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Latest Nutrition News - Archive 4


Proanthocyanins in Fruits, Vegetables and Grains and Their Role in Health
Published: 28/06/07
Those all-powerful antioxidants found in brightly coloured fruits and vegetables and grains, have been said to stall aging, ward off disease and wage internal war against the harmful free radicals that damage our bodies every day. Researchers investigated how the consumption of different fruits affected volunteers' antioxidant status.... full story


Brush On The Marinade, Hold Off The Cancerous Compounds
Published: 28/06/07
With the summer in full swing in the Northern hemisphere and coming up soon in the Southern hemisphere, cooks can season their meat on the grill and provide some protection against cancer all at the same time. Previous research has shown that grilling meat can cause carcinogenic compounds HCAs to be formed when the meat is charred or burnt, but new research by Kansas State University USA, investigated for the what effect marinating steaks could have on reducing the carcinogenic compounds.... full story


Improper Consumption of Acidic Foods Could Lead to Destroyed Enamel
Published: 27/06/07
Fruit, yogurt, citric and soft drinks, may seem like harmless snacks and beverages, but improper consumption and overuse may lead to devastating and permanent damage to teeth. It’s known as tooth erosion, the break down of tooth structure caused by the effect of acid on the teeth that leads to decay. Researchers have advised to wait at least 20 minutes after eating these foods before brushing your teeth to avoid destroying enamel... full story


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Gene Deficiency is a Protective Barrier to Obesity
Published: 26/06/07
A search for the molecular clues of longevity has taken Mayo Clinic researchers down another path that could explain why some people who consume excessive calories don't gain weight. The study, which was done in laboratory mouse models, points to the absence of a gene called CD38. When absent, the gene prevented mice on high-fat diets from gaining weight, but when present, the mice became obese. The study advised s identifying the signaling mechanisms that lead to obesity caused by a high-fat, high-calorie diet is a critical part of understanding and developing new treatments for obesity.... full story


Echinacea Could Cut Chances of Catching Common Cold By More Than Half
Published: 26/06/07
Echinacea, the most popular herbal supplement in the United States (and other parts of the Western world), cuts the chances of catching the common cold by 58 percent and reduces the duration of the common cold by 1.4 days, according to a new study conducted by the University of Connecticut ... full story


Can blindness be prevented through diet?
Published: 24/06/07
Increasing intake of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, found in popular fish-oil supplements, may protect against blindness resulting from abnormal blood vessel growth in the eye, according to a study published online by the journal Nature Medicine on June 24. The study was done in mice, but a clinical trial at Children's Hospital Boston will soon begin testing the effects of omega-3 supplementation in premature babies, who are at risk for vision loss.... full story


Dietary Calcium is Better Than Supplements at Protecting Bone Health
Published: 19/06/07
Women who get most of their daily calcium from food have healthier bones than women whose calcium comes mainly from supplemental tablets, say researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Surprisingly, this is true even though the supplement takers have higher average calcium intake.... full story


Impact of Very Low Carbohydrate Diets on Long-Term Gut Health
Published: 18/06/07
Scientists at Aberdeen’s Rowett Research InstituteUK have shown that a very low carbohydrate weight-loss diet results in a four-fold reduction in the numbers of certain types of bacteria in the gut of obese men. This is a significant finding because these gut bacteria produce a substance called butyrate, which has been shown to be important for keeping the gut healthy including helping to prevent colorectal cancer. The study raises questions about the impact of the prolonged use of very low-carbohydrate weight-loss diets on gut health.... full story


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Calorie Density is the Key to Losing Weight
Published: 06/06/07
Eating smart, not less, may be the key to losing weight. A year-long clinical trial by Penn State researchers shows that diets focusing on foods that are low in calorie density can promote healthy weight loss while helping people to control hunger. Foods that are high in water and low in fat (such as fruits, vegetables, soup, lean meat, and low-fat dairy products) are low in calorie density and provide few calories per bite. The study concluded that eating a diet low in calorie density allows people to eat satisfying portions of food, and this may decrease feelings of hunger and deprivation while reducing calories... full story


Low Potassium Levels Linked To Increased Long-Term Mortality In Heart Failure Patients
Published: 06/06/07
New research from UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) indicates that patients with heart failure who have low to low-normal serum potassium levels are at increased risk of death. The study, published this month in the European Heart Journal, is the first to look directly at the long-term effect of low potassium levels in a population of propensity-matched heart failure patients.... full story


Can a Mediterranean diet help prevent colon cancer?
Published: 05/06/07
Are all healthy eating plans the same when it comes to cancer prevention? Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center USA are beginning a study to look at whether diet can impact a person's risk of developing colon cancer. Specifically, the researchers will compare a Mediterranean diet - high in olive oil, nuts and fish - with a standard healthy eating plan.... full story


It's Safe for Obese Mums-to-Be to Lose Weight During Pregnancy
Published: 05/06/07
Most women who are obese can safely exercise and diet to lose weight during pregnancy, according to a small pilot study conducted by Saint Louis University researchers.... full story


Diet May Influence Survival After Treatment for Stage III Colon Cancer
Published: 04/06/07
Patients with stage III colon cancer who have undergone surgery and chemotherapy with the goal of cure may have a higher risk of relapsing and dying early if they follow a predominantly "Western" diet of red meat, fatty foods, refined grains, and desserts, according to research led by investigators at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The findings were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting in Chicago this past weekend.... full story


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Stay Hydrated this Summer to Prevent Painful Kidney Stones
Published: 01/06/07
We have all heard that it is important to drink a lot of water, especially in summer, to replenish fluids lost due to heat and outdoor activities. If you haven’t followed that advice in the past, here’s a reason to pay attention this summer: Staying hydrated can help you prevent what many people describe as the worst pain of their lives - the pain caused by kidney stones... full story


Study Finds that Dietary Vitamin B6, B12 and Folate, May Decrease Pancreatic Cancer Risk among Lean People
Published: 01/06/07
Researchers at Harvard Medical School exploring the idea that certain nutrients (vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folate) might protect against pancreatic cancer found that lean individuals who got most of these nutrients from food were protected against developing cancer. The study also suggests this protective effect does not hold true if the nutrients come from vitamin supplements.... full story

Eating Apples, Fish During Pregnancy Protects Kids From Allergies, Asthma
Published: 21/05/07
A new study has discovered that eating apples and fish during pregnancy might protect your child from developing asthma and allergic diseases. Researchers from the Netherlands and Scotland have found that eating apples throughout pregnancy may protect against wheezing and asthma in 5-year-old children, while fish consumption may lower the risk of eczema, an allergic skin condition.... full story


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