FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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The Mediterranean Diet and Cancer Prevention

THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET PYRAMID

The Mediterranean Diet scores again – this  time with cancer prevention. In the 1980’s, cancer prevention and diet were hot topics. It was thought at the time that specific nutrients were the key to affecting cancer rates. Examples included omega-3 fatty acids  and individual nutrients, namely beta carotene, and vitamin E were the favorite “supernutrients” of the era. However, disappointing results occurred and the use of beta carotene and vitamin E supplements actually were found to promote certain cancers than protect against them.

More research has correctly centered around the use of diet scores that compare adherence to certain diet patterns like the Mediterranean diet or the DASH diet and cancer prevention as well as other chronic diseases. For the latest results, CLICK HERE.

 

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How to Live Longer?

It’s not just diet but other lifestyle habits as well. The results of a recent study were  quite impressive in the number of years gained by adherence to five simple guidelines. Now the challenge should be how to get people to adhere to the recommendations.

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Fats, Sugar and the Liver?

All fats and carbs are not equal when it comes to their effects on the body. This is clearly reported in a new study called the “MUFFIN” study comparing saturated fat and polyunsaturated fat effects on the liver. The same goes with sugars.

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A Brief Guide to a Healthy Diet

Having trouble deciding how to improve your diet?  No wonder with all the conflicting and confusing information and misinformation in the media. Relax and begin with this simple advice from Harvard. BTW, no need to try another detox approach.  Bon appétit!!!!

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Is Tea Good for the Heart and Brain?

The research on tea and heart disease is often conflicting and inconsistent. However, as we learn more, some answers emerge.  The following article appears to deal with epidemiological aspects of tea drinking and health benifits. As in previous studies, green tea may win out compared to black tea. Also, adding milk or sugar to tea may destroy some of its beneficial  phytonutrients.

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What may be good for the heart may be also good for the brain. For a previous post CLICK HERE.

 


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Warning About Romaine Lettuce

Just as we have been told by the produce producers that food safety issues from the past have been controlled, another outbreak is occurring across the country.  This time the suspected culprit is romaine lettuce and E.coli 0157:H7 bacteria.  This strain of E. coli 0157:H7  is particularly dangerous due to its association in some cases to a condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) which can be fatal or cause lifelong health problems. It is best to avoid romaine entirely at home and in restaurants  since it is difficult to identify the source of this lettuce (presently thought to have been grown in Arizona)

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Food Additives in Processed Foods

When you read those long lists of ingredients on a processed food label, you may be finding some that do us no favors. Check out the following article about some common ones found in varying amounts that may affect our “friendly” bacteria of the microbiome. Not only are our friendly bacteria affected, but our overall diet may also encourage more harmful species of bacteria to flourish or  contribute to antibiotic resistance, a serious problem.

A previous post HERE discusses the microbiome and its proposed functions that can contribute to our overall health.

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