November 10, 2017

Health Roundup: Food and Drink Edition

In a Major Warning, Top US Cancer Doctors Are Asking People to Drink Less Alcohol

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) outlined research tying alcohol to two types of cancer and told Americans to drink less....This summer, two major research groups found strong evidence that drinking alcohol - as little as one glass of wine or beer a day - increases the risk of developing both pre- and postmenopausal breast cancer.....Research highlighted by the National Cancer Institute suggests that the more alcohol you drink - particularly the more you drink regularly - the higher your risk of developing cancer.

Cancer Doctors Cite Risks of Drinking Alcohol

Heavy drinkers face much higher risks of mouth and throat cancer, cancer of the voice box, liver cancer and, to a lesser extent, colorectal cancers, the group cautions. “The message is not, ‘Don’t drink.’ It’s, ‘If you want to reduce your cancer risk, drink less. And if you don’t drink, don’t start.”...Heavy drinkers face roughly five times the risk of mouth and throat cancers and squamous cell esophageal cancers than nondrinkers, nearly three times the risk of cancers of the voice box or larynx, double the risk of liver cancer, as well as increased risks for female breast cancer and colorectal cancer. One way alcohol may lead to cancer is because the body metabolizes it into acetaldehyde, which causes changes and mutations in DNA, Dr. Gapstur said. The formation of acetaldehyde starts when alcohol comes in contact with bacteria in the mouth, which may explain the link between alcohol and cancers of the throat, voice box and esophagus, she suggested.

Italian researchers have created a pasta that could help us survive heart attacks

In a newly published study, medical researchers at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna’s Institute of Life Sciences in Pisa developed a special kind of pasta enriched with barley flour. The barley contains a substance called beta-glucan that is known to help the body form new blood vessels – which could serve as a “natural bypass” in the event of a heart attack, the researchers said.

Study: Coffee may help kidney disease patients avoid early death

A new study that found that among more than 2,300 Americans with chronic kidney disease, those who drank the most caffeinated drinks reduced their risk of premature death by 24 percent.

The 10 reasons why everyone should drink coffee:

Expert nutritionist Fiona Hunter reveals how how coffee can add years to your life, slash the risk of cancer and help you lose weight. She also busts common myths surrounding coffee: It doesn't dehydrate you or cause heart palpitations/irregular heartbeats nor does it trigger high blood pressure.

Certain foods can prevent inflammation that can lead to gut diseases like colon cancer and Crohn's disease.

Researchers at the University of Warwick published a study  in Nature Communications that demonstrated a new link between inflammation and a natural cellular process known as autophagy, an essential process where cells break down and recycle damaged elements to keep the body healthy.  They discovered that autophagy can lead to inflammation, which increases a person's risk of developing certain diseases of the gut, including colon cancer, Crohn's disease and other gut-related diseases....The team identified a protein which is regulated by autophagy called Kenny, which contains amino acids that causes it to be broken down by autophagy.  They identified fruits and vegetables such as pomegranates, red grapes, pears, mushrooms, lentils, soybeans and green peas that contain natural compounds that can activate autophagy to prevent inflammation and disease of the gut.

Eating Brussels sprouts and drinking green tea could make aggressive breast cancers treatable by 'turning off' tumor genes

Vegetables and green tea make breast cancer treatable. Results reveal feeding mice compounds found in cruciferous vegetables and green tea converts aggressive breast cancers into more treatable tumors. Compounds in cruciferous vegetables influence tumor response to treatment. Such compounds can 'turn off' cancerous genes, changing therapy outcomes.

Study author Professor Trygve Tollefsbol from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said: 'Your mother always told you to eat your vegetables, and science now tells us she was right.  'Unfortunately, there are few options for women who develop ER-negative breast cancer.'  Study author Yuanyuan Li added: 'The results of this research provide a novel approach to preventing and treating ER-negative breast cancer, which currently takes hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide.'

The Icelandic-inspired three-ingredient breakfast a Harvard physician says you should eat EVERY day for optimum health

Monique Tello revealed that having a bowl of cereal, a bagel or a piece of toast first thing is no different to having dessert for breakfast. Instead, she opts for an Icelandic-esque breakfast of three nutrient-dense ingredients: berries, high protein yogurt, and oats.  Tello says this meal is perfect to kick off the day because it's packed with two key ingredients: protein and fibre. These nourishing ingredients fuel our muscles, keep us full and regulate digestion.  Berries: Packed with fibre, as well as Vitamins A, C, and K. Plain yoghurt: Packed with protein but low sugar. Oats or nuts and seeds: High in fibre and protein.

 Icedlandic Breakfast

Eating spicy foods can make your low-salt food taste saltier

Actually, just about any spicy food will likely impact the amount of salt a person eats, according to new research published this week in Hypertension, the journal of the American Heart Association. That’s because salt and spice appear to activate brain activity in overlapping parts of the brain, enhancing sensitivity to either taste.
Researchers at the Third Military Medical University in Chongqing, China asked 606 local adults about their taste preferences, and then tested participants’ blood pressure. They found that people with a high preference for spicy foods had lower blood pressure numbers and consumed less salt, in general.
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