Palm Pilot software gives you upper hand on smart eating

So you’re going out to eat and you want to eat smart, but how can you when you don’t know how much fat there is in a serving of Kung Pao shrimp? Or how many carbs in a tortilla or two, or the amount of sodium in an order of McDonald’s French fries?

Now you can have the answer to thousands of such questions in the palm of your hand, with new CalorieKing food database software, available for Palm OS devices.

The database, searchable at the Web site, includes the nutritional content for more than 16,000 different foods, including menu items from more than 100 fast-food restaurants and chains. (Punch in “Whopper” and watch out!)

It may be more detail than you want, or it may be just the thing to keep you focused on healthy eating. It costs about $14.95 and is especially useful for people who have medical conditions that require close monitoring of sugar, sodium, etc. For more info, go to

What are today’s teens doing in sports? For the first time ever, the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association has issued a report on tween and teen sport participation trends. Here are a few highlights, including some surprises:

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For teens, basketball is the most popular team sport (boys and girls).

With more than 1 million participants, tackle football is the most popular high school sport.

The most popular fitness activity? Free weights. Most popular choice in the outdoor category? Freshwater fishing. And for an even bigger surprise, guess the No. 1-ranked individual sport for kids. Running? Swimming? Guess again. It’s bowling!

Finishing with bad news: The number of children and teens who are overweight has nearly doubled (!) since 1980.

Mom shares secret for getting kids to eat well. A few columns ago, I asked Energy Express readers to share how they got their kids to eat good food. Here’s a part of a wonderful response I got from R.F., who works in Bedford, Texas:

“My daughter is now 4. We’ve had great success with her eating habits. Two things have been key:

“One, we grow a small vegetable garden together, so she gets excited to eat ‘her’ vegetables or similar veggies we see in the store.

“Two, I have never bought or baked much junk food. Since she was a baby, we have only bought and fed her fairly nutritious foods, so she never even knew what a potato chip was until she visited a friend’s house. I buy whole-wheat breads, so she never eats ‘white bread’ and has no taste for it.

“Her one weakness is candy what kid’s isn’t? so we combat the barrage of candy-marketing holidays by saying things like, ‘You can eat your fall festival candy until Saturday, then we won’t have any candies until Christmastime.’ Then, at Christmas, I’ll let her eat candy for a week or so, then we’ll call a pause until Valentine’s Day, then Easter, etc. It works nicely, and it helps Mom and Dad eat better, too!”

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