Highlights from the June 2007 Journal of the American Dietetic Association

June 01, 2007

CHICAGO -- The June 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association contains articles and research studies you may find of interest. Below is a summary of some of this month's articles. For more information or to receive a copy of a Journal article, e-mail media@eatright.org.

Effects of Drinking Sugar-Sweetened Beverages between Meals on Pre-School Children:

Research to date has been inconclusive on whether drinking sugar-sweetened beverages between meals increases children's risk of becoming overweight. Researchers at the University of Ottawa Institute of Population Health say sugar-sweetened drinks can have a negative effect on pre-school children.

The researchers studied the frequency of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption between meals of more than 1,900 children living in Quebec, Canada.

The researchers found nearly 7 percent of children who didn't drink sugar-sweetened beverages between meals between the ages of 2½ to 4½ were overweight at 4½ years old compared to 15.4 percent of children who did drink them four to six times or more per week.

"Parents should be encouraged to limit the quantity of beverages high in energy and sugar because of their propensity to increase weight," the researchers conclude.

American Dietetic Association Issues Updated Position Statement on "Food and Nutrition Professionals Can Implement Practices to Conserve Natural Resources and Support Ecological Sustainability": ADA is committed to research, policy and programs designed to conserve natural resources and promote ecological sustainability. ADA encourages its members to understand the global implications of their actions, according to an updated ADA position statement published this month: It is the position of the American Dietetic Association to encourage environmentally responsible practices that conserve natural resources, minimize the quantity of waste generated and support the ecological sustainability of the food system - the process of food production, transformation, distribution, access and consumption.

Additional research articles in the June Journal of the American Dietetic Association include:
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