Dietitian's Corner

The world of nutrition is dynamic and exciting.  StarKist will help keep you up to date on current findings and trends in the nutrition industry affecting the food service business.  Check back regularly for new thoughts and articles to help guide your nutrition plans and menus!

Seafood for Children's Health

Despite widespread effort and attention to helping consumers make changes, the statistics are still shocking. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the rate of childhood obesity has more than doubled for children, and quadrupled for adolescents, in the past 30 years.1

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Meeting Protein Needs in Older Adults

Protein requirements change as we age, requiring higher intakes, especially as we head into our senior years. Protein is especially important for maintaining muscle mass, repairing tissues and increasing bone strength. It’s also critical for those who are bedridden or recovering from a health event. Many researchers recommend, for seniors, 1 to 1.2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. This amount of protein helps preserve muscle mass and strength.

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Incorporating Lean Protein into Plant Based Menus

Consumers today are looking for healthy meal options and focusing on eating more plant-based meals. Many are also looking for ways to incorporate more protein into their meals and snacks. 

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Dorm Room Meals

As many students head back to campuses this fall, their lives will likely feel unfamiliar. Similarly, many organizations and proprietors will be opening cafeterias and quick-serve restaurants—with social distancing in mind—but dining services will still look very different. Students will need additional options to prepare meals in their rooms or have options to grab and go.    

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Is it Possible to Get Kids Excited About Nutrition?

Childhood obesity and child nutrition have been making headlines over the last few years. As the United States has seen their waistlines expand, significant focus has been placed on school meals and children’s health. The evidence of the role good nutrition plays with leaning and development as well as long term disease risk reduction is clear. Nevertheless, while many of the mandated changes sound good on paper, challenges abound.

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It’s Time to Dive into Seafood!

Americans are looking more closely at the foods they eat and many are striving to find more healthy options.  In 2012, the Economic Research Service of the USDA estimated that over 43% of American’s food spending was on food eaten away from home.1   

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