January 3, 2018

Health Roundup: Food Edition

Scientists warn against using Canola oil after study reveals it is detrimental to brain health

Canola oil has been heavily marketed as a healthy choice because it is low in saturated fat. But a new study suggests the trendy kitchen staple could worsen memory loss and learning ability in Alzheimer's patients. It may also increase the build-up of plaques in the brain, a hallmark of the degenerative disease. And despite its seemingly wholesome profile, researchers discovered it caused weight gain. The findings suggest for the first time that long-term consumption of canola oil is not beneficial to brain health.

A very low-calorie diet can rapidly REVERSE type 2 diabetes, a new study finds

A very low-calorie diet could rapidly reverse type 2 diabetes, new research suggests....At the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Yale, a study conducted on mice showed that cutting daily calorie intake by 75 percent lowered blood sugar levels and decreased fat content.  In humans, that would mean turning to a diet of 500 to 800 calories opposed to the average 1,600 to 3,000 calorie intake.

Vitamin C for for Better Bones and Memory

Drinking a couple of glasses of orange juice every day could nearly halve the risk of hip fractures, new research shows. A study of more than 10,000 people has found bones are strengthened by vitamin C, found in oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, kiwi fruit and broccoli...Vitamin C is thought to protect against fragile bones by stimulating cells called osteoblasts to become mature bone cells. Earlier this year a study in the British Journal of Nutrition found eating oranges, grapefruits or lemons packed with citric acid also cut the risk of dementia by almost a quarter. Citric acid contains a chemical called nobiletin which, during animal tests, has been shown to slow or reverse impairment of memory.

The Sugar Industry Conspiracy

In 1965, research funded by the Sugar Research Foundation found sucrose was linked to heart disease. That research was never published.

Eating a handful of nuts twice a week can slash the risk of heart disease

A study of over 200,000 people found those who ate walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, pecans and peanuts two or more times a week were 23 per cent less likely to develop coronary heart disease and 15 per cent less likely cardiovascular disease.  The same amount of peanuts - which strictly speaking are a legume - also reduced the risk of the conditions by 15 and 13 per cent respectively.

A type of vitamin E found in nuts may prevent asthma attacks by reducing airway inflammation

The form of vitamin E that brought these beneficial effects is gamma-tocopherol, which is abundant in nuts such as walnuts and pecans and in the legume peanut, as well as seed oils such as corn, soybean and sesame. This type has drawn little attention compared with alpha-tocopherol, the form most commonly found in vitamin E supplements. A type of vitamin E found in nuts may prevent asthma attacks by reducing airway inflammation.

The super-fuel designed for the US military that allows you to eat carbs, burn fat and supercharges your brain

Oxford University experts created the supplement based on a decade of $60 million-worth of scientific research.  Now, a San Francisco-based start-up has launched the first commercial version of the drink – dubbed 'keto in a bottle' – made of pure ketone ester... A 2.2-oz shot of Ketone contains 120 calories – roughly the same as a large banana – yet it has no fat, no protein, and no carbohydrates.  Ketones are the tiny, but powerful sources of energy our bodies make naturally when we start using up our fat stores for energy because there are no carbs around. If your diet is low in carbohydrates your body is shifted into 'ketosis', which is when fat stores in the body are broken down into ketones, which fuel the muscles and the brain.....Kieran Clarke, University of Oxford professor of physiological biochemistry, suggests that drinking ketones alongside a carb-rich meal like a piece of pizza provides a performance boost that's 'unlike anything we've ever seen before'.

Gobbling down food increases risk of obesity, heart attack and stroke,

A new study suggests that taking the time to stop and enjoy each mouthful could be the secret of a healthy heart, and a slimmer waistline.  Research by Japanese scientists has found that people who eat slowly and mindfully are less likely to pile on the pounds or develop metabolic syndrome - the name for a cluster of dangerous health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity which can damage the heart......Fast eaters who gobbled down their food were five times more likely to develop symptoms which raised their risk of a heart attack, diabetes and stroke. The faster eaters were also more than three times more likely to have gained three stone in weight

Scientific breakthrough cuts cancer risk from bacon

The World Health Organization (WHO) currently warns that bacon cured with nitrites is as dangerous as asbestos and smoking, because the chemicals produce carcinogenic nitrosamines when ingested.  They have estimated that around 34,000 bowel and colon cancer deaths each year are directly attributable to diets which are high in processed meat. The new natural flavoring being used is produced from natural Mediterranean fruit and spice extracts, following ten years of research and development. And crucially, in independent blind taste tests, consumers said it was as good or better than traditionally cured meat. “Our Naked Bacon is not only safer than any other bacon on the market, it also tops the charts in blind taste tests.”
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