January 17, 2011

Neither Does Skipping It

1 Eating Breakfast Doesn’t Help with Weight Loss

A study on over 300 people who were asked to keep notes on their food intake finds that, regardless of whether participants ate a big or small breakfast - or skipped the meal altogether - they ate the same amount at lunch and dinner. The study refutes current opinion that eating a big breakfast is beneficial for weight loss and results in eating fewer calories per meal for the rest of the day. Study leader Dr. Volker Schusdziarra, Else-Kroner-Fresenius Ctr. of Nutritional Medicine, found that people who ate a big breakfast actually had a higher daily caloric intake than those who ate a small breakfast or who skipped breakfast. The final analysis: eating a big breakfast must be counteracted by eating substantially fewer calories during the rest of the day for weight loss.

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

Tags: Breakfast, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss, Breakfast for Weight Control, Dr. Volker Schusdziarra, Else-Kroner-Fresenius Ctr. of Nutritional Medicine

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Three Moos for Organic Milk

2 Organic Milk Really Is Better for You

At any time of year, organic milk contains greater levels of nutritionally beneficial fatty acids, claim UK researchers from Newcastle University. Reporting in Journal of Dairy Science, researchers say that organic milk is of significantly better quality than conventional milk, regardless of the weather or time of year. "By choosing organic milk you can cut saturated fats by 30 to 50 percent and still get the same intake of beneficial fatty acids, as the omega-3 levels are higher but omega-6 is not, which helps to improve the crucial ratio between the two," says study leader Gillian Butler. Even though the study was conducted with milk from England, the results still provide U.S. shoppers with much food for thought.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Organic Milk Gets More Natural

Tags: Gillian Butler, Journal of Dairy Science, Beneficial Fatty Acids, Organic Milk, Conventional Milk, Why Organic Milk Is More Healthy

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Almost 100 Percent Affected

3 Pregnant Women Are Full of Chemicals

Nearly every pregnant woman in the U.S. carries around multiple chemicals inside, some of which have been banned. New research from the University of California, San Francisco has revealed that chemicals are inside the bodies of 99 to 100 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. Bisphenol A (BPA), used inside beverage cans and other food packaging, was found in 96 percent of pregnant women. Researchers have linked prenatal exposure to BPA with adverse health outcomes, such as increased susceptibility to cancer later in life. PBDEs, also found in pregnant women, are compounds used in flame retardants that have been banned in many states. DDT, banned in the U.S. in 1972, was also detected inside pregnant women. The study findings are published in Environmental Health.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Pregnant Women Denying Smoking

Tags: Bisphenol a, Chemicals in Humans, Chemicals in Women, Dangers to Pregnancies, Polychlorinated Biphenyls, PCBs, Organochlorine Pesticides, Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs), Phenols, Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs), Phthalates, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), Perchlorate

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Staying Away from Plastic

4 Women with PCOS Smart to Avoid BPA

Women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) should avoid excessive exposure to the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) found in plastic. Researchers discovered that women with PCOS had higher levels of BPA. They think that BPA may be more harmful for women with hormonal and fertility imbalances. The research, reported in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, revealed a statistically significant link between BPA and male sex hormones in the women with PCOS. The finding suggests that BPA may play a role in ovarian dysfunction. The study, from the University of Athens Medical School in Greece, involved 71 women with PCOS and 100 healthy controls.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: BPA Found on Money

Tags: BPA Effects, BPA Effects on Unborn Kids, Dangers of BPA, BPA Health Problems, Women with PCOS Higher Levels of BPA, Link Between BPA and Ovarian Dysfunction, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Athens Medical School, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

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Milk Does a Body Good

5 Milk May Lower Risk of Bowel Cancer

Encourage your child to choose milk at school instead of other beverages and you could reduce his or her risk of developing bowel cancer as an adult. A national study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that the risk of bowel cancer was 30 percent lower in people who drank school milk daily. The study, conducted at the University of Otago in New Zealand, followed people who drank school-provided milk between the years of 1937 and 1967. The researchers suggest that calcium is likely the protective mineral, as other studies have concluded that total calcium intake is associated with a decreased risk of digestive system cancers. Cancers of the colon and rectum in the United States affect over 140,000 each year, according to the National Cancer Institute.

More at Science Alert | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Milk May Help Decrease Heart Disease Risk, Whole Fat Dairy Foods May Decrease Diabetes Risk

Tags: Bowel Cancer, Calcium, Colon Cancer, Colon Cancer Risk, Milk

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Nutrigenomics a New Field

6 Consumers Want Genetic Test for Diet Needs

According to an international study assessing consumer interest in a new field called “Nutrigenomics”, more than half of US consumers would like to have genetic test available to individualize their dietary needs. Nutrigenomics is the study of how nutrition influences gene expression, and claims to examine how different nutrients are absorbed, metabolized, or eliminated according to a person’s individual genetic makeup. According to the market research company, the findings will likely have a major impact on the development of tailor-made food and beverage products in the future, addressing such needs as strengthening the immune system or improving tastes through genetic determination of flavor preferences. Smaller, niche companies are likely to be the ones to lead the way.

More at Food Navigator | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Over the Counter Genetic Test Available

Tags: Genetic Predisposition, Nutrition, Genetic Counseling, Nutrigenomics

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At Affordable Prices

7 Young Families Want Healthy Food Options

Families today may be more cash-strapped , but they still want fresh and healthy food options according to a new article published in the January issue of Food Technology magazine. Six out of 10 American families report practicing healthy eating strategies such as eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. One third or more of moms are making more of an effort to restrict sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and trans fats in the diets of their children and they want better snack options that are lower in fat and contain more nutrients. That being said, one-third of all families with children have income less than twice the federal poverty level. Cost is one reason why larger families tend to rely on prepackaged convenience foods.

More at Newswise | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Backlash Against Restaurant Children's Menus

Tags: Children's Nutrition, Family Dinners, Family Meals, Healthy Eating, Low Fat

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