Saturday, October 24, 2009

Five dairy servings a day can trigger weight loss, says study

The debate continues. Is dairy beneficial for weight loss? Healthy cultures, like in the Mediterranean region, eat dairy every day.

Of course, you don't have to eat exactly 5 servings each day, but you also don't have to avoid it.

Here's the report:
New research suggests that increasing dairy consumption from three to five servings a day in the context of a reduced calorie diet can help fight obesity.

Researchers at the New Curtin University of Technology in Australia conducted a 12-week trial to study the impact of eating more cheese, yoghurt and low fat milk on weight levels.

During the study period participants ate a low calorie diet that reduced their total energy intake to below normal requirements. At the end of the 12 weeks the researchers found that those people who ate five servings a day instead of the normally recommended three servings lost more weight. In addition improvements in the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes were recorded.

Dairy benefits

Those eating more dairy products benefited from higher mean levels of weight loss, high mean levels of fat mass loss, greater drop of fat mass loss, and greater total percentage abdominal fat loss.

Dr Wendy Chan She Ping Delfos, who conducted the study with Associate Professor Mario Soares as part of her PhD research, identified the nutrients in dairy products responsible for the positive health effects.

“Increasing dairy intake to five serves per day as part of a reduced calorie diet has never been studied before, and such diets containing high levels of protein, calcium and vitamin D, among other bioactive nutrients, can be an important part of a prudent weight loss or weight maintenance diet,” said Dr Chan She Ping Delfos.

Fat content

With obesity rates on the rise, the relationship between dairy and weight management has come under scrutiny. The high fat content in cheese, cream and other dairy products have prompted some nutritionists to link dairy to weight gain. But this research, which was funded by the ATN Centre for Metabolic Fitness and Diabetes in Australia, builds on other recent studies suggesting that the opposite may be true.

Writing in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition earlier this year, Marta Van Loan from the USDA Agriculture Research Service at the University of California said: “Today, the preponderance of scientific evidence supports the beneficial role of dairy foods in weight management.”

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Good morning. Do you ever read something in the news and say, "WHAT??" That's EXACTLY how I felt when I read about the food industry's Smart Choices labeling program.

Here is this morning's audio on Smart Choices labeling.

Okay, here's the bottom line -- they want to convince you that Fruit Loops (with all the dyes, and despite the fact that it is 40% sugar by weight, dear lord) is actually good for you!!


The point I want to make for us is that our Culture of Health creates this, allows this, and even encourages this. It's one of the factors that surround us and encourage us to make food choice decisions that are terrible for us.

Well, now, and thank goodness, the FDA is looking into the health claims of the food industry people. The FDA suspects that the people foisting Fruit Loops as a health food might be (and this is just complete lunacy I know) MIGHT be misleading into giving our children food that is bad for them ... just for their profit margins -- gasp, can you imagine?

The Smart Choices are likely not the "Smart Choices".

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My Morning

I woke up wicked early this morning ... my brain was ON. So I came downstairs to clear my head, get some things done, and just maybe get sleepy enough to knock off for a few minutes before our morning coffee/couch time.

Otherwise I'd just be up in my bed, awake, mentally tapping my foot until morning. Grumpy. (by the way, the guy in the picture is not me ... nor is it my stunt double ... it's just the way I feel)

So, I may not get to my audio recording today, because I have a health fair at 6:30am and another at 3:00pm. There's a great article on school lunch standards that I'd like to rip into ... if I can get to it.

Hope YOU'RE sleeping!! LOL, have a great day today.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Great Pumpkin

It's fall, and this fall food is as good for you as it is delicious!!

So, when you grab a pumpkin for your fall porch this year, grab one for your plate, too. Why? Two really good reasons: Pumpkin makes an incredibly rich and flavorful base for all sorts of soups, stews, and desserts. And it's absolutely packed with blood-pressure-friendly nutrients.

Halloween Help for Your Heart
Pumpkin flesh is crammed full of phenols -- a type of health-promoting antioxidant that's found in many plant-based foods. But pumpkin phenols may have particularly body-kind qualities. In cell studies, phenols from pumpkin flesh put a damper on the same enzyme that some blood pressure drugs target to reduce vascular tension. In other words, the phenols in pumpkin may help keep blood vessels relaxed, which means better blood pressure and better heart health.

Save the Seeds
When you scoop out your pumpkin, save the seeds so you can roast them. Pumpkin seeds are rich in alpha-linolenic acid -- a healthy fat that also helps protect blood vessels. No time to cook fresh pumpkin? No problem. Use canned pureed pumpkin. It's precooked, tastes great, and is just as good for you. BTW, cooking pumpkin seems to enhance its phenolic properties.

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