Archive for July, 2011
“The more added sugar teenagers consume, the higher risk of heart disease, a study found. Added sugars, such as sucrose or high fructose corn syrup, are put in foods and beverages during processing or preparation. Teens who reported getting over 30 percent of their daily calories from added sugars had higher levels of triglycerides and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and lower HDL (“good”) cholesterol, than those who got less than 10 percent of their food energy from added sugars. There is growing evidence connecting added sugars to heart disease; this study is billed as the first to show that even the young may not be safe from their health dangers.” -Source: Journal of the American Heart Association, published online Jan. 10, 2011.
We have an avalanche of sugar available to us and they over consumption of these sugars is a severe detriment to our health. Start reading labels and make a conscience effort to reduce sugar in the diet and see what happens. Here is an example: there is a popular brand of ice cream available that offers both a sugar and a no-sugar added variety. Read the label and you will find that sugar variety is not much different in the amount of available carbohydrates than the no-sugar added. Often the no-sugar added product contain higher levels of fat. Most processed foods have sugar added. Become a label reader and improve your health.
“If a smaller meal is available, some people will choose it. Researchers tinkered with the serving sizes and prices of meals in workplace cafeterias across the Netherlands. They found that 1 in 10 people selected a dish that was two-thirds the normal size when given the option, regardless of whether the smaller portion was less expensive. Women and people with higher body mass indexes, a measure of weight relative to height, were more inclined to pick the smaller meals. However, the authors couldn’t say whether people who chose smaller portions ate extra food later in the day.” -Source:International Journal of Obesity, published online Jan. 11, 2011 For information on a clinical tested weight loss program click here.
A recent study assessed the prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency in children with type 1 diabetes. Research found that 84% of kids with type 1 diabetes were deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been found to be a risk factor for diabetes. What is interesting is that 59% of the control children were also Vitamin D deficient. Bring on the sunshine vitamin !! Stay Healthy Everyone.
“Research has found that people who eat breakfast consume fewer calories during the day than breakfast skippers. But a recent study of 380 people is refining that observation. Researchers asked participants to record everything they ate for two weeks. When participants ate a big, high-calorie breakfast, they took in more calories over the course of a day than they did when they ate a small breakfast with fewer calories. The bottom line: Eating a smaller breakfast can help people reduce the total amount of calories they eat per day.” -Source:Nutrition Journal, Jan 17, 2011.
“Eating foods that are high in potassium may help stave off a stroke, a study found. While the research didn’t prove that potassium itself prevents strokes, it found that every additional 1,640 mg of potassium consumed daily was associated with a 21 percent lower risk of stroke. Experts recommend that most adults get 4,700 mg of potassium a day (although people with kidney disease may need to limit their potassium intake and should consult a doctor). Potassium-rich foods include tomatoes, bananas, greens and beans.” -Source:Journal of the American College of Cardiology, March 8, 2011.