July 6, 2011

And It’s Not Just Fast Food

1 Restaurant Food Is Making US Fat

Eating out is associated with obesity say experts. More than 1/2 of US adults eat out 3 times a week; 12% eat 7+ meals in restaurants. “For the average consumer, eating one meal away from home each week translates to roughly 2 extra pounds a year," says Lisa Mancino, USDA. The economy hasn’t slowed the trend but we eat out more cheaply, often choosing fast food and takeout - but even fine restaurants aren’t exempt. "The calories we eat out, for a variety of hormonal and metabolic reasons, actually cause more weight gain," says Cynthia Buffington, FL Hosp. Celebration Health, who says foods can be fat promoting or fat fighting. The latter include lean proteins, produce and whole grains. Sugar, processed grains and trans fats, ways restaurants add flavor to foods, promote obesity.

More at HealthKey.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Restaurants Want Flexible Menu Labeling

Tags: Obesity, Restaurant Menus, Restaurant Nutrition, Sugar, USDA, Whole Grains, Eating Out, Lisa Mancino, Cynthia Buffington, Florida Hospital Celebration Health, Trans Fats, Processed Grains, Lean Proteins

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First Fatal Mauling Since 1986

2 Grizzly Bear Kills Hiker in Yellowstone

A hiker was killed by a female grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday. The incident was the first fatal bear mauling in Yellowstone since 1986, reports CBS News. The man who was killed was out on a hike on the Wapiti Lake Trail with his wife when they surprised a female bear with its cubs. The site of the attack is near Canyon Village, close to the middle of the park. Park officials note that they haven't taken action against the bear. They say that the attack occurred in the backcountry area with limited communication and access challenges. More details about the victim's identity will be released on Thursday.

More at CBS News | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Marijuana Smoker Gets Workers' Compensation

Tags: Grizzly Bear Attack, Yellowstone National Park Bears, Yellowstone Deaths, Hiker Dies in Yellowstone, Dangers of Hiking, Female Grizzly Bear, Canyon Village

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Incredible Edible Egg

3 Egg Nutrients May Help Prevent Heart Disease

Eggs were once off limits for a heart healthy diet because the yolks contain cholesterol which was thought to contribute to heart disease. However, a new study finds that raw eggs contain almost twice as many antioxidant properties as an apple and about the same as a half of a serving of cranberries. High in protein, the yolks contain two amino acids, tryptophan and tyrosine, known for their antioxidant properties. Unfortunately, when the eggs were fried or boiled, the antioxidant properties were reduced by half and a little more than half when microwaved. “It’s a big reduction,” says Jianping Wu of the University of Alberta Department of Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science, “but it still leaves eggs equal to apples in antioxidant value.”

More at EurekAlert | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Vegans at Risk for Heart Conditions

Tags: Antioxidants, Cancer Prevention, Eggs, Heart Disease

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Reduces Ki-67 Levels

4 Celecoxib May Protect Former Smokers' Lungs

A second phase II trial involving 137 patients aged 45 and older who quit smoking in the past year confirmed that the cox-2 inhibitor celecoxib may protect former smokers from developing lung cancer. Cox-2 promotes inflammation which has been shown to be an early factor in cancer. Bronchoscopies were done prior to taking celecoxib or placebo and six months later to measure Ki-67 expression in the lungs, which indicates cell proliferation and growth which occurs in inflammation and cancer. Celecoxib decreased Ki-67 levels by 34 percent and the number of precancerous nodules while the placebo group had increased Ki-67 expression. Researchers believe that the arthritis drug could be used for chemoprevention and a larger phase III trial will be conducted to confirm these results.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Smokers on Metformin Decrease Lung Cancer Risk

Tags: benefits of quitting smoking, Former Smokers, Lung Cancer, Celecoxib, Cox-2 Inhibitor, Ki-67 Expression, Lung Cancer Prevention

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