February 27, 2018

Health Roundup - Food edition

'Settled Science' Behind Dietary Guidelines Just Got Blown Up

For decades, the federal government's official dietary guidelines told people to cut fats and increase carbs in their diet, relying on supposedly settled nutrition science. A new study shows that the advice has been completely wrong.  That was the conclusion of a massive new study published in Lancet that followed 135,335 people in 18 countries on five continents.

The study found that consumption of fat was associated with a lower risk of mortality, while consumption of carbohydrates was associated with a higher risk. It found that the kind of fat didn't matter when it came to heart disease, and that saturated fat consumption was inversely related to strokes.....

The government's push for a low-fat, high-carb diets has contributed to the explosion in obesity in the U.S. The national obesity rate had been relatively flat between 1960 and 1980 — the first year the USDA issued its dietary guidelines. But less than a decade after 1980, obesity rates shot up from 15% to 23%.

Full-fat milk is better for the heart because it increases levels of good cholesterol, finds study

Participants' 'bad' cholesterol levels did not differ between the two types of milk. But whole milk raised HDL cholesterol which lowers heart attack and stroke risk. HDL transports bad cholesterol out of your arteries to your liver to be excreted. Experts have long recommended switching to skimmed or semi-skimmed milk. While this study is small, it adds weight to growing evidence full fat is healthier.  Past studies show full fat dairy is linked with lower risks of type 2 diabetes

How Killer Rice Crippled Tokyo and the Japanese Navy

Gleaming white rice was a status symbol—it was expensive and laborious to husk, hull, polish, and wash. In Japan, the poor ate brown rice, or other carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes or barley. The rich ate polished white rice, often to the exclusion of other foods.

This was a problem. Removing the outer layers of a grain of rice also removes one vital nutrient: thiamine, or vitamin B-1. Without thiamine, animals and humans develop kakke, now known in English as beriberi. But for too long, the cause of the condition remained unknown.

Whiskey may be better for you than wine

In a speech at the EuroMedLab conference in 2005, Dr. Jim Swan, who, granted, is a consultant to the drinks industry, reported that whiskey contains more ellagic acid (a free-radical fighting antioxidant) than red wine. “There has been much in the news about the health benefits of antioxidants in red wine. By contrast, very little has been said about malt whisky distillery science,” he said.  “However, research has shown that there are even greater health benefits to people who drink single malt whiskies. Why? Single malt whiskies have more ellagic acid than red wine.”

6 Ways Whiskey Is Actually Good for You

So long as your imbibe in moderation, here are five ways whiskey is actually good for your health.
1. Much like Champagne, whiskey can help lower your risk of dementia....
2. It serves as a digestion aid.  Drinking a whiskey after a large meal can help ease an upset stomach. Whiskey's high proof makes it an excellent digestif, stimulating the stomach's enzymes, which help break down food.
3. Single malt whiskies contain more ellagic acid  than red wine.  Ellagic acid is a free-radical fighting antioxidant.
4. There's a connection between moderate consumption and a lowered risk of stroke.  A study out from Harvard University reports that moderate alcohol consumption corresponds with a 25 to 40 percent reduction in risk of heart disease and ischemic (or clot-caused) stroke. "It's safe to say that alcohol is both a tonic and a poison,
5. Drinking in moderation benefits the heart and blood vessels.
6. It can help cure the common cold. In moderation, whiskey can dilate or widen your blood vessels. This helps with cold symptoms like congestion, by allowing more movement of the mucus membrane in your sinuses, or flushing out an infection.  Which explains why Hot Toddies have been a historical home remedy for cold and flu symptoms.

Drinking wine may protect teeth by destroying bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease, new research suggests.

Despite many dentists warning booze's acidic content can damage teeth, a study released today suggests antioxidants in wine significantly prevent bacteria that cause plaque, cavities and periodontal disease from sticking to gums.
Posted by Jill Fallon at February 27, 2018 11:57 AM | Permalink