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Health : Food & Nutrition Last Updated: Nov 18, 2006 - 1:55:25 PM

Health : Food & Nutrition
Food labels should list trans fats to help reduce coronary heart disease
Food labels should list trans fats as well as cholesterol and saturated fat to help reduce coronary heart disease, say researchers from the University of Oxford in this week’s BMJ. Trans fats (also known as trans fatty acids) are solid fats found in margarines, biscuits, cakes, and fast food. Scientists think that our bodies deal with these fats in the same way as saturated fats. Both saturated fats and trans fats increase the amount of low density lipoprotein (LDL) or ‘bad cholesterol’ in the blood and reduce the amount of high density lipoprotein (HDL) or ‘good cholesterol.’ People with high levels of LDL cholesterol tend to have a higher risk of getting heart disease, while people with high levels of HDL cholesterol tend to have a lower risk.
Jul 30, 2006 - 3:03:00 AM

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Chocolate, wine, spicy foods may be OK for heartburn
Patients have been known to hug Lauren Gerson, MD, so overjoyed are they at hearing her words. What does she say to them? Go ahead and eat chocolate. Indulge your passion for spicy cuisine. Drink red wine. Enjoy coffee when you want it, have that orange juice with breakfast and, what the heck, eat a grapefruit, too. Gerson says that for most heartburn patients, there's insufficient evidence to support the notion that eating these foods will make heartburn worse - or that cutting them out will make it go away.
Jun 30, 2006 - 2:32:00 AM

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Drinking decaffeinated coffee may lower risk of type 2 diabetes by 33 percent
Researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health have found drinking decaffeinated coffee may lower a person's risk for type 2 diabetes. The study, being published in the June 26, 2006 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, shows postmenopausal women who daily consume more than six cups of coffee, particularly decaffeinated, have a 33 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than women who do not drink coffee. Researchers examined coffee intake and diabetes risk in 28,812 postmenopausal women who did not have type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease as part of the Iowa Women's Health Study (1986-1997). Over the 11-year period, 1,418 women reported being newly diagnosed with the illness.
Jun 27, 2006 - 8:28:00 PM

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Vegetables prevent heart disease
Eating vegetables and fruits may reduce cholesterol, prevent build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries and can provide protection against heart disease, according to a study on mice.

Jun 20, 2006 - 8:16:00 PM

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Vegetables may reduce hardening of arteries
New research suggests one reason vegetables may be so good for us – a study in mice found that a mixture of five common vegetables reduced hardening of the arteries by 38 percent compared to animals eating a non-vegetable diet. Conducted by Wake Forest University School of Medicine, the research is reported in the current issue of the Journal of Nutrition.
Jun 17, 2006 - 8:26:00 PM

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Houseflies Collected in Fast Food Restaurants Found to Carry Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
Houseflies in food-handling and serving facilities carry and may have the capacity to transfer antibiotic-resistant and potentially virulent bacteria say researchers Kansas State University. They report their findings in the June 2006 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Jun 15, 2006 - 6:01:00 PM

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Antimicrobial Properties of Copper May Aid in Food Safety
A new study suggests that the use of cast copper alloys during food processing may help prevent cross-contamination of E. coli better than stainless steel say researchers from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom and Copper Development Association Inc., New York. Their findings appear in the June 2006 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Jun 15, 2006 - 5:58:00 PM

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Green tea and the 'Asian Paradox'
There is a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease and cancer in Asia where people smoke heavily, which may be accounted for by high consumption of tea, particularly green tea, according to a review article published by a Yale School of Medicine researcher.
Jun 7, 2006 - 3:45:00 AM

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Assessing the natural and synthetic forms of vitamin K content in foods
Much of what is known about the content of vitamin K in the US food supply comes from research conducted in the Vitamin K Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. Extensive databases now exist for the food content of one type of vitamin K, phylloquinone. Synthesized by plants, phylloquinone makes dark green leafy vegetables the richest source of vitamin K in the American diet. Lab Director Sarah Booth, PhD, and her USDA colleagues, for the first time reported data on the content of the two other major types of dietary vitamin K-- menaquinones and dihydrophylloquinone--in more than 500 commonly consumed meats, dairy foods, fast-foods, grains, cereals and baked goods. Assessing the natural and synthetic forms of vitamin K content in foods is important because of its possible links to a number of conditions such as osteoarthritis and coronary heart disease.
Jun 7, 2006 - 12:11:00 AM

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Eat more fruits, vegetables to avoid wrinkles
People who eat lots of fruit and vegetables are likely to have fewer wrinkles, says a new study.
Apr 18, 2006 - 7:28:00 AM

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Benzene found in soft drinks do not pose a safety concern - FDA
Benzene, a carcinogen, is found in the environment from natural and man-made sources. In November 2005, FDA received reports that benzene had been detected at low levels in some soft drinks containing benzoate salts (an antimicrobial agent) and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), particularly under certain conditions of storage, shelf life and handling.
Apr 15, 2006 - 7:00:00 PM

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Bitter apricot kernels could pose health problems
Apricot seeds are thought to fight cancer, but researchers say eating too many of the bitter kernels could seriously harm your health.
Apr 15, 2006 - 6:10:00 PM

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Repeated exposure to fried food increases cancer risk
Repeated exposure to fried stuff could increase your risk of developing cancer, says a study. Scientists in Singapore have studied varieties of fried food and found potentially harmful particles released into the air when oil is heated to the temperature needed to cook chips or stir-fries.
Apr 12, 2006 - 6:08:00 PM

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Cancer-fighting Lycopene Rich Tomato Launched in British Supermarket
A new variety of tomato containing very high levels of an antioxidant that could cut the risk of prostate cancer has been launched by British supermarket chain Tesco.
Apr 12, 2006 - 1:31:00 PM

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Adolescent and Parent Views of Family Meals
Meals can offer families time for socialization, structure and building a sense of togetherness, as well as giving parents the opportunity to model healthful eating habits for their children. As part of the study discussed above on obesity and eating disorders among adolescents, University of Minnesota researchers compared the "family mealtime environment" from the viewpoints of both adolescents and their parents.
Apr 5, 2006 - 1:48:00 PM

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Eating while Watching TV: What Is the Effect on Pre-school Children?
Watching television while eating affects pre-school children's food intake in different ways, depending on how commonly the child eats in front of the TV, according to University of Pennsylvania researchers. They looked at "the effects of television viewing on children's lunch and snack intake in one condition when the children watched a 22-minute cartoon video on TV, and in another without the TV."
Apr 5, 2006 - 1:44:00 PM

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Moderate drinking of beer, wine could be good
Moderate drinking of beer or wine may lower the risk of coronary heart attack and could in general be good for your health, a study has reiterated.
Apr 5, 2006 - 1:30:00 PM

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Vegetarian diets cause major weight loss
A scientific review in April's Nutrition Reviews shows that a vegetarian diet is highly effective for weight loss. Vegetarian populations tend to be slimmer than meat-eaters, and they experience lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other life-threatening conditions linked to overweight and obesity. The new review, compiling data from 87 previous studies, shows the weight-loss effect does not depend on exercise or calorie-counting, and it occurs at a rate of approximately 1 pound per week.
Apr 3, 2006 - 7:15:00 AM

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100 percent juice consumption linked to healthier diet
According to a recent analysis of government data, children who drank 100 percent juice had healthier overall diets than non-juice consumers and consumed more total fruits, fiber and key nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and folate. The juice consumers also had significantly lower intakes of total fat, saturated fat and sodium. According to the researchers, the group of 100 percent juice consumers also had equal or lower bodyweights and body mass indexes (BMI) than the non-juice consumers, adding to the scientific evidence which shows that 100 percent juices play a role in a healthful diet and are not associated with overweight.
Apr 3, 2006 - 6:55:00 AM

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Vegetarian diets cause major weight loss
A scientific review in April's Nutrition Reviews shows that a vegetarian diet is highly effective for weight loss. Vegetarian populations tend to be slimmer than meat-eaters, and they experience lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other life-threatening conditions linked to overweight and obesity. The new review, compiling data from 87 previous studies, shows the weight-loss effect does not depend on exercise or calorie-counting, and it occurs at a rate of approximately 1 pound per week.
Apr 1, 2006 - 2:31:00 PM

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Tackle your cholesterol early to avoid heart disease
People need to tackle cholesterol early to lower the risks of a heart attack, according to US scientists who say the foundations for heart disease are laid down early in life.
Mar 23, 2006 - 5:51:00 PM

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Diet as good as drugs in lowering cholesterol
Choosing the right food could lower your cholesterol level just as well as drug therapy, say Canadian scientists.
Mar 21, 2006 - 2:31:00 AM

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Low carbohydrate Atkins diet may pose health problem
A low carbohydrate diet to manage weight may not be good for your health, say US doctors.
Mar 19, 2006 - 8:09:00 PM

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Low carbohydrate Atkins diet may pose health problem
A low carbohydrate diet to manage weight may not be good for your health, say US doctors.
Mar 17, 2006 - 1:50:00 PM

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Organic food loses its whole-grain image
Organic food no longer means just tough whole-grain products. The movement has burst out of the narrow milieu it originated from, and now products are available that would have been unthinkable a few years ago.
Mar 13, 2006 - 8:21:00 PM

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Bottled mineral water could be deadly!
Mineral water stored for long in plastic containers could be deadly, says a study that revives concerns about the safety of bottled water, the world's fastest-growing drinks industry worth 1.2 billion pounds a year.
Mar 13, 2006 - 8:20:00 PM

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Benefits of eating seafood outweigh risks
Though some species of fish around the world's are likely to be contaminated with mercury, PCBs and other toxins, the benefits of eating seafood continue to outweigh the risks, a panel of scientists recently said at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Feb 26, 2006 - 5:27:00 PM

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Snacking on pistachios could lower cholesterol
Snacking on pistachios and sunflower seeds may help lower your cholesterol and reduce the risk of some cancers, says a study.
Feb 22, 2006 - 4:13:00 PM

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Not all eating habits are made alike - Study
A new study on eating habits, forthcoming in the March 2006 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research, reveals that not all eating habits are made alike. Adwait Khare (University of Houston) and J. Jeffrey Inman (University of Pittsburgh) identify two ways of characterizing eating habits, which they termed "carryover habit" and "baseline habit." Their findings have important implications for nutritional guidelines and meal planning.
Jan 31, 2006 - 7:25:00 PM

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Epicatechin - Heart-Healthy Compound in Chocolate
In a multifaceted study involving the Kuna Indians of Panama, an international team of scientists has pinpointed a chemical compound that is, in part, responsible, for the heart-healthy benefits of certain cocoas and some chocolate products.
Jan 21, 2006 - 4:29:00 PM

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