Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Mediterranean Diet Puts Out the Flames

Inflammation. This is the newest marker for heart disease.

This article summary indicates that the Mediterranean diet decreases the markers for inflammation more than the standard Western diet. Chronic inflammation has been linked to range of conditions linked to heart disease, osteoporosis, cognitive decline and Alzheimer's, type-2 diabetes, and arthritis. The findings are published online ahead of print in the journal Atherosclerosis.

The Mediterranean diet, therefore, helps reduce systemic inflammation, which can help decrease your liklihood of getting a heart attack.
All this attention on the Mediterranean Diet is great, and here's why. This traditional way of eating -- the diet, if you will -- consists of food. The standard Western diet consists of faux foods.

When you eat real food, your body will respond by "righting itself", nutritionally. Your body is built to be healthy, and you allow it to achieve optimal health by getting out of its way ... and just eating food.

Monday, December 22, 2008

UK Color Free? How US?

It took this scientific article in the journal Lancet to get anything moving.

The Food Standards Agency oversees the food safety in the UK. They are calling on companies to identify all products without food additives ... particularly food dyes.


Is it not incredible to you that anyone would have to prove that chemical dyes are something you should remove from the food chain?

That said, it is heartening to see that we're starting to develop a healthy skepticism for synthetics in our foods. This represents a wonderful change in the attitude, and this new demand will drive supply into a healthy direction.

This news story represents a case in point. The FSA is pushing a voluntary phase-out of these colors by the end of 2009, after the above study showed that feeding kids these dyes can degrade their behavior, leading to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The research was carried out at the University of Southampton and published in The Lancet in September 2007.

The summary is here.

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