November 8, 2010

Chefs Agree

1 Restaurants Can Combat Obesity with Low-Cal Meals

A national Penn State survey of chefs and restaurateurs found that restaurants can play a major role in combating the obesity epidemic by preparing reduced-calorie meals, say researchers. The findings: 72 percent of the 432 respondents say they can trim 10 percent of calories without customers noticing the difference in taste; 21 percent say they can trim off 25 percent of the calories in meals they serve. Seven percent of chefs were not familiar with the calorie count in meals they prepared while 49 percent were somewhat familiar. Most respondents say they are more willing to create new reduced-calorie foods than to modify existing recipes. "Reducing intake by as little as 100 calories per day can amount to a significant weight loss over a year," says study co-author Liane Roe.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Penn State University, Restaurant Menus, Chefs, Liane Roe, Cutting Calories in Restaurant Meals, Cutting Fat in Restaurant Food

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Good for Cognitive Function

2 DHA Helps Older Adults Maintain Memory

DHA, has been shown to improve memory and cognitive function in older, healthy adults, finds a study published in the Nov. edition of Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that 900 mg/d of algal DHA improved memory in patients with mild cognitive impairment after taking it for just six months. "This study reinforces the principle that consumers will reap the most benefit from their DHA supplements—and many supplements—when they are taken over time and before a health concern is imminent," says Dr. Duffy MacKay, Council for Responsible Nutrition. DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that is available in supplement form. DHA did not improve cognitive function in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Cognitive Decline, Cognitive Function, DHA, Fish Oil, Memory, Older Adults, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Placebo, Dr. Duffy MacCay, Alzheimer's and Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Associa

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Comprende?

3 Speaking Two Languages Delays Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Bilingualism can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms, according to a Canadian science team led by Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute. By examining the clinical records of 211 Alzheimer’s patients, researchers found that those who regularly spoke two or more languages experienced delayed onset of their symptoms by as many as five years. "We are not claiming that bilingualism in any way prevents Alzheimer's or other dementias, but it may contribute to cognitive reserve in the brain which appears to delay the onset of Alzheimer's symptoms for quite some time," said lead investigator Dr. Fergus Craik. While the brains of bilingual patients still showed deterioration from the disease, they were able to compensate in the areas of memory, problem-solving and planning.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Cognition, Memory, Problem Solving, Bilingualism, Dr. Fergus Craik, Rotman Research Institute

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Apple Bodies

4 Vitamin D Deficiency Makes Kids Fatter Faster

A vitamin D deficiency leads to faster weight gain in kids, according to a U of Michigan study of 479 schoolchildren. "We found that the kids with the lowest vitamin D levels at the beginning [of the study] tended to gain weight faster than the kids with higher levels," said senior author Eduardo Villamor who also found that children with the lowest levels had greater increases in abdominal body fat. Abdominal fat has been linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic health issues. "This is significant because vitamin D insufficiency is highly prevalent across the globe and childhood obesity rates are dramatically increasing worldwide," says researcher Diane Gilbert-Diamond. Sun exposure is one source of vitamin D; others include supplements and fortified foods.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Low Vitamin D Increases Diabetic Mortality Risk

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Eduardo Villamor, Heart Disease, University of Michigan, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Deficiency, Diane Gilbert-Diamond

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Junk Food Calories Not So Evil?

5 Professor Loses 27 Pounds on Twinkie Diet

Mark Haub, professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, lost 27 pounds during a 10-week junk food diet consisting of eating snack cakes or other items every three hours instead of meals. CNN reports that Haub's premise was that in weight loss it's calorie counting that matters most, not nutritional value. Haub's diet, a class project, also involved a daily vitamin and protein shake, as well as a veggie like celery. While someone his size would normally consume 2,600 calories a day, Haub only consumed 1,800 calories a day on his diet consisting of Doritos chips, sugary cereals, Oreos, Hostess cakes and Little Debbie snacks. Haub went from a body mass index (BMI) of 28.8 to a BMI of 24.9. Haub's cholesterol wasn't negatively affected, but he hesitates to recommend the diet.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Weird Diets, Twinkie Diet, Mark Haub, Kansas State University, Junk Food Diet, Snack Cake Diet, Hostess Diet, Little Debbie Diet, Calorie Counting, Doritos Chips, Sugary Cereals, Oreos, Hostess Cakes

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Topical Rub Helped Kids Sleep

6 VapoRub Proven to Help Kids

Vicks VapoRub, which contains camphor, menthol and eucalyptus oils, has been shown to help ease symptoms of colds and upper-respiratory infections in children, and help them sleep. CNN reports that the new study was funded by the makers of Vicks, Procter & Gamble. Research involved 138 children ages 2 to 11 who were experiencing restless sleep, cough, congestion and runny nose. In the study, children who received VapoRub showed the most improvement and slept better. Other children in the study, who received a placebo of petroleum jelly or no treatment, also improved, but to a lesser extent. However, 20 of the 44 kids who received VapoRub suffered mild side effects like skin irritation and burning sensation of the nose or eyes. No side effects were reported among the other groups.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Working Out Keeps Away Cold

Tags: VapoRub, VapoRub Side Effects, VapoRub Studies, VapoRub Works, VapoRub Helps Kids Sleep, VapoRub Relieves Symptoms, Helping Kids Colds, Helping Kids Sleep with Congestion, Restless Sleep, Cough, Congestion, Camphor, Menthol, Eucalyptus Oils

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Small Study but Big Results

7 Boost MUFAs for Good Heart Health

Cutting out saturated fat isn’t the only good dietary advice when it comes to improving cholesterol levels and decreasing the risk of heart disease. Boosting the amount of monounsaturated fats (MUFA’s) also appears to raising good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol in a small number of patients who participated in a study published recently in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Researchers in Toronto studied 24 men and women who were randomly assigned to eating a vegetarian diet either high or low in monounsaturated fat. At the end of one month, the high-MUFA diet followers had increased HDL by 12.5 percent and reduced LDL by 35 percent. Additionally, levels of C-reactive protein, a blood marker of inflammation associated with heart disease, was also lower.

More at Time Magazine | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Polyunsaturated Fats Help Reduce Heart Disease Risk

Tags: Cholesterol, Fats, Heart Disease, Monounsaturated Fats, MUFA

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