Study stresses danger of inflammatory diet
Sep30

Study stresses danger of inflammatory diet

The evidence for the health benefits of anti-inflammatory foods keeps building, with a recent University of South Carolina study showing a strong link between inflammatory foods and gastrointestinal-tract cancers. The study, funded by the university’s Center for Colon Cancer Research and presented as a poster at a recent American Institute of Cancer Research meeting, took a fresh look at existing dietary data from the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study from 1987-2003. Using an inflammatory diet index developed by James Hebert, director of the South Carolina Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program and a distinguished professor at the University of South Carolina, researchers determined that participants with an anti-inflammatory diet were 400 percent less likely to die from gastrointestinal cancers. Susan Steck, one of the study’s authors and an associate professor at the university, cautioned that the sample size for GI deaths in the study is small. The 400 percent number shouldn’t be the takeaway as much as the growing evidence that diet can play a major role in diseases such as esophageal, stomach and colorectal cancer. And an inflammatory diet can contribute to higher rates of those cancers.   Foods high in saturated or trans fats, sugar and gluten are especially inflammatory on the digestive tract. Alcohol, white bread and milk (but not low-fat milk) also are inflammatory. Fruits and vegetables and many non-processed foods are anti-inflammatory, and so are many spices such as turmeric, ginger, oregano and garlic. While it doesn’t exactly make you feel warm and fuzzy, inflammation is the body’s totally healthy response to injury and infection, a way of defending ourselves by sending immune cells and key nutrients to the areas that need them most. How do those fighter cells get there? Via increased blood flow, which in turn creates the redness, warmth, swelling and pain you likely associate with the word “inflammation.” Say you cut your finger, and notice it turns a little red. “That’s inflammation,” says Dee Sandquist, RD, CDE, an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson. “It helps to heal your finger.” But a small red cut that heals over time is entirely different from a state of chronic inflammation. This can be quite dangerous, in fact. When inflammation as an immune response is never “shut off,” so to speak, the constant production of immune cells can do permanent damage, leading to cancer, heart disease, arthritis and Alzheimer’s, among other health concerns. “When we don’t see the inflammation system switch off, we end up in a detrimental state,” says Julie Daniluk R.H.N., author of Meals That Heal Inflammation. The causes of chronic inflammation can vary person to person, but include being overweight, experiencing...

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Rice is bad for your DNA and Weight Loss
Sep30

Rice is bad for your DNA and Weight Loss

Cancer risk exposed in high rice diet study: Manchester research links genetic damage with arsenic in rice Eating large daily helpings of rice tainted with high levels of arsenic has been linked to genetic damage that heightens the risk of cancer, a study suggests. Naturally-occurring arsenic in drinking water is a long-known health hazard, especially in Bangladesh, where tens of millions of people depend on wells drilled in the 1970s. Scientists have been concerned about rice grown in contaminated groundwater, but this is the first time they have found evidence of a risk. Researchers at Britain’s University of Manchester and the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology in Kolkata studied 417 villagers from India’s West Bengal.   They asked the volunteers to provide details about their lifestyle and amount of rice eaten daily, and to provide samples of cooked rice and their...

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Why Vegetarians Are Thinner Than You
Sep30

Why Vegetarians Are Thinner Than You

If you’ve ever downed a bag of baby carrots to keep yourself from turning to higher cal snacks, you could be on to something: New research shows that embracing a plant-based diet may be the most effective way to lose weight. Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, followed 63 people on vegan, vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, and omnivorous diets for eight weeks. Participants stuck to low-fat, low-glycemic index foods without restricting or counting calories. The results? Vegans and vegetarians lost an average of 8.2 to 9.9 pounds while meat-eaters dropped an average of 5.1 pounds. Plus, two months after the study, the vegans, vegetarians, and pesco-vegetarians (vegetarians who eat fish) all lost more weight than omnivores. At six months, the vegans were only 30% to 40% adherent to the diet, yet continued to lose more than the other groups—they lost about 7.5% of their body weight compared to vegetarians, who dropped approximately 5.8%. 1,000′s of food swaps to help you lose weight 30 lbs or more! Because the vegan diet is generally low in fat (which contains more calories per gram), it could explain why the vegans shed more pounds, Dr. Turner-McGrievy says. But there could also be something a bit more simple at play: the idea of following a diet that restricts certain foods—not calories. “The idea of being able to be on a diet where you can eat till you’re full and not have to self-monitor, even though it seems very extreme, is appealing to certain people. Some people find it very liberating,” Dr. Turner-McGrievy says. Christopher Gardner, PhD, an associate professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, says becoming a vegan for social reasons—not just weight loss—makes it sustainable in the long term. (Need a little encouragement? These 8 cruelest foods you eat will have you looking at meals in a whole new way.) could write and sing the praises about being vegan forever, but I thought I would rather share a few lessons I have learned to help those who might be struggling in their own journeys. When I first thought about giving up meat, I honestly didn’t think I could do it. I loved meat, especially chicken, and while I always felt that hypocritical, cognitive dissonance between my “love” for animals and my food addictions, I was never able to align my actions with my conscience. Then again, I had never truly tried. When I decided to go meat-free for a few days each week, I was somewhat at a loss of what to eat. It was tough to plan a day’s menu, let alone more than one...

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Discover ways to enjoy delicious holiday dishes on a diet
Sep30

Discover ways to enjoy delicious holiday dishes on a diet

Even chefs that the holidays are challenging. However they say that it is “possible to maintain a clean diet throughout the season.” Here are 3 tips they recommend: Basics Don’t make things too complicated. Keep it simple with “minimal preparation, allowing it to shine without too many extras or unnecessary ingredients. “ In the classic sweet potato casserole dish, the chefs advise to skip marshmallows and brown sugar. Eat Mindfully Although they say allowing “yourself to indulge” is okay, always be cautious of what you are eating. Ask yourself “how you feel, what does your body want, and when has your appetite been satiated?” Clean Desserts Instead of the traditional desserts with mounds of sugar, creams, and fat try new savory dishes. If you don’t enjoy the savory flavor in desserts, you can continue to enjoy sweet desserts—just remember to keep the ingredients as original and simple as possible. Once you’ve added too many things and the dish becomes too complicated, you know you’ve gone too far. “Clean eating is not a diet-it’s a lifestyle.” In order to lead a healthy life, clean eating is a practice that we must follow daily, even after the holidays. Locro – Argentinean Stew – Recipe Ingredients: 250 g of White Beans, – Dry or Caned 250 g of White Mexican Corn – Dry or canned 01 lb Sweet Potatoes 100g Bacon 250g of Fatty Pork Meat (like Pork Shoulder) 250g Sweet Corn 01 large Onion ½ cup of Canola Oil 02 Bay Leaves Salt Pepper Sauce: Spicy Chili Glaze: Combine dry Chili, Garlic, Canola Oil, Green Onions, Rosemary, Paprika and Salt – at your leisure Directions: Soak White Beans and White Mexican Corn overnight with fresh and filtered water, if you are using dry ingredients. Next day, bake or boil the Sweet Potatoes with a pinch of salt and brown sugar, cook the Sweet Corn in salted boiling water until tender or just use Organic Canned Sweet Corn. Place on a large pan the soaked White Beans with water to cover, put it to cook on medium to low heat for about 02 hours, always check the amount of water, just to keep the beans covered. Meanwhile, bake the Pork Meat in the oven, with salt and pepper, on a large tray covered with aluminum foil for at least 01 hour. Check the meat that it should be very tender and cooked through. At this time you may add the Sweet cooked Potatoes, the Sweet Corn and the cooked Pork Meat to the White Beans pan, and let it simmer for 01 more hour. Always checking the water level, so if you...

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Monomeals: The Latest Annoying Trend From Instagram
Sep30

Monomeals: The Latest Annoying Trend From Instagram

A “monomeal” is a meal that consists of just one type of food. Usually raw fruit or veg. A “Mono Meal” is simply when you eat only 1 type of food in a meal and you don’t do any kind of food combining. Below are some common examples of mono eating… – Eating nothing but watermelon for breakfast. – Eating nothing but apples for lunch. – Eating nothing but mangoes for dinner. – Eating nothing but dates for a whole day. – Eating nothing but bananas for a whole week. So, do you think it’s a good idea? It seems like it could be, because there’s not anything artificial in produce, so your body takes it as is, and knows when you’ve had enough. It’s also easier to digest, I imagine. My only worries would be protein. Would you have a mono meal of each food group? One protein mono, one veggie or fruit mono, one carb mono? Modern day proponents of a mono diet, such as author Christopher Vasey in his book “The Detox Mono Diet,” believe that eating a single food can help you cleanse your body of toxins and lose weight. Some mono diets recommend eating foods known for their health benefits, such as blueberries, grapefruits, watermelon or carrots.” – source Even some of the most basic foods that people eat involve some pretty crazy food combinations that result in digestive problems after you eat them. To make a loaf of Bread for example you combine things like Eggs, Milk, Butter, Flour, Sugar, Salt and Yeast, and when all of these foods combine they become a glue like substance that will clog up your stomach. (Don’t forget that the word “Gluten” is Latin for “Glue”.)   If you make a simple sandwich using bread, bologna, cheese, and mayonnaise you may think that you are eating something that only has a few ingredients in it, but if you actually read the ingredient lists for each of these ingredients you may be surprised to find that there are actually close to 100 ingredients in that “simple sandwich”. – source Mono Meals can help with weight loss because it helps support proper digestion (goodbye bloating!), optimal nutrient absorption, and better assimilation. All of which result in a more nourished body with more energy, a flat belly and less cravings! Mono meals can also help end the cycle of emotional eating which is usually triggered by addictive or stimulating foods & spices and plays a huge role in weight...

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