Health by Nutrition


November 4th, 2015; By: Negar Mojtahedi

Most of the protein added to bars, shakes and cereals is processed. But highly processed foods and beverages are not recommended by dietitians. They say these products also often contain high amounts of sugar.

According to registered dietitian Anna Koroleva, “added sugar is one of the concerns for a majority of us eating processed foods.”

She recommends reading the nutrition labels and ingredients before purchasing a product, because often, lots of sugar is added to “mask the taste of some of these added proteins.”

Continue reading here: Global News

It’s a modern medical mystery: Across the Western world, a growing number of people—especially children—are suffering from asthma, and nobody can really say why. In barely one generation, “we’ve seen rates triple or quadruple,” says Dr. Stuart Turvey, a professor of pediatrics at the University of British Columbia and B.C. Children’s Hospital. About one in five kids has asthma today. “It’s the No. 1 reason they’ll come to a children’s hospital, or miss school. It’s the No. 1 cause of physician billing for children in Canada.” Genes must predispose some people to this chronic lung disease, but Turvey’s research, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, suggests that a baby’s gut bacteria play a critical role. Infants who acquire four specific types of bacteria by three months of age, he and his co-authors found, are actually protected from getting the disease. As the latest science shows, a baby’s gut bacteria will shape her health well into adulthood. Changes in the gut partly explain why conditions such as asthma, allergies and even obesity are seeing a staggering rise in the West.

Continue reading at: Maclean's 

October 23, 2015; By: Cari Nierenberg

The heartwarming images of children — smiling, laughing out loud and snuggling — that fill the pages of parenting magazines actually hold a less-than-obvious problem: Many of these ads show kids doing things that are not safe.

In fact, about one in six advertisements in two of the top-selling parenting magazines in the United States contains images or promotes products that could be considered unsafe for a child's health, a new study reveals.

For example, one problem the researchers identified was in an ad for a non-FDA-approved dietary supplement that claimed to treat childhood depression, he said. Another ad showed children riding bicycles without helmets, and a toddler reaching into a bag of popcorn, a food that should be avoided by children under age 5 because it's a possible choking hazard.

Continue reading at: Live Science

Eating Organic Lowers Pesticide Levels in Children

October 8th, 2015; By Nicholas Bakalar

Researchers have found that when children eat organic fruits and vegetables, the amount of pesticides in their bodies declines significantly.

The study, in the October issue of Environmental Health Perspectives, included 20 children living in Oakland, Calif., and 20 in the agricultural community of Salinas, about 100 miles south. The children ate a conventional diet for four days, an organic diet for seven days and then five days back on the conventional diet.

About 72 percent of their urine samples, collected daily, contained evidence of pesticides. Among the six most frequently detected pesticides, two decreased by nearly 50 percent when children were on the organic diet, and those of a common herbicide fell by 25 percent. Three other frequently detected pesticides were not significantly lower on the organic diet. Levels were generally higher in the Salinas children than in the Oakland children.

Read more here: The New York Times

Research Article

September 14th, 2015; By: Janet Helm

The public was once enamored by antioxidants. This technical-sounding term used to be plastered on food and beverage labels – from cereal, snack bars, chips and chocolate to juices, tea and even soft drinks.  

You’ll still find some products touting the antioxidants inside, but the number of such claims has plummeted. Only 2 percent of new products in the U.S. boasted about antioxidants last year, according to Mintel’s Global New Products Database, which tracks food and beverage launches.

Much of the decline resulted from the Food and Drug Administration clamping down on companies making claims about antioxidants. Some manufacturers even faced lawsuits. The biggest nail in the antioxidant coffin was the decision by the Department of Agriculture to yank the ORAC Database for Selected Foods from its website in 2012. ORAC, which stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity, is a test to estimate the antioxidant activity of foods.

Read more here: U.S. News Health

Ocean fish numbers on 'brink of collapse,' WWF reports

September 17th, 2015

The amount of fish in the oceans has halved since 1970, in a plunge to the "brink of collapse" caused by over-fishing and other threats, the WWF conservation group said on Wednesday.

Populations of some commercial fish stocks, such as a group including tuna, mackerel and bonito, had fallen by almost 75 per cent, according to a study by the WWF and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

"There is a massive, massive decrease in species which are critical", both for the ocean ecosystem and food security for billions of people, he said. "The ocean is resilient but there is a limit."

Read more: CBC News 

Study after study shows that breakfast boosts brainpower and helps to control cravings later in the day. Lots of highly successful make sure to fuel up before they face the world.

But some breakfasts are more well-rounded than others.

To see what a healthy breakfast looks like, we asked dozens of nutrition experts what they ate for breakfast and why.

Read more: Business Insider

Few gluten-sensitive patients show symptoms after eating gluten

September 1, 2015; By Adam Leitenberger

Just one-third of patients who fulfill criteria for non-celiac gluten sensitivity experienced recurrence of symptoms during a double blind gluten challenge in a recent study.
To evaluate the prevalence of non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) in patients who meet the clinical criteria, were already on a gluten-free diet and in whom celiac disease or wheat allergy was ruled out, researchers from Italy performed a prospective, randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled, crossover challenge study in 35 patients (31 women; mean age, 41 ± 2 years) diagnosed with NCGS between 2008 and 2013.

“In conclusion, our study has shown that gluten challenge leads to a recurrence of symptoms in only a third of patients fulfilling the recognized diagnostic criteria for the clinical diagnosis of NCGS,” the researchers concluded. “Consequently, NCGS is likely to be the correct diagnosis in only a minority of those who do not have [celiac disease], but whom themselves choose to follow a [gluten-free diet]. They are outnumbered by those sensitive to other components, such as FODMAPs, in cereal. The distinction between these patient groups is important clinically, as only patients with NCGS need to adhere strictly to a [gluten-free diet]. Meanwhile, the effectiveness of a low FODMAP diet in cereal intolerant patients, who are not gluten sensitive, deserves further investigation.”

Read more: Healio Gastroenterology
Article Abstract

Carbohydrates should make up one-half of a day's total calories, but dietitian Lisa Moskovitz said they do not have to come only from breads and pasta because fruits and vegetables also are good sources. Nutritionist Karen Ansel said complex carbs, such as beans, are better than simple carbs because they help people stay full longer, and people should look for whole fruits and vegetables to slow digestion and counter the sugar content.

Read more here: Daily News

Although as many as 1 in 5 American adults has signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, fewer than 1 in 5 who have symptoms seek medical help. Yet it's important to see your doctor if you have a persistent change in bowel habits or if you have any other signs or symptoms of IBS because these may indicate a more serious condition, such as colon cancer.

Symptoms that may indicate a more serious condition include:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain that progresses or occurs at night
  • Weight loss

To read more go to: Mayo Clinic