Reducing Your Risk for Arthritis: The Power of Food

Twenty healthiest foods: artichokes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, bananas, mangoes, salmon, onions, tomatoes, apricots, apples, avocados, blueberries, garlic, wheat, rice, nuts, red beans, oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright. UF/IFAS calendar 2009

Arthritis is the swelling or tenderness of the joints, and one in four adults within the United States have been diagnosed with some type of it. Arthritis can happen because of genetics and aging, but other factors, such as diet and lifestyle, may contribute to it. This new 5-page publication of the UF/IFAS Food Science and Human Nutrition Department describes the modifiable factors contributing to arthritis and tips to reduce risk for arthritis. It also includes some relevant recipe ideas. Written by Sarah Curl, Jodi Fitzgerald, Danielle Nelson, and Jeanette Andrade.

Seven New Spanish Translations in Food Science and Human Nutrition

The following new Spanish translations have been published in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department:

Pureed Food: Guide to Quick Meals

Figure 1. Mango applesauce. Credits: Lincoln Zotarelli, Horticultural Science Department
Puréed foods are an important source of nutrients for those who have problems chewing or swallowing. A puréed food is any item that has been processed into a smooth and uniform texture and therefore does not require chewing. Purées can be made from most foods and this guide provides some tips for fast and easy to prepare puréed foods. This four-page fact sheet covers the preparation of puréed foods from canned vegetables and fruits; beans, peas, and lentils; and mixed dishes. It also provides a useful example meal plan. Written by Wendy J. Dahl, and published by the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.

Datos sobre la proteina

A complete chicken dinner with rice, corn, bread, and steamed vegetables.Our bodies are made of many proteins. They can make 11 of the amino acids that are needed to make protein but cannot make the other nine, so we must get them from our diet. This 3-page fact sheet is the Spanish version of Facts about Protein (FSHN15-01/FS261). It provides an overview of protein basics, roles of proteins in the body, recommended intake, sources of protein, and healthier protein choices. Written by Nicole C. Agro and Wendy J. Dahl, and published by the UF Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.