Do your children need an online application for a dietary analysis tool? If your children are athletes or want to be, or are in training to become athletes, the new sports nutrition tool helps you analyze the dietary intake of each individual athlete so you can customize and tailor food to your individual child’s needs depending upon for what type of athletics the individual is training. Dietary needs and tools can be intergenerational or tailored to children at different stages of growth.
A new website application for athletes called Dietary Analysis Tool for Athletes has been validated as accurately recording dietary intake based on the 24-hour recall method. “This tool offers sports dietitians and health professionals a new, quick alternative to analyze athletes’ dietary intake,” said Lindsay Baker, Ph.D., Principal Scientist, Gatorade Sports Science Institute, according to the April 21, 2013 news release, “New dietary analysis tool for athletes debuts.” Also see, “New dietary analysis tool for athletes debuts.”
Estimating 24-hour intake of energy, carbs, protein, fats, water, and some micronutrients
To confirm the accuracy of the tool, Baker and colleagues compared D.A.T.A. with the USDA 5-step multiple-pass method. A total of 56 athletes ages 14-20 participated in the study. Statistical analysis showed the methods of recall were comparable in estimating 24-hour intake of energy, carbohydrate, protein, total fat, water and several micronutrients. According to Baker, this digital tool, with an integrated database, generates a report immediately after the recall, which helps sports health professionals provide quick feedback for the athlete. The D.A.T.A. tool and additional sports nutrition resources can be found at GSSIweb.org.
Micronutrient values are important in building healthy eating habits
For the database details, nutrient values are obtained from the USDA database as well as restaurant websites and sports nutrition product labels. While the study focused on teen athletes, Baker believes D.A.T.A. could help dietitians and sports health professionals accurately analyze the fluid and food intake of athletes of all ages.
The Gatorade Sports Science Institute funded the study. Baker presented a poster on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition and the annual meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Also see the site of the American Society for Nutrition – ASN Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting.
More evidence berries have health-promoting properties: Rats protected from irradiation after eating berries
Berries can protect against inflammation, says the results of another new study also presented on April 21, 2013 at the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition. Adding more color to your diet in the form of berries is encouraged by many nutrition experts.
The protective effect of berries against inflammation has been documented in many studies. Diets supplemented with blueberries and strawberries have also been shown to improve behavior and cognitive functions in stressed young rats. Scientists want to know whether berries also work this way on the brains of humans, and still another new study on berries and human consumption is underway with senior participants in the ages 60-75 demographic group.
Rats got smarter on berries partly because of the micronutrients in the food
To evaluate the protective effects of berries on brain function, specifically the ability of the brain to clear toxic accumulation, researchers from the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and University of Maryland Baltimore County recently fed rats a berry diet for 2 months and then looked at their brains after irradiation, a model for accelerated aging. All of the rats were fed berries 2 months prior to radiation and then divided into two groups- one was evaluated after 36 hours of radiation and the other after 30 days.
“After 30 days on the same berry diet, the rats experienced significant protection against radiation compared to control,” said investigator Shibu Poulose, PhD, according to the April 21, 2013 news release, More evidence berries have health-promoting properties. “We saw significant benefits to diets with both of the berries, and speculate it is due to the phytonutrients present.”
Berries add more phytonutrients to your diet
The researchers looked at neurochemical changes in the brain, in particular what is known as autophagy, which can regulate the synthesis, degradation and recycling of cellular components. It is also the way in which the brain clears toxic accumulations.
“Most diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s have shown an increased amount of toxic protein. Berries seem to promote autophagy, the brain’s natural housekeeping mechanism, thereby reducing the toxic accumulation,” said Poulose. Interestingly, grants from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and NASA funded this berry study, not a manufacturer of berry-related products.
The researchers are currently conducting a human study of berry compounds in older people ages 60-75
“We have a lot of animal work that suggests these compounds will protect the aged brain and reverse some of behavioral deficits. We are hoping it will translate to human studies as well,” said Dr. Barbara Shukitt-Hale, the lead investigator conducting the human study, according to the news release, More evidence berries have health-promoting properties.
The American Society for Nutrition (ANS) is the authoritative voice on nutrition and publisher of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, The Journal of Nutrition, and Advances in Nutrition. Established in 1928, ASN’s more than 4,900 members in more than 65 countries work in academia, practice, government and industry. ASN advances excellence in nutrition research and practice through its publications, education, public affairs and membership programs. Visit the society’s site, ASN or Nutrition.org.
About the Experimental Biology 2013 annual meeting
Experimental Biology’s mission is to share the newest scientific concepts and research findings shaping future and current clinical advances – and to give scientists and clinicians an unparalleled opportunity to hear from colleagues working on similar biomedical problems using different disciplines. With six sponsoring societies and another 20 U.S. and international guest societies, the annual meeting brings together scientists from throughout the United States and the world, representing dozens of scientific areas, from laboratory to translational to clinical research. The meeting also offers a wide spectrum of professional development sessions.