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Category: Nutrition

An 11 year study proves that reducing animal protein decreases risk of Metabolic Syndrome

The general advice for a healthy diet is less meat and dairy and more vegetables, legumes, grains and fish. Managing weight, reducing cholesterol and systemic inflammation are some of the reasons for reducing meat and increasing plant based nutrients. A recent study shows that after following people’s diets for 11 years , the people who ate more meat were more likely to develop Metabolic Syndrome. Here’s the study below Dietary protein from different food sources, incident metabolic syndrome and changes in its components: An 11-year longitudinal study in healthy community-dwelling… Read more An 11 year study proves that reducing animal protein decreases risk of Metabolic Syndrome

Broccoli protects your gut from chemical toxins

Broccoli is much more than a  great source of nutrients. It contains phytochemicals that help protect your gut from damage by toxic chemicals. A recent study proved that Broccoli activates  a protective ligand called AHR. AHR protect cells in the intestinal tract from fibrosis and helps suppress inflammation. It would be very hard to avoid in-digesting any traces of harmful chemicals so it’s good to know that eating broccoli , other cruciferous vegetables  and fruits  help protect our gastrointestinal tract from the toxins in our environment. In contrast eating junk… Read more Broccoli protects your gut from chemical toxins

There’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all nutrition.

Diets are fads. None work as they claim to do. Diets are the  snakes oil cure for a post war problem. The consumption of high calorie high sugar processed foods that lead us to becoming overweight and the obesity epidemic. There are so many myths about food and diets that go unquestioned we’ve forgotten to listen to our body and remember what people used to eat before processed foods were mass produced and fruit and vegetables were imported.  Today we can eat our favourite fruit all year round. Unfortunately  non-organic… Read more There’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all nutrition.

Moderate Drinking Tied to Lower Diabetes Risk – A NYT Article

NICHOLAS BAKALARAUG. 1, 2017 Moderate consumption of alcohol may be tied to a reduced risk for Type 2 diabetes, a Danish study has found. Researchers used data on 28,704 men and 41,847 women free of diabetes at the start who reported how often they drank and the amounts of alcohol consumed. They followed the group for an average of five years. The observational study is in Diabetologia. After adjusting for diet, family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, physical activity, smoking and other factors, they found that compared with abstainers, men… Read more Moderate Drinking Tied to Lower Diabetes Risk – A NYT Article

Your guide to the difference between fermented foods and probiotics

A useful article from Gut Microbiota New Watch Introduction For many years, humans have known that bacteria and other microorganisms are capable of transforming food substrates, making them both tasty and nutritious. More and more, chefs and other food-makers are putting bacteria to work to produce fermented foods. With delicious results. Besides flavour, though, are there other reasons to seek out fermented foods? Scientists around the world are trying to answer this question by studying the possible health benefits of consuming live cultures. Robert (Bob) Hutkins, Professor of Food Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln… Read more Your guide to the difference between fermented foods and probiotics

What are Prebiotics and why we need them

Prebiotics are a very specific type of food. While many of the food ingredients we consume are digested immediately, prebiotics are a healthy non-digestible food ingredient. When the non-digestible ingredient reaches our large intestines, it allows for growth of bio-cultures . This can provide good digestive health. The positive effects prebiotics have by reaching the intestine in an unaltered form is known as the prebiotic effect.   Prebiotic Effect A prebiotic effect occurs when there is an increase in the activity of healthy bacteria in the human intestine. The prebiotics… Read more What are Prebiotics and why we need them

Artificially sweetened soft drink consumption was associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia.

A cohort study published in journal Stroke has implicated diet soft drinks in increasing risk of stroke and dementia. Another good reason to stay away from drinks that are naturally sweetened, better still filtered drink water. Here’s the study abstract below http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/early/2017/04/20/STROKEAHA.116.016027 Background and Purpose—Sugar- and artificially-sweetened beverage intake have been linked to cardiometabolic risk factors, which increase the risk of cerebrovascular disease and dementia. We examined whether sugar- or artificially sweetened beverage consumption was associated with the prospective risks of incident stroke or dementia in the community-based Framingham Heart… Read more Artificially sweetened soft drink consumption was associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia.

How Vitamin D can help manage Multiple Sclerosis by protecting the nervous system.

  There is evidence that Vitamin D Deficiency is associated with Multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease. Vitamin D supplementation is recommended to protect against progression of MS. In a study published in 2013, in JAMA Neurology the researchers found that higher serum 25(OH)D levels in the first 12 months predicted reduced MS activity and a slower rate of MS progression. By the end of the follow-up at 5 years, participants with serum 25(OH)D concentrations of at least 50 nmol/L (20-ng/mL, a moderate level) had significantly fewer new active lesions, a slower increase… Read more How Vitamin D can help manage Multiple Sclerosis by protecting the nervous system.