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News - Category 'Nutrition'
Discover the 5 Secrets That are Zapping your Youth, your Energy and Keeping you From Losing Weight.
15 Jul   by Lisa

Click here to get the secrets!
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The American Heart Association Suggests Limiting Sugar For Our Health
23 May   by Lisa

A Registered Dietitian tried to follow the American Heart Associations' guideline for limiting sugar intake to 6 tsp. per day.  Even she found it hard.  But she discovered many hidden sugar in foods you should be aware of.  In this article she discusses the different foods with hidden sugars; some that aren't so sweet and that will surprise you!
 
Read the full article here: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=20454920
 
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When You Eat May Be Nearly As Important As What You Eat
19 May   by Lisa

A study on mice from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies found that eating at routine times and fasting for longer periods of time may actually cancel out the adverse affects of some obesity-linked diseases.  Although this is a study on mice, it may be easily translated into being beneficial for humans.
 
The Salk study found that the body stores fat while eating.  It starts to burn fat and break down cholesterol after only a few hours of fasting.  They found that when we eat often, we continue to make and store fat.  This causes our fat and liver cells to balloon which results in liver damage.  This can be seen in our day and age as we have more and more people diagnosed with Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or "NAFLD".
 
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THE WONDERS OF THE TOMATO
08 May   by Lisa

  
Tomatoes are excellent sources of potassium and several vitamins:
folic acid
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
 
Studies show tomatoes may help to burn fat.
 
Bioflavonoids, which are concentrated in the tomato skin, may xcounteract inflammation and allergic reactions. The main compounds are quercetin and kaempferol.  A study from the  University of California-Davis found the amounts of quercitin and kaempferol to be higher in organically grown tomatoes than conventionally grown tomatoes. Compared to conventionally grown tomatoes, organic tomatoes have a higher content of vitamin C and bioflavonoids.
 
Inflammation-fighting tomatoes
 
Tomatoes are great inflammation-fighting foods. When you reduce inflammation, you can possibly make your weight loss hormones, such as leptin, work properly, allowing you to lose weight.Leptin plays an important role in appetite control, metabolism and weight loss. It is your body's natural weight control mechanism.Tomatoes also contain important anti-inflammatory nutrients called carotenoids and bioflavonoids.
 
 
Key tomato carotenoids are:
  • beta-carotene, an orange pigment also found in carrots and sweet potatoes, an important antioxidant that can help to protect against damage from sunlight. Your body also converts beta-carotene into vitamin A. The absorption of carotenoids and flavonoids from tomatoes is greater from cooked tomatoes than fresh tomatoes, since cooking breaks down the tomato cell matrix and makes the carotenoids more available.
  • lycopene, a red pigment, with demonstrated anti-cancer effects. In Western countries, 85 percent of dietary lycopene can be attributed to the consumption of tomato-based products. Addition of olive oil to diced tomatoes during cooking greatly increases the absorption of lycopene. Oil is essential for absorbing carotenoids from tomatoes in salads or salsa.
  • phytoene and phytofluene, the newest anti-cancer compounds in tomatoes
 
Information from: Leo Galland, M.D. a board-certified internist, author and internationally recognized leader in integrated medicine.
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Food Craving Awareness Helps Appetite Struggles
30 Apr   by Lisa

Researchers recently decided to conduct a study in response to the rise in America's obesity epidemic. Scientists at Dartmouth College looked at a region of the brain that is our pain and pleasure center (known as the nucleus accumbens).  They looked at what actually triggers us to crave certain foods (like the dessert tray that comes to your table in a restaurant).  Using a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), they could detect the brains responses to different cues. 
 
They found that those subjects who responded more to food cues had more weight gain down the road.  (OK, they also tested sexual activity but since this story is under "nutrition", I thought I'd keep it relative). They found that it is important to be aware of the behavior in order to control the behavior.  Awareness is the key and the first step.  But the action of self-regulation is the difficult part.
 
 
Dartmouth, said: 'This is one of the first studies in brain imaging that uses the responses observed in the scanner to predict important, real-world outcomes over a long period of time.
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Hidden Sugar In Foods, Where Is It Lurking?
07 Apr   by Lisa

Sugar, it makes things taste good.  Did you know that there is LOTS of hidden sugars in our foods?  More of you are aware of this as sugar has been in the media lately.  This featured article shows you 5 foods that you might not think of as having sugar. 
 
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Sugar Free, Fat Free, Gluten Free; What You Need To Know About These Foods
07 Apr   by Lisa

With our improving knowledge of how unhealthy the typical American diet is, shoppers are being persuaded by food manufacturers to purchase "free" foods touting them as better for you.  But they may not be so good for you.  Sure if you're lactose intolerant, "dairy free" may be something that would be enticing.  If you've got Celiac disease, you may be inclined to purchase "gluten free" foods since foods with gluten are detrimental to their health.  But many people who do not necessarily need these foods are persuaded to purchase them as they are advertised as foods that are beneficial for everyone.  But are they? 
 
This great article explains what each "free" food means, what to watch out for, common substitutions and what to look for on the label.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sc-health-0404-free-from-foods-20120404,0,4613873.story?track=rss
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Are You Depressed? Maybe It's The Junk Food You're Eating.
02 Apr   by Lisa

Research from the University of Granada and previous studies from the Mayo clinic find that there is a link between eating more non-nutritious foods and a higher risk of depression.  The study has been published in the journal of Public Health Nutrition.
 
How does junk food affect your mental status?  The mechanism is still being targeted however we do know that your gut has been described as having a brain of it's own (click here for more information).  There are many Serotonin receptors in the gut.  Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps give you a sense of wellbeing.  Gut health is very important to our overall good health.  We depend on the "good' bacteria in our digestive tract to keep us balanced.  Junk food may hinder this symbiotic relationship.  Find out how you can improve your gut health here.
 
You can read about junk food and depression here:
 
 
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Study Reveals That Most Dietitians Take Dietary Supplements
02 Apr   by Lisa

We know that Registered Dietitians are experts in diet and nutrition.  A new study shows that most Dietitians take dietary supplements as part of their daily routine.  If you are not taking supplements, you may be missing out. 
 
Our food is more non-nutritious than ever.  Many of us live off junk food, highly processed foods, fast foods, etc.  Even if we are eating whole grains and lots of organic fruits and vegetables, we still may not be getting the nutrition we once thought. 
 
Scientists have proven that the over farmed soil our plants grown in is lacking in the nutrition it once contained.  Our soil's ecosystem has been disturbed by biotechnology; herbicides and pesticides which not only kill the bugs on the plants we eat (so they look pretty when we buy them), they also kill the microorganisms and bacteria that helps break down our nutrients.  These organisms are what help break down the minerals so they can be absorbed by the plants.  We need minerals to help Vitamins be utilized for many biological systems in our bodies.  Click here to learn more about this.
 
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Do You Want To Know If Your Food Is Genetically Modified?
29 Mar   by Lisa

I'm not sure how you feel about this topic but I am passionately against genetically modified food for a number of reasons (see the article "The Truth About These 6 Foods Will Shock You").  One study showed that 80% of packaged foods that you purchase at your grocery store contain genetically modified foods.  That's 80%!!  Consumers are starting to demand labeling of all GMO foods but there is opposition by the big agricultural biotech seed and crop companies and by the government.  According to the article that is linked below, the FDAs position has been against labeling as they see no "material difference" in genetically modified versus conventional crops.
 
Public opinion polls have proved that the people from all political backgrounds want to know what they are putting into their bodies.   Over 1 million signatures have been collected on the "The Just Label It" petition which will be filed with the Food & Drug Administration this week.  In addition to the national demand for GMO labeling, a separate coalition that includes environmental, public health and consumer organizations submitted an Act to the Attorney General called "California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act".  The deadline for signatures is 4/22/12 in order for it to get on the November election ballot. 
 
 
 
Updated:  91% of Americans polled want labeling on GMO foods but the FDA says it needs more time.  People (including me) feel they have a right to know what is in their food. 
 
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