, read the list here.

March is a month full of National food holidays!  Here’s just a short list of what holidays fall in March:

–Maple Sugar Month

–National Nutrition Month

–National Frozen Food Month

–Great American Meatout Month (You know Man vs. Food will be all over this!)

–National Peanut Month

–National Sauce Month

–National Flour Month

–National Noodle Month

–International Hamburger and Pickle Month

Read the complete list on Gone-ta-Pott.com

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