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Medicinal Food News
Saturated fat could be good for you
New study challenges the long held idea that saturated fats are unhealthy.
Plasma zapping process could yield trans fat free soybean oil product
Two Purdue University researchers have developed a hydrogenation process that could solidify soybean oil for food processing without creating trans fats, which have been linked to heart disease and stroke.
Gluten free diet may not reduce intestinal damage in all children with celiac disease
Nearly one in five children with celiac disease sustained persistent intestinal damage, despite strict adherence to a gluten-free diet.
Digital microbes for munching yourself healthy
Hundreds of different bacterial species live in the human gut, helping us to digest our food. The metabolic processes of these bacteria are not only tremendously important to our health they are also tremendously complex.
Alcohol Consumption Shows No Effect on Coronary Arteries
Researchers using coronary CT angiography (CTA) have found no association between light to moderate alcohol consumption and coronary artery disease (CAD), according to a study being presented today at RSNA 2016.
Drinking Red Wine Before Smoking Can Prevent Short Term Vascular Damage
A new report in The American Journal of Medicine found that a glass or two of red wine before lighting up a cigarette can counteract some of the short-term negative effects of smoking on blood vessels.
A Little Alcohol Each Day May Cut Your Risk of Stroke
Light or moderate drinking may reduce the risk of one type of stroke but not another, while heavy drinking increases the risk of both types, a new study suggests
Declining mercury contamination in tuna linked to US shift away from coal
The new study, published online on November 10 by Environmental Science & Technology, links the decline directly to reduced mercury emissions in North America.
Should adults take vitamin D supplements? Journal suggests they may be waste of time
There is no high quality evidence to support taking vitamin D supplements to prevent disease, according to new research.
High intake of saturated fats linked to increased coronary heart disease risk, says BMJ
The study found that a higher intake of the most commonly consumed major saturated fatty acids--lauric acid, myristic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid was associated with a 24% increased relative risk of coronary heart disease
Aspartame may prevent, not promote, weight loss by blocking intestinal enzyme s activity
Sugar substitutes like aspartame are designed to promote weight loss and decrease the incidence of metabolic syndrome, but a number of clinical and epidemiologic studies have suggested that these products do not work very well and may actually make things worse
Plant compounds may boost brain function in older adults, study says
The same compounds that give plants and vegetables their vibrant colors might be able to bolster brain functioning in older adults, according to a recent study from the University of Georgia.
High-fiber diet keeps gut microbes from eating the colon s lining, protects against infection, animal study shows
Painstaking experiments in germ-free mice show importance of eating natural fiber to protect the digestive tracts vital mucus barrier
The key to a better mood for young men is a nut
UNM Nutrition Professor Peter Pribis is able to tell college students that walnuts could be a key to a happier state-of-mind.
High-fat diet disrupts brain maturation
The latest study by researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich suggests that excessive consumption of fatty foods could severely disrupt the development of the prefrontal cortex in the maturing brains of young people
Whole fat milk consumption associated with leaner children, research finds
Children who drink whole milk are leaner and have higher vitamin D levels than those who drink low-fat or skim milk, new research suggests.
Fast-cooking dry beans provide more protein, iron than slower varieties
To get the most out of these legumes, new research suggests choosing fast-cooking dry beans could be the way to go.
Vitamin D reduces respiratory infections, says CU Anschutz study
The findings of the clinical trial could help reduce one of the leading causes of serious illness, debilitation and death among patients in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
People who know about genetically modified food agree with science: They are safe
People who know a lot about genetically modified foods are inclined to agree with the scientific consensus that such foods are safe to eat
Immune system uses gut bacteria to control glucose metabolism
The research makes clear that two systems once believed to be functionally separate < immunity and glucose metabolism > are, in fact, closely linked, and the bridge can be provided by gut bacteria.
Smoking declines dramatically but linked to 40 percent of cancer cases
In a pair of good news/bad news reports, the federal government said Thursday that cigarette smoking among adult Americans continues to decline sharply but that 40 percent of all cancer diagnoses now are linked to tobacco use.