Maybe, based on a new study that compared the two – organic vs conventional. More studies need to replicate this finding, since older studies have been inconclusive. Never the less, buy either based on your pocketbook and personal preferences.
We are a country obsessed with dietary supplements. Try taking them away and see how people resist the idea. But do we need all those vitamins and minerals- sometimes, especially during key growth periods (pregnancy and childhood)?
So you think that just to be sure, you should take them as insurance against certain diseases. Maybe not. Sometimes excess is not the answer and may become harmful. A famous example was a study that gave beta carotene supplements(vitamin A) to smokers. The reason was that beta carotene was thought to be protective against lung cancer since it functions as an antioxidant. The result showed that there were more cases of lung cancer in the vitamin group than in those smokers given a placebo. Subsequent studies supported this finding.
What does the research say? You may be surprised.
Read the article HERE.
Which diet is best for weight loss? This debate has been a hot topic of nutritionists and dieters that began when Nathan Pritikin (a low fat guru) and Dr. Robert Atkins (a low carb supporter) faced off at a diet conference decades ago.
As People Magazine described it:
“Breakfasting within sight of each other during a recent diet conference, two of America’s leading gurus of weight loss were in no mood to break bread—or chew the fat. At one table Dr. Robert Atkins gobbled down bacon, ham and eggs, but carefully pushed the toast to the side of his plate. Nearby, he says, Nathan Pritikin was munching on nothing but plain toast. “I looked over at him eating his dry bread,” Atkins recalls scornfully. “And he looked so pathetic.” What does Pritikin think of Atkins’ bill of fare? “His diet is a monstrosity,” Pritikin says. “It’s really a malignancy of nutrition.” From People Magazine, December 3, 1979.
Since then, this controversy has continued relentlessly – until now. Maybe, just maybe, we can accept one “truth” – it really doesn’t matter for weight loss.
However, the following article does not address that there are some major differences in health affects between the two diets- namely, their effects on heart disease risks (LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL cholesterol). Those differences in time may help to clarify the debate about the lipid hypothesis of heart disease. Check out my previous post HERE.
Read the article HERE.
Have another cup of coffee and enjoy. Too much can cause a caffeine addiction with withdrawal symptoms according to some reports. But in the present study, decaf was just as effective. They drink it in the Blue Zones where many people live long lives. Read about it HERE.
A few days ago, I posted an article that described a study that showed that the Mediterranean diet enhanced brain health. Now another study associated extra virgin olive oil with the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease (at least in mice). Read about it HERE.
There is a lot of nutrition “chatter” about the merits and “dangers” of coconut oil. Check out a comprehensive review of the pros and cons of using coconut oil with the research behind it. The good news: we do not consume it in great amounts, so enjoying some of its good points is probably not a big deal.